Calls for Papers


1. 'Trump's America', UCD Clinton Institute

2. 'The US and the World We Inhabit', 24th AISNA Biennial Conference, University of Milan

3. 'Transatlantic Women 3: Women of the Green Atlantic', Royal Irish Academy, Dublin

4. 'Canada Inclusive/Exclusive: 150 Years and Beyond', UCL Institute of the Americas, London




'Trump's America'

UCD Clinton Institute

5-6 May 2017


This conference will examine the political and cultural significance of Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States, and consider the first 100 days of his administration.


Speakers include: Robert Brigham (Vassar College), Scott Lucas (University of Birmingham),  Clodagh Harrington (De Montfort University),  Diane Negra (University College Dublin), Inderjeet Parmar (City, University of London),

Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College)


Topics may include but are not confined to:  


“Make America Great Again” – American exceptionalism, nostalgia

“America First” – foreign policy and diplomacy

“Protect our borders” – immigration and terrorism

“Drain the swamp” - Washington elites, lobbying and corruption

“A historic movement” – white nationalism, identity politics, protest

“American carnage” – dystopian visions of the US, narratives of decline

“Crime and gangs and guns” – race and the cities, gun violence, civic anxiety

“Fake news” – politics in the new media age, post-truth, alternative facts

“I have great respect for women” – gender and politics

“Grab ‘em by the pussy” – misogyny, civility

“I am very rich” – inequality, wealth

“I’ll be so presidential” – celebrity, reality tv, satire

“Bing, bing, bong, bong” - Trump’s language, rhetoric

“Buy American and hire American” – trade, protectionism

“Brexit’s a great thing” – transatlantic relations, populism, ethnonationalism


We welcome individual papers but also proposals for panels, workshops or alternative sessions for presentation and discussion. Please send a brief CV and summary proposal (300 words max.) by 10th March 2017 to Prof. Liam Kennedy at



24th AISNA Biennial Conference

'The US and the World We Inhabit'

University of Milan

28-30 September 2017


Call for workshops:

The newly elected administration inaugurated the year 2017 by raising questions in the nation and the world about the oncoming policies of the US government regarding the construction or removal of barriers, the care or exploitation of the environment, and many other dilemmas involving radically alternative scenarios for our future relations to the world and to our habitats. What is at stake is the option of facing contemporary cultural and political challenges on the ground of a shared or an exclusive governance.

In terms of historical and literary reflection, this involves a rethinking of the positioning of even the newest transnational perspectives, such as Border, Hemispherical, and Oceanic Studies, which are called to acknowledge the mobility and multiplicity of the where and what of their investigation. The 24th AISNA Biennial Conference proposes to discuss possible ways of reconceptualizing the mutual and shifting positions of center(s) and margin(s), subject(s) and object(s) in terms of relation, and particularly of an inclusive structure of relations that are based on an ecological ethics. Workshop proposals are invited from the diverse areas of inquiry of AISNA addressing methodological hypotheses, such as the need to assume a complex framework of simultaneous scales of analysis; translation as the main means and medium to expand our theoretical conversation; an ecocentric and ecological paradigm as the ground for our decision-making procedures; and networking as the privileged tool for a hopeful and successful management of the urgent issues posed by an unstoppable process of globalization and an apparently similarly unavoidable process of exhaustion of the planet’s resources.

Topics may include but are not confined to:

  • North-American Studies & World Literature
  • Rethinking Cosmopolitanism in a Global Perspective
  • Exilic Writing
  • Migration and the Environment
  • US Literature and Global Circulation (Markets and Publishers)
  • Translation and World Literature; Multilingualism; New Textualities
  • Ecolanguage, Ecopoetry, Ecopoetics
  • Animal Studies
  • Environmental Dystopias
  • Landscape Transformations and Shifting Geographies
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Politics; Presidencies and Environmental Policies
  • Foreign Relations and Climate Change
  • US Environmental Activism
  • Inhabiting the 'Wilderness' - Past and Present
  • Natives' Territories and Newcomers' Settlements
  • Ecofeminism

The deadline for workshop proposals is April 15, 2017. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the conference organizer and the AISNA board. A selection of max. 20 workshops will be issued by April 30, notified to the submitters by email, and published on the Conference website. 

Submissions should be written in English and include:

• a workshop title

• a clearly stated description of the proposed topic in no more than 300 words

• contact details of the workshop’s coordinator or coordinators (max. 2), including professional affiliation.

Each workshop will host no more than four papers, including the coordinator’s or coordinators’. In case they intend to present papers in their own workshops, aspiring coordinators should indicate their prospective titles in their proposals. We remind aspiring coordinators that their task will comprise a brief introduction of the speakers, a strict monitoring of the observance of the allotted 20-minute time for each presentation, and a supervision of the following question and answer session, aimed to stimulate a fruitful discussion in the last but essential part of each workshop. For this purpose, in their proposal they should also suggest the name of a discussant.

All workshop proposals should be sent by e-mail to the conference organizer, Paola Loreto (, as well as to the secretary of AISNA, Simone Francescato ( 



Transatlantic Women 3: Women of the Green Atlantic

Dublin, Ireland Royal Irish Academy

21-22 June 2018

Sponsored by the Catherine Maria Sedgwick Society and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Society

“Since every wind that blows brings to our shores a fresh swarm of these people, who are to form so potent an element in our future national character, it behooves us to study them well, and make the best we can of  them.”

Catharine  Sedgwick,  “The  Little  Mendicants” (1846)

The third meeting of Transatlantic Women will take place in Dublin, Ireland, on 21-22 June 2018 at the Royal Irish Academy. It will focus on Irish/American crosscurrents of the long nineteenth century, on the transatlantic stream of writers, reformers, and immigrants crossing over the Green Atlantic who were engaged in refuting but also perpetuating stereotypes and racist beliefs that troubled Irish-American relations. Such authors as Catharine Sedgwick, for instance, wrestled with contradictory conceptions created of Irish immigrants who appear in many of her writings, including “Irish  Girl”  (1842) and  “The  Post  Office:  An  Irish  Story”  (1843). In a different context, “An  Affectionate  and  Christian  Address  of  Many  Thousands  of  Women”   (1852) pointedly  addressed  American  women  as  the  “sisters”  of  women  from  both  Great  Britain   and Ireland; although Harriet Beecher Stowe never traveled to Ireland, she met deputations from that country during her first visit to Europe (1853). In  “What  Is  a  Home?”  (1864)  and  “Servants”   (1865), she expressed concerns about the Irish in the United States similar to those of Sedgwick.

This transatlantic gathering will celebrate, and question, nineteenth-century women who crossed the Green Atlantic, wrote about it, or in other ways connected the United States with Ireland through networks, translations, transatlantic fame, or influence. As Peter  D.  O’Neill  and   David Lloyd demonstrate in The Black and Green Atlantic: Cross-Currents of the African and Irish Diasporas (2009), people from Ireland, as well as from Africa and the United States, crossed the Atlantic as slaves and servants, as cultural and political exiles or activists. Many women, active in travel writing, pamphleteering, writing fiction, newspaper articles, speeches, fairy tales, and ghost stories, were  promoters  of  women’s  rights  and  the  figure  of  the New Woman, and were engaged in philanthropy, temperance, abolitionism, social commentary—and simply just in sightseeing and enjoying themselves. Among the most prominent figures to build bridges between the United States and Ireland around activism are such well-known Americans as Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony (on the Irish Question), Frances Willard, Ellen Craft, Ida B. Wells, and the Irish Frances Power Cobbe; among those who have received less attention are, for example, the African American Sarah Parker Remond and the poet Frances Osgood. And the exchange went both ways: fiction by Irish writer Maria Edgeworth, for instance, influenced Sedgwick, among others.

The Transatlantic Women 3 conference brings together scholars representing various countries and disciplines to examine the ways in which these women and their ideas moved, how they resisted oppression and created new ways to conceptualize their identities and the reality surrounding them. We welcome presentations on any topic related to nineteenth-century transatlantic women but are especially interested in those dealing with women of the Irish- American nexus. Some of the key concepts include race, stereotypes, assimilation, immigrant reality; conceptualization of space, distance, and identity; movement, and memory—historical and personal.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • recovering voices of Irish-Americans, or American-Irish women

  • struggles of immigrant women

  • women pioneers, in professions, activism, innovation

  • female networks and sisterhoods—of writers, journalists, travelers

  • women activists (abolitionism, anti-lynching,  temperance,  women’s  rights,  peace,  white  

    slavery, reform, animal rights)

  • women travelers and their descriptive gaze

  • fictional and realistic descriptions of places, people, and societies

  • women’s  articulations  of  transatlanticism and the Green Atlantic

    Abstracts, which should be about 250 words, and a short bio, are due by 1 November 2017. They should be emailed to

    We look forward to yet another stimulating transatlantic conversation with you!

    Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the organizers:
    Beth L. Lueck (, Sirpa Salenius (, or Lucinda Damon-Bach (






“Canada Inclusive/Exclusive: 150 Years and Beyond”


Proposals Due: February 15, 2017   

Colloquium Dates and Venue: July 6-8, 2017 – UCL Institute of the Americas,

University College London, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN




The Center for the Study of Canada at State University of New York College at Plattsburgh (New York, U.S.A.) and Fulbright Canada, in partnership with the Institute of the Americas, University College London, and the London Journal of Canadian Studies, published by UCL Press, are pleased to announce the convening of a colloquium entitled “Canada Inclusive/Exclusive: 150 Years and Beyond.” Scholars affiliated with universities and research centres across Europe (especially the United Kingdom), Canada and the United States working in areas relevant to Canadian Studies are welcome to submit proposals. Please note that the working language of the colloquium will be English.


The colloquium, which is open to proposals with a significant Canadian focus, seeks to explore the theme of Canada and inclusivity/exclusivity. Disciplinary, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary scholarly inquiries dedicated to examining the relationship between Canada and inclusivity/exclusivity – in an anthropological, cultural, economic, geographic, historical, literary, natural sciences, political or social context – are especially encouraged. In what ways can Canada be rightly regarded as an inclusive society by the international community? What policies has Canada established and pursued over the past 150 years to foster and expand inclusivity? Have there over time been notable variations, across issues and governments, in Canada’s approach toward inclusivity and how might these be explained? In other words, how might Canada be considered not to have embraced inclusivity? Finally, how well placed is Canada to embrace inclusivity – rather than exclusivity – moving forward, given the variety of pressing global concerns, as it celebrates its sesquicentennial?


The colloquium will be held at the UCL Institute of the Americas, University College London, on July 7 and 8, 2017. We are also looking at the possibility of arranging a pre-colloquium reception, featuring a keynote address, at Canada House, Trafalgar Square, on the evening of July 6th.


The deadline for the submission of colloquium proposals is February 15, 2017.


Dr. Christopher Kirkey, Director of the Center for the Study of Canada at SUNY Plattsburgh and Dr. Michael Hawes, Executive Director of Fulbright Canada, in partnership with Dr. Tony McCulloch, Senior Fellow in North American Studies at the UCL Institute of the Americas, will serve as the colloquium coordinators and journal editors.


Selected proceedings from the colloquium will be published as a special issue of the London Journal of Canadian Studies in Autumn 2018.  Should there be a sufficient number of meritorious papers, a double issue of the LJCS will be published.


The London Journal of Canadian Studies is an on-line, open access (non-subscription) journal which has been published by UCL Press since 2014 and is underwritten by University College London – one of the world’s top universities and a world leader in open access publishing. As on-line access to the LJCS is entirely free, it has the largest potential readership of any academic Canadian Studies journal in the world. Printed copies are also available to journal contributors (up to 10 copies free of charge per contributor) and, upon request, to readers (for a small charge). Volume 32 (Autumn 2017) will be a special issue on Quebec and Volume 33 (Autumn 2018) will be the special issue on “Canada Inclusive/Exclusive.”

Colloquium Participation, Timing and Results


If you are interested in submitting a proposal for the July 2017 colloquium, please forward an abstract of not more than 300 words with a brief summary of your proposed paper, together with a working title, to each of the colloquium coordinators, as follows:, and All submissions, which should include a current curriculum vitae, are due no later than February 15, 2017. Each submission will be evaluated by the selection committee.   Successful candidates will be notified by March 1, 2017. At that time, these candidates will be provided with detailed writing guidelines (length, format, footnote/reference style requirements, and the like) in conformity with the London Journal of Canadian Studies Guide to Contributors. A maximum of 25 proposals will be accepted for the colloquium.


Confirmed participants will be required to submit their draft contributions to the editors by May 31, 2017, prior to presentation and discussion of the papers at the colloquium in July. The colloquium participants will receive all of the draft papers in advance of the colloquium, the main purpose of which is to provide general and specific advice for the revision of manuscripts prior to submission to the London Journal of Canadian Studies.


By August 15, 2017, all colloquium contributors will be provided with a formal written evaluation of their papers, reflecting the views and suggested edits of a senior scholar as well as those of the colloquium coordinators. Contributors will then have until December 1, 2017 to undertake any suggested revisions and to re-submit their papers to Drs. Kirkey, Hawes and McCulloch for review prior to the selection of papers to be included in the London Journal of Canadian Studies. After this selection has taken place, there will be a further opportunity for the chosen papers to receive revisions prior to final submission in April 2018.


Colloquium Support for Participants


To facilitate involvement in this project, the Center for the Study of Canada, Fulbright Canada, and the UCL Institute of the Americas are pleased to be able to provide conference presenters with the following support:

  • an opening evening reception on Thursday, July 6, 2017;
  • refreshments, lunch and dinner, Friday, July 7, 2017; and,
  • refreshments and lunch, Saturday, July 8, 2017.

To facilitate the participation of new scholars – i.e., masters and doctoral students and those holding a post-doctoral fellowship - and early career professionals not yet in full-time employment, the colloquium coordinators are further pleased to provide them with:

  • hotel accommodation, near the UCL Institute of the Americas, for three nights (arrival July 6 and departure on the morning of July 9) in London; and,
  • a contribution of up to £100 per presenter towards any necessary travel expenses.

We trust that you will agree that this is an exciting initiative, one that will lead to a special issue of the London Journal of Canadian Studies in Autumn 2018. We encourage you to contact us with any enquiries you may have. We look forward to receiving your proposal by February 15, 2017.


Dr. Christopher Kirkey (

Dr. Michael Hawes (

Dr. Tony McCulloch (