Jorge Luis Borges on James Joyce

The Argentinian writer Carlos Gamerro will be giving a talk titled “Jorge Luis Borges on James Joyce: exploring links between Argentinean and Irish literature”, at School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguists Research Seminar, University of Limerick, on
Monday October 5th 18:00, in Schuman Building Room SG15.

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[CFP] International Seminar: Comparing “WE’s”. Community, Cosmopolitanism and Emancipation in a Global Context

The Centre for Comparative Studies at University of Lisbon are hosting an international seminar titled ‘Comparing “WE’s”. Community, Cosmopolitanism and Emancipation in a Global Context’ on 8-9 October 2015.

The deadline for panel and themed session proposals is April 31st 2015. The deadline for paper proposals is June 15th 2015. Proposals and abstracts should be sent to Proposals are accepted in English and Portuguese.

Read the full call for papers here.


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[CFP] Symbiosis 2015 Conference: Transatlantic Literary & Cultural Relations

The 10th Biennial Symbiosis 2015 Conference:
Transatlantic Literary & Cultural Relations
A Symbiosis and Essex University event
Venue: Essex University, Colchester, UK
Dates: Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th July, 2015

Keynote Speakers:
Richard Gray (Essex University); Peter Hulme (Essex); Jahan Ramazani (Virginia)
Guest speaker: t.b.a.

The headline conference theme is trauma, conflict, and reconciliations, although proposals on any topic relevant to any area of Transatlantic Studies are welcome. The event organizers invite submission of:

  • 200 – 300 word abstracts for proposed 20-minute conference presentations
  • Panel presentations comprising 3 presenters (please submit three 200 word abstracts & brief overall rationale)

Please send by email to both:  /

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Thirteenth International Comparative Literature Colloquium, Vilenica 2015

The Slovenian Comparative Literature Association, in cooperation with the Slovenian Writers Association, the Scientific research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Art and the University of Nova Gorica, is pleased to announce the Twelfth International Comparative Literature Colloquium, which will be held as part of the program of the Thirtieth International Writers’ Festival (Vilenica 2015). It is our privilege and honor to invite you to participate in this colloquium dedicated to discussing semiotic practices and representational strategies in literature (and other visual arts). You will find a detailed description of the proposed theme bellow. We hope that you will be able to join us in Ljubljana, where the colloquium will take place on the 5th and 6th of September 2015. The event will be chaired by Jelka Kernev Štrajn, a literary critic and translator from Ljubljana, and Aleš Vaupotic, a video artist, assistant professor at the University of Nova Gorica, and head of the Humanities Research Center at the University of Nova Gorica.

The working languages at the conference will be English. Colloquium presentations should not exceed twenty minutes. You are invited to confirm your participation with a message to both chairs (, Please also send the title of your presentation and a short abstract (1,500 to 2,000 characters including spaces). The deadline for confirmation is March 21st.

The extended conference contributions will be published in a special issue of Primerjalna književnost, our peer reviewed journal of comparative literature studies.

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Novellieri Italiani in Europa

CFPs ‘Italian novellieri and Their Influence on Renaissance and Baroque European Culture’, University of Turin, 13-15 May 2015. The conference will consider any aspect of the relations between the works of Italian novellieri and other Renaissance and Baroque European national literatures: adaptations, translations, editions, influence on other literary genres or particular authors and works from that period. Proposals of c. 250 words will be accepted until February 15 at the email address

Conference website (in Italian)

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The tenth biennial meeting of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS), ‘Literacies and Sexualities in Cultural, Fictional, Real, and Virtual Worlds: Past, Present, Future Perfect?’ will take place in Dublin, Ireland, 17th to 20th June 2015.

The deadline for abstracts is 10 November 2014, you can view the CFP and information on the conference website.

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ENCLS Newsletter No. 3

The latest newsletter (No. 3, September) of European Network for Comparative Literary Studies is available on the ENCLS website. 

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[CFPs] 2nd Call for Papers: REELC/ENCLS 6th Biennial Congress

The second call for papers for the REELC/ENCLS 6th Biennial Congress, to be held in Ireland, is now out.

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[CFP] “Entangled Histories and Cultures”

“Entangled Histories and Cultures” 5th SILAS Conference, Cork, Ireland, 25-27 June 2015

full name / name of organization:
Society for Irish Latin American Studies
contact email:

200 word abstracts/poster proposals due 20 October 2014

5th SILAS conference, University College Cork, Ireland, 25-27 June 2015.

The Society for Irish Latin American Studies, the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, UCC and the Geography Department, UCC invite you to participate in “Entangled Histories and Cultures: Re-mapping diasporas and migrations between Ireland and Latin America,” an international and interdisciplinary conference at UCC, 25-27 June 2015. The proximity of Cork harbour, historically an important gateway for migration and trade between Ireland, Spain, and Latin America, provides a stimulating setting from which to explore Ireland’s engagement with the Iberian Atlantic world. Irish people moved and settled in the company of transatlantic diasporas from Europe, Africa, and Asia in the context of Empire. Inter-ethnic relations and cross-cultural connections were complicated by processes of class, race, and gender. We invite papers and panels from across the Humanities and Social Sciences focused on entangled histories and legacies of migration through different eras of colonialism, independence, and globalisation. We also welcome papers on the memory, representation, and transformation of the relationship between Ireland and Latin America.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • Private histories/public histories
  • Colonialism/anti-colonialism
  • Labour, gender and racialisation
  • Slavery, anti-slavery
  • Freedom, human rights, indigenous rights
  • Sexualities, race and mestizaje
  • Migration, diaspora, exile
  • Languages, literacies, discourse
  • Exile: political, social, linguistic
  • Peregrinations, wanderings, religious/official journeys
  • Lands, landings, placing and mapping
  • Sea voyages, Safe Harbours, Perilous Passages/Safe Passages, Perilous Harbours
  • Documents, passports, carnets de voyages and de passages/ travelogues/travel narratives
  • Alternative epistemologies
  • Difficulties of entanglement
  • Ekphrasis: Imagi(ni)ng journeys, fictional migrations, (dis-) appearing acts
  • Visual culture, music, dance
  • Literature, journalism
  • Missionaries, government aid, trade
  • Transnational digital communities
  • Neo-liberalism, environmental, development, and food relations
  • Affinities/resistances
  • Solidarities/exploitations
  • Film Studies: documentaries, short films, docufictions, current affairs programmes and migrations
  • The art of travelling, travelling and art, travel literature
  • Mental and physical health: diasporas, migrations and exiles

Conference organizers also welcome paper, panel, and presentation proposals from individuals or groups engaged in related disciplines, including graduate students, independent scholars, public and community historians, authors, poets, artists, musicians, dancers, activists, and community associations. Conference languages include English, Spanish and Portuguese.

For the latest on the conference, visit

Submission of Abstracts/Posters proposals of c. 200 words should be sent before 20 October 2014 to:

Answer from Academic Committee: Monday, 3 November 2014

Confirmation by Participants: Monday, 24 November 2014

Online Provisional Programme Publication: Monday, 8 December 2014

Submission of Power Point presentations: Saturday, 16 May 2015

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Comparative Literature: State of the Discipline

The 2014 – 2015 report on the state of the discipline of Comparative Literature, as published by the American Comparative Literature Association.

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