Strange Atmospheres: The Seventh International Flann O’Brien Conference. Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca (Romania), 27–30 June 2023

Organised by

The Department of English at Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj, with the International Flann O’Brien Society

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Joseph Brooker (Birkbeck College, University of London)
  • Flore Coulouma (Université Paris Nanterre)
  • Paul Fagan (Maynooth University)
  • Heather Laird (University College Cork)

Presentation

Since the first, centenary Vienna conference in 2011, this critical conversation has expanded and diversified, turning to the archive, to recontextualizing and rehistoricizing approaches, addressing the aesthetic, political and ethical dimensions of O’Nolan’s/Flann’s/Myles’ experimental texts, as well as their interfaces with questions of agency and authorship, technology and the material world, cultural memory, medicine and epidemiology. During the last decade numerous landmark volumes were added to the corpus available to O’Nolan’s readers—from the short fiction (edited by Neil Murphy and Keith Hopper), to the plays and teleplays (edited by Daniel Keith Jernigan), and, more recently, the Collected Letters (edited by Maebh Long). Reflecting the rapid growth of Flann O’Brien studies, The Parish Review, the first scholarly journal dedicated to this writer’s work, has published articles and special issues on a wide range of topics, including archival studies of O’Nolan’s library, the textual and publishing history of O’Nolan’s journalism, the writer’s fraught relationship with the civil service, as well as O’Nolan’s afterlives in translation, adaptation, and the culture industry. In line with its open-access policy, the journal is hosted by the Open Library of Humanities.

The conference title, ‘Strange Atmospheres,’ foregrounds a concept that sits uneasily on the semantic boundary between environment, embodied space, and mood. Often bending to the fantastic, the uncanny, the fake and unconvincing, O’Brien’s style is itself characterised by a constant apprehension of the ways in which the atmospheric and the literary fertilise each other. The symposium will provide the occasion to reflect more fully on these aspects of his work.

The conference organisers invite proposals for 20 minute presentations on any topic relevant to the symposium theme. Special consideration will be given to the following topics in Flann O’Brien studies:

  • Reflections on atmosphere as setting and atmosphere as mood
  • Pathetic fallacy and the correspondences between space, place and feeling 
  • Ecocritical approaches
  • Radio transmissions and wireless communication
  • Ideas of extended agency and extended subjectivity
  • Politicised environments
  • Localised and universal spaces
  • Gothic spaces, horror and the uncanny 
  • Life without borders
  • Apocalyptic overtones
  • Ghost cities
  • Social, professional and urban spaces
  • Literary discourse and the weather
  • Modernist environments and ecological thought
  • Non-humans and posthumans in O’Nolan’s fiction

Please send abstracts and a short bionote to the organisers at seventhflanncluj@gmail.com by January 31st, 2023. Proposals will be read and evaluated by February 15th, 2023. The time of delivery for each paper should not exceed 20 minutes. Selected talks will be published in a special issue of The Parish Review: Journal of Flann O’Brien Studies (open-access at the Open Library of Humanities).

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Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai Philologia. Special issue 3/202310: Rethinking the Sentimental Eighteenth Century

Rethinking the Sentimental Eighteenth Century  
Special issue 3/2023 
Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai Philologia, studia.philologia@lett.ubbcluj.ro 

Guest editors 

  • Dr. Andrew Rudd, University of Exeter, UK, A.Rudd@exeter.ac.uk 
  • Dr. Dragoş Ivana, University of Bucharest, Romania, dragos.ivana@lls.unibuc.ro 

The eighteenth-century popularity of the term “sentiment” is indisputable. Along with its  cognate terms “feeling” and “affect”, it was expressive of what early modern philosophers called  “calm emotions”, which they radically opposed to “passions”, considered to be the violent,  unrestrained and unreasonable version of the former. Apart from its in-depth exploration in  philosophical treatises which theorised “sentiment” in tight relation with epistemology, ethics and  aesthetics, the term was crucial to advancing medical theories about physical sensations and the  human mind and, by extension, to understanding the profile and cultural background of eighteenth century Western European societies. Various disciplines thus articulated the language of feeling  which was inevitably borrowed by literature and the arts in the latter half of the century.  

Deemed as a passage from the collapse of reason to the advent of Romanticism heralded by  the French Revolution, the literature of sensibility extolled emotions as a staple diet which  encompassed somatic responses (tears and faints), sympathy, moral feeling, melancholy and virtue  in distress. At the same time, Henry Mackenzie portrayed sensibility as “a science of manners” in  1780, which was engaged in bringing individuals together in the public sphere through a language  of the heart that pushed them to perform benevolent acts of generosity. Sensibility thus cultivated  sociability as fundamental to what David Hume has called “the Science of Man”, according to which  our passions overrule reason and are held accountable for our actions. Although criticized for  excessive sentimentality and exquisite emotions, sensibility has been understood as an arena of  critical debates about moral consciousness and the ability to act properly in accordance with  sentimental ethics. 

Recent advances in the history of emotions, however, allow us to reconsider sensibility as a  “biocultural” (Boddice, 2020) phenomenon that is simultaneously embodied, but also situated,  mediated and constructed. We must weigh the period’s conception of sensibility as an innate feature  of human physiology that only requires cultivation against the particular historical moment in which  it arose. Indeed, now is a time when the entire edifice of eighteenth-century culture, sensibility  included, is being reappraised and reconfigured. How does recent scholarly work bear on existing  accounts of eighteenth-century sensibility? How do the period’s frequent claims of the universal  nature of sentiment, feeling and affect measure up against new and emerging critical contexts and  the multiplicity of perspectives available to us today?  

In this light, the present issue aims to reevaluate the eighteenth-century culture of feeling  founded on the conflation of moral philosophical, literary, medical, political, economic and legal  theories. Contributions which draw upon new and emerging scholarly methods and build upon  academic writing from past decades are encouraged. Papers in English and French should focus on  cross currents between literature and other disciplines in order to refresh our understanding of both  theories and representations of sensibility across eighteenth-century Europe. Topics include, but are  not limited, to the following: 

  • rethinking eighteenth-century affective theory 
  • the relationship between sentiment and ethics/epistemology/aesthetics – the novel of sentiment 
  • the new cult of sensibility epitomised by the Man of Feeling 
  • the pre-Romantic poetry of sensibility 
  • the sentimental drama 
  • sentiment and economics/gender relations 
  • generosity and benevolence as suggestive of the language of the heart 
  • public and private emotions 
  • philanthropy and sensibility 
  • global sentiments and sensibilities 
  • sensibility and sentiment today 
  • sentiment and national identity/ies  

Timeline 

  • 10 February 2023 – proposal submission deadline (200-word abstract, 7 keywords, 5 theoretical  references, 150-word author’s bio-note)  
  • 15 February 2023 – notification about acceptance  
  • 31 May 2023 – submission of full papers (Instructions for authors regarding formatting rules and  style sheets can be found on the journal’s webpage: http://studia.ubbcluj.ro/serii/philologia/pdf/Instructions_En.pdf
  • 30 September 2023 – publication of the special-themed issue 

Please send your abstracts and papers to the following email addresses:  

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Constructions of Identity 11 – Transmission. Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca (Romania), 18-20 May 2023

Event organised by the Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Letters (31 Horea St.), Cluj-Napoca, Babeș-Bolyai University (Romania).

Conference venue: Faculty of Letters, 31 Horea St., Cluj-Napoca

Literature

In a book published in English in 2015, the German media theorist and philosopher Sybille Krämer attempts to provide a model for transmission that preserves the possibility of community without succumbing to notions of communication as the imposition of sameness (Medium, Messenger, Transmission. An Approach to Media Philosophy). As Krämer insists, it is essential to safeguard the difference that emerges during the process of transmission, defined as “an external, corporeal, and material process that can be conceived as a kind of embodiment” which is “also associated with a ‘disembodiment’ – namely, the way in which media ‘become invisible’ in their (interference-free) usage” (75). Transmission “lets appear”, or makes difference perceptible, and as such renders culture and community possible, in Nancean terms, as loci of both connection and separation. As Krämer and many others point out, transmission does not amount to neutral repetition of information, but implies “creativity,” distortion and noise, which means transformation is just as important as reiteration. Krämer’s model successfully reminds us that transmission, through the persistence of the medium – whose materiality, even if self-effacing, never ceases to intrude – makes the world “appear.” This may never have been so clear as at the time of the Covid pandemic, of social media, fake news and (perhaps crucially) climate crisis.

In the age of viral dissemination (digital, informational, biological), transmission can outstep the bounds of direct, unilinear flows between some fixed points of departure and destination. (Dis)articulated across complex, tangled and unstable nets, the multiscalar trajectories of transmission can drift across the micro- and the macroscopic, or the local and the planetary, as seen in the transference of plastic molecules into the human bloodstream or in the even vaster phenomenon of ocean plastification. Transmission, conveyed as both transference and transformation, is also a commonplace literary scenario in contemporary fictions that tap into what Marco Caracciolo calls the fragile yet dynamic “mesh” of interconnected human and nonhuman realities (Narrating the Mesh. Form and Story in the Anthropocene, 2021). With its attendant anxieties of loss and retrieval, transmission – which, etymologically speaking, is a process of sending forth and putting acrosshas always been a feature of literature’s intersections and enmeshments with the technosocial and the biopolitical. Not least, narrative transmission, especially in its literary instantiations, can also relay a possibility to better grasp the ethics of difference that should guide our way across the predicaments of today’s world.

We welcome proposals for papers and sessions addressing any aspect of our conference theme. Possible topics include:

  • mediality, intermediality, liminality, exchange and the production of difference;
  • communication, noise, entropy, interference, distortion: the dissemination of information, disinformation, knowledge;
  • contagion, immunity, community, purity, security: the individual body and the body politic; literature and biopolitics;
  • ecosystemic communication, environmental propagation, interspecies contiguity: transmission in the age of climate change;
  • literature and medical discourses: discourses of infection, hygiene, contamination, origins; epidemics, pandemics and culture;
  • circulation and recirculation of ideas: cultural transmission from manuscripts to social media;
  • technologies of storage, archiving, recording; forms of cultural memory in the age of flow and virtualisation; 
  • authorship and dispersal: collaborative texts, joint authorship, participatory writing; from texts to co-texts, paratexts, metatexts;
  • citations, borrowings, influences, interpretation, reception; precession and succession in literary history: copies, originals, (af)filiations, genealogies
  • transmission, dissemination & transformation; interlinguistic, intercultural traffic & contact zones; transnational literature;
  • linguistic/cultural hybridization: hybrid texts, genre hybridity; from discourses of hybridity to worlding/planetarity;
  • translation and adaptation.

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Professor Ros Ballaster (University of Oxford)
  • Professor Eve Patten (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Associate Professor Ana-Karina Schneider (Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu)
  • Hugo Hamilton (Irish novelist)

Round table: Ulysses in Transmission:” 2022 marked the centennial of Ulysses, as well as the publication of a new translation into Romanian. This roundtable aims to bring together Joyce scholars, translators and translation specialists, to discuss various aspects of the novel in translation, the novel and its translations etc.

Confirmed participants:

  • Professor Mircea Mihăieș (Universitatea de Vest, Timișoara)
  • Hugo Hamilton (Irish novelist)
  • Dr. Rareș Moldovan (Babeș-Bolyai University, translator of the new Romanian edition)
  • Dr. Erika Mihalycsa (Babeș-Bolyai University, editor of the new translation)
  • Dr. Adriana Șerban (Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3)
  • Armağan Ekici, independent scholar and translator

Proposals

For individual 20-minute papers, 150-word abstracts and a short bio note should be submitted to Dr. Petronia Petrar (petronia.petrar@ubbcluj.ro) and Dr. Carmen Borbely (carmen.borbely@ubbcluj.ro) by Wednesday 15 March 2023.

For tentative panels, please send a title and a 100-word description of the topic, along with details of the chair.

For fully formed panels, please send 150-word abstracts for each paper, accompanied by details of the proposed topic, the chair and the speakers.

Registration

The participants will be notified of their proposal’s acceptance by 1 April 2023 at the latest. Registration procedure to be added soon.

Conference registration fee

90 euro; 50 euro for postgraduate students and young researchers (under 26).

There will be an additional optional fee of 30 euro for a final dinner.

Publication plans: selected papers will be published in either a special issue of Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai, seria Philologia (2024), or a conference volume. Publication details will be available on the conference website.

Linguistics

Theoretical linguistics and language acquisition

Research from various theoretical perspectives are welcome on topics in phonetics and phonology, morphology, lexicology semantics/ pragmatics, syntax and language acquisition. Aside from disciplinary approaches, this year we especially encourage inter-disciplinary perspectives that explore the complexities of human language from biological, psychological, historical, cultural, educational, etc. perspectives.

Internet linguistics

This section welcomes papers with a general approach to Internet linguistics, id est, a discourse analysis of sorts of the linguistic displays, patterns and behaviours within communication via the Internet, but mainly the cultural sociolinguistic perspective, where text (language, discourse and semiotic architecture) both signals and negotiates individual or group identities as well as covertly regulating communities of digital communication practice. The latter is a relatively recent paradigm as prompted by the fact that ideological affiliations and reciprocity have come to bear critically on digital communication behaviour, especially in the Social Network Sites. On the one hand, by and large, group identities have become hybrid, nebulous, fluid, tribal, particularly under the impact of integrated digital actions. On the other hand, increasingly ideologized virtual communities (see echo-chambers) have been having the opposite effect of coalescing and temporarily homogenising varied individuals opting to converse within these exclusive virtual liminal spaces. And since technology affordances have enabled individuals to explore, exercise and express their identity repertoires in a threefold capacity: online content users, consumers and creators, the aspects abovementioned will additionally lend themselves to a multidisciplinary approach that may variably include elements from semantics, pragmatics, semiotics and social psychology.

Confirmed keynote speaker

Prof. dr. Lieven Buysse (KU Leuven Campus Brussel, Belgium)

Proposals

For individual 20-minute papers, 150-word abstracts and a short bio note should be submitted to Dr. Petronia Petrar (petronia.petrar@ubbcluj.ro) and Dr. Carmen Borbely (carmen.borbely@ubbcluj.ro) by Wednesday 15 March 2023.

For tentative panels, please send a title and a 100-word description of the topic, along with details of the chair.

For fully formed panels, please send 150-word abstracts for each paper, accompanied by details of the proposed topic, the chair and the speakers.

Registration

The participants will be notified of their proposal’s acceptance by 1 April 2023 at the latest. Registration procedure to be added soon.

Conference registration fee

90 euro; 50 euro for postgraduate students and young researchers (under 26).

There will be an additional optional fee of 30 euro for a final dinner.

Publication plans: selected papers will be published in either a special issue of Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai, seria Philologia (2024), or a conference volume. Publication details will be available on the conference website.

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13th International Conference on Professional Communication and Translation Studies. Timișoara, 30-31 March 2023

Conference / Event name

13th International Conference on Professional Communication and Translation Studies

Topic of the current edition

Digital Culture, Communication and Translation

Conference / Event organiser(s)

Department of Communication and Foreign Languages, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania

Event / Conference dates

30-31 March 2023

Deadlines

  • Abstract submission deadline: March 1, 2023
  • First draft of the conference programme: March 10, 2023
  • Final draft of the conference programme: March 15, 2023
  • Paper submission deadline: May 1, 2023

Conference / Event description
Given the success of the previous conferences, the 13th edition of the conference aims to continue the exchange of ideas on the impact of new technologies on communication, to highlight the evolution of humanities and social sciences in conjunction with technological innovation, and to identify (new) trends in the language industry in the post web 2.0 era. PCTS13 will be hosted onsite in Timișoara and online on Zoom. 

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Kirk St.Amant, Louisiana Tech University, USA
  • Ștefan Bratosin, Université de Montpellier 3, CoRHIS UR 7400, France
  • Yves Gambier, University of Turku, Finland
  • Pilar Orero, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Mihaela-Alexandra Tudor, Université de Montpellier 3, CoRHIS UR 7400, France

Conference / Event venue

Onsite: Politehnica University Timisoara, Department of Communication and Foreign Languages 
Online: virtual sessions hosted on Zoom.

Conference / Event website

https://sc.upt.ro/ro/home-pcts

Contact details

Registration form

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BAS 2023. Timișoara, 11-13 May 2023

Conference Name
32nd Conference on British and American Studies (BAS)

Organiser
The English Department of the Faculty of Letters, West University of Timişoara, in partnership with The Romanian Society for English and American Studies (RSEAS) and The European Society for the Study of English (ESSE)

Date
11-13 May 2023

Venue
Timișoara, in hybrid format (face-to-face and online)

Deadline for Proposals
15 February 2023

Conference website
https://litere.uvt.ro/cs-events/32nd-conference-on-british-and-american-studies-2023/

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Translation Times. University of Craiova, 8-9 December 2022

Translation may no longer be considered the magic buzzword that “seemed indispensable to grasp the contemporary world and its challenges, although few people quite knew how to specify or define” it (Bieldsa, 2021: 1). Its ubiquity is related to its dynamism, paralleled by the proactive positioning of Translation Studies within interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary landscapes.

Organiser

The Department of British, American, and German Studies, Faculty of Letters, University of Craiova, in partnership with The Romanian Society for English and American Studies (RSEAS) and The European Society for the Study of English (ESSE)

Date

8-9 December 2022

Venue

Craiova, online, Google Meet

Deadline for Proposals

30 November 2022

Conference website
https://litere.ucv.ro/litere/sites/default/files/litere/Cercetare/Colocvii/cfp_translation_times_2022.pdf

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Annual International Conference of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest, Workshop: Visibility in Translation, Terminology and Lexicology

VISIBILITY IN TRANSLATION, TERMINOLOGY AND LEXICOLOGY

Workshop organizers:

  • Prof. dr. Nadina Vișan,
  • Conf. dr. Daria Protopopescu,
  • Conf. dr. Mihaela Zamfirescu

Event / Conference dates

25th and 26th of November, 2022 

Deadlines

1st of November, 2022

Conference / Event venue

online, Google Meet

Conference / Event website

https://lls.unibuc.ro/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Visibility-in-translation-terminology-and-lexicology.pdf

Contact details

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Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai: Philologia 3/2022 – Miscellanea Section

Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2022.

Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai. Philologia, a refereed quarterly journal published by the Faculty of Letters in Cluj, Romania (indexed Web of Science – Emerging Sources Citation Index, ERIH PLUS, Index Copernicus, EBSCO, PROQUEST, CEEOL, Gale MLA), invites submissions of original manuscripts in the form of scientific articles to be included in the Miscellanea section of issue 3 (2022).

The journal seeks submissions on a wide range of topics within the following fields and subfields: literary studies, literary history and theory, comparative literature, cultural studies, gender studies, digital humanities, ecocriticism, theoretical and applied linguistics, semiotics, pragmatics, translation studies, foreign language teaching, and new educational technologies.

The articles may be written in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Instructions for authors can be found on the journal’s webpage: http://studia.ubbcluj.ro/serii/philologia/pdf/Instructions_En.pdf.

All submissions will be evaluated by way of a double-blind peer-review process and the authors will receive the evaluation reports.

Please email your articles (5,000-7,000 words), abstracts (250 words, in English and Romanian), 5-6 keywords and a short biographical note to studia.philologia@lett.ubbcluj.ro. Foreign authors may request the journal editors’ assistance in translating the title, abstract and keywords into Romanian.

Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2022.

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Translation Times | Craiova, 9-10 December 2021

Description: Translation as an intellectual and social venture is at least two millennia old, although it was recognised as an academic discipline only in the 1970s. With both retrospective and prospective views, contact, fluidity, local and global scales of influence can be said to shape the many contexts and voices of translation.

Organiser: The Department of British, American, and German Studies, Faculty of Letters, University of Craiova, in partnership with The Romanian Society for English and American Studies (RSEAS) and The European Society for the Study of English (ESSE)

Date: 9-10 December 2021

Venue: Craiova, online, Google Meet

Deadline for Proposals: 3 December 2021

Conference website: https://litere.ucv.ro/litere/ro/content/conferin%C8%9Be-colocvii-%C5%9Fi-simpozioane-interna%C8%9Bionale

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The 11th Conference on Linguistic and Intercultural Education – CLIE-2021 | Alba-Iulia, 17-18 December 2021

Topic of the Current Edition: Challenges of on-line pedagogy and research in linguistic and intercultural education

Description: CLIE-2021 aims at investigating the far-reaching implications of moving instruction and research in the online medium. In particular, public discourses that tend to politicise online learning, possibly attaching to it a stigma of being lower quality than face-to-face learning might prove disturbing and demotivating for the main actors in education and research. Indeed, technical or administrative hurdles have impeded a swift transition to fully remote teaching, learning and research (ensuring the shift to synchronous video – Zoom, MS Teams, Google Meet), the implementation of adequate measures for equitable access (reliable computers and broadband, support for students with disabilities, academic integrity assurance), foresight in terms of post-pandemic eLearning infrastructure. This year’s forum will address hands-on experiences and bring forth possible solutions.

Organiser: CIEL Centre, “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia

in cooperation with:

  • University of Madeira, Portugal
  • International Burch University, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • College of Applied Studies for Preschool Teachers “Mihailo Palov” in Vrsac, Serbia
  • International Burch University, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • University of East Sarajevo, Pale Faculty of Philosophy, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • The Romanian Society for English and American Studies (RSEAS)
  • The European Society for the Study of English (ESSE)

Date: 17–18 December 2021

Venue: MS Teams | “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia

Deadline for proposals: 29 November 2021

Conference website: http://ciel.uab.ro/index.php?pagina=pg&id=38&l=en

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