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Call for Papers: for inaugural issue Mistral

We are now accepting submissions for our inaugural issue. The journal welcomes articles that examine Latin American women’s contributions to intellectual history and the cultural sphere more broadly. Accepting submissions in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, Mistral explores ideas and the arts in all their forms, from the pre-colonial period to the present day. We publish work that offers both theoretical and historical approaches to the study of gender within the Latin American context. Articles may span disciplines such as art history, literary criticism, film and media studies, gender and queer studies, and history and memory studies. Multidisciplinary work proposing innovative directions for the study of Latin American women’s intellectual and cultural production is particularly encouraged.

Deadline: 1st October 2020

For further information please see our submission guidelines or contact

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About the Journal

Mistral is the first scholarly journal exclusively dedicated to Latin American women’s cultural production. It takes its name from the pioneering Chilean poet and educator Gabriela Mistral. Mistral, from the Latin magistralis, is likewise etymologically rooted in the notion of mastery, an origin that signals the journal’s awareness of and attempt to redefine cultural narratives from which women have traditionally been excluded or that have relegated them to the role of “muse” or “disciple.”

Mistral is a platform for research that examines Latin American women’s contributions to intellectual history and the cultural sphere more broadly. Alongside research articles, the journal showcases personal essays and interviews with leading Latin American women working inside and outside the academy. The publication also reviews recent scholarly works (from monographs to exhibitions), offering insight into the latest developments in the field of Latin American women’s intellectual and cultural history and criticism. The journal additionally presents English translations of lesser-known works by Latin American women practitioners.

The journal welcomes articles that analyze the contributions of those who identify as Latin American women, from the pre-colonial period to the present day. Accepting submissions in English, Portuguese, or Spanish, Mistral explores ideas and the arts in all their forms, from the political essay to performance art, from travel writing to folk music. In line with the journal’s goal of making scholarly excellence accessible, articles are subject to double-blind peer review and published in open access format by the University of Groningen Press.


COVID-19 and the Humanities

April 2020

In this page we will collect selected contributions reflecting on the role of literature and the humanities during (and after) the Corona crisis. If there is any link / material that you would like to share with us, please send an email to


Selected links (last updated 20 April 2020):

Gema Ocaña and Pablo Valdivia, What’s next: the (in)equality to come, 20 April 2020

Online lecture series Cultures of the Crisis. Corona and Beyond: Problems, Practices, Perspectives, 24 April – 26 June 2020

Cultures of the Crisis. Corona and Beyond: Problems, Practices, Perspectives

Online lectures with Q&A | 24 April – 26 June 2020

The current worldwide health crisis is also a crisis of social structures and cultural values. New national and cultural divides are arising, debates on solidarity and economic inequality are omnipresent, fake news are spreading, isolation leads to unprecedented social hardships.

In this lecture series, experts from Cultural Studies and related fields present analyses of these and other aspects of the “Corona Crisis”, provide broader perspectives on various cultures of crisis, and offer insights into cultural practices of coping with them.

All lectures will be live and free to access for everyone! Furthermore, recordings of selected lectures will be made publicly accessible.

The chair group European Culture and Literature is situated in the programme European Languages and Cultures at the University of Groningen. Its main research areas include narratives of crisis, cultural and social change, European crises, and literature and conflict.

Organization and contact: Dr Florian Lippert,

More details and full programme can be found here.

CfP ‘Articulating belonging: translingualism, belonging and the creation of South African social collectivities’

Amsterdam | 12-13 November 2020

In the creation of nation-states during the 19th and 20th century, standardized and official languages were of key importance to develop feelings of belonging to social collectivities through the public sphere. However, contemporary global neoliberal conditions have put pressure on Romantic notions such as belonging, togetherness and culture, that used to be seen as the building blocks of national identity. Postcolonial and decolonial debates have, furthermore critiqued the presumed monolingual character of communities and nations (Yildiz 2012; Mignolo 2003) by pointing to their linguistic heterogeneity. The complex linguistic context of South Africa offers a fruitful starting point to explore the recalibrated relationships between language, the creation of social subjects, the politics of belonging and social group formation (Yuval-Davis, 2006, Meinhof and Galasinksi, 2005).


This conference wants to zoom in on translingualism and transculturality – broadly understood to refer to the fluidity and dynamism of linguistic and cultural borders – in South African literature and culture. The conference has at least three aims. Firstly, it wants to explore how narrative art forms (literature, performance poetry, cinema, theatre and so forth), but also more popular expressions (television series, newspapers, advertisements, graffiti, songs) linguistically produce, and critically reconsider the relationship between language and membership of social collectivities within the South African context. Secondly, this conference also wants to explore how language variations, multilingualism and translingualism in cultural representations index complex social and cultural entanglements in the day-to-day, ordinary lives of South Africans. Thirdly, it wants to investigate how translingualism, the use of multiple language varieties and different languages in narrative texts “destabilize” the position of dominant and/or standardized languages and what such minorizing practices (Dagnino, 2019) might imply for how language construes social subjectivity and categories of belonging in the South African context.


This call invites proposals for papers that reflect on:

  • How translingual South African literary texts create (new) social subjects and categories of belonging;
  • How popular genres (such as hiphop/rap and genre fiction) contribute to a critical analysis of the relation between language and belonging in the South African context;
  • The minorizing of (standardized) Afrikaans and English through the use of other languages and language varieties and what the destabilizing of these languages implies for belonging and the construction of social collectivities;
  • How language use functions as a form of “border work” that sustain or challenge, resist and rebel against the inclusion and exclusion created by the politics of belonging;
  • The (linguistic character of) the cultural public sphere in this process of creating belonging and togetherness in the South African context;
  • Translingualism and translation of South African literature (in any South African language) as world literature.


We invite those interested to submit a short abstract (no more than 300 words), accompanied by a biographical note (150 words) by 8 May 2020. A notice of acceptance will follow by the end of May 2020. The conference will accept contributions in Afrikaans, Dutch and English. The selected presentations should be 20 minutes. The conference organizers foresee the possibility to deliver papers by Skype in cases where travel to Amsterdam cannot be arranged. A possible publication of (selected) contributions is considered.

Please send your proposal to before 8 May 2020.


The organizing committee:

Yves T’Sjoen (UGent en UStellenbosch)

Annelies Verdoolaege (UGent)

Margriet van der Waal (UGroningen/UvAmsterdam)

Oprop I Oproep I Call: Conference Fryske Akademy – Befrijing yn ’e Fryske Literatuer.

Befrijing yn ’e Fryske literatuer

Befrijing yn ’e Fryske literatuer

3e Dei fan ‘e Fryske Letterkunde

Yn 2020 wurdt betocht dat it 75 jier ferlyn is dat Fryslân befrijd waard. Sadwaande organisearje Tresoar en de Fryske Akademy in kongres oer it tema Befrijing yn ’e Fryske Literatuer. It kongres wurdt op freed 6 novimber 2020 holden by Tresoar yn Ljouwert, de stêd dy’t sûnt dit jier de titel UNESCO City of Literature hat.
De fiertalen binne Nederlânsk, Frysk, Dútsk en Ingelsk.

It leafst ûntfange wy útstellen dy’t passe by it tema, mar oare nijsgjirrige útstellen binne ek wolkom.
Wy wolle hjirmei minsken útnûgje om foar 1 july in útstel foar in lêzing (heal A4, maksimaal 1A4) op te stjoeren nei:

Meindert Reitsma: (

Eric Hoekstra: (

Bevrijding in de Friese literatuur

3e Dag van de Friese letterkunde

In 2020 wordt herdacht dat het 75 jaar geleden is dat Nederland werd bevrijd. In samenhang daarmee organiseren Tresoar en de Fryske Akademy een congres over het thema Bevrijding in de Friese literatuur. Het congres wordt op vrijdag 6 november 2020 gehouden bij Tresoar te Leeuwarden, de stad die sinds dit jaar de titel UNESCO City of Literature draagt.
De voertalen zijn Nederlands, Fries, Duits en Engels.

Bij voorkeur ontvangen we voorstellen die passen bij het thema, maar andere interessante ideeën zijn ook welkom.
Bij deze willen we sprekers uitnodigen om voor 1 juli een voorstel voor een lezing (half A4, 1 A4 maximaal) op te sturen naar:

Meindert Reitsma: (

Eric Hoekstra: (

Liberation in Frisian literature

3rd Day of Frisian Literature

In 2020 it has been 75 years since the Netherlands were liberated. Hence Tresoar and the Fryske Akademy organise a conference on the theme Liberation in Frisian literature. The conference is held at Tresoar in Leeuwarden, Friday 6 November 2020. At the end of October Leeuwarden was designated City of Literature by UNESCO.
The languages of the conference are Frisian, Dutch, German and English.

We prefer to receive proposals that fit the theme, but other interesting ideas are also welcome.
We invite speakers to send an abstract for a talk (half A4, 1 A4 max) before the first of July to:

Meindert Reitsma: (

Eric Hoekstra: (


Call for papers: Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food 2020

Symposium on the History of Food

On 13 and 14 November 2020, the 7th Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food will take place in the Aula of the University of Amsterdam. This year’s topic is:

Food and the Environment: The Dynamic Relationship Between Food Practices and Nature

Ever since hunters and gatherers made the switch to sedentary forms of farming some 13,000 years ago, the way people produce and consume food has profoundly shaped the world in which we live. Although the idea of the ‘environment’ – which we now use to describe the scale and scope of this human impact on the planet – is a relatively modern concept, historians, archaeologists and ecologists have carefully traced the continual interconnectedness of food and the environment. Indeed, changes in dietary patterns have been intrinsically linked to climate change and demographics throughout history, and the question of how to feed a growing population has been at the centre of major developments in food production innovations from the Neolithic Revolution onwards.

The Symposium encourages scholars from all relevant fields of research to explore the continuing relevance of the interconnectedness of food history and environmental history. We invite abstracts for papers covering any topic related to the study of this theme including, but not limited to, the following:

• The history of environmental beliefs and movements
• The relationship between climate change and food production and consumption
• The impact of exploitation colonialism on the environment
• Adverse consequences of intensive food production
• Sustainable food systems in history
• The interdependence of landscapes and cuisines
• Technological innovations related to agricultural growth and achieving food security
• The historiography of environmental history

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 5 May 2020 (extended deadline) to

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Call for papers Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies

The Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies (Journal of Gender Studies) is a forum for the scientific problematization of gender in relation to ethnicity, sexuality, class, and age. The journal is an interdisciplinary medium operating at the intersection of society, culture, health and science. The editorial staff invites articles about gender issues from different disciplines and accepts articles in Dutch and English. As well as publishing articles, the journal includes essays, columns (short topical and polemical articles), interviews, reviews, summaries of dissertations and conference reports.

The Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies invites abstracts for articles for its 2020 Winter issue. As this is a general issue there is no subject limitation, provided that the article problematizes gender. The journal favors submissions that touch upon current debates in the Netherlands and/or Belgium or that include case studies that are relevant for Dutch and Flemish academic fields. Abstracts should be submitted in Dutch or English before 22 March 2020. Once your abstract has been assessed and judged suitable for this issue, you will receive an invitation to submit. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 12 April 2020. The deadline for submission of articles (of approximately 6000 words) is 20 July 2020. All submissions will be reviewed in a double-blind peer review process. In case of a high number of positively peer-reviewed contributions, the editorial board reserves the right to make a final selection of articles and to publish some contributions in a later issue.

Abstracts of approximately 500 words should state the problem or research question addressed in the proposed paper; outline the theoretical framework; state the main point or argument of the proposed paper; provide a rough indication of the methods used; and – where relevant – present a rough overview of literature used. Abstracts should be sent to

More information as well as instructions for authors can be found on: https://

ALCS Postgraduate Colloquium ‘City Lights: Urban Space and Civic Identity in the Low Countries and Beyond’

Senate House, University of London | 9-10 July 2020


‘The cities of the world are concentric, isomorphic, synchronic … It’s the effect of their permanent revolution, their intense circulation, their instantaneous magnetism – so different from the rural universe where a sense of the global simultaneity of exchanges does not exist’.

Jean Baudrillard


The Association for Low Countries Studies is delighted to announce its third postgraduate colloquium, “City Lights”. Proposals are invited from PhD candidates and early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences. The colloquium will bring together young scholars from the UK and internationally to explore urban space and civic identity in Benelux from an interdisciplinary perspective.


The Low Countries is one of the world’s most urbanised regions. Since the Middle Ages, advances in mercantilism, industry and land reclamation had spurred Bruges, Antwerp and Amsterdam toward exponential growth. Meanwhile, claims to political autonomy and religious freedom caused tension with the powers that be, erupting most violently during the Eighty Years’ War (1568-1648). Today, many Netherlandish cities retain a unique sense of identity, manifested in dialects, local legends and civic buildings.


Cities are the engines of culture for both their social connectivity and their inspiring topographies. Chambers of rhetoric were once a mainstay of burgerlijk culture, while civic guilds commissioned some of Rembrandt’s most celebrated works, not least the Night Watch. Entire sub-industries of painting capitalised upon the beauty of Amsterdam’s canals and Utrecht’s churches, and Amsterdam has continued to inspire writers and filmmakers, from Albert Camus to Paul Verhoeven. Are cities replete with utopian possibility, or are they moral and ecological miasmas? As Plato remarked in the Republic, ‘Any city, however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich’. How does the countryside compare?


Proposals on this year’s theme are broadly welcome, but those covering cities and empire, as well as the phenomenology of urban space (including smell- and soundscapes), especially so.


Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to Adam Sammut, c/o, with “ALCS 2020” in the subject heading, together with a short biography. Bursaries will be available, with priority given to self-funded students. Please indicate should you wish to be considered.


Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2020.