List of Panels (call for papers)

Panel 1)


The Bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s Birth – 1816-2016

Suggestion of possible topics for paper presentations on 21st Century Approaches:


. Charlotte Brontë as Romantic, Victorian and Modern (issues of literary periodization)

. Charlotte Brontë’s (Re)Readings and (Re)Writings (the new criticism and the new fiction);

. Charlotte Brontë in-between Arts (inter-artistic experiments and relational forms);

. Charlotte Brontë in Other Wor(l)ds (reception and translation issues);

. Charlotte Brontë as Poet / amongst the Poets (authorship and poetics);

. Charlotte Brontë’s Literary Families (her siblings and contemporaries);

. Charlotte Brontë’s Genders and Genres (issues of sexual politics and issues of form);

. Charlotte Brontë’s Foreign Others (intra/intercultural representations);

. Charlotte Brontë’s contribution to the New Human Sciences (Theology, Psychology, Psychiatry, Pedagogy, etc.)

Panel covenor: Paula Alexandra Guimarães

Position: Assistant Professor

Affiliation: University of Minho / CEHUM (Centro de Estudos Humanísticos)


Panel 2)

Randolph Bourne’s Trans-national America 1916-2016”

This panel proposes to highlight and discuss anew Randolph Bourne’s critique as inspired by his famous essay “Trans-national America”, in the centennial of its publication. We invite reflections on the contribution of Bourne’s groundbreaking critique to our understanding of issues such as the transnational and the postnational, cosmopolitanism, cultural diversity, ethnicity, citizenship, immigration, difference and identity.

Conveners: Isabel Caldeira and Maria José Canelo

Affiliation: Faculty of Humanities/Center for Social Studies, Univ. of Coimbra

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Panel 3)

15 Years after 9/11: The aesthetics of trauma, the interrogation of history

Although Norman Mailer reportedly advised fellow writer Jat McInerney to wait ten years before attempting to write about 9/11, neither McInerney nor Don De Lillo, John Updike, Ian McEwan, Mohsin Hamid and many others waited that long to retrieve and reinvent the many stories emerging from that event. In this they were joined by film and television directors and visual culture practitioners whom in the last 15 years have responded to the parallel challenges of representing trauma and questioning historical implications. This panel welcomes papers on the following topics, among others:

  • The aesthetics of trauma after 9/11
  • The domestic and the global in 9/11 fiction
  • Writing the “other” in 9/11 literature
  • Transnational approaches to the representations of 9/11
  • The politics of representation in Arab-American and Arab-British literature after 9/11 and July 7
  • Allegories of 9/11 in filmic and televisual post-apocalyptic science fiction
  • Visual representations of 9/11: photography, graphic novels and cartoons
  • 9/11 in music and performance.
  • Proposals should be sent to both conveners by the 15th of February 2016
  • Conveners: Teresa Botelho (Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Nova University of Lisbon):
  • Maria Teresa Castilho (Faculty of Letters, Porto University)



The English Novel in the 18th and 19th Centuries: Production, Criticism, Translation

The long eighteenth century witnessed the rise of the English novel, the critical debates about its nature and its place in the context of the literary genres, and the beginnings of its influence on the other literatures of Europe in the guise of translations and imitations. It was also the period in which the genre branched out into a number of subcategories, such as the gothic novel and the historical novel. The nineteenth century became the classical age of the novel, with the likes of Dickens and Thackeray standing for the stage at which novels were undeniably the most widely circulated type of literary texts and the most influential with readers. This panel, organized by the “Informal Group for the Study of Classicism and Romanticism” of CETAPS (the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies), will focus on the diversity of the novel between the Augustan Age and the Victorians, highlighting aspects such as the following:

– the legacy of the major figures: Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Scott, Austen, Dickens, Thackeray, Trollope, Hardy, etc.

– the composition of novels: characters, plotlines, fictional places, major themes

– formal realism and the novel

– the novel and print culture: the production and circulation of the novel

– criticism of the English novel, both in the United Kingdom and in other contexts

– translations of English novels, namely into Portuguese, from the eighteenth century until the present

Convenors: Maria Zulmira Castanheira ( and Jorge Bastos da Silva (


Panel 5) The Environmental Humanities

The humanities are being rethought in the current environmental crisis. The interdisciplinary critique of environmental imagination and narratives and the attention to justice, values and ethics are fundamental to engage and understand ecological problems. This panel challenges scholars working in ecocriticism, or developing relations between disciplines of the humanities and the arts with the natural and social sciences, to present their research. Aiming to promote a discussion of concepts and ideas, this is an opportunity to start a debate about the environmental humanities. All types of submissions and formats on the following topics among others are welcome:

* Nature writing and environmental writing: discussing models and concepts

* Local, regional, global (literatures, movements);

* Material ecocriticism;

* Post-colonial ecocriticism;

* Ecocriticism and film studies;

* Ecolinguistics;

* Animal studies;

* Bio art, environmental art;

* Landscape studies;

* Communities (human, non-human);

* Gender and environment;

* Environmental psychology;

* Food sovereignty;

* Environmental policies and education;

* Climate change;

* Environmental history;

* Mapping environmental humanities: particularities and challenges.

Panel covenor: Isabel Fernandes Alves, Nuno Marques

Position: Assistant Professor; Doctoral Student,

Affiliation: UTAD, GI3-FLUL; MIUN, GI3-FLUL


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