Call for Papers



This seminar is intended for doctoral students in English studies who wish to present their current research. Like previous editions corroborate, this event allows students to get in contact with peers who share similar concerns and face similar challenges throughout their research years. As research in English Studies has to adapt to our ever changing world, this seminar is conceived as an opportunity for young researchers to share and compare their initiatives and their experiences as PhD students with other colleagues. During this seminar, PhD students will be accompanied by early-career researchers and postgraduates, as well as senior lecturers and experts in English Studies research.


Dr Rosa Lorés
(Universidad de Zaragoza)

Dr Katarzyna Paszkiewicz
(Universitat de les Illes Balears)

● Applied linguistics
● EFL pedagogy
● Academic and professional discourses
● Genre theory and rhetoric
● Pragmatics and discourse analysis

● Audiovisual translation
● Specialised translation
● Literary translation
● Language, style, and cultural change

● Contemporary and modern literatures
in English
● Recent trends in critical theory
● Literary theory
● Postcolonial and decolonial studies

● Culture and film theories
● Globalisation in the cinema
● Transnational cinema and

The seminar welcomes proposals for papers on all the topics listed above. We are
particularly keen to encourage contributions that engage with the department’s areas of
expertise: transmodern and posthuman literatures, transnationality and crisis in contemporary
cinema, and recontextualization and interdiscursivity in digital (scientific) genres.

Abstracts must be submitted both for papers and for posters. The text must be written in English, with a 250-300 word length. Please use the abstract template provided on the website (typeset in Time New Roman, 12pt, single-spaced, and properly indented). Bibliographical
references are strongly recommended, following a well-established reference style (APA, MLA). Abstracts must be sent to seing@unizar.esincluding the name and affiliation of the author(s) in the message. The author’s name must be removed from the title and from references to earlier publications. Please, name the attachment “LING”, “TRANS”, “LIT”, or “FILM”, according to your field, followed by the author’s initials. e.g. Luis Rodrigo’s paper on Literature: LIT_LR; or Luisa Galve’s paper on Linguistics: LING_LG.


SCHEDULE Friday, May 3rd, 9:00-14:00 / 15:00-20:00


Deadline for abstract submission January 30th
Notification of acceptance March 4th

Call for Papers

14th Biennial HAAS Conference America Beyond Crisis: Regeneration, Coping, Healing

America Beyond Crisis: Regeneration, Coping, Healing
May 24-25, 2024
University of Szeged contact:
Department of American Studies web:

The HAAS 2024 conference invites contributions that address diverse modes and narratives of moving beyond crisis in American culture. The presentations are to explore the possible uses of dialogue, negotiation, coping mechanisms, mobility or hybridisation in various attempts to tackle senses of crisis, ambiguity, and various forms of cultural, political, social, linguistic, mental, affective, moral disorder represented by cultural forms within the contexts of transnational American Studies. The general aim is to further explore the ways methodologies in the humanities may diagnose, process, and proactively prevent the cultural experience of crisis in diverse transnational American contexts. Scholars and PhD students from various fields including literature, history, social and cultural studies, visual culture, politics, applied linguistics, etc. are encouraged to offer their critical insights on any aspect of crisis and regeneration in American culture.
Potential paper and panel submissions can address but are not limited to:

● narratives of crisis, coping, healing
● languages of crisis and regeneration
● displacement and migration as ways of regeneration
● activism, solidarity, consciousness-raising and crisis management
● the ethics of crisis management
● crises and negotiations in diplomacy
● hybridization and healing
● climate change, climate crisis
● gendered perspectives on coping
● economic depression and regeneration
● crisis as an opportunity

Abstracts should be submitted to our website at https://between November 20, 2023 and February 15, 2024. Submitters will receive notification of acceptance by March 15, 2024.
The conference will be arranged as an onsite conference at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the University of Szeged (Szeged, Egyetem u 2). Conference proceedings are to be published by Americana Ebooks.


Please, fill in the registration form at the following link:

For presentations, an abstract of around 250 words (in English) and a short bio of 80 words should be uploaded at the end of the registration form. Deadline for submission of abstracts: February 15, 2024.


Language, Literature, Intersectionality 2024

Language, Literature, Intersectionality 2024, 27th April 2024 at the Faculty of Philosophy in Niš (Serbia)


Contemporaneity promises policies and programs, action plans and legislation that ensure equal opportunities and address circumstances leading us towards equity. In theory, the Western world has reached an unprecedented consensus on issues such as gender equality, race, social policies against poverty, children’s rights, etc. Yet, the crises marking the beginning of the twenty-first century testify to the institutional failure to ensure the enforcement of such laws and policies, but also uncover voices of dissent. Moreover, legacies of the past find innumerable ways of remaining in the present, either as forces countering progress, or preventing it from going into new extreme practices in less extreme examples of the clash between values, but maintaining status quo. Discourse on these sensitive issues has become a matter of political positioning and a space where visions of the future are juxtaposed – a battlefield of ideologies, old and new. Caught between the fire of progressive and conservative currents are individuals whose circumstances combine to create grounds for different modes of discrimination and privilege based on class, race, gender and sex, sexuality, religion, disability, ethnicity, etc.

Language, Literature, Intersectionality 2024 deals with the concept of intersectionality as manifested in literature, language, culture and the discourse. The conference will host panels exploring the discourses on intersectional identities, gender and gender equality (and equity), gender sensitive language, oppression and privilege, disability and language, disability and class, language and class, dialect, regional literatures and class, nationality, race, as well other theoretical discussions pertaining to intersectionality.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 1st December 2023. Notifications of acceptance by mid-December.

Early Bird discount for conference fee payments until 20 January will be available.

Payment deadline: 1st March 2024.

Book of Abstracts will be published by mid-March 2024. Conference Program and Panel Schedules will be posted by end of March 2024.

A selection of papers presented in the conference will be published in reputable journals.


LIT 1: ANA KOCIĆ STANKOVIĆ, Oppression and Intersectionality in Literature and Culture

The panel aims to consider various forms of oppression based on race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, etc. as represented in Anglo-American literature and culture. (Submissions in English and Serbian will be considered.)


LIT 2: ARIJANA LUBURIĆ-CVIJANOVIĆ, Literature across Boundaries

To articulate and examine experiences of disadvantage at various intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, class, and other culture-specific categories of identity, literature commonly employs forms and styles which are themselves characterised by plurality, boundary crossing and fragmentation. The panel explores how literature that crosses the boundaries of genre, form, media, and/or language reflects intersectional concerns, including but not restricted to writing that relies on fragmented/dispersed/hybrid forms, plays with genre, blends poetry and prose, or combines different media of expression. The literary corpus may include writing outside Anglophone literatures. (Submissions in English and Serbian will be considered.)


LIT 3: SERGEJ MACURA, Road Movies as Nodes of Intersectionality

Apart from its perennial topos of journey, which it inherits from the major narrative works in all of literature, the road movie as a genre has also often served as a vehicle for discussion and commentary on pressing, troubling, even provocative contemporary issues. Although films like Easy Rider (1969) and Vanishing Point (1971), together with the “enclosedˮ road movies similar to Taxi Driver (1976), opened a lot of room for social debate, this genre is at present much more diversified than ever before. Lives of underprivileged members of society have been poignantly presented in Five Easy Pieces (1970) or Scarecrow (1973), but Nomadland (2020) is another testimony to the depth and breadth of the unemployment issue, rather global than strictly American. In addition, the road movie plot does not only show a physical journey, since such works as Rain Man (1988), The Straight Story (1999) About Schmidt (2002) and Nebraska (2013) result in previously unexpected self-awareness, and also a deeper understanding of the ageing process, mental disorders, the meaning of life and the sense of otherness. Even racial roles can be reversed, as seen on the examples of Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and Green Book (2018), which can prompt a question about the cinematic industry’s response to the major social changes worldwide and their application to the art of film. If we include Ray (2004) and Intouchables (2011), the field of intersectionality further opens onto the issue of disability, and with the inclusion of Captain Fantastic (2016), one can ponder on the necessary loss of log cabin innocence in face of economically ordered society. Just as a final suggestion, road films like Little Miss Sunshine (2006) bring up topics of dysfunctional families, generation gap and parental mismanagement of their children’s future. All of these works demonstrate some facets of the broad spectrum of intersectional relations, many even featuring multiple viewpoints, and we hope the road movie genre can spark a dynamic academic exchange.



The panel aims to explore fictional and nonfictional depictions of disability, with a special focus on how disability intersects with gender, age, race, and class, among other factors, to produce social marginalization for the disabled (and, in some instances, their caretakers). Any discussion of the representation of disability, moreover, is bound to consider the culture-specific anxieties about the vulnerability of the body and mind; the general precarity of life; the distribution of power and oppression in specific socioeconomic arrangements; the ethics and the gendered nature of care; the (in)stability of gender identity; abjection and endurance, etc. Potential topics include: Disability in (Contemporary) Fiction; Disability in Life Writing; Disability on Film; Disability in Comics/Graphic Novels (Disability and Superheroes); Disability as Subjugated Knowledge. (Submissions in English and Serbian will be considered.)

LANG 1: NADEŽDA SILAŠKI, The Dark Side of Words: Analyzing Verbal Aggression in Contemporary Public Discourse

The panel seeks articles from diverse theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches delving into the discourses that intentionally insult, belittle, label, defame, manipulate, or overtly or covertly discriminate on various grounds. Particularly welcome are topics dealing with the verbal aggression in parliamentary debates, political talk shows, newscast and infotainment programs, but also in a range of print and digital media genres. (Submissions in English and Serbian will be considered.)


LANG 2: TATJANA TRAJKOVIĆ, Dialects in Contemporary Linguistics

Serbian dialects and Standard Serbian – their functions and significance, place in public and internal communication, mutual influences; development of substandard varieties; dialects, substandard varieties and contemporary society; dialects and substandard varieties on social networks, etc.

Serbian dialects and language standard in the light of “gender-sensitive language”: expressing occupations, professions, titles; expressing gender and number; gender and number congruence, etc. The position of Serbian vernaculars and standards in distant or sensitive areas (diaspora, AP Kosovo and Metohija, etc.): sustainability, tendencies, the degree of research, etc. (Submissions in English and Serbian will be considered.)


LANG 3: ALEKSANDRA SALAMUROVIĆ, Multilingualism through an Intersectional Lens

The panel aims to approach multilingualism, defined as the usage of more than one language, through an intersectional lens. Specifically, we investigate the interplay between language practices and social categories such as citizenship, ethnicity, gender, education, religion, and region, to name but a few, to understand their influence on the ‘boundaries and hierarchies of social life’ (Anthias 2013: 4) for individuals and/or different social groups. We particularly welcome papers from socio-, pragma-, gender-, and psycholinguistics, and from the field of language teaching. (Submissions in English and Serbian will be considered.)


LANG 4: MARINA NIKOLIĆ, Equality and Discrimination in Language

The panel covers different examples of discriminatory linguistic practice, which appears in public discourse: in the media, politics, on the internet, etc. One of the topics will be judicial practice that deals with linguistic offenses: insults expressed in public discourse, at the workplace, in the social and living environment, due to belonging to a minority group, either on the basis of religious orientation, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or due to physical or mental disability, etc., and which lead to the violation of human or civil dignity, as well as to causing immaterial or material damage through various apparent forms. Likewise, the panel explores linguistic means and examples of good practice that achieve or encourage equality between different social groups, both in Serbia and in other countries. (Submissions in English and Serbian will be considered.)


LANG 5: JELENA JAĆOVIĆ, IVAN JOVANOVIĆ, Analyse de discours et intersectionnalité

Vu le fait que l’analyse du discours cherche à explorer les fonctions du langage et les manières de la construction de signification dans des contextes différents, son croisement avec la notion de l’intersectionnalité lui donne d’autres possibilités d’action. Ce panel vise à examiner les perspectives de cette synergie à travers les concepts de l’inégalité de la compétence discursive, la colonialité du discours, l’analyse conversationnelle, l’ethnographie visuelle, l’analyse du discours multimodale etc. L’intersectionnalité peut être étudiée au niveau lexico-sémantique (p.ex. déspécification lexicale et dénotation) et syntaxique (p.ex. discours indirect). (Seules les soumissions en serbe et en français seront considérées.)

SOC: DRAGAN TODOROVIĆ, Intersectionality in Social Sciences

The unilineal approach to overlapping dimensions in examining the human condition and structural hierarchies has been dominant in social sciences for decades – (biological) sex, gender, race, age, physical appearance, weight, caste and class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, religion, mother tongue, citizenship, and marital, work or material status, as well as parenthood, education, disability, political orientation, etc. Intersectionality as an innovative and interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approach aims at examining and understanding the processual nature of social phenomena, as well as simultaneous points of convergence and interrelatedness of the said biological, cultural and social categories of identity which in mutual interaction produce diverse effects, shape unique individual and collective experiences. These experiences can range from being somewhat beneficial (privilege, access to resources of power, well-being and progress), but most often these are damaging experiences of discrimination, repression, subjection and defamation), and they produce substantial legal and social consequences.

Intersectionality is, therefore, the efficient starting point of contemporary discussion on the position and status of marginalized groups and rights advocacy. Intersectional reading 1. exposes the modes of production that lead to power imbalances and relations of subordination, 2. uncovers the structural causes of repression, as well as empowerment, and 3. identifies institutional and systemic discrimination. Intersectionality explains the complexity of social positioning of social agents, and allows for a critical perspective to consider alternatives in terms of intervention, as well as general changes in the domain of organizations, institutions and the system on the whole. These involve improvements in legislation, its application, developing data gathering strategies that would allow a more detailed research into the quality of individual and collective experiences, awareness-raising campaigns aimed at experts, as well as the public about discrimination, etc.

At an increased risk of multifold vulnerabilities (which just opens up a whole range of possible topics that this panel would address) are:

1. Uneducated women with disability (intersection of education, sex, and disability)

2. Disabled women in political parties (intersection of sex, disability, and political orientation)

3. Unemployed single mothers and fathers with underage children (in terms of the job market, the right to maternity and childcare leave) (intersection of sex, marital status, employment, and socioeconomic status)

4. Women working in high-risk and underpaid jobs in textile and manufacturing industry, and commerce (intersection of gender, education and socioeconomic status)

5. Roma girls in premature, forced, and underage marriages (intersection of gender, age, ethnicity, education, and socioeconomic status)

6. Roma children from unhygienic town areas due to premature school withdrawals, or overrepresentation in special schools (intersection of ethnicity, age, place of residence, and education)

7. Internally displaced Roma women from Kosovo and Roma women who were returned to Serbia without documents according to readmission agreements (intersection of gender and ethnicity, and employment, socioeconomic and legal status)

8. Older women in single-person households in rural areas (intersection of gender, age, place of residence, and socioeconomic status)

9. Same-sex persons with the possibility of registering an extramarital union (intersection of sex, gender, sexuality, marital and parental status)

10. Homosexual, bisexual, and transgender women in terms of the right to family planning, child adoption and artificial insemination (intersection of sex, gender, sexuality, marital and parental status)

11. Pregnant women and women undergoing In vitro fertilization, in terms of exercising the right to work (intersection of sex, marital and parental status, and employment)

12. Women in leadership positions in politics and management (intersection of sex, education, employment status, and political orientation)

13. Poor self-funded students from rural areas (intersection of employment status, economic status, and place of residence)

(Submissions in English and Serbian will be considered.)

Call for Papers

Postcolonial Infrastructure

Annual Conference of the German Association for Postcolonial Studies (GAPS) University of Konstanz, 18-20 May 2023

Please submit your 250-300 word abstract by December 31, 2022 to

Mobility systems, urban planning, markets, educational facilities, digital appliances: infrastructure organizes social life, assigns subject positions, and enables or prevents cultural exchange. Yet its powerful role often goes unnoticed as most infrastructure is designed to recede into the half-conscious background of daily life. In recent years, researchers in several fields have begun to uncover the sociopolitical hierarchies and resistant forces at work in the construction, maintenance, transformation, and dismantling of infrastructure. Postcolonial studies has much to contribute to this research—and vice versa.

After all, colonization is itself a large-scale infrastructure project. Both historically and systemically, colonization involves the transcultural transfer of military, political, economic, legal, social, and other infrastructure, and the destruction of indigenous infrastructure, in order to establish and maintain power over colonized peoples. As Édouard Glissant remarks, today’s infrastructures are “products of structures inherited from colonization, which no adjustment of parity (between the former colony and the former home country) and, moreover, no planning of an ideological order has been able to remedy.” Scholars in postcolonial studies have therefore begun to analyze infrastructure as a form of “planned violence” (Boehmer and Davies). At the same time, infrastructure can function as a social good that fosters relations and enables alternative forms of sociality. Access to infrastructure thus confers privilege, regulates participation, and erects hierarchies. In the decolonial struggle, infrastructure has therefore emerged as a key site and means of resistance.

These infrastructural dynamics require analytic approaches from the humanities, and especially from postcolonial studies, because they unfold centrally on a cultural level. Infrastructure is shaped by specific actors and processes, and it sustains cultural presuppositions, imaginaries, and ideologies. Infrastructure is also a discursive category that confers visibility or invisibility, and can thus establish epistemological hierarchies and undergird material ones. The concept of infrastructure itself emerged in France at the peak of European imperialism and first spread in anglophone military discourse. At the same time, there are comparable concepts in languages and cultures around the world whose knowledge might modify, challenge, or interrelate with anglophone conceptions of infrastructure.

The 2023 GAPS conference seeks to explore this underrepresented yet essential dimension of colonial, postcolonial, and decolonial life. Proposals may address, but are not limited to, issues such as:
• infrastructures of (post)colonial literature / literature about (post)colonial
• language as infrastructure / infrastructures of language
• the uses of infrastructure in postcolonial and decolonial theory
• racialized infrastructure
• infrastructure and identity
• trans/national infrastructure; cross/border infrastructures
• infrastructures of empire
• imperial and colonial entanglements of the infrastructure concept
• the temporality of post/colonial infrastructures
• the political aesthetics of infrastructures
• infrastructure and travel (writing)
• infrastructural genres / genre as infrastructure
• translating infrastructure / infrastructures of translation
• infrastructural imaginaries
• teaching postcolonial infrastructure (within educational infrastructure)
• rethinking postcolonial studies infrastructurally: which linguistic, literary, formal, theoretical, artistic, social, etc. phenomena can productively be described as infrastructural?

Please submit your 250-300 word abstract by December 31, 2022 to All presenters must be GAPS members by the time of the conference.

Work in progress in anglophone postcolonial studies—including M.A./M.Ed., PhD, and Postdoc projects as well as ongoing research projects in general—can be presented in the “Under Construction” section of the conference, for which poster presentations are also welcome. Please submit abstracts for project presentations (250-300 words) indicating your chosen format (paper or poster) by March 1, 2023.

A limited number of travel bursaries are available for emerging scholars, part-time, or currently unemployed speakers who are, or will become, members of GAPS. If you wish to apply for a travel bursary, please indicate so via e-mail to the conference organizers by March 1, 2023.

GAPS strives to create a conference in which everyone can participate in critical discussions of all topics. If a paper contains discussions of and/or representations of violence, presenters are encouraged to consider whether a content note might be warranted in order to prepare audience members. Content notes should be included in submitted abstracts for later inclusion in the conference program. Presenters are also encouraged to think critically about how they might choose to present such content (visually, orally, as text on a slide etc).

Feel free to contact the organizers if you have any questions or special requirements.


International Conference: “Infrastructures of Racism and the Contours of Black Vitality and Resistance.”

University of Torino (Italy), 23-25 March 2023

This conference intends to explore the continuing and systemic infrastructures of racism, in light of the discriminatory nature of spatial politics and techniques of population management organized along racial lines in the United States. Our entry point into such discussion will be the analysis of material systems—infrastructures— as a tangible trace of the institutional impact on the lives of racialized people in the U.S., from the plantation project, to various iterations and stages of establishments and organizations such as asylums, prisons, welfare and educational systems. Contextually, we want to emphasize conceptualizations of abolitionist futures, alternative arrangements and modes of existence that build on well-established praxes rooted in Black vitality, joy, and worldmaking.

This events wants to extend its reach beyond academia, and engage with local associations, bodies, and communities that are faced daily with the issues at hand. In this spirit, the conference will also include a public-facing workshop centered on anti-racist practices, in collaboration with local cultural associations, activist/public intellectuals, and high-school students.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Northeastern University, USA)

Kevin E. Quashie (Brown University, USA)

Ivy Wilson (Northwestern University, USA)

We invite original papers from various disciplines including, but not limited to, literature, history, philosophy, social and political sciences, law, environmental humanities. We envision a series of roundtables with 4 or 5 participants with individual presentations of 10-15 minutes, in order to encourage conversations and exchanges.

Send 300-word abstracts, along with brief biographical statements, to Sonia Di Loreto ( and Cristina Di Maio (cristina.dimaio@unito.itby January 10, 2023Acceptance will be notified by January 25, 2023. Submissions from early-career scholars are most welcome.

Call for Papers

50th AAAS Conference 2023 “Versions of America: Speculative Pasts, Presents, Futures” University of Klagenfurt, Oct. 20-22, 2023

The United States has always been one and many, as its national motto E pluribus unum highlights. Although the phrase originally reflected the determination to form a political unity from a collection of single states, it has much deeper cultural meanings in a nation of immigrants where people with many different backgrounds and beliefs have engaged in perceiving, telling, and living a multiplicity of versions of America. Recent years suggest a new urgency to address this multiplicity and plural imaginations of the nation, especially in a (post-pandemic) America that lays open deep societal divides and that is marked by an unprecedented sense of uncertainty and instability.

The 50th conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies sets out to explore America through its versions, understood as cultural practices of imagination and speculation that shape our perceived realities and that can manifest, for example, through single works and their variants, across media, and in various discourses, ideologies, or disciplines. As the notion of a version always implies a potential for plurality and interlinkages, we ask how past, present, and future versions of America function and interact: Which versions of America have emerged historically, when, where, and why? How do some of these create or celebrate awareness of their status as versions, while others obscure their versionality, aiming to naturalize themselves as a-versional in order to maintain the hegemony, e.g., of heteronormativity, patriarchy or white supremacy? How do versions of America emerge through one another, creating the U.S. as a multi-layered phenomenon? How are they told through different media, genres, modes, and forms of storytelling? How is America perceived as multi-versional in the U.S. and abroad? What are the political potentials of thinking through versions and how may such thinking engender new forms of resistance and resilience?

Seeking to explore versions of America in their aesthetic, epistemological, and political potentials, we invite contributions that consider the conference theme across all kinds of historical, cultural, and artistic discourses.

For more information on the conference theme “Versions of America: Speculative Pasts, Presents, Futures,” please have a look at the conference website, which will be continuously updated: The deadline for abstract submission is May 31, 2023.

We look forward to reading your abstracts and to welcoming you in Klagenfurt! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

Organizers: Matthias Klestil & Marijana Mikić

Call for Papers

Konferencija Jezik, književnost, proces

Drage koleginice i kolege,


Zadovoljstvo nam je da vam uputimo poziv i obavestimo da će naša interdisciplinarna konferencija Jezik, književnost, proces biti održana uživo 21. i 22. aprila 2023. godine na Filozofskom fakultetu u Nišu.

Rok za slanje apstrakata je 20. februar 2023. godine, a obaveštenje o prihvaćenoj prijavi za konferenciju dobićete do 15. marta 2023. godine. Više  informacija na sajtu:


Uz ovaj mejl prilažemo pozivno pismo u kome možete videti detalje u vezi sa konferencijom, a molimo vas da ga prosledite i koleginicama i kolegama koji bi mogli biti zainteresovani za učešće na konferenciji. Prijavni formular se može popuniti na ovom linku: Obrazac za prijavu.


U slučaju da imate bilo kakva pitanja, slobodno nam se obratite na: