Category Archives: Calls for Papers, Articles, Translations

Contributions Invited for Kremenets Comparative Studies

Contributions are invited for the 2014 volume of the Kremenets Comparative Studies published by the Department of Foreign Languages at Taras Shevchenko Regional Humanitarian Pedagogical Institute of Kremenets, Ukraine.

The aim of the journal is to unite literary critics in order to exchange opinions on modern research of the literary phenomena in comparative aspect. A separate chapter on ‘World War I in Fiction’ is to be dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I (1914-1918).

Deadline for submission is 1 June 2014. See the call for papers for details.

Comparing Afrophone Literatures and Intellectual Traditions

Papers are invited for a panel at the African Studies Association UK (ASAUK) Conference: Comparing Afrophone Literatures and Intellectual Traditions. The fourteenth edition of the ASAUK Biennial Conference will be held at the University of Sussex on 9-11 September 2014.

The panel invites papers which allow for comparison on two levels: firstly, of Afrophone texts themselves, and secondly, of the intellectual landscape and the production, circulation and readership of Afrophone literatures.

Download the call for papers or visit the website for details.


‘Borders and Crossings’: Conference on Travel Writing

Organised by the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Veliko Turnovo in Bulgaria and Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research at the University of Wolverhampton, the thirteenth Borders and Crossings conference will take place at the University of Veliko Turnovo on 11-13 September 2014.

Proposals for 20-minute papers and for full panels are sought from scholars working in all areas of travel writing, including literary studies, book history, geography, art history, translation studies, anthropology, history, and media studies. Deadline for abstracts is 31 March 2014.

Visit the website for details.

Contributions Invited for MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities

Contributions are invited for the 2014 volume of the MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, an international, refereed online journal aimed at postgraduate and early-career researchers. The theme of the 2014 volume is ‘Literature and Art: Conversations and Collaborations’.

Proposals and informal enquiries should be directed to the editors  by 30 March 2014. Those selected for further consideration will be required to produce their article, of no more than 4000 words, by the end of June 2014.

See the call for papers for  details.

BCLA Spring Postgraduate Reception 2014 to be Held at the University of Leeds

Call for papers now closed. See the BCLA Spring Postgraduate Reception event page for details.

We are pleased to announce that the BCLA will be hosting a Postgraduate Reception in the afternoon of 5 March 2014, Wednesday at the University of Leeds. This is the first time a BCLA Postgraduate Reception is held outside of London! We do hope to make this a regular event so that every year the autumn receptions are held at an institution based in London and the spring receptions are held elsewhere in the UK.

This spring, the BCLA Postgraduate Reception is organised in conjunction with the lecture David Damrosch will be delivering at the University of Leeds. Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University and past President of the American Comparative Literature Association, David Damrosch kindly agreed to be present throughout the Postgraduate Reception and respond to the papers. Following the BCLA Postgraduate Reception, he will be delivering a lecture entitled ‘Tupi or Not Tupi: The World in the Nation’.

We have two or three slots available for postgraduates to give a 10-15 minute paper on any aspect of the relationship between Comparative Literature and Postcolonialism. Papers addressing David Damrosch’s contribution to the field of Comparative Literature or issues raised by his book entitled What is World Literature? (Princeton University Press, 2003) are particularly welcome.

Our Postgraduate Receptions are friendly seminars that offer postgraduates working in Comparative Literature and related fields the opportunity to present their work to peers and academics and are followed by a wine reception.

Abstracts (up to 250 words) should be sent using the form below, or alternatively emailed to by 20 February 2014, Thursday. We may be able to be flexible if you indicate your interest but are not able to write an abstract before then. The call is open to all postgraduate students whose research falls within Comparative Literature; however, preference may be given in making a decision to those who are members of the BCLA. We are able to reimburse travel expenses of speakers who are based outside Leeds; if you would like to be considered, please indicate this at the end when sending your abstract.