CFPs: Conferences

CFP: Surrealisms: Inaugural Conference of the International Society for the Study of Surrealism (ISSS)

1-4 November 2018

Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA, USA

As we near the centenary mark of André Breton’s Manifesto of Surrealism (1924), the movement’s influence continues to reverberate across contemporary poetry, art, film, philosophy, and popular culture. The scholarly study and teaching of surrealism extends correspondingly to arts and humanities fields and departments around the world. The International Society for the Study of Surrealism (ISSS) aims to advance surrealism’s widespread cultural and intellectual influence by organizing events and managing channels of information to facilitate cross-disciplinary and inter-regional exchange. The mission of the ISSS is to incorporate and promote new scholarship on global surrealism as well as to introduce new ways to approach its various literary and artistic expressions throughout Europe. In addition, we seek to foster exchanges between practicing artists and writers and the scholarly community for whom surrealism (past and present) is a field of ongoing inquiry.

The Bucknell Humanities Center will host the society’s inaugural conference on November 1-4, 2018. The conference will include scholarly presentations, film screenings, poetry readings, an exhibition on surrealism and new media art, and a performance at the Milton Art Bank. Bucknell University, located in Lewisburg, PA, is a three-hour drive from New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Baltimore. To facilitate travel, the conference will organize a shuttle between the campus and the nearest airport (Harrisburg, PA). The conference website will be online shortly with additional information.

For our inaugural conference we invite proposals for individual papers, panels, or roundtable discussions on any topic related to surrealism in its various incarnations. We are interested in the full range of media across all geographical locations and within all relevant temporal frames. Our goal is to promote new directions in surrealist scholarship and research, bringing surrealist groups and tendencies across continents and archipelagos into conversation. We are especially interested in anti-colonial and postcolonial surrealist activities around the world, including, for example, surrealism in North Africa, trans-Caribbean surrealism, South and Latin American surrealism, Eastern European and Asian surrealisms.

Proposals for individual papers (20-minutes) should include a 250-word abstract along with title, affiliation, and contact information. Pre-organized panels submissions, which might include three or four papers per panel, should include an additional paragraph describing the rubric and proposed title of the panel. Roundtables, alternative format panels, and the like are encouraged. We welcome proposals from independent artists and writers interested in presenting their work in a scholarly context. We welcome submissions from graduate students for whom surrealism is central to their research. Those who wish to present in a language other than English may do so, but must also include a précis or translation in English.

Send proposals to by 30 April 2018.

Notification of acceptance by 1 June 2018.

Conference Coordinators
Jonathan Eburne
Effie Rentzou
Roger Rothman
Abigail Susik


CFP: The Bildungsroman: form and transformations

22-25 November 2018
University of Sydney

A conference hosted by the Novel Network 

This conference will explore the past and present condition of the Bildungsroman, with its myriad transformations and diversifications not only in the novel proper but also in memoir, film and long-form television. It will bring together exciting work in disciplines often separated by periodising and disciplinary paradigms and gather experts in prose fiction, film and television from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries and from a range of language areas to concentrate on this key narrative form. The novel of the emotional and social development or formation of a young person as they learn to make their way in an often hostile world, the Bildungsroman ­was a key form taken by the European novel from the early 19th century. How has it made its way across transhistorical formations and transgeneric remediations?


Nancy Armstrong, Gilbert, Louis & Edward Lehrman Professor of English, Duke

Joseph Litvak, Professor of English and Chair of Department, Tufts

Katie Trumpener, Emily Sandford Professor of Comparative Literature and English, Yale

We invite proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtables and single text discussion sessions, on the following or other related topics. The panel format will involve pre-submission of the paper to ensure closer audience engagement with its arguments:

  • Theory and the bildungsroman
  • The bildungsroman, the künstlerroman, the erziehungsroman: overlaps and distinctions
  • The origins of the bildungsroman
  • The contemporary bildungsroman
  • The female bildungsroman
  • The queer bildungsroman
  • Gender in the bildungsroman
  • Narrative theory and the bildungsroman
  • Psychology and the bildungsroman
  • The postcolonial bildungsroman
  • The coming of age film as bildungsroman
  • The bildungsroman and television
  • The Bildungsroman and the city
  • Transnationalism and the bildungsroman
  • Memoir and the bildungsroman
  • The anti-bildungsroman
  • The eco-bildungsroman

200 word abstracts should be emailed to by 15 June 2018