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Title: Editor
 Position Number: 0080851
 Location: UH at Manoa
 Date Posted: 06/21/2024
 Closing Date: 07/15/2024
 Band: B
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 Month: 11-month
 Temporary/Permanent: Permanent

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  • *Serve as managing editor of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly;
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  • *Organize, administer, and publicize Center activities, such as the Biography Prize and Brown Bag Biography lecture series; maintain archive of Brown Bag series; support the preparation of Center proposals, and administration of grants, awards, and donations;
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  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree in Liberal Arts or related field and 3 year(s) of progressively responsible professional experience with responsibilities for a scholarly journal or in publishing; or any equivalent combination of education and/or professional work experience which provides the required education, knowledge, skills and abilities as indicated.
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Call for Applications – “Imperial Biographies – Individuals in Empires and Postimperial Spaces” (Freiburg, Germany)

Deadline for Submissions: July 15, 2024

The interdisciplinary autumn school of the RTG 2571 Empires at the University of Freiburg will explore Imperial and Postimperial biographies through different disciplines and is now open for applications by graduate students.

The autumn school will feature a diverse set of workshops moderated by supervisors and professors of the University of Freiburg and other universities. As of now this includes Sitta von Reden (Ancient History, Freiburg), Jürgen Osterhammel (Global History, Konstanz), Manuela Boatcă (Sociology, Freiburg), Andreas Mehler (Political Science, Freiburg), Barbara Korte (English Literature, Freiburg) and Benjamin Schenk (Eastern European History, Basel). The school will also provide participants with opportunities to discuss their own project in regards to the opportunities and pitfalls of (post)imperial biographies and biographic approaches. The autumn school is targeted towards graduate students from the Humanities and Social Sciences who either already work with (post)imperial biographies or are interested to include biographical approaches in their project in the field of Empire studies. 

Please consult the Call for Applications for further informations:
Applicants are invited to send a letter of motivation and a short CV to by 15/07/2024. Invitations will be sent out in August and the selected participants will be asked to provide an abstract of their project.
Travel expenses, accomodation and meals will be covered by the RTG. 

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Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
DFG Graduiertenkolleg 2571 „Imperien”
Platz der Universität 3
79085 Freiburg im Breisgau

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Deadline for Submissions: July 30, 2024

The melancholy of knowing

Autobiography under the sign of Saturn
XXIII International Symposium of the Scientific Observatory
for Written, Oral and Iconographic Autobiographical Memory   
ROME (It) 3-4-5, December, 2024
Palazzo Mattei di Giove
Via Caetani 32-00186

Promoted and organized by:
Mediapolis.Europa ass. cult.
and by
Biblioteca di Storia Moderna e Contemporanea
Mnemosyne o la costruzione del senso
Presses universitaires de Louvain-Université catholique de Louvain
A journal devoted to the study of autobiography
Scientific Committee
Beatrice Barbalato (Mediapolis.europa – Mnemosyne PUL)
Fabio Caffarena (Università di Genova)
Antonio Castillo Gómez (Universidad de Alcalá)
May Chehab (University of Chypre)
Fabio Cismondi (Fusion for Energy,  European Commission)
Nathalie Frogneux (UCLouvain)
Laurence Pieropan (Université di Mons)
Edgar Radtke (Universität Heidelberg)
Irene Meliciani (managing director Mediapolis.Europa)
Melancholy, exacerbated self-awareness
Peu de gens devineront combien il a fallu être triste pour entreprendre de ressusciter Carthage.
Gustave Flaubert
Letter to Ernest Feydeau, 28 November 1859

This call for papers invites one to reflect upon melancholy, particularly the melancholy of knowing.  This is a feeling that, as we will see, emerges after the Renaissance, a period in which, with reference to classical antiquity, melancholy is not seen as a pathology but as an extreme and exacerbated self-perception. The main figures of reference are two: Democritus and Heraclitus. The former embodied melancholy with laughing, the latter with crying.
Hippocrates, who, according to tradition, had paid a visit to Democritus bringing hellebore (the herb that was administered to people with mental ailments), ultimately acknowledges him as the wisest of all for being able to impart an ironic judgment on the world, his contemporaries, and himself. Melancholy as profound awareness, the meaning and hallmark of existence itself.

The Renaissance abandons the equation sloth = sin postulated in the Middle Ages. Dante places the slothful in Hell, in ice. Petrarch’s Secretum (1342-1343) marks a moment of passage between the Middle Ages and Humanism. Despite the apparent contradiction of feeling himself a sinner before Truth, Petrarch maintains that he can handle the melancholy of knowing with full awareness, and it is not by chance that he turns to Saint Augustine, his phantom confessor, citing himself. Thus, he makes use of accusation to achieve self-praise (Barbalato. B. 2006).
To essentialize the argumentation on this theme, we can say that, on one side we find Aristotle, Ficino, Milton, and Kant, and on the other side, Freud, Binswanger, Lacan, Tellenbach, and other professionals of the psyche. Melancholy has been studied from different angles and with interpretations that have varied over time.
In the psychoanalytic and psychiatric fields, melancholy has been observed and treated primarily as a pathology, omitting its creative components. It is regarded by Freud as a bereavement without object, which is expressed through forms of self-denigration and lack of self-esteem. Freud (1917), Lacan (1966), Binswanger (1960), Tellenbach (1961-1983) identify in melancholy the pain caused by an unidentifiable loss. Binswanger explains melancholy with the passage of the subject from the primordial status, in which the being was indistinct, an unus, to the act of expulsion or acceptance of elements that led him/her to recognize a reality external to him/herself. The question is whether melancholy is an ordinary psychosis (which can therefore be analysed in itself) or it is the background to any psychosis (Lacan J. 2005: 149-150).
Binswanger talks about the style of our own mode of experience (style is a word that he repeats several times), thus indicating the melancholic person’s particular propensity to forge, globally absorb every act of living (Binswanger L. 1987 French edition: 51-54 [1960]). The locution is important because, beyond the fact that Binswanger, a psychiatrist, studies and treats melancholy, he acknowledges how it is not a trauma that can be isolated, nor an intermittent pathological manifestation, but a hallmark of some individuals and their Weltanschauung.  
Having here touched on the types of intellectual commitment of different natures, that is, philosophy and history of literature and art on one side, and psychiatry/psychoanalysis on the other, the conclusions are not consequently associable. However, some pathways can be established. 
Marsilio Ficino and Jean Starobinski, men of letters and physicians, place themselves in this entre-deux
Jean Starobinski, a physician and a man of letters, investigated the various facets of this theme through a vast study. L’encre de la mélancolie. La mélancolie, un mal nécessaire? Paris, Seuil, 2012 (in this book, Starobinski brings together reflections preceding 2012) is a title that leads one to reflect upon the pairing writing/melancholy, and, as the subheading suggests, melancholy seems to be indispensable to giving consistency to thought. 
       Praise of melancholy
On this theme, Aristotle had followers especially during the Renaissance. In Problemata XXX, I, he regarded melancholy as a natural mood whose excess was not necessarily harmful but could rather be the condition of poetic or philosophic genius.
Following ancient thought, and Aristotle’s, Marsilio Ficino, a physician and a humanist, in the first of his three books on life (De vita libri tres, published in 1489) devotes several reflections to melancholy. Illa heroica, Melancholia generosa, is defined by men of letters, by Musarum sacerdotes, that is, an intellectual force, a sign of man’s dignity, to refer to the title of a work by Pico della Mirandola (1485-1486). (See the chapter “Melancholia generosa”, Klibansky, R.; Panofsky E.; Saxl, F. 1989 French edition: 389-432-chapter II, II [1964]).
Ficino suggests treatments, places body and soul in constant relation, so that the disquiet and the tension of a melancholic conscience can be lightened. He himself is under the sign of Saturn. For Ficino, the soul of the melancholic person withdraws from outside inwards as though converging to the central point of a circumference, and while it is thus concentrated upon speculation, it remains firmly there, and, to say it more exactly, at the very centre of man. (Ch. IV, book I. Ficino 2000: 29, French edition). Finally, melancholy is a centripetal force that leads everything to be led towards a centre, to strengthen the perception of one’s self. For Ficino, melancholy is emblem and firm pact of man with himself. It is said that he had had the figures of Democritus and Heraclitus painted on a wall.
In his pastoral poems (1645-1646) L’Allegro and Il Pensieroso, he gives a positive and spiritual value to the melancholic mood: “which essentially corresponds to an exacerbation of self-awareness”, write Klibansky, Panofsky, and Saxl about Milton (1989: 375 [1964]).
  Almost with the same words, about two centuries after Ficino and a century after Milton, Kant, in Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime (Ch. II, 40-41 [1764]), will once again underscore the convergence, in the melancholic person, of every perception and experience towards a central nucleus of the self. Kant maintains that the melancholic person does not care about other people’s opinions but depends exclusively on his/her own judgment. In other words, melancholy constitutes an act of concentration on one’s own conscience.
  As several scholars have observed (including Ágnes Heller and Eugenio Garin, the authors of works on the Renaissance man: Heller 1967, Garin 1998, and much earlier Jacob Burckhardt, 1860), the Renaissance is “the epoch of great autobiographies, actually, the era of autobiographies”, Garin affirms (Garin  E. 1998: 11), because, he maintains, modern man was a man in the making, was aware of this, and recounted it. It is possible to underline how this period saw a flourishing of apologies, of autobiographical narrations that justify their own actions and intend to explain them (compare various self-apologies: Ficino, Lorenzaccio, Cardano). In this great Promethean forge, melancholy, as Ficino’s book well illustrates, is recognized as a factor intrinsic to genius, and as man’s great leap towards knowledge of himself and the means he constructed for knowledge. The pessimistic vision of melancholy continues to exist, but in a position of very little dominance in this period of the Renaissance.
           The melancholy of knowing
  The theme that we are proposing refers to a post-medieval, post-Renaissance conception of melancholy that also invests our contemporary culture: the melancholy of knowing regarded as one of the expressions of the Baroque, and that should perhaps be framed more within Mannerism. As Daniel Arasse explains, Mannerism is introspective, it is the involution of movement, while the Baroque opens towards the outside (Arasse D. 2004: 202).
  The melancholy of knowing takes shape in written and figurative works from an autobiographical perspective, especially beginning from Mannerism, and the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. In the period following the Renaissance, the era called modern, man develops a vision of himself that has much to do with the material instruments and the techniques with which he has been equipping himself. Dürer’s angel – a figure regarded by many scholars as the artist’s self-representation – is doubtful of the thousand instruments available to him. Astronomy and astrology are already seen as chimeras. Even though the interpretations of a work do not all converge, there is no doubt that Dürer stages the reflection upon the importance of the knowledge of not knowing and non-accessibility to metaphysics. He does so by putting at the top all the symbols that in the past had designated melancholy, observes them with perplexity, but does not look away from the future. “This limit is not a source of despair for the artist, while knowledge of not knowing is for him supreme knowledge” (Schuster P.-K. 2005: 94). Schuster reminds us that this etching has been regarded as Dürer’s spiritual self-portrait, and the representation of the melancholic angel as a personification of the artist (Ibid.: 101). The Renaissance artist, a demiurge, extremely confident in his own faculties, begins to critically reflect upon the instruments he has created and to challenge Humanism’s optimistic vision that placed man at the centre of the cosmos.
  Talking about melancholy means involving a very vast bibliography. The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621) by Robert Burton constitutes a summation of what had been written up to 1600. Burton has his own portrait represented on the cover under the name Democritus Junior. He writes in the first person and explains that he made use of other people’s thoughts one step at a time, in a vertigo of references.
The Baroque multiplies the reflections/mirror images on melancholy (see, amongst others, the recent Aurelio Musi, Malinconia barocca, 2023). After the demiurge-man of the Renaissance, the following period plunges into experimentation, in the investigation of matter and of forms. Man reckons with extraordinary scientific and artistic achievements – Galileo, Copernicus, Bernini, and many other thinkers – and also with his own ghosts (see the work of Athanasius Kircher 1602-1680); taking all Renaissance knowledge to extremes, he begins to perceive the gap between his aspirations, the ever-advanced means available to him, and the results, which, albeit extraordinary, do not fully harmonize with his own self. Already a century earlier, (Ch. 2, book I) Ficino had warned against excessive abstraction: when man no longer directly takes care of the instruments he uses, but only theorizes, melancholy becomes a discomfort of knowing.
  Thus, we witness the passage from the idea of melancholy as a deficit in acting, to the melancholy of knowing, that is, to suffering due to excess of activism.
  The relationship with instruments and techniques is crucial. Already the Prince at his apogee had felt the need to make his public life coexist with his private life, finding shelter and meditating in his study, a small, windowless space in which he preserved what was subjectively closest to his heart, ancient works and finds (see Arasse D. 2004: 133). That is, objects become increasingly important, intended as external supports to the indefatigable search for dialogue with the world of experience (Meliciani A., television programme in 25 episodes, Rai-Radiotelevisione italiana, 1995).
         A Faustian theme?
A Faustian discomfort? Klibansky, Panofsky, and Saxl also refer to Faust and the melancholy of knowing in several passages in their extraordinary work Saturn and Melancholy mentioned earlier (see Part 3, Ch. 1. French edition: 384).
  Faust, a son of the Reformation, of the ethics of capitalism, strives to obtain every instrument of knowledge, selling his soul to the devil.  “[…] when [Faust] – writes Jean Clair – in Marlowe’s text, to increase his wealth, orders Satan to search the oceans to find the pearls of the East or to scour every corner of the New World or to fly to India to look for gold, he does no other than prolonging the accumulating frenzy of the Princes of this world. But when he begins to want to experiment with and transform the materials he has gathered, the study of the man of letters turns into a forge in which a Promethean fire burns. The metamorphosis of the theme is decisive, making us move from a theological era to a technological one” (Clair J. 2005: 2004. Italics is mine). The inauguration of the technological era would produce a melancholy that is due to the perception of the disproportion between man and the means that make him fall behind, and to the abandonment of theology.
  The second aspect of melancholy is connected to Cronus, which is identified with Saturn, the planet of melancholic people. The pressure of time, intensive exploitation of knowledge generates discomfort and leads man to question his own efficiency. This is a theme that becomes dominant with the Reformation, the Protestant ethic, capitalism. Saturn-Cronus has always been represented as the protector of riches (and of avarice). Dürer himself explains, in his etching Melencolia I, that the key means power, the bag wealth (Klibansky R.; Panofsky E.; Saxl F.: Ch. II 1: 447 of the French edition). These are symbologies that derive from antiquity, which nonetheless Dürer recontextualizes in the atmosphere of dawning Protestant reformism.
In the seventeenth letter on modern literature (1759), Lessing refers to a German Faust that has come into his hands. The speed race that takes place between seven devils is won by the two who proclaim, one to have the speed of human thought, and the other man’s speed to pass from good to evil. (Lessing G. E. 1876: 35 French edition [1759-1765]). Speed, duration, thus time. The great chimera of which Faust becomes the interpreter is that, by advancing, time corresponds to progress. But he himself will be crushed by it and will need external aid.  
The extreme activism postulated by Protestantism/capitalism also brings about awareness of limits. The Protestant Reformation of 1517 and Dürer’s Melencolia I of 1514: the reformist spirit was spreading. Dürer’s Angel is depicted amidst many instruments but, as Walter Benjamin observes, seems to no longer know how to use them! On Dürer’s Melencolia I, on the autobiographical aspect, we once again refer to the previously mentioned text by Klibansky, Panofsky, and Saxl. Already from the dawn of capitalism, a willingness to act, to collect, to exceed takes hold, and at the same time the discomfort of accumulation is perceived.
Melencolia I – writes Jean Clair – marks this very brief and singular moment of Western thought when the artist, the homo artifex, believes to have become a multi-mathematician, mathematician, engineer, surveyor, botanist and physician, capable of acquiring the knowledge and measure of all things, numero et pondere, while he discovers, captured, that no mathesis universalis is capable of reorganizing and bringing together the desjecta membra of the real” (Clair J. 2005: 206).
Dürer’s Angel (1514) is surrounded by instruments that could be those in the Prince’s study: ink, compass, sphere, scale, bell, athanor – the alchemic furnace; he is sombre, irked, but not depressed, he rather has a gaze that would like to see far away. On the left is the word ‘Melencolia’ held by a bat, the mammal that appears at dusk, the moment in which this feeling comes forth. The dog, endowed with perseverance and a fine sense of smell, symbolizes the indefatigable researcher, Benjamin points out (Benjamin W. 1985: 166 French edition [1925]). However, the angel is clearly in the grip of much perplexity. Jean Clair contrasts this image, which is not defeatist but troubled, with the image of a pensive, melancholic old man by Leonardo, (pen drawing, London, Windsor Castle, ca. 1513): “Where Dürer’s angel, with his gaze lost into nothingness, seems to have relinquished the hard work of geometry and architecture, Leonardo’s old man seems to be absorbed by a precise observation. It is the nature of physical phenomena that he questions, and not the metaphysical sense of an infinite universe. Where Dürer’s angel is a disciple of Plato, who practises an ideal geometry by means of instruments ‒ rulers and compass ‒ that do not demonstrate it, Leonardo’s old man establishes himself as a disciple of Aristotle, who investigates a scientia experimentalis. He observes rather than contemplates. Even though Leonardo is fully aware of death and of transformation. Dürer and Leonardo were fascinated by deluges, by catastrophes. Leonardo’s old man blends into a wisdom made of resignation and respect” (Ibid.: 207).
 Leonardo’s old man, like Dürer’s angel, rests his head on a hand, an icon that we find in many figurative works. More precisely, on a fist in Dürer. This is an ancient motif that is present in Egyptian sarcophagi, a sign of sorrow that could indicate tiredness or creative reflection, as it is suggested in the work Saturn and Melancholy (Ch. I, b: 450, French edition).
Incidentally, it should be noted: the oscillating state between a creative vision and a destructive one accompanies many paintings. Amongst them, the one by De Chirico, Mistero e malinconia di una strada (1914, private collection). A girl playing with the hoop heads towards a shaded area. De Chirico adopts a perspective for the right-hand side of the painting, the one in darkness, which moves downwards, and another one for the bright left-hand side, which moves upwards, perhaps proposing once again the dual vision of the melancholic person’s possible moods.
Without proposing forced parallels, we can nonetheless affirm that some elements of discomfort which emerged from the post-Renaissance period that inaugurates the modern era can today be tracked down in various autobiographies by men of science: the pressure of time, the handling of instruments, accumulation, the relationship with the object, the techniques that can operate outside their creator’s control. 
What is of interest to this call for papers is to investigate how the subject recognises itself in the melancholy of knowledge, in a relationship with science, which is certainly complex and discontinuous, as Foucault illustrates in the text Archéologie du savoir (1969).
Charles Darwin, Enrico Fermi, Ettore Majorana, Nikola Tesla, Robert Oppenheimer, Rita Levi Montalcini, in their autobiographical writings have expressed the melancholy of knowing, and in our contemporaneity more than ever has the relationship between man and the object of his creations proved to be fatal. Darwin regrets to have atrophied the brain towards the perception of aesthetics by continuing to work like a machine for grinding (The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1887).
This call for papers invites one to consider works of self-reflection on this topic, particularly by scholars of the mathematical and natural sciences, without excluding a priori those by ordinary people, men of letters, and artists. We will accept proposals that aim to illustrate in what way a style, a semantic modality marks a life narration informed by the melancholy of knowing.
Daniel, Arasse, “Pour une brève histoire du maniérisme”, 188-202, “La règle du jeu”, 125-138, in id., Histoires de peintures, Paris, Editions Denoël, 2004.
Beatrice Barbalato, “Il pirronismo del Petrarca, ovvero il Secretum come aporia”, 99-115, in Mariapia Lamberti (ed.), Atti del convegno: Petrarca y el petrarquismo en Europa y América, UNAM, Universidad Nacional Autónoma  de Mexico (18-23 Octobere 2004), Mexico City, UNAM, 2006.
Walter Benjamin, Origine du dramme baroque allemand, transl. by Sybille Muller with André Hirt, Paris, Flammarion, 1985 [1925].
Ludwig Binswanger, Mélancolie et manie, transl. from the German by Jean-Michel Azorin and Yves Totoyan, revised by Arthur Tatossian, PUF, 1987 [1960].
Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy, 1621.
Jean-Marc Chatelain (ed.), Baudelaire. La modernité mélancolique, BnF Éditions, 2021.
Jean Clair, “La mélancolie du savoir”, 220-208, ed. by Id., Mélancolie, génie et folie en Occident, Paris, Gallimard, Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 2005.
Marsilio Ficino (French edition): Marsile Ficin, Les trois livres de la vie, transl. by Guy Le Fevre de la Boderie, Paris, Fayard, 2000, [new edition of the 1582 text. Original in Latin De vita libri tres, 1489].  
Jon Fosse, Melancholia, transl. by Cristina Falcinella from nynorsk, new Norwegian, Roma, Fandango, 2009 [1995]. 
 Michel Foucault, L’Archéologie du savoir, Paris, Gallimard, “Bibliothèque des sciences humaines”, 1969.
Sigmund Freud, Trauer und Melancholie, 1917.
Eugenio Garin, L’uomo nel Rinascimento, Bari-Roma, Laterza, 1998.
Immanuel Kant, Beobachtungen über das Gefühl des Schönen und Erhabenen, 1764, [Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime].
Raymond Klibansky, Erwin Panofsky, Fritz Saxl, Saturne et la Mélancolie, transl. from the English and other languages by Fabienne Durand-Bogaert and Louis Évrand, Paris, Gallimard, 1989 [1964]. The French edition is referred to in this call for papers.
Jacques Lacan, Le Séminaire, livre xxiii, Le symptôme, Paris, Seuil, 2005.
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, “Dix-septième lettre. Gottsched considéré comme réformateur du théatre allemande”, 31-37, in Id., Lettres sur la littérature moderne, et sur l’art ancien. Estratti tradotti da G. Cottler, Paris, Librairie Hachette, 1876. [Literaturbriefe, 1759-1765].
Alessandro Meliciani, La Stanza del Principe, 25 TV episodes, RAI-RadioTelevisione Italiana, 1995.
Aurelio Musi, Malinconia Barocca, Vicenza, Neri Pozza, 2023.
Peter-Klaus Schuster, “Melencolia I. Durer et sa postérité”, 90-110, trnsl. from the German by Jeanne Étoré-Lortholary, in Jean Clair, Mélancolie, génie et folie en Occident, Paris, Gallimard, Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 2005.
Jean Starobinski, L’encre de la mélancolie. La mélancolie, un mal nécessaire?, Paris, Seuil, 2012.
Hubertus Tellenbach, Melancolia: storia del problema, endogenicità, tipologia, patogenesi, clinica, edited by Giovanni Stanghellini, intr. by Viktor Emil von Gebsattel, translation and translations of supplementary texts edited by Lorenzo Ciavatta, Roma, Il pensiero scientifico, 2015 [1961].


Suggestions for sending proposals 
The languages admitted for submission are: Italian, Spanish, French, English. Everyone is allowed to write in one of these languages. There will be no simultaneous translation. A passive understanding of these languages is desirable.
A) Deadline for submission: 30 July 2024. The abstract will be composed of 250 words (max), with citation of two reference sources, and a brief CV (max: 100 words), with possible mention of two of one’s own publications, be they articles, books, or videos.
The judging panel will read and select every proposal, which is to be sent to,
The authors of the accepted proposals will be notified by 31 August  2024.
B) Regarding enrolment in the colloquium, once the proposals are accepted the fees are:
Before 30 September 2024: 160.00€
From 1 to 30 October 2024:  190.00€
Enrolment fee cannot be accepted in loco
For graduate students:
Before 30 September 2024:  100.00€
From 1to 30 October 2024:   110.00€
Enrolment fee cannot be accepted in loco
Once the programme is established, no change is allowed.
For information on the symposia organized in previous years by the Osservatorio della memoria autobiografica  scritta, orale e iconografica, visit the site:


Religious Encounters: Tradition, Text, and Travel (Edited Volume, proposed to be published by Bloomsbury)

deadline for submissions: July 31, 2024

As Michael Pasquier rightly suggests, the concept of ‘religion’ is relatively modern, emerging predominantly through political and scientific innovations. However, this does not imply that notions of the ‘sacred’ or ‘spiritual’ were absent in earlier times. From the dawn of human existence, individuals have sought to create meaning around themselves and their place in the world. This quest to explain the origin of life and the universe has led to the creation of sacred histories, narratives, oral mythological traditions, texts, symbols, and sites.

Travel—whether physical, astral, or spiritual—has often been a central theme in human religious and spiritual encounters. Astral and spiritual travel have found expression in various forms and genres of literature. Meanwhile, physical journeys undertaken by significant figures, such as the Exodus in Judaism, the Hijra in Islam, the Udasian journeys in Sikhism, and the travels of Buddha, have established sacred and religious sites. The journeys to these sites have given rise to a vast literature of pilgrimage. While pilgrimage has been extensively analysed as travel writing, the value of interactions and intersections that occur due to the  other forms of travel, such as sightseeing, cultural tourism, secular pilgrimage and grey tourism, to religious sites remains understudied.

This edited volume, titled “Religious Encounters: Text, Travel, and Tradition,” seeks to provide a comprehensive and multidisciplinary examination of how religious encounters shape, and are shaped by, textual narratives, travel experiences, and traditions. It focuses on the dynamic interaction between sacred texts, transformative travel experiences, and the preservation of cultural traditions. The volume aims to provide a nuanced understanding of the complex relationships that unfold in the realm of religious diversity. It intends to explore religious journeys as sites of encounters where identities are constructed, deconstructed, and reconstructed. The objective is to examine not only pilgrimages but also various other settings where religious interactions occur, such as places of worship, community gatherings, personal reflections, and ethnographic studies.

Call for Papers: We invite scholars to contribute to this volume, which will be proposed to Bloomsbury Publishing, by submitting papers that explore the following themes:

  1. Sacred Texts and Travel:
  • How do sacred texts influence religious journeys?
  • The role of pilgrimage in the interpretation and dissemination of sacred texts.
  • Transformative Travel Experiences:
  • Personal narratives of religious journeys.
  • The impact of travel on individual and collective religious identities.
  • Preservation and Transformation of Traditions:
  • The role of travel in preserving and transforming religious traditions.
  • Case studies of religious sites as cultural heritage.
  • Religious Encounters Beyond Pilgrimage:
  • Interactions in places of worship and community gatherings.
  • Personal reflections and ethnographic studies on religious experiences.
  • Diverse Motivations for Religious Travel:
  • Revisiting historical and cultural sites.
  • Religious journalism and its impact on public perception of religious sites.
  • Verification of cultural beliefs and identities through travel.

If you are interested in contributing, please submit an abstract of 300 words and a 200-word biographical note addressed to Kiranpreet Kaur Baath (

Call for abstracts (deadline): 31 July 2024 

Notification of acceptance: 30 August 2024

The final submission will be in the form of a chapter of 6,000 to 8,000 words, including references.


“Re-thinking Oral History” – 23rd International Oral History Association Conference, Kraków, Poland, September 16-19, 2025

Deadling for Submissions: July 31, 2024

We are happy to remind that the call for the 23rd International Oral History Association Conference “Re-Thinking Oral History” has already been opened! The event will be held in Kraków, Poland, on 16-19 September 2025. Oral history practitioners: scholars and activists are kindly invited to submit their abstracts via on-line form on the conference website:

There you can also learn more about all invited guests: masterclasses lecturers including Michael Frisch, Alessandro Portelli and Anna Wylegała, keynote speakers including Mary Marshall Clark and Rib Davis and ten distinguished plenary discussants! (

The organizers call on oral historians worldwide to consciously rethink the idea and practice of their discipline. It became particularly important in the face of old and new challenges with long-lasting and unpredictable consequences: the crisis of liberal democracy, growing tensions in international politics, climate change with its devastating outcomes on human life, increasing inequalities, wars, and mass migrations. 

Participants are encouraged to address one or more of the following questions in their proposals:

– Political involvement or independence: is ethical neutrality achievable and morally correct in a polarized world?
– Methodological standards: how much does the technological development of AI challenge them?
– Healing the wounds: how far can the therapeutic role of oral history go?
– Oral history responses to human crises: what methodological and ethical problems of emergency documenting and archiving may we use?
– “Lending our ears” (Portelli): how can we provide silenced and marginalized voices access to the public discourse?
– Oral history and environmental history: what are the areas of cooperation?
– Empowering community archives: how to teach them to create their own oral histories?
– How do we balance the dominance of Western academia with the voices of the non-Western world? – agency and resources.
– Globality versus locality of oral history: how to translate local practices into internationally recognized scholarship?
– Post-coloniality: how does oral history help societies reckon with colonial pasts and assist in building post-colonial futures?
– Disseminating oral history: what new methods can we use to present interviews to our audiences?
– Multilingualism as a challenge to global oral history: how to record stories in mother tongues?

Proposals for individual papers, session panels (5 papers each), or audiovisual presentations (film/play screenings followed by round table discussions) are to be submitted by July 31, 2024, via the online form. Members of national oral history associations are encouraged to check the appropriate box and provide the name of the relevant organization. Individual paper proposals (up to 300 words) must contain the title of the paper, an abstract, and a short bio-note of its author(s). Panel proposals (up to 600 words) must include the title and a description of the session, the titles of all papers, and short bio-notes for all participants. Panel proposals must be international in membership (representing at least two countries). Please indicate the language of your paper/panel (English or Spanish). Audio-visual presentation proposals, in addition to including a description of the film/play (up to 300 words), must provide the names and bios of all discussants. If the film/play is not in English, please make sure that it is subtitled. Plenary events will be translated into Spanish.

Decisions on the acceptance or rejection of proposals will be announced by the end of September 2024. Registration will be open between October 2024 and January 2025. The conference’s program will be ready by February 2025.

The organizers will not cover travel and accommodation costs; however, IOHA may provide a limited number of travel grants (more information on how to apply can be found on the IOHA website:

In case of any questions, do not hesitate to contact organizers via email:

Organizer: Polish Oral History Association
Co-organizers: Centre of Community Archives in Warsaw, European Network Remembrance and Solidarity in Warsaw (ENRS), Faculty of History, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, International Oral History Association (IOHA), The Remembrance and Future Centre in Wrocław

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Call for contributions:

Proposal for a symposium at the 11th ESHS Conference, Barcelona 4-7 September 2024. Science, Technology, Humanity and the Earth.

Symposium: The “Other” Genius: A Historical Approach to Genius, Giftedness, and Gender

The figure of “the genius” has been traditionally defined in terms of the masculine Romantic ideal – a heroic individual who battles against all odds to achieve significant artistic, political, and scientific accomplishments. Historically, however, what constituted “genius” and who was labelled as such was (and remains) a question with multiple answers that did not always align with the traditional Romantic ideal. Be it a question of gender, age, race, or even madness and disability, different categories have been mobilized over time to understand exceptional talent and define genius and similar concepts (e.g. giftedness) in the history of science and medicine. In this panel, we wish to explore alternative representations of genius throughout modernity and reflect on the multiple social, cultural, scientific, and political contexts that inform this phenomenon beyond its present ideal.

We welcome presentations from the fields of the history of psychology, medicine, psychiatry, anthropology, and pedagogy dealing with topics such as (but not limited to):

– Genius and madness

– Genius and gender in medicine and psychology

– Genius and politics

– Hermaphroditism, androgyny, and genius

– Child genius: child prodigies and gifted children

– Genius, talent, and disability

– Savant syndrome

– Literary, visual and scientific representations of genius

– Genius and emotions

Contact Information

Dr. Victoria Molinari

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Researcher

History of Science Group

Spanish National Research Council – Institut Milà i Fontanals

Carrer Egipcíaques 15



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CFP–“Travelers of the Early Modern Era (16th-18th centuries) on European Routes. (7/31/2024; 10/17-18/2024) Wroclaw Poland

             We are pleased to announce that on October 17-18, 2024, the Historical Institute of the University of Wrocław will hold the Conference “Travelers of the Early Modern Era (16th-18th centuries) on European Routes”. 

The travels of the social elites were an important part of the cultural practice from the mid-16th century to the end of the 18th century. The development of this activity was encouraged by several reasons. Above all, there were favorable circumstances that allowed for greater mobility, such as the improvement of roads or thedevelopment of the postal service, and a constant thirst for knowledge about the world. The subject of early modern travel has drawn the attention of scholars for a long time. They pointed out the various social and cultural implications of this phenomenon. Nevertheless, there are still great opportunities related to this aspect of historical reflection. Hence, during the Conference, we would like to focus on the analysis of individual experiences, traces of which are preserved in reports about journey, which we recommend to consider as a kind of egodocument. As a historical source, the egodocuments provide insight into the experiences of individuals. Therefore, this research enables a deeper understanding of the daily life, mentality and personal experiences of people of the past. Owing to the analysis of the egodocuments, researchers can gain an insight into the subjective aspects of history.The study of egodocuments were initiated by historians working on microhistory and social history,and one of the pioneers in this field was Dutch historian Jacob Presser. Nowadays, the study of egodocuments is an indispensable part of many branches of the humanities, including history, sociology, anthropology and literary studies.

Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • documents produced by travelers as a kind of egodocuments,
  • the new methodological approach to travel diariesand travel letters as an egodocumentary source,
  • personal travel experiences,
  • travelers’ subjective opinions about the space they saw, the cultures and people they met,
  • daily life on the road,
  • motivations for travel.


Please send an abstract of up to 1000 characters in Polish or English to by 31 July 2024. The organizers reserve the right to reject proposals. The conference fee is 100 EUR. The conference organizers will provide participants with accommodation (2 nights), refreshments (lunch, coffee breaks) and an opportunity of publication (like Brill etc.).Preferred language for papers is English. Detailed organizational information about the accommodation and the bank account number to which the fee should be paid will be available at a later date.

Organizing committee:

Dr hab. Filip Wolański prof. UWr

Dr Aleksandra Ziober (Secretary of the conference)

Mgr Emilia Hruszowiec

Contact Information

Dr Aleksandra Ziober (Secretary of the conference):

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Deadline for Abstracts: August 01, 2024
Birth and Death: Writing the Edges of Life

Birth and death may be the only certainties in life. Yet in life writing, the task of representing birth and death is an uncertain one. They are fundamental events but are also, in many ways, quite untellable. This is no less true of the mid-life event of giving birth.
In their own way, each of these stations in the life-course happens outside of language. The world of the newborn is pre-verbal, with all the conceptual unknowns this implies. For those giving birth, language and attendant frameworks of logical thought are often felt to fall away when labour peaks, so that birth itself may proceed without or beyond words. First-person ‘birth stories’ may have at their core the curious absence of the protagonist, depending upon third person accounts, fragmentary impressions, metaphor and imagery to fill gaps in the evidence. Of course, individuals cannot tell the tale of their own birth or death (although the author’s mortality—or hopes of immortality—may shadow an autobiography). On their death bed, a subject may not speak at all. If they do, the weight of their last words may present a challenge all its own. And because these are often intimate events with few witnesses, there may be few accounts beyond the obligatory recording of time and place.
But even if accounts are plentiful, for the biographer, the strange presence-but-absence of the protagonist in birth, death and giving birth sit uneasily with other events that tell the story of a life. Might these moments of extremis offer premonition or confirmation of a subject’s character, in the way of a hagiography? As Berman asked, did they die ‘in character’, their last words a summation of their life’s meaning? (To borrow from Winnicott, were they alive when they died?) Or is the detail of these events quite irrelevant to the narrative under construction in the writing of a biography; necessary but incidental prefaces or interruptions from the thrust of a life and a life’s work? If life writing is a field preoccupied by limits, where are the limits of a subject’s life?
Finally, the beginnings and ends of life are profoundly unknowable, and bring with them the weight of spiritual, religious or other symbolic beliefs about their meaning. In the moment of death, the subject becomes ontologically new, turning from somebody who can speak into somebody who can only be spoken about. How can the craft of life writing offer forms adequate to rendering these moments on the cusp of change, which are both incidental and momentous?
Thus birth, death and giving birth present unique practical, formal and symbolic challenges for the auto/biographer. As individual phenomena, scholarship across fields as diverse as theology, reproductive ethics and disability studies attests to how intimately our beliefs around these events mirror and reveal the concerns of the social worlds of which they are part. But when considered together—as three instances of life slipping away from language when at its most poignant—they can reveal new insight into how life writing can address evidence gaps big or small, epistemic uncertainty, and ontological change.
At this time, as tragic international events make death ever-present, as choices in pregnancy, birth and dying share ever-more contested ground, as reproduction studies takes a critical turn, and as illness and disability literature foreground the body in biography, we are looking for papers on how life writing attends to the challenges presented by writing the edges of life. Themes and issues include, but are not limited to:

  • The absence or un/reliability of language around birth, birthing and death
  • The ir/relevance birth, birthing and death to the life story
  • Writing at the edges of life in healthcare, hospice and bereavement care
  • Parallels between birth, birthing and death
  • The problem or opportunity of evidence gaps at the edges of life
  • The concept of ‘dying in character’ or being born in character
  • Language and the body during birth, birthing and death
  • Voicing, othering or silencing the body at the edges of life
  • Ethical dimensions of telling the untellable
  • Speaking through death: last words, resistance and activism
  • Figuring birth or death as the beginning or end of the text
  • Birth, birthing and death as narrative devices
  • Life before birth, life after death

Abstracts should be submitted by 01 August 2024 via the following form:
All abstracts will receive a response by 01 September 2024. Full manuscripts are expected by 02 February 2025. This issue is guest edited by Dr Tamarin Norwood ( The issue welcomes both research articles (analysing works of auto/biography)  and autoethnography (making links between experience and theoretical analysis), but Life Writing does not publish purely creative essays, ficto-criticism, or memoir.
More about Life Writing’s policy can be found here:
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Real-Time History: Engaging with Living Archives and Temporal Multiplicities

March 19-21, 2025, German Historical Institute Washington, DC, USA

Deadline for submissions is August 15, 2024.

Institute Washington (GHI) in collaboration with the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH), the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM), Chair for Digital History at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, NFDI4Memory, and Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe. The conference will focus on the theme of “living archives” and their significance in contemporary history. Submissions are encouraged to address the value of living archives for real-time history, reflect on access and stewardship issues, provide examples for analyzing living archives, and explore the history and technology behind them.

Conference Theme

The Seventh Conference on Digital Humanities and Digital History will revolve around the concept of living archives and its relevance for contemporary history. The digital transformation has challenged scholars and memory workers to define their engagement with historical temporalities, with the past, present and future, in new ways. Digital technologies can be used effectively to support the development, analysis, and preservation of collections, projects, and tools that feature diverse temporal perspectives, including multifaceted, dynamic, relational, and cyclical conceptions of time. Such approaches can challenge, or even disrupt, prevalent linear conceptions of the progression of historical time. While this opens many possibilities for historical projects, it also presents new challenges. For example, historians and memory workers who have used digital technologies to document history in (almost) real time must now address new, unfamiliar, and often uncomfortable ethical and legal questions associated with “documenting the now.” Similarly, while taking advantage of the ability of new methodologies to collect large sets of data in a short period of time, we are repeatedly confronted with the fragility of digital objects and systems, and the challenges and costs of digital preservation, with the futures of the past in a digital era ranging between abundance and scarcity as astutely predicted by Roy Rosenzweig over two decades ago.   

Our conference will provide a forum to discuss these and other questions related to making history in real time. A particular focus will be on the increasing number of initiatives designed to capture history by creating “living archives” supported by digital technology. Originally, the concept of “living archives” goes back to the oral history movement during the 1970s and 1980s, when historians set out to capture people’s life experiences and memories while facilitating the transmission of generational memories embodied by living individuals. With the evolution of digital technologies, conceptions have broadened in recent decades to include a variety of collections and archives capturing events as they occur and in their immediate aftermath. This includes pioneering rapid response digital collecting projects like the September 11 Digital Archive and the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, as well as the countless recent projects documenting people’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic such as A Journal of the Plague Year in the United States or Covidmemory in Europe. It also includes collections and archives utilizing social media to document the Black Lives Matter movement, the Arab Spring, the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul, and archives and art installations created as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, to mention a few. Participatory documentation and archiving projects have also empowered migrants of all ages to document and preserve their migration experiences. Most recently, several projects and collections are documenting wartime experiences such as in Ukraine through social media. These approaches conceive of archives and collections as discursive, dynamic, and open-ended processes that actively contribute to present events and developments, which, in turn, shape the development of living archives and public history. 

Submission Guidelines

For this three-day conference, we invite colleagues to submit proposals by August 15, 2024, for:

(a) workshops for (hands-on) presentations of projects, tools, or skills (90 minutes),

(b) or individual presentations (20 minutes)


(1) Discuss the value of living archives for doing real-time historyBy emphasizing the contingency and open-ended character of historical developments, “living archives” confront scholars and memory workers with fundamental questions regarding their roles and responsibilities in the present. How can living archives support ongoing dialogues about cycles of violence and oppression in the past, present, and future? What are the epistemological implications for the thinking, doing, and narrating of history when scholars are actively engaged in the creation, stewardship, and analysis of sources through living archives? Do living archives contribute to the democratization of historical storytelling by promoting multi-vocality and “shared authority” in digital public history?

(2) Reflect on access to and stewardship of living archivesWhat are some of the ethical and technical implications of “documenting the now,” including documenting the experiences of historically marginalized people and communities? How can individuals and groups be empowered to manage digital collections and archives outside of established repositories and in the post-custodial tradition throughout the life cycle of projects and records? How can living archives be maintained in an environment that is dominated by large for-profit companies driving rapid technical developments and media obsolescence? How can living archives balance the epistemological virtues of open access and respect for informational self-determination and privacy? What might ethical and professional long-term stewardship and research data management of these projects look like? 

(3) Provide examples for analyzing living archives. What methodological strategies and frameworks exist to analyze collections of data that continue to evolve over time? What does it mean if archival responsibility shifts from preserving the past for the future to documenting a multiplicity of pasts, presents, and futures? Are there best practices for the documentation of the building, managing, and maintaining of living archives aiming at promoting transparency and traceability of data? What practices can avoid creating indexical regimes that (re)produce biases or representational inequalities?

(4) Explore the history and technology of living archivesWhat insights can the long history of living archives offer for scholars and memory workers creating and maintaining such archives today? What are the origins of the idea of living archives? What is the specific “archival performativity” of living archives and memory banks, and do they activate historical records in a different way than other forms of archives? How have advancements in technology influenced the development, design, and public use of living archives? How did new “mnemotechnologies” shape the documentary impulses of people and how did this affect historical imagination? Has the digital era paved the way for a new “snapshot culture” making “everyone their own historian”? 

The conference will offer a dynamic, inclusive international forum to discuss these and other questions. Building on the established format of past GHI conferences on Digital History and Digital Humanities, we invite submissions of traditional analytical papers, reports reflecting on past and present projects, and workshops. We specifically encourage archivists to apply. While reflections about “living archives” will be an important component of the conference, we also invite presentations drawing on other experiences and analyses of time – and temporal multiplicities – in the digital environment. 

Registration and Contact Information

Although we favor in-person attendance of participants and presenters, facilities for hybrid participation will be provided with the aim of making the event as inclusive as possible. Please submit a short CV and paper abstract of no more than 500 words to our conference platform by August 15, 2024. Accommodations will be arranged and paid for by the conference organizers. Participants will make their own travel arrangements; funding subsidies for travel is available upon request (for one presenter per paper or workshop) for selected scholars, especially those who might not otherwise be able to attend the workshop, including junior scholars and scholars from universities with limited resources. For further information regarding the event’s format and conceptualization, please contact Jana Keck, For questions about logistics (travel and accommodation), please contact our event coordinator Nicola Hofstetter,

Group Bibliography

Conference Committee

  • Daniel Burckhardt, GHI Washington
  • Andreas Fickers, Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH)
  • Peter Haslinger, Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe
  • Katharina Hering, GHI Washington
  • Torsten Hiltmann, Chair for Digital History at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Jana Keck, GHI Washington
  • Simone Lässig, GHI Washington
  • Lincoln Mullen, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM)
  • Atiba Pertilla, GHI Washington

Contact Information

For further information regarding the event’s format and conceptualization, please contact Jana Keck, For questions about logistics (travel and accommodation), please contact our event coordinator Nicola Hofstetter,



CFP 2025 International Symposium on Autoethnography and Narrative (8/15/2024; 2/28-3/2/2025)

2025 International Symposium on Autoethnography and Narrative (ISAN)

The 2025 ISAN (February 28-March 2, 2025) will provide scholars and practitioners of all experience levels an opportunity to present their autoethnographic and personal narrative projects and to participate in dialogue and sociability with scholars across a variety of disciplines. The format will be similar to the past ISANs (see “Past Symposia and Events” page).

The symposium will occur via Zoom. February 28 will feature sessions in Polish, Spanish, and Japanese; March 1-2 will feature sessions in English. Eastern Standard Time (EST) will be used for all symposium activities.

We invite proposals for INDIVIDUAL/CO-AUTHORED PROJECTS to be considered for presentation. Creative and innovative approaches to autoethnography and personal narrative are encouraged. Submissions should: a) use autoethnography and/or narrative to engage social, political, cultural, and personal issues; b) address theoretical or methodological aspects of autoethnography and narrative; and/or c) interrogate or advance autoethnographic and narrative practices. Proposals should take the form of an extended abstract (250-500 words). If a proposal is accepted for presentation, submitters must create a 5-8 minute audio/video recording of their project and submit a link of the recording by January 10, 2025. The link will be included in the 2025 ISAN program. 

We also invite proposals for LIVE DISCUSSION PANELS about a particular topic/theme related to autoethnography and narrative inquiry. If you would like to propose a discussion panel, submit an extended abstract (500+ words) with the following information: a) title and description of the panel and b) a brief biography of at least 4 panelists who have agreed to participate. At the live Symposium, panelists should prepare brief (2-3 minute) introductory remarks about the panel topic/theme and then moderate a conversation among panelists and attendees about the topic/theme. 

Even though the symposium is online, we still have restrictions on time and (Zoom) space. As such, for the 2025 ISAN, we are limiting participants to ONE SUBMISSION (includes co-authored submissions and/or serving on a discussion panel). 

The deadline to submit a proposal is AUGUST 15, 2024.

Click here to submit a proposal inENGLISH.

Haga clic aquí para enviar una propuesta en ESPAÑOL.

Kliknij tutaj, aby złożyć wniosek w języku POLSKIM


* * * * * * * * Additional details * * * * * * * *

• All proposals will be peer reviewed. 

• Registration will open November 1, 2024. To be included in the final program, all participants must register for the Symposium. Early registration (November 1, 2024-January 15, 2025) is $60 (USD) for students, part-time faculty, guests, and independent scholars and $80 (USD) for full-time faculty and professionals. After January 15, registration is $80 (USD) for students, part-time faculty, guests, and independent scholars and $100 (USD) for full-time faculty and professionals. All paid registrants will receive a one-year subscription to the Journal of Autoethnography

• Proposal acceptances will be sent by November 1, 2024.

• After a proposal is accepted, submitters will have until January 10, 2025 to create a 5-8 minute audio/video recording of their presentation. Submitters should upload the video to YouTube (preferred) or Vimeo, OneDrive, Dropbox, or Google Drive and then submit a link of the recording for symposium attendees to view. More information about creating and submitting the video will be included with proposal acceptances (November 2024). 

• The actual symposium (February 28-March 2, 2025) will consist of sessions devoted to the pre-recorded presentations. Each session will have a moderator who will keep time, start and end the session, and monitor that each panelist has an opportunity to talk briefly about their presentation. Participants will NOT present during the live symposium session; they will have already presented via the prerecorded presentation. Instead, the live sessions will be interactive, providing a space for panelists to meet and talk to other panelists, for audience members to ask questions and make comments, and for the moderator to offer brief comments, if desired. To encourage participation and stimulate discussion, we suggest that each panelist provide a brief (2-3 minute) summary of their presentation at the start of the (live) session at the symposium.

• By February 1, 2025, the first draft of the symposium program will be available to all registrants. Registrants will have at least one month to view the prerecorded presentations. If a registrant is interested in a particular presentation, they should watch the video before the (live) symposium begins. 

We look forward to working with everyone virtually! 

Please direct all inquiries to Tony Adams at

Call for Nominations

2025 IAANI Awards

We invite nominations for the following 2025 awards:

For more information about these awards, including how to submit a nomination, visit Award submissions are due August 15, 2024. We will honor award recipients at the 2025 ISAN.


Call For Interviews

World Biofictionalists in Translation: Literature as Existential Map

Bloomsbury’s Biofiction Studies series

Michael Lackey

Deadline for Submissions: August 15, 2024

There have been two volumes of interviews with prominent biofictionalists, and while they have proven to be immensely valuable to scholars, they are limited in that they focus primarily on writers from English-speaking countries. In short, there is a need for a volume of interviews with famous biofictionalists who write in a language other than English. To address this need, we are soliciting interviews with famous biofictionalists from 20 to 25 countries. Those interviews should be conducted in the author’s native language but then translated into English. The interviews should be between 5000 and 7500 words. They are due by August 15, 2025. All submissions should be sent to Michael Lackey (

Criteria for Acceptance and Instructions

1) Biofiction Focus: Biofiction is literature that names its protagonist after a real person. Only interviews that are explicitly about biofiction will be considered.

2) Error Free: When interviewers and authors engage in a conversation, errors of all kinds inevitably occur. Interviews should be recorded and then transcribed. But after the work has been transcribed, the interviewer and the author should edit the work. Eliminating needless comments and errors is crucial.

3) Smooth Flowing: In addition to eliminating all kinds of errors, the work should be organized in such a way that it flows smoothly and has a maximum impact on readers. Here it is important to keep your audience in mind. All questions and answers should be comprehensible to everyday readers, so make sure that readers are given sufficient information to understand and appreciate the conversation.

4) Substantive Contribution: The interview needs to contain something that makes it a worthwhile contribution to biofiction studies. Therefore, the interviewer must have a commanding grasp of biofiction scholarship and be able to clarify how the interview contributes to the existing scholarship.

5) High-Profile Authors: We are specifically looking for prominent writers from countries where English is not the primary language. If the biofictionalist is unknown, the odds of acceptance will decline considerably.

My Role as Editor

I will be available to work with scholars throughout the whole process. If you would like help becoming conversant in biofiction scholarship or generating interview questions, please feel free to contact me. A team of biofiction scholars will help me determine which interviews to include. After the interviews are selected, I will work with the interviewers on editing them, which will consist mainly of correcting grammar, eliminating errors, cutting fluff, organizing the conversation, sharpening the focus, and polishing the English. I will also write the introduction to the volume.

My Method

To date, I have interviewed more than 30 biofictionalists. For your benefit, here is a description of my method. After reading all the author’s biofictions a couple times and doing research about the actual historical figures, I start composing a list of approximately ten questions. One week before the interview, I send the questions to the author. I give the author the freedom to reject or revise any question. I then meet the author in order to conduct a one-hour interview, which I record. Immediately after the interview, I send the recording to my research assistant, who transcribes it. It is best to have a full transcription within a couple weeks, so that the interview is still fresh in the minds of the interviewer and the author as the two edit the work. After receiving the transcription, I then edit the document by eliminating garbled sentences and incoherent thoughts, correcting errors of fact, polishing the language, and reorganizing the interview into a coherent narrative. Then I send it to the author, who is given carte blanche freedom to edit as he/she/they will. Sometimes there is only one exchange, and then the interview is ready to go. Other times there are multiple exchanges, which can last for a week or more. The most important thing is that the author has the freedom to express his/her/their ideas exactly as he/she/they wants. This is my method, and it has worked. But you might have a different or better method, so you should do what works best for you.


CFP–Forgotten Journalists: Lived experiences and professional identities in the past.

Various Belgian partners organise in June 6-7, 2025 an international academic conference on the lived experiences and professional identities of forgotten journalists. The deadline to submit an abstract is 30 August 2024

The conference aims to reconstruct the careers and lived experiences of a mass of anonymous news workers. Three groups of forgotten media professionals stand out (amongst others): war correspondents and foreign correspondents, female journalists, and those who founded and shaped professional journalists’ associations and trade unions behind the scenes. Thanks to the ever-increasing amount of digitised historical news media, the digitisation of genealogical sources and the growing access to the archives of professional journalists, the lives and works of forgotten journalists have become easier to trace. By focusing on lived experiences and professional identities from a historical and decentered perspective, we want to make visible those whose work has been underestimated, or whose journalistic (or partly journalistic) careers have been neglected.

Contact Information


Kramersplein 23

9000 Ghent


Contact Email


The URL provides a pdf with a much more detailed description.


CFP Safundi Special Issue Proposals

August 31, 2024

Safundi is currently accepting proposals for thematic special issues. Founded 25 years ago in 1999 as a journal of comparative studies of the United States and South Africa, Safundi is today a quarterly journal of history, literature, politics, and ideas with attention to southern Africa and its transnational connections to the wider world. The name Safundi draws from the isiXhosa and Nguni verb – funda, which translates as “to read” and “to learn,” with fundi referring to someone who is an expert and passionate about a subject.  Past contributors to Safundi include noted writers and intellectuals like Chris Abani, Pumla Dineo Gqola, Ato Quayson, Bhekizizwe Peterson, Nadia Davids, Ntongela Masilela, Terence Ranger, Emily Apter, Noam Chomsky, and Abdulrazak Gurnah, recipient of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Themes for special issues should be in keeping with the mission of the journal. We are especially interested in special issues that address the following approaches and themes:

  • Individual writers, intellectuals, artists, and/or activists, living or deceased, who have had distinguished careers and merit attention through a special issue
  • The question of national and post-national literatures in Africa
  • Present-day social justice movements, their historical origins, and their transnational connections between the Global North and the Global South. Such movements can include labor activism, First Peoples/Indigenous struggles, feminist movements, student activism, and LGBTQ+ histories and perspectives.
  • African and/or Global South environmental humanities
  • Settler colonialism and its legacies in Africa – South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Algeria – and their connections with other parts of the world, especially in the southern hemisphere, like Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina
  • Indian Ocean histories and humanities
  • Interdisciplinary Indigenous knowledge systems in Africa
  • Southern African, African, and/or the Global South concepts and methodologies
  • Literary genres – speculative fiction, crime fiction, autofiction, et cetera – and their re/invention in Africa and the Global South 
  • Visual histories and cinema cultures in southern Africa, Africa, and the African Diaspora
  • Formations of race and racial capitalism in Africa, the African Diaspora, and the Global South
  • Archival questions and subjugated knowledges in southern Africa, Africa, and the African Diaspora
  • Pan-Africanism, Afro-Asianism, Third Worldism, and transnational histories of global liberation struggles
  • Social and cultural histories of Africa-China and Africa-Asia connections
  • New approaches to urban cultures/studies in southern Africa, Africa, and the Global South

Other themes and approaches are also possible and welcome. Special issues are anticipated to be at least 60,000 to 80,000 words in length – 6 to 10 research articles, plus an introduction by the guest editor/s. Other submissions like interviews, visual essays, and review essays are also welcome in consultation with Safundi’s editorial team.

Proposals for special issues will be peer reviewed by the Safundi editorial team. Proposals should consist of a single document, no more than 3 pages in length, and include the following:

  • Name/s, institutional affiliation/s, contact detail/s, and publication record/s (brief c.v.) of the issue editor/s.
  • A two-paragraph description of the special issue, the importance of its topic, and how the topic relates to the mission of Safundi.
  • A tentative table of contents including the titles of the submissions, names of contributors, institutional affiliations, contact details, and a 100-word abstract for each submission.
  • A proposed deadline for submission of all completed materials.

Special issue editors are responsible for soliciting articles, corresponding with authors, editing submissions, and meeting deadlines. All contributions will undergo thorough peer review. Funding for publication is not available.

Timing of publication is dependent on the submission of materials. The earliest publication date would be the second half of 2025, though 2026 and beyond is more likely.

Please send proposals with the email subject heading “Safundi Special Issue Proposal” to:

Submission deadline: August 31, 2024.



Portrait of the Contemporary Artist: Process, Identity, and Social Construction in the Asian Diaspora
Deadline for Drafts August 31, 2024

The genre of self-portraiture can be practiced and interpreted in a myriad of ways. From the more traditional format of a figural painting of the artist to installations presenting indexical marks of an artist’s experiences, contemporary diaspora artists use self-portraiture to process different aspects of their diasporic experience. Tibetan artist Gonkar Gyatso created several sketches of himself in his Daily Doodle series (2018-present). For decades, Gyatso’s work in exile grappled with buddha images and pop-culture references, but few self-portraits. The more recent presence of these intimate images seemingly marks a shift to interior spaces and selfreflection. The installations of contemporary Tibetan artist Sonam Dolma Brauen that address the passing of her parents–My Father’s Death and Sehnsucht–activate materials as a means to not only collapse time but to include stories of her community that seem to belie the confines of language. As a record of her family’s past and her own life, the installations present the rarelyacknowledged tactile, object-based experience of displaced people forced to choose what can be taken and what must be left behind. This special issue of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, scheduled to be published in Spring 2025, asks the following questions: in what ways do Asian diaspora artists grapple with issues of process, identity, or social construction through self-portraiture? How does technology and social media factor into these images? What can we gain by examining and re-examining self-portraiture through the lens of the diaspora experience? We welcome papers which examine conventional notions of selfportraiture as well as those that expand the boundaries of what might be considered a selfportrait. We welcome submissions for consideration in the format of scholarly articles, artist pages or curated artist pages, or artist statements.

For more information on author guidelines, see: 
Please submit a draft by August 30, 2024. We will inform you within 1-2 weeks of our tentative issue contributors. 
Full submissions are expected by September 20, 2024. Please submit to the guest editors. All submissions should be addressed to Sarah Magnatta ( and Yi Yi Mon (Rosaline) Kyo ( Please also direct any questions to these email addresses.
Contact Information
Yi Yi Mon (Rosaline) Kyo
Sarah Magnatta
Contact Email


Deadline for Submissions 31 August 2024

Call for Submissions
The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship
Call for papers: Special CollectionGraphic Biographical Fiction
Special Collection Editors: Nancy Pedri (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada) and Maria Juko (Independent Researcher)

Potential publication date: late 2024 or early 2025.

Scholars have only recently turned a critical eye towards the fictionalization of real people despite biofiction’s popularity on the literary market since the 1980s. Unlike autobiographies or biographies, rather than a truthful account of the person’s life story, biofiction centres on a creative interpretation of a real person’s life in which they become a character.

Following David Lodge, who emphasized that the biographical novel “takes a real person and their real history as the subject matter for imaginative exploration” (Lodge, 2007:8), Michael Lackey emphasizes that “the biographical novel is, first and foremost, fiction” (Lackey, 2016: 5). Further refining his definition of this literary form, Lackey explains how “the author of biofiction fictionalizes a historical person’s life in order to project into existence his or her own vision of life and the world” (Lackey, 2022: 13). Despite its growing popularity in life writing studies (Lackey, Latham, Layne), there has been a lack of research in graphic narratives that dramatize the lives of real people across words and images.

In calling for submissions for this Special Collection, we take our cue from Paul Franssen and Ton Hoenselaars, who wished to “locate this genre in the field of literary production” (1999:18), to locate it in the field of comics studies. As such, this Special Collection seeks to fill an important gap in exploring the tensions and productive relationships between biofiction and the graphic medium. Graphic biographical fiction asks us to reflect on several questions about storytelling, reading, and consumption and marketing patterns.
These include, but are not limited to:

– What is the relationship between graphic biographical fiction from graphic biography, historical fiction, or portraiture?
– How does graphic biographical fiction impact our understanding of biographical fiction?
– How does graphic biographical fiction address identity or the fact/fiction divide?
– What questions about authorship does graphic biographical fiction raise?
– What implications for character does graphic biographical fiction’s fictionalized treatment of a real person have?
– How do graphic biographical fictions navigate the dangers of imposture, falsification, or sensationalism?
– How does the visual aspect of graphic biographical fiction contribute to the dramatization of a real person and a real life?
– To what extent are readers encouraged to merge the real-life person with their work/ creative output?
– Which real-life people are represented in graphic biographic fiction, and what makes them a suitable choice for authors?
– Why do graphic biographical novels from European countries often focus on British or American subjects?
– How is this genre promoted and why?
– What readership does this genre attract and why?

In accordance with the journal’s scope, we call for submissions that are professionally written and presented, incorporating high-quality images that authors discuss directly and in detail. We will consider submissions from affiliated senior or early career scholars, practitioners and independent researchers, as long as they fit the journal’s call for papers, scope and editorial guidelines.
We do not consider submissions on the basis of abstracts only; we only receive and consider full versions of submissions via our journal management system

We invite energetic writing that is theoretically and interpretively bold. While academic rigour, the inclusion and close discussion of images and citational correctness are important to us as a precondition, a key feature our editors and reviewers will consider is the argument, the discovery, the evidence-based eureka moments conveyed in economical, precise, and, ideally, subtle prose. We believe academic writing about comics should be as striking and immediate as the medium itself.

The Comics Grid encourages open science methods and advocates the value of reproducibility. Authors using datasets or code in their submissions are encouraged to cite and share them in their submissions using appropriate open-access repositories such as CORE, figshare or Zenodo.

In order to be considered for peer review all submissions require image files that should be directly referred to and discussed in the body of the submission and must closely follow our submission guidelines.

Deadline for full submissions: 31 August 2024
Potential publication date: late 2024 or early 2025.

For full submissions information, please go to

Though the journal cannot provide informal pre-submission advice, authors with questions about this Special Collection’s scope can contact the collection’s editors directly: Nancy Pedri and Maria Juko

Franssen, P. and Hoenselaars T. 1999. “Introduction: The Author as Character. Defining a Genre.” In Granssen, P and Hoenselaars, T. editors. The Author as Character Representing History Writers in Western Literature. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, pp. 11-38.
Lackey, M. 2016. “Locating and Defining the Bio in Biofiction!, a/b: Auto/ Biography Studies 31:1, 3-10.
Lackey, M. 2022.  Biofiction. An Introduction. Routledge.
Latham, M. 2012. “Serv[Ing] Under Two Masters!, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 27:2,
Layne, B.  2022.  Biofiction and Writers’ Afterlives. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Lodge, D. 2007. The Year of Henry James: The Story of a Novel: With other Essays on the Genesis, Composition, and Reception of Literary Fiction. London: Penguin.


The Journal of Popular Culture Special Issue Call for Papers

The Coming Freedom: Censoring Queer Lives, Bodies, and Books

Deadline for Abstracts: September 1, 2024

As attacks on LGBTQIA+ people, medical care, and books proliferate in the United States and beyond, this special issue of The Journal of Popular Culture explores the tragically many and varied ways in which queer lives, bodies, and books have been censored by law, policy, society, and the family through the lens of popular culture. We seek to both understand these challenges and memorialize those who have confronted and overcome them. As Foucault (1990) puts it in the History of Sexuality,“If sex is repressed … condemned to prohibition, nonexistence, and silence, then the mere fact that one is speaking about it has the appearance of deliberate transgression. A person who holds forth in such language places themselves to a certain extent outside the reach of power; he upsets established law; he somehow anticipates the coming freedom” (6). 

This issue of The Journal of Popular Culture dedicated to the coming freedom will focus on LGBTQIA+ censorship in terms of its impact on writers, artists, directors, musicians, fans, and other creators who have fought, struggled, and otherwise reckoned with their identity through popular culture. The essays will go beyond traditional conceptions of censorship with the goal of drawing attention to those who have been overlooked, ignored, or otherwise left out of the scholarly conversation. Essays might also consider:

  • Representation in literature, film, television, streaming, and other media
  • Intersections of identity, class, race, disability, and other factors
  • Relationships between culture and regulation, law, or policy 
  • The role of nature, environment, or space in the regulation of rhetoric, bodies, etc.
  • The Hays Code, the Comstock Act, library book bans, and anti-ALA bills
  • How resistance to censorship encourages audiences and culture to create change
  • How audiences, cultures, and others react to or critique boundary crossing
  • Rhetorical or stylistic responses (e.g., queer coding) to censorship
  • Dog whistles, violence, policing, and other anti-queer rhetoric or activity

We seek manuscripts fitting this issue’s theme from a broad array of disciplinary orientations, including (but not limited to) film and television studies, new media studies, the humanities, political economy, communication, cultural studies, sociology, and marketing. We are especially interested in the work of diverse and early career scholars and graduate students. 

Submissions Information

Please send abstracts (500 words) to kmilberg(at) and hsheare1(at) by September 1. Completed articles will be due January 15. Articles should be between 5,000 and 7,500 words in length and conform to The Journal of Popular Culture’s “Submission Guidelines” in terms of format and citation style. Articles will be vetted by the issue editors before completing the journal’s regular peer review process. Publication is expected in late 2025. 

Foucault, Michel. 1990. The History of Sexuality: An Introduction. Translated by Robert Hurley. New York: Vintage Books.

Contact Information

Kurt Milberger and Hannah Shearer

Contact Email



Abortion Narratives and Reproductive Justice Post-Dobbs

Deadline for Submissions, September 2, 2024

Survive and Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine 

In the wake of the 2022 Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, individual abortion narratives have proliferated, both in the mass media and in groups advocating for reproductive rights and reproductive justice. For example, in a June 24, 2024, New York Times article, Kate Zernike cites a dramatic rise in the number of voters who have heard stories of pregnant people needing to cross state lines for abortion care. Many of these stories focus on wanted pregnancies gone tragically awry; as a result, Zernike argues that “The public conversation about abortion has grown into one about the complexities of pregnancy and reproduction.” In the words of a fellow at the Brookings Institution, one legacy of the Dobbs decision has been that Americans are being “exposed to a lengthy seminar on obstetrics” (qtd in Zernicke). For this special issue of Survive and Thrive, we invite reflections on and studies of the changing status of abortion stories in the wake of Dobbs, as well as their potential to add to better understandings of reproduction, reproductive rights, and reproductive justice (including issues like menstrual equity, contraceptive equity, fertility equity—such as access to assisted reproductive technology–, and birth and postpartum equity).

Medical humanities, as we have defined it in Survive and Thrive, insists on the integration of story and art into medical practice, the integration of medical insights into the creation of art and literature, and the integration of all parts of the human health experience (medical education, clinical practice, caregiving relationships in the home, public health, public policy, and more).  We hope to bring that spirit of integration into this special issue by inviting submissions that consider questions like the following:

  • How have abortion narratives and stories of reproductive rights changed in the wake of the Dobbs decision? Whose stories have become central in medical, activist, or popular narratives and whose stories are being silenced?
  • To what extent has the Dobbs decision impinged on the freedoms of health care professionals to advise patients of their options, to practice in safe spaces, and to share their own stories?
  • How might the post-Dobbs landscape contribute to better public understanding of contraception, ART, pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum care?
  • How will efforts to queer reproductive justice fare post-Dobbs?
  • What forms of activism are emerging in response to the Dobbs decision? Which are encouraging and which may be more troublesome? 
  • What effects might the decision have on access to fertility care and contraceptive access?
  • To what extent is the Dobbs decision, like challenges to gender-affirming care, simply the logical culmination of a longer “reproductive politics” (Briggs) and of conservative activism?
  • How have the Dobbs decision and attacks on transgender health clinics affected the well-being and safety of patients and practitioners?  

Looking Forward (and perhaps beyond) Dobbs

  • How might reproductive justice be institutionalized in academia and health care?
  • How have new technologies for visualizing pregnancy and the fetus affected birth equity?
  • How might literary and artistic works, whether contemporary or classic, give voice to a vision of reproductive justice?  

We welcome contributions from patients, health care providers, caregivers, parents, scholars, and activists, writing in genres from poem to scholarly treatise to video. We seek a diversity of voices:  urban, suburban, and rural; liberal and conservative; cis-gender, trans-gendered, gender-queer and non-conforming.   


-September 2 (Labor Day) 2024:  Deadline for Abstracts.  Authors who submit abstracts will receive early feedback and encouragement, if their work fits within the scope.

Submit to: Suzanne Black, & David Beard, 

– November 28 (Thanksgiving 2024):  Deadline for Completed Work.  You do not need to have submitted an abstract by September 2 to submit a full manuscript.

Submit to: <>

Summer 2025:  Projected Publication


“Submissions” may include text, video, audio, or image files that express the aims and scope of the journal. Submissions cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in a journal or book (print or electronic). Please note that “publication” in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Survive & Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine, please contact the editors.


A FEW SUGGESTED READINGS, in alphabetical order:

Briggs, Laura. (2018). How all politics became reproductive politics: From welfare reform to foreclosure to Trump. University of California Press. 

Frost, Erin, & Haas, Angela. (2017). Seeing and knowing the womb: A technofeminist reframing of fetal ultrasound toward a decolonization of our bodies. Computers and Composition, 43, 88–105. 

Johnson, Bethany L, Quinlan, Margaret M., & Pope, Nathan. (2020). “Sticky Baby Dust” and emoji social support on Instagram during in vitro fertilization. Rhetoric of Health & Medicine, 3(3), 320–349. 

Kemball, Anna. “Biocolonial pregnancies: Louise Erdrich’s Future Home of the Living God (2017).” Medical Humanities 48.2 (2022): 159-168.

Mamo, Laura. “Queering the fertility clinic.” Journal of Medical Humanities 34.2 (2013): 227-239.

Molloy, Cathryn, Melonçon, Lisa, & Scott, J. Blake. (2020, June 17). Response to racial injustice. Rhetoricians of Health & Medicine. http://medicalrhetoric .com/rhms-racial-injustice-response

Novotny, Maria, et al. “Amplifying rhetorics of reproductive justice within rhetorics of health and medicine.” Rhetoric of Health & Medicine 5.4 (2022): 374-402.

Novotny, Maria, De Hertogh, Lori Beth, & Frost, Erin. (2020). Rhetorics of reproductive justice in civic and public contexts. Reflections: A Journal of Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric, 20(2). 

Novotny, Maria & De Hertogh, Lori Beth. (2020). Rhetorics of self-disclosure: A feminist framework for infertility activism. In Jamie White-Farnham, Bryna Siegel Finer, & Cathryn Molloy (Eds.), Women’s health advocacy: Rhetorical ingenuity for the 21st  century (pp.  59–72). Philadelphia, PA: Routledge Press. 

Owens, Kimberly H. (2015). Writing childbirth: Women’s rhetorical agency in labor and online. Southern Illinois University Press. 

Ramirez, K.S. Reproductive justice must be considered in the scientific community. Nature Microbiology 7, 352–353 (2022).

Ross, Loretta, and Rickie Solinger. Reproductive justice: An introduction. Vol. 1. Univ of California Press, 2017.

Seigel, Marika. (2013). The rhetoric of pregnancy. University of Chicago Press. 

SisterSong. (n.d.). Reproductive Justice. 

Stobie, Caitlin E. “‘Creative Ferment’: abortion and reproductive agency in Bessie Head’s Personal Choices trilogy.” Medical Humanities (2021).

T’Sjoen, G., Arcelus, J., Gooren, L., Klink, D. T., & Tangpricha, V. (2019). Endocrinology of transgender medicine. Endocrine Reviews, 40(1), 97–117. 

Turner, Jasmine. (2020, March 26). “What if you’re not there?”: Doulas advocate for parents during COVID-19 concerns. NBC12. /2020/03/26/what-if-youre-not-there-doulas-advocate-parents-during -covid-concerns/ 

White-Farnham, Jamie, Bryna Siegel Finer, and Cathryn Molloy, eds. Women’s health advocacy: Rhetorical ingenuity for the 21st century. Routledge, 2019.

Yam, Sharon. Visualizing birth stories from the margin: Toward a reproductive justice model of rhetorical analysis. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 50(1), 19–34.

Zernike, Kate. Abortion Debate Shifts as Election Nears: “Now It’s About Pregnancy.” The New York Times, 24 June 2024. <>.


Survive & Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine aims to provide opportunities for sharing research, artistic work, pedagogical dialogue, and the practices of medical humanities and narrative as medicine. One of the primary aims of the journal is to bring medical humanities and narrative medicine to patients, survivors, and caregivers. Its emphasis, therefore, is on patients and survivors and their needs, and while aware of and supporting professional medical education, the journal is most concerned with an audience broader than an academic audience. We encourage physicians and others in the medical profession to practice Narrative as Medicine by submitting their work, especially when it encourages them to be artists – visual, performance, and literary. The scope of the journal is eclectic in that it considers all the disciplines of medicine and the humanities while focusing on their relationship and the needs of survivors and patients.

Also see: <>

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Project co-edited by:

Suzanne Black,

David Beard, 


CfP: International Conference on The Role of Auschwitz in Holocaust Narratives

Toronto, ON, Canada – Conference Date: May 5, 2025

Deadline for Submissions – September 15, 2024

The Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program invites proposals that interpret the place of Auschwitz in shaping Holocaust survivor narratives and contribute to the interdisciplinary discussion on the role of Auschwitz in influencing collective memory of the Holocaust.

The conference marks the 80th year since the liberation of Auschwitz and coincides with the Toronto run of the travelling exhibition Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). A private pre-program event focusing on the exhibit will be held on Sunday May 4, 2025, featuring Dr. Naomi Azrieli, CEO and Publisher, and Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt, curator of the exhibit and keynote speaker.

Conference Overview:
Inspired by the memoirs program’s nearly two decades of dedicated work on survivor memoirs, this conference aims to critically examine the impact of Auschwitz on the narratives of Holocaust survivor experiences. This international conference, serving as both a commemoration and reflection, will provide a platform for interdisciplinary discussions that plumb the complexities surrounding Auschwitz as a place of atrocities, its symbolism and the narratives surrounding it.

Conference Themes:
Auschwitz occupies a unique place in history as the most infamous concentration camp and death camp within the Nazi camp system. The conference aims to explore and grapple with aspects of Auschwitz that have influenced survivor memoirs, short stories and poetry.

These aspects include but are not limited to:
•the role of Auschwitz as the most authentic representation of Holocaust experiences in the Nazi camp system
•survivor memoirs and storytelling; what is recounted or omitted, and how we reconcile memories that may conflict with the historical record
•memoir descriptions of ritual and Jewish agency; that is, how Jews responded to the conditions and treatment they endured
•collective memory, vocabulary, language and imagery surrounding Auschwitz 
the narrative significance of Auschwitz as the symbol of the Holocaust and its impact on shaping collective memory
•the voices of women, sexuality studies and the gendered lens
•the representation of a diverse range of experiences including those of non-Jews, Polish political prisoners, Roma, Catholic clergy and others
•representation of Auschwitz and survivors in works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and/or cultural productions
•the role of survivors of Auschwitz in remembering the atrocities in contrast to other camps and experiences

Submission Guidelines:
We invite submissions that contribute to the interdisciplinary discourse on the role of Auschwitz in Holocaust narratives. This conference is primarily aimed at literary, Jewish studies, humanities, cultural, and gender studies scholars as well as historians. Early career researchers/academics and PhD candidates are also encouraged to apply.

Submissions must demonstrate that at least one of the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs will be integrated into their final presentation. For a complete listing of memoirs please see

Abstracts (max. 500 words) and a short CV must be submitted by September 15, 2024. Please submit as one combined PDF file including the presenter’s familial name in the following format: LASTNAME.AzrieliSem2025. All applicants will be notified by December 18, 2024
For inquiries and submissions, contact Carson Phillips,

Conference Details:
The conference will convene in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 5, 2025, with a pre-conference event on the evening of May 4, 2025. The program will include a keynote address and approximately twelve, 20-minute presentations.

Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered for successful applicants. Should a proposal be submitted jointly for co-authors to present, funding will be offered for one presenter only.

Proposal Review Committee:
Debórah Dwork, The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity, The Graduate Center – CUNY
Sara Horowitz, Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies, York University
Carson Phillips, Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program, The Azrieli Foundation

Join us in Toronto for a thought-provoking exploration of the significance of Auschwitz in Holocaust narratives. Together, let us unravel the complexities of this landmark and contribute to a deeper understanding of its importance as part of the collective narrative of the Holocaust.

Contact Information

Carson Phillips, PhD
Manager of Academic Initiatives
Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program
The Azrieli Foundation

Contact Email




Friday 4 April 2025, University of Sheffield

Deadline for Submissions–September 20, 2024

This one-day workshop at the University of Sheffield seeks to explore the scholarly landscape where the history of childhood meets oral history across different chronological periods and in different parts of the world. By bringing together historians of childhood with an interest in oral history and oral historians working in childhood studies we aim to explore the meanings and significance of childhood as well as the lived experiences of being a child in the past through oral history methods. All historians of childhood, especially those working in countries with limited literacy and written cultures, have struggled to find documents and written records that can shed light on the perceptions and practices of children in the past. Oral history is often seen to hold out the promise of accessing the world of past childhoods through the eyes of today’s adults and in some way to compensate for the lack of written documents. Even in cases where text-based sources exist,  the holdings of national archives regarding children are often limited to documents that focus on the ideals and campaigns of governments in the form of policy drafts, surveying reports, consultations with charity organisations, debates on the state of primary education etc. which largely fail to convey the social fabric of childhood from the child’s perspective. We are keen to explore the potential for oral history methods to enable historians to recover experiences of childhood as lived by people who were born as early as the first couple of decades of the twentieth century. 

In this workshop, we are keen to hear from researchers who have explored connections between oral history and histories of childhood.

Possible topics include but are not limited to

  • The methodological possibilities offered by combining oral history and the history of childhood 
  • How oral history can help historians of childhood to overcome the danger of losing invaluable data regarding past childhoods     
  • Examples of oral history work that give insights into the lived experience of childhoods in the past. 
  • Examples of histories of childhood that employ the oral history method
  • The advantages and disadvantages of using oral history methodology when researching the history of childhood 
  • Conducting oral history projects in order to explore the gendered practices of being a child in the past 
  • Exploring the past practices of childhood, motherhood, fatherhood and sibling relationships through oral history 
  • Collecting historical data on any aspects of childhood such as illness, disability, schooling, employment, entertainment, games, toys, clothing, literature, architecture etc through oral history methods

Please send proposals of no more than 250 words together with a short bio to Dr Heather Ellis (University of Sheffield) at by Friday 20 September 2024

Dr Heather Ellis (University of Sheffield) and Prof Dr Nazan Çiçek (Ankara University)…


CFP–GIRL, INTERRUPTED. Testimonies, Silences and Self-Censorship in Eastern European Women’s Life Writing.
September 20, 2024, Venue: “Babeș-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania


Send your title, abstract and bionote to the organiser, Dr. Andrada Fătu-Tutoveanu at
You can also consult our recent publication on the topic, Récit de vie féminin dans l’Europe de l’Est et du Sud-Est/ Women’s Life Writing in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe here 

Andrada Fătu-Tutoveanu, PhD
Faculty of Letters
“Babeş-Bolyai” University,
Horea 7, Room 10
400174 Cluj-Napoca


Vernon Press invites book chapters for a forthcoming edited volume titled “Martyrs, Narratives, and Social Change in 20th-Century Mexico and Latin America”.

Deadline for Submissions: September 30, 2024

The book aims at revisiting the multiple ways in which (Christian) martyrdom remains at the center of social upheaval and political mobilization in Latin America. A basic notion underlying this book is that the differentiation between the religious and political spheres, a conspicuous feature of modernity can and should be further examined in order to shed light into the ways in which religious patterns inform contemporary social mobilization and remembrance. Even if religious and political beliefs and practices remain distinct domains in normative and analytical reasoning, the two “spheres” frequently overlap in social realities and present themselves intertwined in specific cases.

Scholars such as Arendt or Bauman have usually studied this overlap as the result of “destructive” forces unleashed by modern instrumental rationality while others, like Feher or Einsenstadt, have framed the issue as political religions that deviate from modern development. The latter is usually understood in terms of Max Weber’s rational-bureaucratic ideal type with the concomitant “disenchantment of the world”. 

This book, however, aims to look at martyrial narratives as part of non-deviant matrixes of meaning that infuse current political and social movements in the sub-continent.

Its main point of departure is that the overlap between political and religious beliefs and practices occurs in manners that are fully compatible with modern states and are implicated in the emergence of one more of the core characteristics of modernity: civil society. Therefore, martyrdom reveals itself as a fertile terrain within which to observe this apparent paradox. 

The present study aims to contribute to the understanding of the intersections between historical thinking, political sociology, and the sociology of religion and to advance the creation of trans-disciplinary interpretations rooted in sociological, anthropological, and historical thinking.  Martyrdom here will be understood as a narrative pattern similar to that of Christianity: persecution, violent death, a group of followers who assign meaning to the person´s suffering and memorialize them). 

From this narrative standpoint, martyrdom is indeed a paradoxical expression: antithetical concepts work together in a complex reshaping of religious and political concepts. Religion and politics are presented to us as complementary concepts; in martyrdom, the two create a set of meaningful actions. It is no wonder that death provides a terrain where religion and politics come together, sometimes conspicuously in the case of specific deaths.

But the mobilization produced around martyrs is also constructed around the social impossibility of neatly separating the two spheres. The two realms appear not only entwined but as emerging from one another. Differentiating them implies eroding the notion of martyrdom itself and making it illegible.

On the other hand, we must keep in mind the fact that many scholars have studied the apparently paradoxical ability of religious belief to serve both as an “opiate of the masses” and the “amphetamines of the people”. They have documented how different (and frequently opposing) interpretations of religion have provided social groups with ideological and organizational apparatuses.  This social malleability of religious beliefs and practices can be better seen through the study of martyrdom because it allows scholars to track transformations in meaning over time, and to draw comparisons with similar occurrences elsewhere while underlining the specifics of Latin American experiences.

The chapters in this book will inquire into the ways in which martyrdom legitimates social action and renders it meaningful, thus creating modes of remembrance and martyrial demands in several Latin American countries.

Some topics to cover:

  • Martyrial accounts in secular settings: heroes, nationhood, and state
  • Social mobilization and meaningful death
  • Everyday forms of remembrance and memory patterns in contemporary forms of martyrdom
  • Social networks and meaningful death
  • Story-telling, creation, and contestation of martyrial accounts in Latin America
  • Mnemonic devices: literature, museums, graphic novels, utilitarian objects, etc.

Chapters should be in English and 20-25 pages long.

Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2024.

Please send submissions to Marisol Lopez-Menendez:




Under Western Eyes. Central and Eastern Europe(ans) in North American Literature, Culture, and History

15-16 May 2025

University of Wrocław, Poland

Deadline for abstract submission:  October 31, 2024.

Lisa Grekul, a Ukrainian Canadian scholar and writer, concludes her interesting and personal Introduction to Leaving Shadows with a famous statement: “Write your stories down, make your voices heard” (2005: xxiii, emphasis in the original). In this way, she calls for a systematic reflection on ethnic and diasporic writing by Central and Eastern Europeans in North American literary, cultural, and historical contexts. The importance of writing one’s own story – expressed by Grekul and many other North American authors of Central and Eastern European descent – is also a response to the long history of stereotypical and highly problematic depictions of the region in North American literature and (popular) culture. The conference will focus on studying the various depictions of broadly-understood Central and Eastern Europe in works produced by émigré and diasporic authors and creators, as well as its mainstream representations. We are also interested in the changing historical and socio-political discourses regarding the place of Central and Eastern Europeans in North America. We seek submissions which would address the representations of migration to North America and contextualize the diasporic experience of various groups through the lens of literature, variegated texts of culture, as well as from historical perspectives. Through the interrogation of the suggested themes as well as the ones listed below, the conference aims at bringing together scholars from different disciplines as well as working in two languages: Polish and English.
We would like to invite discussions on the following and related issues:

  • Central and Eastern Europe in American and Canadian literature, including commercial fiction,

non-fiction, poetry, children’s and young adult literature, and comics;

  • Anglophone and non-anglophone writing by émigré and diasporic authors;
  • Central and Eastern Europe in (popular) culture (press, film, TV, internet, video games);
  • History of immigration, including the relations of Central and Eastern Europeans with Indigenous

Peoples, and its representations in literature and culture;

  • Representations of memory, identity, otherness, home, religion, war, and liminality;
  • Whiteness and race in the context of Central and Eastern Europeans;
  • Central and Eastern European Jewishness in North American literature and culture;
  • Ethnic and gender stereotypes associated with Central and Eastern Europeans;
  • Translations and reception of Central and Eastern European literature in North America.

Please send an abstract of 300 words maximum and a short biography of 100 words as a single Word document to: apply this subject line: Under Western Eyes 2025
Deadline for abstract submission:  October 31, 2024. Notification of acceptance:  December 15, 2024. Registration: January 7- February 28, 2025
All submissions are reviewed by the members of the Organizing Committee. All abstracts and papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English or Polish. Papers will be 20 minutes maximum, followed by 10 minutes of discussion.
Conference fee:
450 PLN/100 €
300 PLN/70  €  – reduced fee for graduate students and early career scholars
Confirmed plenary speakers:
Prof. Anastasia Ulanowicz (University of Florida)
Prof. dr hab. Janusz Pasterski (University of Rzeszów)
Organizing Committee:
Dr. habil. Mateusz Świetlicki (lead convenor) – Institute of English Studies (University of Wrocław)
Dr. habil. Dagmara Drewniak –  Faculty of English (Adam Mickiewicz University)
Dr. Sylwia Kamińska-Maciąg –  Institute of Slavic Studies (University of Wrocław)
Dr. Izabella Kimak – Institute of Linguistics and Literature (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University)
Anna Bartnicka, MA (secretary) – Institute of English Studies (University of Wrocław)
Fulbright Poland


We invite proposals for contributions to Travellers in Ottoman Lands Seminar Three (TIOL3) Places forgotten, Places Remembered, to be held in Istanbul, Wednesday 9 – Saturday 12 April 2025.
Deadline for Proposals: November 15, 2025

Three days of presentation sessions in the historical neighbourhoods of Karaköy and Beyoğlu will be followed by one day of excursions.

 The Seminar is presented by Travellers in Ottoman Lands, in association with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Sabancı University, The Netherlands Institute in Turkey (NIT), The British Institute at Ankara (BIAA), The Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East (ASTENE), and Cornucopia, The Magazine for Connoisseurs of Turkey. 

Topics to be considered include (but are not limited to) the following:
• Horticulture and botany
•Memorials, cemeteries, places of worship of various faiths
• Women travellers
• Cuisine
• Art and Culture
• Travel and exile
• Archaeology
• Explorers and photographers
• Modes of travel
• Famous travellers
• Architecture

Proposals may be submitted either for individual presentations of 25 minutes or for panels of 3–4speakers of 25 minutes each. Contributions for a panel about the Feriköy Protestant Cemetery of Istanbul are especially welcomed. Please include a biography of no more than 200 words, presentation title and a 300-word abstract. Proposals should be submitted to by 15 November 2024 at the latest. All proposals will be subject to peer review and their acceptance will be announced by mid-January 2025. Registration will open on 31 January 2025 when the draft program will also be available. 

TIOL3 follows the successful Travellers in Ottoman Lands: The Botanical Legacy (TIOL1) held inEdinburgh in 2017 and Travellers in Ottoman Lands: The Balkans, Anatolia and Beyond (TIOL2) held in Sarajevo in 2022. Peer reviewed papers from TIOL1 have already been published and the papers from TIOL2 are currently in the process of publication.

 For enquiries about the seminar please send an email to Dr. Marloes Cornelissen or to

Contact Information

For enquiries about the seminar please send an email to Dr. Marloes Cornelissen or to 

Contact Email



Call for paper for a special issue: “Medical Objects in Illness Narratives”

Volume 30 of the European Journal of English Studies (2026)

Deadline for abstracts:  30 November 2024

This special issue will explore the depiction of medical objects (speculum, needles, scan machines, surgical instruments, wheelchairs, ventilators, hospital beds, etc.) in pathographies, that is illness narratives from patients’ perspectives. We will consider both life writing and fictional pathographies in this investigation, and will seek to include essays on literature, art and film. The special issue’s main aim will be to investigate the ways in which encounters with medical objects disrupt the narrative, and how they become a useful focal point through which authors negotiate issues such as the self as a subject and/or object, embodied experience in unfamiliar medical environments, or the patient’s confrontation with new technologies.

We anticipate three major areas of interest within this overarching focus. The first of these is the encounter narrative, in which patients are confronted by, build relationships with, incorporate, or otherwise portray medical objects in their stories. The second will emphasize object theory, looking at the objectification of the patient’s body, as the process of illness and treatment moves it from the category of subject to being a part of the hospital apparatus. The third strand will focus on the disruption of narrative caused by medical objects, thinking through a narratological lens.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • The affective potential of encounters with medical objects
  • Re-imagined/re-purposed medical objects (e.g. as artefacts)
  • What is gained/lost in the encounter with medical objects
  • The patient’s body as a medical object
  • Re-imagining the relationship of the doctor to the medical object
  • Medical objects and femininity/masculinity
  • Medical objects in the European context vs in other environments
  • The historical circumstances medical objects invoke and how they are negotiated/challenged (e.g. the medical object as a symbol of colonialism in (post)colonial spaces)
  • The medical object as a symbol of knowledge/power
  • Material encounters with medical objects focusing on physical contact
  • Analysis of patients’ attachments or sense of dependency on medical objects
  • Medical objects as symbols of transience
  • How futuristic medical objects are imagined in science fiction or narratives focused on AI

Submission Instructions

Full manuscript deadline: May 30, 2025.

Detailed proposals (up to 1,000 words) for full essays (7,500 or more words), or 500 words for shorter pieces (ca. 2-3,000 words) discussing a specific position as well as a short biography (max.100 words) should be sent to all of the editors by 30 November 2024:

Polina Mackay:

Cristina Hurtado-Botella:

Joanne ‘Bob’ Whalley:

This issue will be part of volume 30 (2026). All inquiries regarding this issue can be sent to the three guest editors.

Warm regards,

The editors


France’s #MeToo in Film and Media:

Establishing an academic research subject

December 10, 2024 deadline for submissions

International conference celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Genre en séries, November 2025

Created in 2015, the Genre en séries journal has set itself the goal of exploring the way gender operates at the crossroads of media cultures. From the onset, its ambition was to participate in the late assimilation of these approaches and tools of analysis by film and media studies within the French academic context by collectively paying attention to issues of power dynamics, social structures and norms at work in media cultures.

Two years later, the rise of the  #MeToo movement and its various avatars – like #MeToo Incest[1]  or #MeToo Gay – within and beyond Hollywood, on an international scale (Chandra and al., 2021; Cavalin and al., 2022), only confirmed the urgent need to bring to light and establish as a real research subject the dynamics and mechanisms of domination, of harassment, of aggression, of control and of violence long prevalent in the cinema industry – and, more broadly, in all media.

This need was partly addressed in the English-speaking world. In the film industry, a healthy awareness resulted in new professional regulations. Within academic research, long-term research projects had already been initiated before #MeToo in order to look objectively at the working conditions of women by combining the methodologies of statistical analysis and oral history[2].

It is however obvious that much remains to do in France, whether in the field of film-making and distribution or in the field of academic research. The status of cinema as ‘Art’ within French culture still has discernible consequences on discourses and portrayals onscreen, as well as on practices and mindsets: the French #MeToo needs to be understood within these contexts of hierarchy and cultural legitimacy.

At this very moment, Judith Godrèche and many other workers in the French artistic and cultural fields, but also anonymous victims, or women perceived as less ‘legitimate’ and therefore less listened to (Souffrant, 2022), such as reality-TV personalities (Villanova, 2024), struggle to be heard and to participate in effective changes in modes of production, cooperation and work practices. Other testimonies have preceded Godrèche’s, whose autobiographical novel published in 1995 already referred to the abuse she was subjected to, and the “Depardieu affair” was not the first scandal to expose the French cinema industry[3]. The media coverage surrounding those two cases marked a turning point in the sense that they widened the small opening made by the ‘Polanski case’.

This opening happened when Roman Polanski gave up on presiding the Cesar in 2017 following a petition asking for his destitution. For the first time, a French film institution had to acknowledge feminist activism that resulted in a strong reaction within public opinion. But no real reassessment of the profession followed. What’s new about the Godrèche and Depardieu cases is therefore that they have helped to publicize (before justice takes its course) the omerta and impunity by bringing unprecedented attention to the public denunciation of systemic trends that have a lot to do with French cultural mechanisms of bourdieusian distinction that exclude women from the position of subjects (Coquillat, 1982; Burch & Sellier, 1998; Krakovitch & Sellier, 2001).

Those specificities of French cinema must therefore be questioned, documented, historicized in relation to other arts and media (television, journalism, literature, theater, etc.) and to other national contexts, such as the United States’. With this in mind, it matters that the academic world in general – our field is not devoid of sexual and gender-based abuse, that several recent scandals have exposed – and the social sciences and humanities in particular, make a contribution to public debate and collective examination of those – gendered, artistic, cultural, media, institutional – practices perpetrated in complicit silence up to now. Revisiting films henceforth perceived as questionable by replacing them into context seems to be a necessity if we are to build and pass on a watchful, sharp memory.

For those reasons, for the 10 year anniversary of Genre en series, we wish, as other fields before us[4], to make inroads into this investigation in cooperation with academic societies in film and media studies, but also with collectives, professional organizations and civil society. In line with several other research projects begun recently[5], we invite the research community in human and social sciences to explore the numerous issues, questions and challenges raised by the French #MeToo in the context of an international conference set to take place in Paris in November 2025.

All talk proposals and suggestions for special contributions (roundtable, workshop, testimony, etc.) will be reviewed in a serious and watchful way by the science committee, formed by editors of the journal and specialists of gender studies applied to film and media. We nevertheless suggest four topics of discussion that seem especially relevant in order to understand the mechanisms and grey areas of the French #MeToo:

–       History

  • Cultural and oral history of the modes of domination induced by working conditions.
  • The evolution of reception of cases and media discourse over time.
  • Writing French film history before and after #MeToo.
  • Reinterpretations and contemporary transmissions of films through the prism of #MeToo.
  • Examination of the links between portrayals on screen and power relationships (and abuse) off screen; matters of intersectionality.

–       Media

  • Similarities and differences between media environments.
  • Testimonies and public debates related to sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Media coverage of cases, scandals and controversies.
  • Media legitimacy and cultural hierarchy.
  • Film criticism in the face of #MeToo.

–       Transnational perspectives

  • The fluctuating importance of values that structure ‘legitimate’ taste in different media industries and/or cultural contexts.
  • Historical, cultural, legal, socioeconomic and industrial differences and specificities.
  • Differences and evolution in the reception of certain international scandals (Allen, Kinski, Polanski, Weinstein, Last Tango in Paris, etc.).

–       Institutions and audiences

  • Controversies that have plagued the history of French institutions (CNC, Film Archives, César, Festivals, etc.).
  • Which values should the institutions stand for?
  • Action/reaction/inaction of institutions in the face of sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Mobilization of citizens, activists and public organizations.
  • Industry/ audiences dialectics.

Proposals in English or French (a 500 word abstract and a short biography) should be sent before December 10 2024 to, with the heads of the journal in cc ( and An answer will be sent on February 1st 2025 by the planning committee. The conference is expected to last two days and to take place in November 2025 at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris. It will lead to the publication of a special issue of the Genre en séries journal.

[1] A study day on this topic was organized by the French research lab IRCAV in 2022 :

[2] We can refer, for instance, to the project « Calling the Shot: Women and Contemporary Film Culture in the UK », whose goal was to study women’s labour and the obstacles to which they are confronted to within the UK film industry,through a detailed statistical analysis of British films from 2000 to 2015. Sexual harassment emerged as a constant thread in the interviews led with 50 women working in six key professions of film production :

[3] Let’s not forget the support given to Jean-Claude Brisseau by a large section of the auteur film industry in the early 2000s.

[4] Several theses have initiated this investment:

– in Literary Studies: Mathilde Hinault, “L’écriture du viol de 1945 aux années #MeToo : une histoire de luttes” (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, since 2022); Pauline Schwaller, “Réécrire les mythes grecs à l’ère #MeToo : entre phénomène littéraire et phénomène de société” (Université de Lorraine, since 2023).

– in Information and Communication Sciences: Laure Beaulieu, “Une rédaction face à #Metoo. Appropriations des idées féministes et évolutions des normes et pratiques journalistiques” (Sorbonne Paris Nord University, since 2018); Warda Khemilat, “De #Metoo au Plan d’action national contre les violences sexuelles et sexistes. Analyse localisée d’un phénomène médiatique transnational” (Université Côte d’Azur, since 2018).

– in English Studies: Mariette Lalire, “Representations et sexualités féminines: comprendre l’impact du mouvement #MeToo sur les séries télévisées britanniques et américaines” (Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier, since 2020).

– in Legal Sciences: Martin Paumelle, “Contribution à l’analyse du traitement pénal des auteurs d’infractions à caractère sexuel : réflexion au regard du principe d’utilité” (Université de Caen Normandie, defended in 2022); Lucie Longuet, “Les réceptions des politiques de lutte contre les violences sexistes et sexuelles dans l’enseignement supérieur : une étude comparée” (Université Côte d’Azur, since 2021).

We should also mention, in Information and Communication Sciences, the symposium “Media and VSS. Informing, denouncing, raising awareness” organized in April 2023:

[5] We are thinking in particular of the ANR project “Female Filmmakers and Feminism in the Media (FEMME)”: and the AVISA project “Historicizing sexual harassment”:

Planning Committee:

Fanny Beuré (Université de Lorraine)

Mélanie Boissonneau (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Gwénaëlle Le Gras (Université Bordeaux Montaigne)

Maureen Lepers (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Alexandre Moussa (Université de Poitiers)

Thomas Pillard (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Jules Sandeau (Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier 3)

Célia Sauvage (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Science committee:

Olivier Alexandre (CNRS/Centre Internet et Société)

Laurence Allard (Université de Lille)

Bérénice Bonhomme (Université Bordeaux Montaigne)

Teresa Castro (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Hélène Fleckinger (Université Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint-Denis)

Réjane Hamus-Vallée (Université d’Évry Paris-Saclay)

Mary Harrod (University of Warwick)

Pierre Katuszewski (Université Bordeaux Montaigne)

Kira Kitsopanidou (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Mélanie Lallet (Université Catholique de l’Ouest)

Delphine Letort (Université du Mans, head of the ANR FEMME project)

Marie-Christine Lipani (Université Bordeaux Montaigne)

Cristelle Maury (Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès)

Raphaëlle Moine (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Aurélie Pinto (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Aurore Renaut (Université de Lorraine)

David Roche (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, co-head of the ANR FEMME project)

Giuseppina Sapio (Université Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint-Denis)

Geneviève Sellier (Université Bordeaux Montaigne)

Salima Tenfiche (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Clémentine Tholas (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Ginette Vincendeau (King’s College London)


AFECCAV, Association Française des Enseignants et Chercheurs en Cinéma et Audiovisuel,

AFRHC, Association Française de Recherche sur l’Histoire du Cinéma,

ANR Femme, “Female Filmmakers and Feminism in the Media”, 

AVISA, “Historicizing sexual harassment”,

BAFTSS, British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies,

French Screen Studies,

Hystérique*, Association féministe queer intersectionnelle de l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle,



ANGOT Christine, L’Inceste, Stock, 1999.

BACQUE Raphaëlle & BLUMENFELD Samuel, Une affaire très française. Depardieu, l’enquête inédite, Albin Michel, 2024.

BUISSON Charlotte & WETZELS Jeanne, Les Violences sexistes et sexuelles, Que sais-je ?, 2022.

BURCH Noël & SELLIER Geneviève, « Cinéphilie et masculinité I./ Cinéphilieet masculinité II », Iris, n° 26, 1998, p. 191-206.

CAVALIN Catherine et al (dir.), Les Violences sexistes après #MeToo, École des mines, 2022.

CHANDRA Giti & ERLINGSDOTTIR Irma (dir.), The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of the #MeToo Movement, Routledge, 2020.

COQUILLAT Michèle, La Poétique du mâle, Gallimard, 1982.

DEVYNCK Hélène, Impunité, Seuil, 2022.

FILEBORN Bianca & LONELY-HOWES Rachel (dir.), #MeToo and the Politics of Social Change, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019

FRAPPAT Hélène, Le Gaslighting ou l’art de faire taire les femmes, Éditions de l’observatoire, 2023.

GODRÈCHE Judith, Point de côté, Flammarion, 2015.

KOUCHNER Camille, La Familia Grande, Seuil, 2021.

KRAKOVITCH Odile & SELLIER Geneviève, L’Exclusion des femmes. Masculinité et politique dans la culture au XXe siècle, Éditions Complexe, 2001.

LE BESCO Isild, Dire vrai, Denoël, 2024.

MELLUL Yaël & BOUVET Lise, Intouchables ? People, justice et impunité, Balland, 2018.

MERLIN-KAJMAN Hélène, La Littérature à l’heure de #MeToo, Ithaque, 2000.

MURAT Laure, Une révolution sexuelle ? Réflexions sur l’après-Weinstein, Stock, 2018.

SOUFFRANT Kharoll-Ann, Le Privilège de dénoncer, Éditions du Remue-Ménage, 2023.

SPRINGORA Vanessa, Le Consentement, Grasset, 2019.

VILLANOVA Constance, Vivre pour les caméras, JC Lattès, 2024.

VINCENDEAU Ginette, ‘Daddy’s Girls, Oedipal narratives in 1930s French Films’, Iris, n° 8, 1989, p. 70-81.

VINCENDEAU Ginette, ‘Fathers and daughters in French cinema’, in Pam Cook and Philip Dodd (eds.), Women and Film: A Sight and Sound Reader, London: Scarlet Press, 1993, p. 156-163. [reprint of ‘Family Plots: The Fathers and Daughters of French Cinema’, Sight and Sound, vol. 1, n°11, 1992, p. 14-17]


CFP Victorians and Victorian Literature Abroad (2/25/2025) Special Issue of Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities

Victorian globetrotters were of different shapes and types, be they men or women of letters, scientists (such as geologists and plant collectors), artists, photographers, diplomats, military officers or soldiers, merchants or traders, medics, missionaries, or simply leisure tourists. Diverse as they were, they crossed national boundaries and travelled to far-off places worldwide. Victorian writings recorded their footprints and grasp of the world outside their homeland also break the geographical and cultural barriers. Among the best-known are Charles Dickens’s American Notes and Pictures of Italy, John Ruskin’s The Stones of Venice, Charles Darwin’s Voyages, R. L. Stevenson’s In the South Seas, Harriet Martineau’s Retrospect of Western Travel, Isabella L. Bird’s Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, just to name a few. Publishers such as John Murray, renowned for travel books, and periodicals such as Punch produced a prodigious amount of works related to other countries. Significantly, the many fictional narratives, personal diaries, travelogues, and journalistic publications have been inscribed with rich biographical and historical contexts, vigorous imaginativeness, and opportunities for cultural exchanges past and present. Readers are lured to travel to the “Victorian” world and to consider the numerous encounters with “abroad.” Meanwhile, Victorian Literature’s rich spatial and temporal distinctions also allow for extensions and afterlives in forms such as translation, adaptation and recreation in other countries or foreign languages. Victorian scholarship has thus attracted new critical focus in recent years. This special issue seeks contributions relating to the history and depictions of Victorian authors regarding travel, appraisals and revisiting from global perspectives, including how they are being received or taught outside the UK.

The Special Issue No. 59 of Sun Yat-Sen Journal of Humanities, to be published July 2025

(Submission  deadline  28  February  2025),  invites  scholarly essays  to  explore  Victorians  

and Victorian Literature Abroad. Topics may include but are not limited to:

Victorian Literary Writers who Travelled Abroad and their Writings

Victorians  Abroad  and  their  Writings  (Travelogues,  Tales,  Correspondences, Diaries, Memoirs)

 Travels and Travellers in the Victorian Novel

Travel Writings and Illustrations in Victorian Periodicals

 Victorian Women’s Travel Writings

Scientists, Medics, Missionaries, their Works, Reflections, and Impacts

Reception of Victorian Literature by Other Countries or Cultures Then/ After

Imperial Gaze, Cultural Interventions, Conflicts and Assimilations

Time Traveller, Armchair Traveller, Imaginative Traveller

Literary or Commercial Travel Writings

Teaching Victorian Literature Outside British Isles

Translations, Adaptations, Recreations in Other Countries or Foreign Languages.

New Critical or Theoretical Focus, Pedagogical Approaches, Virtual Reality

Manuscripts  should  be  between  7500—10,000  words  and  follow  The  MLA  Manual  of  Style.

Please  submit  one  electronic  copy,  a  500-word  abstract  (as  an  attachment  in  Word),  a  

short biography and contact information to and cc to the guest editors:

Professor Shu-Fang Lai,

Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan;

Professor Fumie Tamai,

Faculty of Global Communications, Doshisha University, Japan;

For more details about the journal, see


Call for Papers: Fashion, Style & Popular Culture

Special Issue: ‘Queer Celebrities: Fashion, Style and Influence in Popular Culture’

Deadline for Submissions: July 1, 2025

View the full call here>>

Fashion, Style & Popular Culture invites scholars, critics and artists to submit papers for a Special Issue exploring the intersection of queerness, celebrity culture, fashion and style. How are queer celebrities influencing, shaping and transforming popular culture through their fashion and stylistic choices? We are interested in contributions that critically engage with the roles of queer celebrities in fashion as agents of change, as symbols of resistance, and as architects of a more inclusive and diverse cultural landscape.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Iconography and Symbolism: Symbols, motifs in queer celebrities’ fashion choices.

Fashion and Activism: Queer celebrities using fashion for activism, advocacy, social change.

Queer Aesthetics and Design: Queer aesthetics in celebrity fashion designers and stylists.

Media Representation: Queer celebrity portrayals in film, tv, music videos, digital media.

Queer Influencers: Tension between self-commodification and contributing to queer culture.

Fan Culture and Imitation: Queer celebrity fashion in imitation, cosplay, fan communities.

Queer Celebrity Fashion Brand Collaborations: Impact on brand and consumer behaviour.

Body Politics and Gender Fluidity: How queer celebrities challenge conventional body. norms and gender binaries through fashion, including impact on societal norms.

Queer Celebrities and the Fashion Industry: Impact on fashion industry’s sizing, fit, gender neutrality.

Identity: Queer celebrity fashion and identity formation, self-expression.

Intersectionality and Global Perspectives: Global influence of queer celebrities on fashion and diverse expressions of queerness in different cultural contexts.

Queer or Queer baiting? Exploitation of the queer market through queer fashion and style.

Each topic invites contributors to delve into the multifaceted relationship between queer celebrities and the world of fashion. We encourage submissions that offer unique, including non-western, perspectives, interdisciplinary approaches and innovative methodologies.

The deadline for manuscripts of 5000–7000 words (using Intellect House Style) is 1 July 2025.

Please visit the journal website for Notes for Contributors:

Please submit full manuscripts for double blind peer-review to Dirk Reynders at

Questions regarding journal standards and submissions should be sent to Hilde Van den Buck at

General questions regarding the journal can be sent to Joseph H. Hancock, II at