CFP: Skepsi, ‘Borders’

Skepsi: Call for Articles, ‘Borders’

Skepsi is an online interdisciplinary peer reviewed research journal, now in its ninth year, run by postgraduate students of the University of Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) and funded by the University of Kent.

Following the recent success of our interdisciplinary conference on ‘Borders’, held at the University of Kent in May 2016, we are calling for contributions on the same theme to a future issue of Skepsi to be published summer 2017.

Thor Heyerdahl, widely known for his Kon-Tiki expedition, is said to have once remarked, ‘Borders? I have never seen one, but I have heard that they exist in the mind of some people’. Arguably, Heyerdahl might be mistaken for questioning the existence of borders, yet his statement nonetheless draws attention to some highly interesting and controversial questions: What exactly are borders and on what necessary, legal and ethical grounds do we build them — and where? These questions seem particularly relevant today, as the European Union is facing the so-called migrant ‘crisis’, and with Daesh’s auto-proclamation of an Islamic State.

It is, thus, not surprising that academic interest in borders is on the increase. Over the last decades the topic has been developing into a new interdisciplinary field of research drawing together scholars from the social sciences and humanities. Border studies notably look at the historical, anthropological, sociological, and geopolitical aspects of borders ‘in the quest to understand the changing nature of territory, power, governance, and identity within both national and more global frames of reference’ (Wilson & Donnan: 20–21).

Topics may include but are not limited to:

 European Borders and the Refugee Crisis

 Shifting Borders, Territory and Partition

 The Frontier

 Security and Conflict

 Globalisation vs. National State

 Colonialism and New Imperialism

 Mobility, Migration and Multicultural Societies

 Borders and (national/sexual/racial) Identity

 Performativity

 Crossing Borders

 The Impact of Borders on Literature and their Literary Representation

 The Representation of Borders in the Arts

 Borders and Language(s)

 Physical Boundaries and the Self

 Psychological Aspects of Borders and Boundaries

Submissions are invited from academic staff, postgraduate students and independent scholars. Articles will be selected by the Board after peer review and published in a forthcoming issue of the journal, to be published in summer 2017.

Articles, which should not exceed 6,000 words, should be sent together with an abstract of about 250 words and brief biographical details about the author to:

The deadline for submission is 31 October 2016.

Skepsi is an online interdisciplinary peer reviewed research journal, now in its ninth year, run by postgraduate students of the University of Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages and funded by the University of Kent.


Skepsi Call for Peer Reviewers

Skepsi is currently looking for peer reviewers in the fields of the humanities and the social sciences.

All of the articles submitted to Skepsi are double-blind peer reviewed (the peer review will be blind both for the author and the peer-reviewer). Peer reviewers read and give anonymous feedback on the style, presentation, originality, scholarly merits, of the academic articles in their field of study.

The peer reviewing system guarantees the quality and the originality of the material published in the journal.

For more details on becoming a peer reviewer, please see the page 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.

Oxford Comparative Criticism, Michaelmas 2016

Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation is a research programme based jointly at TORCH, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, and the Centre for Comparative Criticism and Translation at St. Anne’s College.

Since 2013 our research programme brings together experts from the disciplines of English, Medieval and Modern Languages and Oriental Studies, and draws in collaborators from Classics, Music, Visual Arts, Film, Philosophy and History. We run seminars, workshops, conferences and a discussion group; we stage public events, such as Oxford Translation Day; and we edit a book series, Transcript, as well as an online journal, OCCT Review.

In Michaelmas 2016 the OCCT Discussion Group will follow a new format: we’ll be focussing on key issues in the methodology of comparative study. The sessions will begin with a short conversation between two senior members moderated by a graduate representative, followed by a discussion of the recommended readings. We hope to encourage graduates to think about their research within a comparative context, and contribute to creating a vibrant OCCT graduate community.

OCCT is a Divisional research programme supported by TORCH and St Anne’s College. Our organising committee includes Prof Matthew Reynolds, Prof Adriana X. Jacobs, Prof Mohamed-Salah Omri, Dr Eleni Philippou, Dr Peter Hill, Ms Karolina Watroba, Ms Kate Costello, Ms Valeria Taddei, Ms Kasia Szymanska, Prof Ben Morgan, Prof Patrick McGuinness.

An overview of the open events can be found here;  detailed descriptions of each event here.


CFP: BCLA Autumn Graduate Reception: Afterlives

BCLA Autumn Graduate Reception: Afterlives

University College London

We are pleased to announce that the British Comparative Literature Association will be hosting a Graduate Reception on the evening of 7 November 2016.

The theme for this year’s Autumn Reception is “Afterlives”. We have three slots available for postgraduates to give a 20-minute paper on any aspect of their research in Comparative Literature that addresses literature’s multiple afterlives, such as socio-political, ethical, aesthetic, scientific, theoretical, mythical, and so on, or examines the way in which afterlives have come to shape the past, present, and future of comparative literature. Submissions need not be limited to these parameters and we welcome broad and creative interpretations of this theme.

BCLA Graduate Receptions are friendly evening seminars which offer postgraduates working in Comparative Literature and related fields the opportunity to present their work to peers and academics, followed by an informal wine reception. This Graduate Reception will also celebrate the winners of the 2016 Arthur Terry Postgraduate Essay Prize.

The deadline for abstracts (up to 250 words) is 21 October 2016; please send abstracts to Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

BCLA Postgraduate Representatives: Niall Sreenan, Stefano Rossoni, and Stanislava Dikova