Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Lisbon
11-12 December 2017
Deadline for submissions: August 27, 2017

2017 marks two centuries since the death of Jane Austen in July 18, 1817. Two hundred years after her premature death, the English writer has never been more famous: from movies to tote bags, from mugs to rewritings of various sorts (sequels, guides to dating, adaptations to modern-day circumstances, biographies and fictional biographies, and, of course, translations), her work has invaded and pervaded contemporary imagination.

As Virginia Woolf famously put it, "[h]ere was a woman about the year 1800 writing without hate, without bitterness, without fear, without protest, without preaching" (Woolf, 2008: 88). This apparently unassuming woman penned six powerful novels that have changed the world. Seen by some as an unwitting precursor to the women’s rights movements, read by others as a conservative author, Austen never ceases to baffle the contemporary reader, writer and critic alike: is she a "secret radical", as Helena Kelly suggests (2006), or is she apolitical and / or a middle-of-the-road author? Is she an author who writes about trifles or does she, as Woolf surmised in 1925, stimulate "us to supply what is not there"? Woolf further adds that "[w]hat she offers is, apparently, a trifle, yet is composed of something that expands in the reader’s mind and endows with the most enduring form of life scenes which are outwardly trivial."

The conference would like to celebrate Jane Austen’s life and work by discussing (a) how her books form part of the contemporary experience of love, gender, family, social and pecuniary relations and (b) how her writing style, her silences as well as her favourite topics, and her language have shaped modern-day literature, both in the UK and abroad.

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Convite à Publicação
N.º 1 | (Trans)localidade & Culturas Urbanas
Data limite para submissão de propostas: 15 julho 2017

A revista TRANSLOCAL. Culturas Contemporâneas Locais e Urbanas procura explorar e discutir a possibilidade da transcendência do(s) lugar(es), físico(s) e virtual(is), entendendo-o(s) como espaço(s)/tempo(s) expandido(s), onde local e global surgem como realidades implicadas. Analisará, com particular atenção, não só os processos geopolíticos, sociais, históricos e culturais de en-contro local e urbano, como também as diversas formas de expressão artística resultantes desses fenómenos, entendendo que estes, na contemporaneidade e seja na cidade do Funchal ou seja em outras coordenadas, sempre implicam quer o desenvolvimento de laços de identificação local, quer a construção de ligações de pertença a diversas redes externas, situáveis para além-do-local.

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VII Graduate Conference in Culture Studies
Universidade Católica Portuguesa | 25–26 January 2018
Deadline for Submissions: 31 August 2017

Preoccupation with theories and practices of representation and othering, across the breadth of various genres and disciplines, has moved forward debates about positioning in research and modes of constructing and producing knowledge. In Meatless Days (1989), a vivid memoir of her girlhood in postcolonial Pakistan, Sara Suleri Goodyear deplores being regarded as an “otherness machine” — a concern Kwame Anthony Appiah (1991) shares in his famous critique of postcolonial literature, culture and critical studies. A host of scholars who tend to conflate the post-isms as such contend that postcolonial theory and praxis are embedded in Western institutions that shape the field. Aijaz Ahmad (1992) and Arif Dirlik (1994) have argued that, owing to its reliance on poststructuralist approaches, postcolonial thought excludes questions of economic and political power structures. A staunch Derridean who uses deconstruction to uncover and disrupt such inevitable hegemonic relations of power in the academy or elsewhere, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (1999) has likewise dissociated herself from the postcolonial mainstream. Edward Said (1983), whose groundbreaking book Orientalism (1978) sets out a toolbox for colonial discourse analysis, has grown more and more dissatisfied with the untenable apolitical nature of the theoretical insights of Derrida, Foucault and others.

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Universidade Católica Portuguesa | 16 - 18 November 2017
Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2017

The fifteenth edition of the IBERCOM Conference takes place from 16 to 18 November, 2017 at the School of Human Sciences of the Catholic University of Portugal, in Lisbon, within the framework of consolidating the Iberian-American space for reflection and debate in Communication studies. Taking “Communication, Diversity and Tolerance” as its central theme, the event is dedicated to exploring products and processes of communication from different thematic axes – the historical, local and global unfoldings, the production of memories, trends in consumption and experiences, the implications for the political and economic spheres, the sociocultural dynamics, the new mediascapes – connected in an increasingly diverse world. It aims to highlight the role of Communication Studies in fostering tolerance and respect for differences.

This Conference is organized by ASSIBERCOM – the Iberian-American Communication Association in partnership with CECC - Research Centre for Communication and Culture (FCH-UCP).

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UCP-Lisbon | October 19, 2017, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Deadline for submissions: July 1, 2017

We would like to invite all Young Scholars to apply for the YECREA PhD workshop organized within the ECREA's Crisis Communication Section / 5th International Crisis Communication Conference that will take place in Lisbon, 19‐21 October 2017. The aim of the workshop is to provide a forum for doctoral students whose PhD is related to the broad and interdisciplinary field of Crisis Communication. Participants present an outline of their PhD project and receive external feedback by Andreas Schwarz (Ilmenau University) and another senior scholar who will be nominated in accordance with the addressed areas of research. After a presentation of up to 20 minutes, the senior scholars serving as respondents will provide initial feedback, followed by a Q&A session involving the other workshop participants as well.

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School of Arts and Humanities - University of Lisbon | November 8-9, 2017
Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2017

In 2015, Chiara Montini and Anthony Cordingley announced the emergence of a new field of research located at the intersection between Translation Studies and Genetic Criticism, which they proposed to call Genetic Translation Studies. The genetic approach analyses the practices of the "working translator and the evolution, or genesis, of the translated text by studying translators’ manuscripts, drafts and other working documents" (Montini & Cordingley 2015: 1). In an attempt to expand this field of study, this conference presents itself as a forum for discussing the liminal space of translation, that is, "the text outside/inside the text which discusses the text" (Lopes 2012: 130). A liminal space whose materiality lies in the texts produced by moving bodies (agents) – authors, translators, revisers, editors, publishers, archivists, etc.

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UMa-CIERL (Funchal) | 8-12 November 2017
Submissions deadline: May 30, 2017

In “Ideas of Nature,” Raymond Williams in 1980 emphasizes two issues that we call upon for the III INSULA International Colloquium - Beyond Nature & Artifice: (1) the need to think the “natural” not just as a set of physical phenomena that exist in the world, but also as a plural concept, subject to historical and socio-cultural modelling with effective implications on how such a world is constructed; and (2) the need to rethink the human and the anthropological as parts of what is meant by Nature.

In this same line of thought that rejects a dogmatic character to the concept of “Nature”, Bruno Latour (1999) proposes the replacement of a singular “Nature” by plural Natures. This positioning therefore presupposes the existence of a denser, more elastic and articulated relationship between all the elements that constitute the world. A relationship that also integrates the human or that which is (re)constructed by human, whether in the material, or in virtual or imaginary form.

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Feminist Ghosts: The New Cultural Life of Feminism
Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2015

Over the last two decades, feminist scholarship has consistently drawn attention to the “post-feminist sensibility” (Gill, 2007) overtaking cultural imagination, wherein feminism is only alluded to “in order that it can be understood as having passed away” (McRobbie, 2011). Deemed responsible for disavowing feminist politics and for encouraging a disidentification with feminist struggles on the part of (younger) women, this postfeminist turn shifted attention to individual success, financial satisfaction and heterosexual realization, ousting the plurality of feminist subjectivities.

Recently, however, feminism seems to have reentered the sphere of public awareness, both in political discourse and popular culture. As McRobbie put it, “in endless conjuring up a demon that must be extinguished (in this case feminism), that demon demonstrates something of its lingering afterlife and its ghostly power” (2011: 183). Phenomena such as Beyoncé’s appropriation of Chimamanda Adichie’s talk “We Should All be Feminists”; Emma Watson’s speech at the UN Women HeforShe campaign launch, in which she urged men to stand up for women’s rights; several Hollywood actresses coming forward to denounce the gender pay gap and other inequalities in the film business; Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg’s bestseller Lean In on the work-family balance; the controversial success of Lena Dunham’s Girls on HBO, among many other instances, have not only contributed to a renewed visibility of feminism in social life, but also to bring forth the new contradictions and challenges (radical) feminism is facing today.

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