Calls for Papers

Global Conference: Letters and Letter Writing, Portugal, March 2015

Global Conference: Letters and Letter Writing: Sunday 22nd March – Tuesday 24th March 2015, Lisbon, Portugal

Call for Presentations:  Letters are central to research in many disciplines yet have rarely been addressed in a genuinely multi-disciplinary way. The first interdisciplinary conference on letters and letter writing in 2013 opened up a number of interesting avenues of inquiry. From Roman epistles to neo-epistolarity; from high Victorian fiction to literary modernism; from concentration camps to asylums; the letter has a bewildering variety of functions, forms and meanings. We would like to continue this dialogue by opening up a call for presentations around issues arising out of this discussion. 

Proposals of 300 words are invited for this inter-disciplinary conference on the following themes for any historical period or geographical location: the definition of letter, materiality of letter-writing (tablets, papyri, ink, envelopes, writing-desks), love letters, hate mail, open letters, epistolary novel, letters in literature, letters as historical data, business letters, letters in the internet age, postal systems, famous letter writers.

Abstracts should be submitted by Friday 31st October 2014 to both Organising Chairs; they may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 key words. Emails should be entitled: Letters2 Abstract Submission

Organising Chairs: Linda McGuire: and Rob Fisher: For further details of the conference, please visit: