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

February 2019

25: Epistolary Bodies: Letters and Embodiment in the Eighteenth Century
Midlands Eighteenth-Century Research Network

This interdisciplinary one-day conference explores the relationship between letters and bodies in the long eighteenth century, and the information that can be found about ’embodiment’, or experiences of the body, in letters. What can letters add to our understanding of eighteenth-century bodies? How might letters allow us to ’embody’ activities such as work, trade, sociability and worship? How did the form and style of letters shape the knowledge about the body that they communicated? Submit abstracts (300 word max) for 20-minute papers by 25 February 2019. We also encourage postgraduate students to submit proposals (100 words max) for 3-minute lightening talks. Submit abstracts (300 word max) for 20-minute papers by 25 February 2019 to We also encourage postgraduate students to submit proposals (100 words max) for 3-minute lightening talks.

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

CUNY Graduate Center English Student Association Conference

We seek papers and panel proposals that take up any aspect of “Black Lives” understood broadly as an entry point into research in, but not limited to, any of the areas listed below. We are especially interested in workshop proposals that address the necessary rituals and habits for self-care, success/pushing back in a hostile workplace, building and maintaining your village, and contemporary radical Black artists/activists. Please submit an abstract of up to 250 words, a short biographical description, and your contact information. Proposals and questions should be sent to conference organizers at

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.

3: Trans Studies, Trans Lives: Past, Present, and Future
One Day Symposium

This symposium seeks to recognize the difficult histories and structural issues faced by trans people, but also to ensure the present and future of trans people’s lives are not defined by oppression. We aim to showcase the endurance, joy, and creativity of the trans community with a selection of academic, autobiographical, and creative pieces on the theme of trans studies and trans lives. Abstracts and proposals should be approximately 250 words in length. Please include a short (100 word) biography with your submission. If your submission is a creative piece, please also include an example of your output, such as a 500 word writing sample, a 2 page portfolio (for visual art), or a film sample. Send submissions of

8: Once Upon a Time There Was a Virus…: Storytelling, Health and Illness
Progressive Connexions

We want to hear about how the fear of a disease can be misplaced and then soothed by a single photograph or song. Or how treatment and perseverance can be documented on the internet, showing the resolution of a healthy body and mind after a lengthy battle. We hope to learn how research in one country might help researchers in another resolve a sickness that has not been seen before. Or how something as simple as clean water can improve health dramatically. Submit 300 word proposals, presentations, abstracts, and other forms of contribution and participation to the Organizing Chair (Jeremy Vaughan) and Project Administrator.

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.

15: Life Writing on Contested Ground
Modern Language Association; Seattle, USA
How do life and land intersect in auto/biographical texts engaging legacies of settler colonialism? How is life writing mobilized in struggles over land ownership and use? 300-word abstracts and bios. Send abstracts and questions to John David Zuern and Emily Hipchen.

15: Un/Bound
Modern Language Association; Seattle, USA
Lives that cross borders to narrate stories from multiple places and spaces are important threads in autobiography studies. How are these lives and life stories altered by interrupted or thwarted movements? 250-word abstracts and bios. Send abstracts and questions to Ricia Anne Chansky and Emily Hipchen.

15: Music Lives
Modern Language Association; Seattle, USA
Whose musical lives get told, and how? Musicians’ memoirs connect performance, multiple modes of storytelling, cultural industries, and celebrity. How does personal history shape music? How does music influence memoir? 300-word abstracts and bios. Send abstracts and questions to Laurie McNeill and Gwendolyn Pough.

15: Comic Lives
Modern Language Association; Seattle, USA
Recent comedy specials showcase comedians’ intersection of the comic and autobiographical, mining lives for social commentary as well as jokes. How to read comics’ life stories as auto/biography, testimony, performance? 300-word abstracts and bios. Send abstracts and questions to John David Zuern and Gwendolyn Pough.

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 abstracts (max 250 words), a title, an indication of the subtheme your abstract fits in best, name, institutional affiliation or status as independent scholar, email address and a short bio of no more than 150 words to Prof. Dr. Helma van Lierop.

18: Bridging Gaps: Re-Fashioning Stories for Celebrity Counterpublics
CMCS 8th International Conference
The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) Bridging Gaps conference series uses a reflective practice paradigm and asks an urgent question: Can we learn popular strategies and re-fashion celebrity stories into tools for public intellectualism and social transformation, in addition to studying them? What enables or disables the public to tell personal stories in studies and practices of celebrity culture? Can different forms of storytelling from the lives of rising and celebrated academics, public intellectuals, critics, and activists enable urgent social change? The conference problematizes what it means to be a popular “storyteller” and invites all academics, journalists, publicists, activists and models and guests to attend, collaborate and publish valuable and purposeful work around this key question and related topics in our conference. Submit 250-word abstract or workshop/roundtable/book talk proposal to

30: Trauma, Narrative, Responsibility
21st Annual International Conference of the English Department
Narratives of and discourses on trauma – as a result of, for example, abuse, accident, illness, oppression, war – have become pervasive in global culture and they circulate in a wide variety of forms including blogs, films, videos, social media postings, legal testimonies, print articles and books. They often evoke strong emotions and provoke action, as perhaps best reflected in Nancy K. Miller and Jason Tougaw’s edited collection Extremities. Trauma, Testimony and Community (2002). Many scholars have especially developed these directions of research by conducting analyses of the representations of trauma in literary and media culture. Furthermore, Leigh Gilmore has focused on how literary narratives of trauma contribute to legal and human rights discourses of trauma with genre-specific and gender-specific alternative forms of witnessing and agency. Accepting abstracts of 200 words. Abstracts should be in .doc or .docx format, and should also include name and institutional affiliation, a short bio, and email address. Submit proposals/abstracts/inquiries to

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: AvtobiografiЯ
Journal on Life Writing and the Representation of the Self in Russian Culture

AvtobiografiЯ is a journal devoted to the representation of the self in Russian culture. Its Advisory and Editorial Board are comprised of internationally renowned scholars in the field of Russian Studies. The journal welcomes contributions on any topic related to Life Writing and Auto-Biography and related genres in Russian literature, history, art and culture. The editors are particularly keen to theoretical and interdisciplinary articles, and welcome contributions about other Slavonic cultures. Send proposals to

30: Migration, Adaptation and Memory
2nd International Interdisciplinary Conference; Gdansk, Poland

During the conference, we are going to turn our attention to processes that are integral to human experience: migration, adaptation, and memory. We are interested in all aspects of migration and adaptation, in their individual and collective dimensions, in the past and in the present-day world. We would like to examine the role of memory, the processes of migrating and adapting to various dynamic life circumstances, across time, space, culture, language, and discipline. Submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note to

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.

15: Giving Voice to the Voiceless
SAMLA: Language: Power, Identity, Relationships

This session aims to interrogate how French and Francophone women’s narrative (texts or films) portrays the marginalized, the repressed, and/or the underrepresented. Presentations will investigate works of authors/filmmakers who made themselves a spokesperson for the voiceless, casting light on stories that otherwise would have remained unheard within their own communities as well as globally. What does it mean to be “voiceless,” and how do these authors/filmmakers give value to the experiences of these people who, for lack of authority, education, or economic means, are not able to convey them on their own? Topics may include but are not limited to life-writing, translation, postcolonial and gender studies. Please send a 250-word abstract in English or French to Viviana Pezzullo by May 15, 2019, along with presenter’s academic affiliation, contact information, and A/V requirements.

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.

October 2019

1: Emerging Trends in Third-Generation Holocaust Literature
Edited Collection

Our collection, Emerging Trends in Third-Generation Holocaust Literature, aims to explore the range of third-generation literary works and films, particularly those written/produced in the past ten years and texts that have received little to no scholarly attention. For the purposes of this volume, literary works refer to poetry, drama, fiction (for adults and children), life writing, graphic narrative, and creative nonfiction. Essays should be 6,000-7,000 words. Contact Alan L. Berger and Lucas Wilson for more information.

December 2019

15: Real Lives in Global Perspective
Book series published by Routledge

The purpose of this series is to teach key social, economic, political, and cultural developments in world history to first year university students using parallel biographies as a framework. The books will juxtapose figures facing similar situations in different geographical regions, with one book for each century, each containing four pairs of biographies. The authors should be experts in the appropriate time period willing to research a variety of geographic areas. Contact Rebecca Boone at Lamar University for more information.