CFPs: Conferences

 CFP: Thea Astley panel

Queensland Review welcomes proposals for essays for a special issue (26.2 2019) on the work of Thea Astley. A panel session is proposed for the July 2018 Literary Studies Convention in Canberra, to be followed by the special Astley issue of the journal, edited by Susan Sheridan with Jessica Gildersleeve.

Please send proposals of 250 words, for an essay or a conference paper or both, by 1 June 2017 to Susan Sheridan ( and Jessica Gildersleeve (


CFP: The Idea of Prose Style

13-15 December, 2017

University of Sydney and University of New South Wales

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Garrett Stewart (University of Iowa)
Daniel Tyler (Oxford University)
Rebecca Walkowitz (Rutgers University)

Historically, the academic study of style has referred mainly to poetic style—a situation that was challenged only briefly by the prominence of “stylistics” in the 1960s. But the recent “return to form” within literary studies suggests that the idea of prose style is ripe for re-investigation. This symposium aims to approach the problem of prose style anew. In particular, we welcome proposals for papers which examine the idea of prose style from the following angles:

  • The relation between the categories of fictional prose style and style in poetry or non-fictional genres such as history and oratory.
  • The history of the idea of prose style, both in modern literary theory and the longer history of rhetoric.
  • The methodological challenges which confront the analysis of style in prose, particular in relation to available hermeneutic paradigms such as close reading, computational stylistics, and syntactic analysis.
  • The problem of stylistic identity, and the various categories which are often used to determine stylistic identity, from the period (e.g. Baroque style) to the genre (e.g. realist novel style) to the author (e.g. Dickensian style) to the linguistic structure or effect (e.g. additive style).

In total, the symposium aims to contribute to the burgeoning field of stylistic studies in prose by helping to establish the theoretical and methodological frameworks within which the analysis of prose style must proceed.

Submission Information:
We invite papers on the idea of prose style in any period and from any place, as well as proposals for panels. Please send your proposal, including a title and brief abstract (300 words), to both Matthew Sussman ( and Sean Pryor ( by 15 June, 2017.


CFP: 2018 Literary Studies Convention – The Literary Interface

July 4-7, 2018
Australian National University, Canberra

Confirmed keynotes include Johanna Drucker, Lauren Goodlad and Brigitta Olubas.

An interface describes a surface or plane that lies between or joins two points in space, but it also refers to ‘a means or place of interaction between two systems’ and ‘an apparatus designed to connect two scientific instruments so that they can be operated jointly’ (OED).

This convention will bring together scholars working across the broad field of literary studies to discuss the literary as an interface between different forms of knowledge and processes of knowledge formation, looking at questions of how and through what means the literary is communicated, represented, negotiated, and remade. By placing the concept of the literary centre-stage while at the same time interrogating its role as an interface, we wish to open up for discussion questions about the role, dynamism, and value of the literary in a time of institutional change and ongoing disciplinary formation. We would also like to debate the role of the literary text – and literary studies as a discipline – as a site of encounter between diverse languages and potentially alien modes of reading and writing.

Invoking the possibility of melding, soldering, and/or merging different elements, the literary interface suggests the resilience as well as the suppleness of disciplinary boundaries. It conjures the possibility of new meeting points; zones of contact and interaction but also sites of contention and disruption that might challenge received platitudes yet help us to bring to the surface new meanings.

We invite papers and panel proposals, including but not limited to the following topics:

  • Mediation, remediation, and transmediation
  • Literary Formalism – its past, present and/or future
  • Multimedia forms as interfaces
  • The relationship between forms, networks, and hierarchies
  • Encounters between readers and modes of reading
  • Translation
  • The relationship between literary studies and other disciplines, e.g., environmental studies, maths, ethnography, science
  • The interface between academic and public critical cultures
  • Spaces of reading (online and otherwise)
  • The negotiation of literary value
  • The classroom as literary interface
  • Literary objects as interfaces: circulation, reception, paratexts
  • The stage and other spaces of performance as interface between temporalities, bodies, performers, writers and audiences
  • Cultural interfaces
  • Languages of colonialists/postcoloniality
  • Transnationalism and minor transnationalism.

Jointly held by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, the Australasian Association for Literature, the Australasian Universities Languages and Literature Association, and the Australian University Heads of English.

Abstract of 150 words and biographical note of 100 words due 1 July 2017 to Conference Convenor, Dr Julieanne Lamond:


Registration now open: GOTHIC MODERNISMS International Conference

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 29-30 June 2017

A two-day international conference discussing the legacies, histories and contested identities of European Gothic/early-modern visual cultures in (global) modernity, in particular in contexts of new fin-de-siècle cultural modernities, modernism, avant-gardes, nationalisms and cosmopolitanisms.

Conference fee (two days): 125€; 40€ for students – includes conference, access to the Rijksmuseum Collections on both days, guided visit to the exhibition Small Wonders, coffee, tea, lunch, snacks and drinks. For enquiries please contact both: Professor Juliet Simpson (Coventry University): and dr. Tessel M. Bauduin (University of Amsterdam):
This conference is the culminating in a trilogy, including ‘Primitive Renaissances’ and ‘Visions of the North’: for earlier events, see ‘Visions of the North’.

More information including provisional programme: