CFP: Representing Gender in the North: 1945 to the present day – Deadline 3 April 2018

The University of Sheffield 23.5.18

Call for Papers

“When he saw this Tom was so full of himself that he had to share the pleasure with somebody, so he turned to a woman sitting across the aisle.

“There it is, missus.”

Surprised, the woman looked across him at him.

“You what, love?”

Tom nodded towards the panorama through the front window.

“The North.”

The woman looked, saw nothing, then observing that they were alone

thought it best to humour him.

“Yes, love. Very nice.”

And she stood up and went downstairs.”

Barry Hines, First Signs, (London: Michael Joseph, 1972), p.89

“Representing Gender in the North: 1945 to the present day” is a one-day conference which is to be held at the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield on 23 May 2018.  The conference focuses on prose, poetry, film, theatre, and television.   Contributions are warmly welcomed from established scholars and post-graduate students alike.  We invite abstracts of 300 words (please send to  by 3 April 2018. Topics for discussion include but are not limited to the following:

Representations of gender in the town or in the country

Ethnicity in the North

Northern authorship

LGBTQ representations

The post-industrial

Displacement and/or the returning native


The teenager or the Bildungsroman


Dialect and gender

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CFP: Spain: Social Movements Between Past and Present – Deadline 23 March 2018

University of Cambridge

8th June 2018

Social movements in Spain have increasingly attracted academic and popular attention over the last years. Political mobilisations are frequently treated as spontaneous phenomena, divorced from their wider social and historical contexts, as testified by much of the recent commentary on the 15M/Indignados movement and recent Catalan separatism. There is little interaction between those studying activism in the transformative decades of la transición española and those researching contemporary social movements. This can mean that their lessons and wider significance are lost. Historians of popular politics are also often reluctant to relate their research to contemporary events or to acknowledge the influence of present movements on the collective and academic memory. Our workshop is partly a response to social movement theorists’ suggestion that we attend to a particular mobilisation´s temporal, spatial and transnational dynamics to gain a deeper understanding of the movement itself and the societal changes it sheds light on.

This workshop will allow participants – PhD students and early-career academics – to reflect on social movements in Spain from the mid-twentieth century to the present, linking between past and present in important themes of mobilisation in contemporary Spain. It will help lay the ground for dialogue between scholars of Spanish history and politics from a diverse array of disciplines and intellectual contexts. Speakers will have twenty minutes to present their paper followed by comments and questions lead by an established academic. We will proceed with a roundtable discussion.

We aim to facilitate discussion on a variety of topics related to Spanish social movements, including but not limited to:

  • Gender and sexuality
  • Relations between social movements and institutions
  • Nationalisms
  • Urban Infrastructure
  • Youth Activism
  • Student movement
  • Memory
  • Labour and trade unions
  • Relations between actors
  • Movements and political parties

How to apply: Please send abstracts of up to 250 words and a short biography (max.200 words) to Roseanna Webster ( and/or Tiago Carvalho ( by March 23rd, 2018.


Limited funding to cover travel and accommodation is available.

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Deadline Extension CFP: Dandelion Journal: Submissions Deadline 5 March 2018

For its forthcoming volume, Dandelion, the Postgraduate Arts Journal at Birkbeck, has a new Call for Papers on the theme of

b r e a t h i n g.

Deadline Extension Details


We would be happy to discuss ideas for submissions with interested authors prior to the submission deadline.

In its compelling role of binding the human being to life and nature, the figurative meaning of b r e a t h i n g  is endowed with transitive qualities. Inspired by a multicultural approach to wellbeing, the notion of breathing effects a plurality of approaches to ways in which meanings are generated.

B r e a t h i n g  is endowed with transformative qualities. While this theme immediately speaks to us about the air we breathe, the polluted environments we inhabit, and the changing climate we confront daily, it injects new life into ideas related to embodied worlds – be these experimental narratives, interactive media, expanded cinemas, poetic forms, and voice-works – among others. In forging interconnections amongst disparate and discrete, yet whole entities,  b r e a t h i n g  inspires our imaginary and appeals to the human sensorium.

In these ways, it promotes the union of the physical to the metaphysical; it raises questions of shifting spatiotemporal boundaries, and of partial erosion of the empirical constraints that we may experience as digital beings; yet, it also sheds new light on thinking about those constraints in liminal and interstitial ways.

For its forthcoming issue, Dandelion seeks to invoke a meditative journey through the symbolic, metaphorical, and metonymical interpretations of  b r e a t h i n g .

Topics may be related, but are not limited, to:

  • Body/nature
  • Ecosystem ecology
  • The Anthropocene: media ecology
  • Interactivity and the digital entity
  • Ecofeminist philosophy
  • Desire: feminist perspectives on gender and sexual difference
  • Perceptual realism: the sense of smell
  • Linguistics
  • Cultural tropes in film and literary genres
  • The liminality of breathing: between cinema and art gallery
  • The moving image in video / installation art
  • The posthuman / postgender
  • Landscapes of the imaginary
  • Dreaming
  • The art of breathing in the age of globalisation
  • Soundscapes

Submission guidelines

We welcome long articles (of 5000-8000 words), or shorter ones (of 3000-5000 words).
We also welcome reviews of books, films, performances, exhibitions, and festivals (of around 1500 words).

We also publish interviews that you may wish to conduct with an author/artist, and artwork including visual art; creative writing; podcasts, and video footage (up to 10 minutes).

We would be happy to discuss ideas for submissions with interested authors prior to the submission deadline.

Please send all completed submissions to by 5th March 2018.

Please also include a 50-word author biography and a 200-300-word abstract alongside the submission of the entire article/piece. All referencing and style is required in full MHRA format as a condition of publication and submitted articles should be academically rigorous and ready for immediate publication.

We very much look forward to hearing from you!

With very best wishes,

Donatella Valente

Jennifer Turner




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CFP: Satellite Exploratory Events 2017-18 – deadline 5pm on 23 March 2018

Dear School of Arts Postgraduate Research Students,

Satellite – the School of Arts group/subcommittee focused on technology-enhanced learning, broadly defined – is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for exploratory events to take place this Summer Term 2017-18.

While these exploratory events can also be proposed by School academics, teaching and scholarship staff and administrative staff, we are specifically reaching out to you, as budding academics and teachers, with an appeal to apply. These events are a great opportunity to explore your interests as they relate to the intersection of technologies for pedagogy. You may, for instance, want to organise an event around alternative approaches to assessment that make use of techniques such as mobile video, social media or blogging. Or an event which considers innovative ways in-class learning experiences can be blended with online activities in-between sessions. Or the ways in which the digitalisation of our research objects or methods might shift how we teach and assess our subject areas. These examples are not exhaustive, and there are many other possibilities.

Proposals are due by 5pm on 23 March 2018 and must include the following:

  • Event Title
  • Event Convenor(s) (name and short bio / link to web profile)
  • Event Description (no more than 300 words)
  • Requested funding amount and its purpose(s) (e.g. catering costs – please specify if Satellite funding will be complemented by other funds, e.g. from department or research centre)

Please submit your proposal to Scott Rodgers at Feel free to get in touch with Scott should you have any questions, or if you would like to discuss a potential idea further.

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CFP Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations – Submissions Deadline 31 January 2018

Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations 

Escaping Escapism in Fantasy and the Fantastic

26th – 27th April 2018

What is the role of fantasy and the fantastic? Why—and perhaps more crucially, how—does the genre matter? Fantasy theorists frequently define the genre in opposition to what is possible and real: Kathryn Hume, for instance, sums it up in Fantasy and Mimesis as “departures from consensus reality”. Critics often scrutinize this departure as a negative, and disparage representations of the fantastic either due to their failure to depict real world issues or their presumed attempts at “escapism.” This perceived link between fantasy and escapism is so strong that dictionaries like the Oxford English Dictionary define escapism as “engaging in fantasy”.

Despite this association, a growing body of evidence asserts both that escapism can be healthy and that the fantastic can influence how its consumers perceive real world issues even when their representations are deemed problematic. For example, though readers and scholars have criticized the portrayal of minority groups in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, studies suggest that people who read the series are more accepting of stigmatised groups and more likely to vote for political candidates whose policies support these groups. And while some critics view the creation of fictional Secondary Worlds as a troubling detachment from reality, creativity scholars have drawn links between creating imaginary worlds as a child and high achievement in artistic and scientific fields later in life. Escapism is perhaps not as escapist as it was previously perceived to be, and even when it is, it can have a positive impact. The “escapism accusation” is being flipped on its head, with texts as disparate as Diana Wynne Jones’s Fire and Hemlock and Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s “Normal Again” presenting the rejection of the fantastic in favour of “reality” as the dangerous escapist behaviour. The traditional dynamic between escapism and the fantastic is constantly being changed and renegotiated.

This two-day symposium seeks to examine and honour the relationship between escapism and the fantastic. We welcome proposals for papers on this theme from researchers and practitioners working in the field of fantasy and the fantastic across all media, whether within the academy or beyond it. We are particularly interested in submissions from postgraduate and early career researchers.

We will offer workshops in creative writing for those interested in exploring the creative process.

We ask for 300-word abstracts for 20-minute papers, as well as creative presentations that go beyond the traditional academic paper.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

– Intersections and interplays between fantasy and reality.

– Metatextual responses to escapism in fantastic texts and media.

– Theoretical and/or critical discussions of escapism in relation to fantasy and the fantastic, broadly defined.

– Relationships between Secondary Worlds and the Primary World; relationships between world and characters.

– Reading, writing, and engaging with fantasy as a political act; the depiction of real world issues, or lack thereof, in fantastical settings and contexts.

– Representations of the fantastic in media associated with escapism, such as live-action role-playing, board games, tabletop role-playing games, television, etc.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a 100-word biography in separate editable documents (not PDF) to by Wednesday, the 31st of January 2018.

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CFP: ‘Testing toleration in Britain’s imperial and post-imperial world’ – Submissions Deadline 12 February 2018

Call for Papers

‘Testing toleration in Britain’s imperial and post-imperial world’

A Doctoral and ECR conference at Birkbeck, University of London

Friday 15th June, 2018

The question of the nature and limits of toleration is now as pressing as it has ever been.  We live in turbulent times with increasingly polarised – and perhaps intolerant – public debate as perceived differences between people become a site of controversy and values become oppositional.  In modern Britain, for example, promotion of the supposed British value of toleration is challenged by increased evidence of Islamophobia. The problems of defining and testing toleration are not new. They have both roots and precedence in a world of empires. How did questions of toleration emerge in Britain’s empire and how were they dealt with? What is their legacy in Britain’s imperial and post-imperial world?

This inter-disciplinary doctoral and ECR conference at Birkbeck, University of London on Friday 15th June 2018 aims to explore the concept and limits of toleration in imperial and post-colonial attitudes and interactions between the people, religions and cultures of the nations which once constituted the British empire.

The conference will be particularly, but not exclusively, focused on the encounter between the people, cultures and religions of Britain and the Indian sub-continent and Africa in situ and in migrant communities in Britain from c. 1750 to the present day.

Wider themes include: assimilation, tolerance, relativism, universalism, empire, integration, religion, secularism, multiculturalism, pluralism, liberalism.

Papers are invited on any topic related to the indicative themes and questions explored in the conference:

What did it mean to be tolerant in the context of empire?

  • Who was being tolerant and what was being tolerated?
  • Did this change over time? How and why?
  • What was intolerable and to whom?

Have concepts of toleration that developed during the Empire affected the concept of national identity in the post-empire era?

  • Who was being tolerant and what was being tolerated?
  • What are the limits of toleration in the post-Empire world?
  • Does the practice of “tolerance” in society signify inequality?

The concept of toleration

  • What does it mean to be tolerant?
  • What is the relationship between power and toleration?
  • What is the relationship between toleration and assimilation, integration, pluralism and multiculturalism?

 We welcome proposals from all relevant academic disciplines, which may include History, Religious Studies, Anthropology, Psychology and Psychosocial Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Literature Studies, History of Art.

If you would like to present a paper, please submit an abstract (max 300 words) along with a short paragraph (max 200 words) which outlines your institution, the academic discipline in which you are researching and your main doctoral/research project to the conference convenors, Sue Blunn and Helen Carr (to whom any queries can also be sent) at:

Deadline for proposals: Monday 12th  February 2018

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Royal Photographic Society Lecture – George Szirtes: 23 January 2018 6pm

Historical Group  of the Royal Photographic Society lecture at the Royal Philatelic Society, 23 January 2018, 6pm


Unfortunately, Mr. Robert Gurbo – who was going to speak on Andre Kertész: The Real Biography – is indisposed, and is not able to deliver the inaugural Colin Ford lecture until later in the year.  However,  we are happy to announce that his place is being taken by Mr George Szirtes

Mr. Szirtes, as well as being a lover of Hungarian photography, is a distinguished writer, translator and poet. His poems include verses about André Kertész, and these and others of his poems will be read by the actors Stephen Thorne and Timothy West.  Mr. Szirtes contributed a chapter to the catalogue for the 2011 exhibition Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the Twentieth Century, curated by Colin Ford at London’s Royal Academy of Arts

George Szirtes is an Honorary Fellow of Goldsmith’s College, of the Hungarian Academy of Arts and Letters, and of the Royal Society of Literature. As a journalist, he contributes to BBC radio and television, The Times, The Guardian and The Independent, and has won numerous awards and honours for his academic work and translations.


Colin Ford will introduce George Szirtes, to whom we are extremely grateful for agreeing to speak to us at such very short notice.

NOTE: As this event is not as originally advertised, it is not being seen as the inaugural ‘Colin Ford lecture’ but as a prelude to the series.

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CFP: Open Library of Humanities Special Collection – Waste Papers on Disposability, Decay, and Depletion Abstract Deadline 5 Jan 2018

Grace Halden and Alice Burks are editing an Open Library of Humanities Special Collection entitled Waste: Papers on Disposability, Decay, and Depletion inspired by September’s conference ‘Waste: A Symposium’ (details here: You do not need to have attended the conference to submit an abstract/paper.

Submission topics for the special collections may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Literatures of waste (e.g. fiction about waste, recycling, printing)
  • Eco-criticism (e.g. exploration of the Anthropocene)
  • Pollution and toxicity (e.g. physical / metaphorical, environmental, social)
  • Junk, dirt and rubbish (e.g. the abject, hygiene, creation of)
  • Decomposition and decay (e.g. illness, corpses, physical ‘wasting’)
  • The temporality of waste (e.g. ‘wasting time’, aging and depletion)
  • The geography of waste (e.g. LULUs, derelict spaces, wastelands)
  • Human waste / Wasted humans (e.g. bodily matter, biopolitics of disposability)
  • Petrocultures and industrial waste (e.g. extraction, environmental damage of)
  • Economies of waste (e.g. commodification, the cost of waste, disposal industries).

Submission details

Attached is the official call for articles for the Open Library of Humanities Special Collection. Research articles should be approximately 8000 words in length, including references and a short bibliography. Submissions should comprise of:

  • Abstract (250 words) – due January 5th, 2018
  • Author information (short biographical statement of 200 words) – due January 5th, 2018
  • Full-length article (8000 words) – due April 30th, 2018.

The OLH is an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded open-access journal with a strong emphasis on quality peer review and a prestigious academic steering board. Unlike some open-access publications, the OLH has no author-facing charges and is instead financially supported by an international consortium of libraries.

Please read the attached call for papers in detail.

All the best,

Dr Grace Halden and Alice Burks

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CFP: Edinburgh University – Nineteenth Century Research Seminars – deadline 1 December 2017

Edinburgh University – Nineteenth Century Research Seminars

Call for Papers

The Nineteenth Century Research Seminars (NCRS) invites proposals for twenty-minute papers from postgraduate and early career researchers that address any aspect of nineteenth century literature, history, art, and culture.

The seminar series is designed to be a cross- and inter-disciplinary forum where postgraduate and early career researchers can meet, form connections, debate, and collaborate on all issues pertaining to the long nineteenth century.

We accept abstracts addressing any aspect of research on the 19th century, but would particularly welcome those addressing any of the following themes:

  • Philosophy: from Hegel to Nietzsche
  • Empire, War, and Politics
  • Religion and Society
  • Ecology, Environment, and Industrialisation
  • Travelling and Exploration
  • German Classicism and German Idealism
  • Art, Architecture, and Aesthetics

Monthly seminars take place at the University of Edinburgh on 25 January, 22 February, 29 March, 26 April, and 31 May 2018. Each seminar will consist of three twenty-minute papers – at least one paper from a University of Edinburgh-based researcher and the other(s) from a researcher based in another institution – followed by discussion and a reception.

Abstracts of up to 250 words along with a brief biography and institutional affiliation should be submitted in the body of an email to The closing date for submissions is Friday 1 December 2017; speakers will be notified of a decision by mid-December. If for any reason you are not available for any of the dates listed above for the 2018 seminars, please let us know in your email submission; this will help us to pair papers and schedule more effectively.

For those travelling from outside of Edinburgh, reimbursement of travel expenses (up to £40) is available.

More details, and programmes from previous years are available at:


The NCRS is supported by the University of Edinburgh’s Student-Led Initiative Fund.

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