Calls for Papers, Events

Love Letters: Call for Participation

Thursday 21st January – Saturday 23rd January 2016
London, United Kingdom

What is and does a love letter?  Are there any essential elements, or do the defining characteristics of amorous correspondence change from generation to generation, and from one culture to another?  Is a song, the words of which adopt the conventions of epistolary communication, a letter?  Or a love poem in an envelope?  Or a greeting card?  This conference provides a rare opportunity for a global community to come together and discuss both traditional and alternative love letters. 

  Love Letters forms part of a continuing dialogue on Letters and Letter Writing that began two years ago.  It might interest those in the fields of literature, history, film studies, gender studies, political science, linguistics, musicology, creative writing, lifewriting to name just a few.

Abstracts of 300 words are invited on these or cognate themes for any historical period or geographical location: break-up letters, love poems in letters, letters leading to betrothal, love letters in fiction, poetry or biography, the valentine industry, expressions of love in greeting cards, love letters between gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual partners, parental love expressed in epistolary form, online love letters, the future of the love letter.

The Steering Group particularly welcomes submissions of pre-formed panel proposals. Alternative or innovative styles of presentation are welcome.  All abstracts should be submitted by 14 August 2015 to both Organising Chairs: and

For full details on this event, please consult the conference website: