Call for Papers: II International Conference From Manuscript to Digital

II International Conference From Manuscript to Digital:

World Wide English Literature and World Wide Literatures in English

University of Lincoln, Universidade de Lisboa, Universidad de Jaén

Jaén (Spain), 1-3 December, 2020

English studies in the United Kingdom, whether of literature or language, have been forced to undergo greater self-evaluation in the academy in recent years, both culturally as successive governments attempt to shift the focus of Higher Education more towards the sciences and away from Arts and Humanities, and politically as the dominance of England within a post-Brexit UK leads to deeper criticism of the role of English literature in relation to Scotland, Wales and Ireland. As such, this call for papers represents an opportunity to frame some of those debates in a wider context and to shift the locus of English studies away from Anglophone countries to a European context and towards global literatures in English.

To that end, this second International Conference From Manuscript to Digital: World Wide English Literature and World Wide Literatures in English, jointly organized by the Universities of Lincoln (UK), Lisbon (Portugal) and Jaén (Spain), intends to gather scholars from these and other countries in order to examine a wide variety of cultural –ie, textual and/or visual – artefacts belonging to the field of English studies at large. By this we mean those texts produced in English in such diverse contexts as, say, the UK, the United States and Canada, Ireland, Australia, Nigeria, South Africa or India, among others. And although all sorts of different theoretical and critical approaches are welcome, the overt intention of this Conference will be to develop what we would like to call an European approach to English studies. The rationale behind this endeavour has to do with our intention to contribute to the strengthening of the links between the study of English language and literature in Britain and globally,  as a way to provide some common ground for the relations between various world countries in a post-Brexit scenario. This approach, then, we will call ‘Anglistics’, which according to the Oxford English Dictionary is the term to be employed “[c]hiefly in or with reference to continental Europe” (our emphasis) when addressing “the study of English language or literature” precisely.

Thematic pannels:

  • (Re)read and (re)interpreted in a global age
  • Facing the new map of Europe
  • In the digital post-modern age
  • Interacting with visual culture through the ages
  • The cradle of language and linguistic perspectives
  • Questioning identities
  • Lost (and found?) in translation
  • At the crossroads with transdisciplinary approaches

Proposals must be sent as an e-mail attachment to mantodigit20[at] until 1 July 2020, and must contain the following information:

Extended deadline: 15  September 2020

  • The full title of your paper.
  • A 200-word abstract.
  • Any technical requirements for the presentation (Please, save your power point as doc, docx or Mac. If you are using a Mac, please indicate and bring your own adapter cable).
  • Your name and institutional affiliation.
  • Your postal and e-mail addresses.
  • A short biographical note (100 words).

Due to the extraordinary situation we are living, the organizing commitee will be considered the possibility of presenting some of the papers on an online-format

Please, when sending the proposal make explicit whether your presentation will be face-to-face or online

For further information and updates, check the conference website:

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