Call for Papers
BCLA Summer Graduate Reception: Environments
Wednesday 8 June 2016, University of Essex
We are pleased to announce that the British Comparative Literature Association will be hosting a Graduate Reception on the evening of Wednesday 8 June 2016.
The theme for this year’s Summer Reception is “Environments” and 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 environments, such as socio-political, ethical, aesthetic, scientific, theoretical, natural, and so on, or examines the way in which the environment and environmental studies figure in the discipline of Comparative Literature. Submissions need not be limited to these parameters and we welcome broad and creative interpretations of this theme.
Our keynote speaker for the evening is Dr Susan Oliver (Reader in Literature at the University of Essex) whose talk is titled “Reading the Environment: Landscaping Violence and Restitution?”
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.
The deadline for abstracts (up to 250 words) is Wednesday 18 May 2016; please send abstracts to us. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
LINKS (London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies) 6th Postgraduate Conference
Inside/Outside: Comparative Questions
4 June 2016
Hosts: Birkbeck and Royal Holloway
LINKS conferences foster an inclusive space to discuss and re-think intercultural ‘links’, and to approach literary and non-literary texts from a comparative perspective. Organised by postgraduates for postgraduates, this one-day conference is an opportunity for students across the University of London and beyond to present individual research papers, generate and engage in critical discussions, and meet with other students, professors, and researchers in the field. As well as panels of papers, there will be a round table at the end of the day with contributions from professors and discussion for all.
MA and PhD students studying Comparative Literature (or adopting comparative approaches in their work) from London and beyond are warmly invited to send us proposals for fifteen-minute presentations (plus five minutes’ discussion time). Proposals are welcome on ANY aspect of comparative literary study. Subjects may include, but are not limited to:
· inclusion and exclusion
· cultural circulation
· altered states
· ‘world’ literature
· genre: constraints and potentialities
· theories: constraints and potentialities
Proposed titles and abstracts (max 300 words) should be sent to us by 27 April 2016. Please also include your name and affiliation. Submissions relating to MA dissertation and PhD thesis topics are welcome, but essays previously written for your MA course will also be considered. Presentations will be 14 minutes, and there will be ample time for supportive discussion. The organising team will contact you regarding your proposals at the beginning of May.
Please feel free to contact us about any questions or concerns you may have. We look forward to hearing from you.
Postgraduate Conference – CFP: Seeking Refuge, King’s College London, 23-24 May 2016
This conference focuses on literary expressions and interpretations of crisis, trauma, and seeking refuge. A fundamental human need, the urge to achieve safety is a thematically rich one for literature. Writing itself presents a means of seeking refuge for some; for others, the act of narration is linked to trauma, displacement or a sense of loss or absence. Through the figure of the refugee – not only the political but also the existential refugee -, concepts of borders and spaces are interrogated, and we welcome papers which interrogate the notions of both physical and psychological encounters.
Contributions from postgraduates working on literature, especially from an interdisciplinary perspective are warmly invited to investigate this theme of ‘seeking refuge.’ Abstracts from other disciplines which engage with literature are also welcome. Please see the CFP for more details.
Please send abstracts of no longer than 250 words along with a brief biographical note on the contributor(s) to us by 27th April 2016. Decisions will be communicated by 5th May 2016. Abstracts should state which panel you would like to be considered for, and preferably should demonstrate a fit with the other two papers on the panel. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Landscape: Interpretations, Relations, and Representations
The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society
26 and 27 January 2017
The title of the conference, “Landscape: Interpretations, Relations, and Representations,” has been chosen in order to explore landscape in the broadest sense. When analysed as a theoretical concept, landscape evokes strong spatial connotations and vivid imagery by means of our perceptions of the world. However, as the world undergoes impactful developments – often discussed with buzzwords such as industrialisation, globalisation and digitisation – the very notion of what is, arranges, informs, and changes a landscape has altered in accordance with these dynamic processes. Our conference will interrogate ways in which to analyse shifts in conception and approach throughout history. Participants are invited to critically explore and reflect on cultural artefacts and practices that project, trace, or confront these processes through the concept, genre, or medium of landscape. By seeking to gather an interdisciplinary and intercultural selection of academic papers and works of art, we aim to encourage an open dialogue among a unique mix of artists and researchers.
Two internationally renowned scholars, Professor W.J.T. Mitchell and Professor D.E. Nye will give keynote lectures during the conference.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send your proposal (max. 300 words) outlining a 20-minute paper along with a brief bio (max. 150 words) before 1 October, 2016 to the organising committee. You will be notified whether or not your paper has been selected by 1 November, 2016. Should you have any question regarding the conference and/or the proposal, please do not hesitate to contact the organising committee. Please see the conference website for more information.
In 2014, the British Comparative Literature Association has announced a new scheme of postgraduate bursaries, designed to support attendance at conferences or research trips by BCLA members registered for a postgraduate degree (MA, MRes, MPhil, or PhD). Bursary applications may be accompanied by applications for membership.
The application deadline for the next round is 31 May 2016.
See Postgraduate Bursaries for details.