CFPs that may be of interest to our readers are listed here.

february 2019

20: Queen Victoria & George Eliot: Lives and Afterlives, 1819-2019 
Conference UK
This conference will commence on May 24, 2019 (the anniversary of Victoria’s birth) and feature an innovative double structure, with the first day focusing on Victoria and Eliot as living figures in the nineteenth century, and the second day centering on representations of these figures in museums and heritage sites, biography, literature, and media. Please send proposals of 250-300 words and a bio of 150 words to by Feb 20, 2019.

28: At the Table: Mediated Narrative Experiences of First Generation Americans 
Edited Collection

The purpose of this anthology is to gather essays which 1) engage questions of representation of immigrants and their children, 2) offer analysis of first and second generation American produced texts and their audiences, and 3) share reflective essays from minoritized first-generation Americans about their assimilation experience, and if possible their connection to any first-gen narratives. Submit 500-1000 word proposals, as well as a cover page with all authors’ contact info, key terms, and abridged CV for each author to (subject line: First Gen Media).

28: Sacred Journeys 6th Global Conference
The impact of the internet and globalization, pilgrimage as protest, and pilgrimage and peace building, among others, are all topics of interest, as are the concepts of the internal pilgrimage and the journey of self-discovery. Send proposals to Chadwick Co Sy Su at the University of the Phillipines Manila and Ian McIntosh at Indian University Purdue University Indianapolis.

28: “Bridging Gaps”: Re-Fashioning Stories for Celebrity Counterpublics 
2019 CMCS 8th International Conference, NYC, USA
In the recent past, there has been an increased interest in exploring intersections of life writing and studies of celebrity culture. Storytelling is central to effective branding in fame. Furthermore, the use of biographical elements has been recognized as a rhetorical device in writing op-eds, personal essays, and public speaking that often raise awareness on critical issues in popular media. Submit your 250-word abstracts, along with a title, your name, email address, and affiliation (if applicable) to

28: Victoria’s Self-Fashioning: Curating Royal Image for Dynasty, Nation and Empire
International Conference, Kensington Palace
This symposium seeks to challenge these orthodoxies by examining Victoria herself as a proactive political agent in the construction of an image for nineteenth century monarchy, and therefore directly implicated in what would become the Queen Victoria phenomenon. The ambition is to explore Victoria’s creation of her own image, and examine the ways in which she managed her conflicted role, as a Queen Regnant, but also as a wife and mother, including through the mediums of painting, photography, sculpture and dress. It seeks to map the journey of this self-curated image from Victoria’s private sphere to the public realm, and particularly across the British Empire, exploring its dissemination through print culture and a burgeoning press, and its movement and use through many contexts, locally and globally. This will include the ways in which the image was used to counter critical responses to Queen and Empress in attempts to quench the flames of colonial resistance to British rule in ceremonial events or to challenge republican sentiment. Please send proposals of 400 words maximum, for papers of twenty minutes, together with a short biography of 100 words maximum, to Dr. Sara Ayres.

march 2019

1: Hazel Rowley Prize for First-Time Biographers
Sponsored by Biographers International (BIO), the Rowley prize offers $2,000 for the best book proposal from a first-time biographer, plus introduction to a literary agent. Guidelines and entry forms are available on the BIO website. 

1: A Step Closer to Heaven: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and Theologies of the Afterlife. 
An Anthology of Essays
This anthology seeks to put lived theologies at the center of discussion of nineteenth-century women’s writing. Women do not simply apply, or live out, theologies authored by men. Rather, this anthology is grounded in the radical notion that the theological principles crafted by women and derived from women’s experiences, intellectual habits, and organizational capabilities are foundational to American literature itself. Please send proposals of 250-300 words and a bried bio to Emily Hamilton-Honey and Jennifer McFarlane Harris.

15: Beyond Boundaries. Authorship and Readership in Life Writing
We welcome presentations on authorship and readership in different forms of life writing by adult and young authors, marketed to adult and young readers. To what extent do authors use life writing to put issues of power, voice and agency on the public agenda? How do readers matter in the way authors of life writing address themselves to them? What are the similarities and differences between life writing for an adult audience and for young readers? What aspects define (successful) dual-audience life writing? Send proposals to Prof. Dr. Helma van Lierop. Emails should include abstract of no more than 250 words, a title, an indication of the subtheme tour abstract fits in best, name, institutional affiliation or status as independent scholar, email address and a short bio of no more than 150 words.

15: Militourism: Travel Literature and Empire
Modern Language Association; Seattle, USA
Inspired by Teresia Teaiwa’s definition of “militourism” as a “phenomenon by which a military or paramilitary force ensures the running of a tourist industry, and that same tourist industry masks the military force behind it,” this panel seeks to consider practices of “militourism” in a long historical context by soliciting papers with critical approaches to militarization, travel, and tourism from antiquity to the present day. We invite papers that engage questions of conquest, colonization, and empire; battlefield/memorial tourism; memoirs by soldiers, soldiers’ wives, and support staff; the intersections of military and tourist industries. This is a guaranteed session. Please send 250-word abstracts and a CV to Erin Suzuki.

april 2019

5: Call for Reviews – Lifewriting Annual
Lifewriting Annual: Biographical and Autobiographical Studies (published online by the Open Library of Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London) seeks reviews of recent publications, including autobiographies, memoirs, letters, and so on. We don’t accept reviews of critical or cultural theory. Send short proposals and questions to the Reviews Editor, Robert Ward.

30: The Textualities of the Auto/biogrAfrical
Special Issue of
 a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 35.3 (Autumn 2020)
We invite contributions that expand disciplinary approaches to auto/biographical studies from and in relation to African texts, contexts, possibilities, and provocations. Relevant here are: theories and practices of life narrative in postcolonial, decolonial, and diaspora studies; migrant and refugee studies; digital studies; new media and communications; visual studies and art history; performance studies; disability studies; gender and sexuality studies, war and conflict studies, childhood and youth studies, and innovative autoethnographic studies. Send submissions to all the co-editors: Fiona Moolla, Sally Ann Murray, and Tilla Slabbert.

30: Life Writing and Asia-Pacific Cultures 
IABA Asia-Pacific International Conference 2019
Cultures and cultural change affect life writing and life writing gives impetus to cultural development. Global cultures have undergone fundamental changes in the 21st century and the Asia-Pacific region has attracted particular attention from the international community–particularly in relation to human migration and displacement, economic and technological growth, sustainability and the environment, and a host of other transforming events. Those interested should submit 300 word abstracts.

may 2019

1: English Consorts: Power, Influence, Dynasty
Palgrave Macmillan’s “Queenship and Power” series
The editors are seeking contributors for English Consorts: Power, Influence, Dynasty, a four-volume that will provide short, focused, well-researched, and refereed biographies of all the English consorts since the Conquest. Potential authors may submit abstracts for more than one consort. Please send chapter abstracts of no more than 250 words, accompanied by a brief biography, for essays between 6000 and 7500 words (including references) to by 1 May 2019. Accepted authors will be notified mid-July 2019, and completed essays will be due to the volume’s editor by 1 June 2020.

june 2019

1: Critical Histories of Aging and Later Life
Radical History Review, issue 139
Issue editors: Amanda Ciafone, Devin McGeehan Muchmore, and David Serlin
We invite contributions from all time periods and geographies that investigate aging and later life and put them in historical context: as axes for multiscalar and intersectional identities or inequalities, as contested objects of knowledge and governance, as community formations, and sites of cultural and political struggle. We are especially interested in submissions that continue to push the boundaries of aging scholarship beyond Europe, East Asia, and North America, and/or explore histories before the nineteenth century. Such critical approaches would help challenge the narrowly-defined perspectives of the “longevity revolution” among contemporary policy makers and biomedical scientists. Submit 1-2 page abstract summarizing the article you wish as an attachment to with “Issue 139 Abstract Submission” in the subject line.

21: Herstory Re-Imagined: Women’s Lives in Biographical Fiction and Film
Centre for Life-Writing Research

How do the lives of historical women become the raw material of novelists and filmmakers? This conference addresses the current boom in biographical novels and biopics about women’s lives, encompassing a broad conception of ‘woman’ that includes queer and trans life narratives.