Category Archives: Calls for Papers

Majorities and Minorities: Literature and Identities, Text and Context, SOAS University of London

Majorities and Minorities: Literature and Identities, Text and Context, 28th April 2017, SOAS University of London

“Minor literature is not the literature of a minor language but the literature a minority makes in a major language.” Deleuze and Guattari

“The three characteristics of minor literature are the deterritorialization of language, theconnection of the individual to a political immediacy, and the collective assemblage ofenunciation.”  Deleuze and Guattari

What makes individuals or communities belong to the minority or the majority? How do authors’ positions within the minority-majority paradigm influence their fiction? Can we even formulate what minorities are? Do they have to be a minority in regard to a specific majority? Is it possible to define a majority? What does being marginal mean and how is it expressed in a work of art? How does the nation figure in defining minorities and majorities? What is the nation-state’s role in minor-major relations?

This conference will focus on the many different kinds of minority voices emanating from South Asia in the decades since independence. Any South Asian language and any form of minority identity is welcome.  By bringing scholars researching different voices from different languages in South Asia we aim to foster a dialogue that will help develop a South Asian paradigm of Minor Literature and help to identify the role of the state and different parallels across the subcontinent.

We would like to invite all scholars working on Indian or other South Asian literatures to submit an abstract on any of these or related areas.

 Caste and community

 Gender and sexualities

 Religions and traditions

 Marginalised geographies

 Poverty and class

 Minor literature in nationalisms and regionalisms

Paper proposals should include a title, 300-word abstract, institutional affiliation and contact information. Please submit proposals via email by January 15 2017 at the following address:

International Conference: ‘Narratives of The Therapeutic Encounter : Psychoanalysis, Talking Therapies and Creative Practice’

Proposals for 20-minute papers are sought from researchers, authors, artists, film-makers, and clinical practitioners interested in talking therapies and creative practice for this conference to be held on the 7th-8th of December 2017.

The conference aims to focus on the therapeutic encounter, depicted via the patient’s experience, expressed through the creative act, and as counter-weight to the practitioner’s ‘case study’. This interdisciplinary project seeks to explore the role that the creative arts (literature, film, media, art) have played in offering representations and explorations of minds, and relationships, therapies and mental health, and more pressingly, ill-health.

We encourage submissions that engage with creative output in French, although analysis of other language outputs, and comparative analyses, are also welcomed.

Paper proposals (250-300 word abstract plus bio-bibliography) should be sent to  by 31 January 2017. Expressions of interest, and intention to propose a paper, prior to the deadline, would be welcomed (and would assist with relevant funding applications).

Submissions may cover but are not limited to the questions and topics below

  • Explorations of the concept of ‘theory fictions’
  • Explorations of the relationship between therapy, the imagination and creative practice
  • The healing potential of the intersubjective encounter
  • The place/role of language in the therapeutic setting
  • Depictions/problematisations of madness
  • Self-discovery, and states of ‘not knowing’
  • Creative expression as scriptotherapy
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Views on/depictions of creativity in relation to containment, sublimation and/or reparation.
  • Boundaries; frames; beginnings, middles and endings; structure, form and formlessness
  • Creativity and play
  • Drama; myth; conflict
  • Listening as ethical act/the listener as witness
  • Monologue and dialogue
  • Privacy and exposure
  • Bearing pain: the patient as sufferer (‘patio’)
  • Depictions of psychoanalysis, and psychiatry, as ideological battlegrounds, as explored and depicted in creative practice.
  • Usage of diagnostic terminology; cultural shifts and blindspots in presentations of altered and disturbed states of mind.

More information, including a conference overview, can be found here.

III International Conference Visiones de lo Fantástico: ‘Horror and its Shapes’

III International Conference Visiones de lo Fantástico: ‘Horror and its Shapes’, Tribute to H. P. Lovecraft and Cristina Fernández Cubas

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 28-30th June 2017

Since its birth, the fantastic has been an excellent way to explore our fears of the unknown – “the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind”, as Lovecraft stated in his well-known essay The Supernatural Horror in Literature (1927). The aim of the fantastic is to destabilise the codes that we have established to understand and represent the real: when we are confronted with the conflictive coexistence of the possible and the impossible in a realistic world like ours, our certainties about the real stop working. Faced with this, fear is our only defence.

This is the type of experience that we want to examine in this conference. For this reason, we will exclude forms of fear that arise from a natural source (serial killers, terrorism, animal attacks, etc.). Instead, we encourage reflections on the multiple ways through which what we have called “metaphysical fear”– an effect that is inherent and exclusive to the fantastic – is spread, generated by the transgressive irruption of the impossible.

Furthermore, we want to dedicate an important part of this conference to pay tribute to two masters of the fantastic: H.P. Lovecraft, as 2017 will mark the 80th anniversary of his death; and Cristina Fernández Cubas, a key figure of this genre in Spanish literature recently awarded with the Spanish Literary Prize Premio de la Crítica.

Our keynotes will be four specialists in the fantastic, horror and the work of the two authors to whom tribute is being paid: Gilles Menegaldo (Université de Poitiers), Ángeles Encinar (Saint Louis University-Madrid), Paul Julian Smith (City University of New York) and Maria Beville (Limerick Institute of Technology).

The Grupo de Estudios sobre lo Fantástico (GEF) invites the submission of abstracts focusing on Horror and its shapes in modern and postmodern fantastic fiction (20th and 21st centuries), including narrative as well as theatre, cinema, comic, TV or videogames, in any language and from any country.

Main themes:

Theoretical perspectives on horror

The rhetoric of fear

From classical fears to postmodern horror

The monster as the fantastic anomaly

Space as source of horror

Horror and its boundaries

H. P. Lovecraft

Cristina Fernández Cubas

Abstracts of a maximum of 300 words (including title, author and affiliation) must be submitted to: Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2016. The organizing committee will notify the reception of proposals, and those accepted will be notified before February 1, 2017. Presentations must not exceed 20 minutes. Languages of communications will be Spanish, Catalan, Galician, English, French, Italian, and Portuguese.

Any researcher willing to be included in the congress minutes must send their papers within a deadline to be notified. The academic committee will evaluate the papers and select the best proposals for their inclusion in the minutes.

Register: Up until March 15, 2017, registration rate is 90 euros, 50 euros for attendees. After this date and up to June 1, registration fee will be 100 euros, and 60 euros for attendees. Once you have been notified the acceptance of your proposal, you can register via wire transfer to the following account:                                               

Important dates and deadlines:

December 1, 2016: deadline for submission of proposals

February 1, 2017: deadline for notification of acceptance

March 15, 2017: first registration deadline

June 1, 2017: second registration deadline

More information on the conference can be found here.

CFP: Andalusia in Andalucía: An International Conference on Flannery O’Connor

Andalusia in Andalucía: An International Conference on Flannery O’Connor, Universidad Loyola Andalucía, Seville, Spain, 22-25 June 2017

The conference Andalusia in Andalucía: An International Conference on Flannery O’Connor will investigate the international standing of American writer Flannery O’Connor, with special focus given to the reception of her work among Spanish translators and scholars. In its broadest vision, the conference encourages papers that put Spanish Baroque aesthetics into conversation with the literary aesthetics of Flannery O’Connor’s work.

Possible themes for conference papers and panels include, but are not limited to:
•The Catholic Baroque and the Literary Grotesque
•O’Connor and the Spanish Mystics: Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross
•O’Connor and Ignatius of Loyola: An Ignatian Imagination?
•O’Connor and Baroque Painting: El Greco to Velazquez
•The Quixotic Flannery O’Connor
•O’Connor’s South and the Global South
•The Mystery and Manners of Spanish Arts and Letters
•O’Connor and Federico Garcia Lorca
•The Politics of Faith: Al-Andalus to Franco
•Spanish Authors Roundtable
•Spanish Translators Roundtable

General registration for the conference will be $100USD, while graduate students can register for free. Six travel scholarships will be awarded.

Submit a 500-800 word abstract to:

Submission deadline: 1st March 2017

For more information about the conference, please visit:

CFP: The British Society for Literature and Science Annual Conference

The British Society for Literature and Science Annual Conference, University of Bristol, Thursday 6th April – Saturday 8th April 2017

Keynote talks will be given by Professor Havi Carel (University of Bristol), Professor Robert Mitchell (Duke University), and Professor Ralph O’Connor (University of Aberdeen).

The BSLS invites proposals for twenty-minute papers, or panels of three papers, on any subjects within the field of literature and science.

In addition, we are hoping to put together sessions with looser, non-traditional formats, and would welcome proposals from any person or persons interested in making presentations of approximately ten minutes from notes rather than completed papers. Our hope is that the latter format will encourage longer Q&A sessions with more discussion. If you have a topic or research area which would suit such a discussion, we would also like to hear from you. Other innovative formats are also welcomed, but please email your suggestion to the organisers for consideration well in advance of the submission deadline.

Please send an abstract (c.200 words) and short biographical note to the conference organiser by no later than 5pm GMT, Friday 9 December 2016. Please include the abstract and biographical note in the body of the email and not in an attachment. All proposers of a paper or panel will receive notification of the results by the end of January 2017. Proposals and all enquiries should be sent to Ros Powell.

The conference fee will be waived for two graduate students in exchange for written reports on the conference, to be published in the BSLS Newsletter. If you are interested in being selected for one of these awards, please mention this when sending in your proposal. To qualify you will need to be registered for a postgraduate degree at the time of the conference.

Please note that those attending the conference will need to make their own arrangements for accommodation. Information on local hotels will be made available soon.

Conference delegates will need to register as members of the BSLS (annual membership: £25 waged/ £10 unwaged). It will be possible to join the BSLS when registering for the conference online.

Further information can be found here.