CFP: The Literary Self: from Antiquity to the Digital Age – deadline 10 April 2018


The Literary Self: from Antiquity to the Digital Age

A postgraduate conference hosted by the University of Edinburgh on 4-5 June 2018.

Generously supported by the Institute for Academic Development, the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities and the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews.

Keynote: Professor Simon James, Durham University
Other confirmed speakers: Dr Roger Rees, University of St Andrews

Throughout history authors have grappled with how their texts are presented to their audience. Critics and theorists have responded to this in kind with a multitude of diverging approaches to the author in a text and the nature of the self generally. However, very few of these approaches have come to bear upon the literary nature of our online identities, whether it’s the lexical semantics and rhetoric of our online existences or indeed the literary value that such existences might produce. Our conference will examine approaches to authorship and selfhood through time and culminate in roundtable discussions of their applicability in our digital age.

We will have panels grounded in the Classical, Medieval and Early Modern, and Modern periods and invite papers from all disciplines.

As the conference is interdisciplinary we encourage papers that examine the literary self in a specific field or time period but also have applicability to a wide audience. Speakers who are successful will have the opportunity to publish their proceedings in FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts.

Paper topics might consider:
• Biographies, autobiographies, and the mythology of authorial persona
• The psychology of literary identity
• Digital humanities and the networks of reception
• Ontological philosophies of selfhood
• The media of self-presentation (e.g. papyri, codices, books, social media, or e-books)
• The linguistics of expression and repression

Thanks to the generosity of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, the Institute for Academic Development, and the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews, we can provide a limited amount of funding for travel from your home institution. Lunch and refreshments will also be provided.

Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words to by 10 April 2018.
You will be notified by email by mid to late-April of the submission outcomes.

Conference Organisers
Caitlan Smith (St. Andrews), Consuelo Martino (St. Andrews), Matthew Tibble (Edinburgh), Miles Beard (Strathclyde)

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CFP: Transculturation, Encounters in the Modern Period, 1830-Present University of York – deadline 12 March 2017


Transculturation: Encounters in the Modern Period, 1830 – Present 

Tuesday 30 May 2017

University of York

Deadline for abstracts: 12 March 2017

This interdisciplinary one-day symposium aims to give postgraduate researchers at any level or point in their studies an opportunity to come together to develop debates around transculturation – the idea of works and people responding to production, reproduction and reception at different times and in different places, exploring how ‘ideas’ can transmutate and travel.

In the age of so-called globalisation when access and opportunities to ‘connect’ have never been more abundant, how do we now scrutinise borders, nations, places and spaces? Historically, scholars have established and reinforced conceptual borders between disciplines and through periodization. Increasingly, however, research of the modern period attempts to transcend those borders and explore worlds of diverse experience.

This year’s Centre for Modern Studies postgraduate conference takes transculturation as its key theme but applies it as broadly as Codell intended – incorporating all of the humanities disciplines and the atemporal nature of contemporary research.Therefore we invite proposals of individual papers on topics in the period 1830-Present that include but are not limited to:

  • Real and Imagined Boundaries: border studies, North/South, East/West (including post-Saidean disruptions to the East/West binary), metropoles/peripheries, the ‘Third Space’, contact zones 
  • Britain and Empires Beyond: Ottoman, Byzantine, Chinese, Japanese, Native American, Mayan.
  • Networked and travelling objects, art and literary works
  • Tourism and travel studies, travel literature
  • Translations of texts
  • Cross contamination: transculturation in the medical humanities
  • The internet as a transcultural space
  • Travelling ideas in philosophical thought
  • Transcultural synaesthesia: hybridity in music

Abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted to by Sunday 12 March. Applicants will be notified by the end of March. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the organisers. 

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Call for Papers: The Modern Body 1830-Present, deadline 4 March 2016

The Modern Body, 1830-Present 
3 June 2016, University of York
Hosted by the Centre for Modern Studies

Deadline for abstracts: 4 March 2016 

We use bodies to work, to express, to question and to reveal. Bodies are spaces and sites of concern, becoming central foci in art, literature, media, and every aspect of culture. We talk about bodies in relation to health, power, strength, beauty, personality. After all the body is the ultimate site of identity. We ascertain our individualism and seek to define our selfhood by delineating boundaries between bodies, and between what is personal and impersonal.

Yet the body persists as a site of tension, full of contradictions, and anxieties of personal agency and control. This is especially pertinent in the Modern period, from 1830 to present day. In a period which experienced the introduction to evolutionary biology; the industrial revolution; social and political upheaval and progress; along with numerous medical and scientific advancements, the ways we view and use the physical body have been radically questioned, with the result that the body is represented in numerous provoking ways.

Bodies can be tools of protest and resistance, of violence, or even self-defence. Of course bodies are not always singular and individual. Groups, crowds and masses of people constitute bodies, coming together. Nor are they always somatic; we have political, bureaucratic and governmental bodies; we have bodies of knowledge and bodies of work. What bodies tell us and how the body can be represented across artistic and cultural forms has and continues to be a contested point of discussion across various disciplines.

The Centre for Modern Studies invites papers across all Arts and Humanities disciplines, on the subject on the Modern Body in the period from 1830 – present.

We welcome papers on various topics including, but not limited to:

  • Mechanical bodies
  • Industry and labour
  • Mind/ body relationships
  • Bodies of work
  • Bodies of knowledge
  • Embodied discourses
  • Ethnicities and race
  • Posthumanism
  • Sexuality
  • Senses
  • Health, illness and pain
  • Bodies at war
  • Performance

Please direct any queries to and we look forward to accepting proposals. Information about registration and conference details will be circulated shortly.

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