Renouvellement du Collège des Représentant.e.s des doctorant.e.s 2024-2026

Chères doctorantes, chers doctorants,

Le Collège des Représentant.e.s des doctorant.e.s de la SAES sera renouvelé en juin prochain au Congrès annuel de la SAES.
Les élections se déroulent en ligne, afin que tou.te.s les doctorant.e.s puissent voter, sans avoir besoin d’être sur place.

Nous faisons appel à vos candidatures. Il suffit d’un CV et d’une profession de foi (une page). Vous n’avez pas besoin d’être présent.e au Congrès pour vous présenter aux élections. Nous aurons le plaisir de recevoir vos candidatures, jusqu’au 1er avril 2024, à cette adresse:

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Vendredi c’est PhD, nouvelle saison!

Voici le programme de nos ateliers mensuels “Vendredi, c’est PhD” pour l’année 2023-2024. 

Nous partagerons l’identifiant de la réunion google meet quelques jours en amont (par mail et sur réseaux sociaux). 

20 octobre 2023 présentation des activités du collège, question du renouvellement du bureau pour la période 2024-2026, échange libre.

17 novembre 2023 préparer une communication ou un article

19 janvier 2024 Wiki postes – recrutements ATER/MCF – session “dossiers”(intervenants invités)

16 février 2024 Wiki postes – recrutements ATER/MCF -session “auditions” (intervenants invités)

15 mars 2024

19 avril 2024 

17 mai 2024   Session spéciale préparation des Doctoriales

Les ateliers ont lieu le troisième vendredi du mois, à 18h. Ils sont ouverts à tou·te·s les doctorant·e·s anglicistes quel que soit leur degré d’avancement en thèse. 

Pour rappel, voici nos coordonnées de contact:

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CFP Rappel : revue Alizés, n° 44: Sex (Mis)Education in the English-Speaking World

Call for Papers

Deadline for abstracts (400 words) and short biographical notes (150 words): October 15, 2023

Notification of acceptance: November 1, 2023

Submission of full draft papers: February 1, 2024

Submission of final papers: June 15, 2024  

Languages: English, French

MLA format

Created in 1990, the peer-reviewed academic journal Alizés dedicated to English Studies will now be published online annually by the Presses Universitaires Indianocéaniques (PUI), Université de La Réunion. The next issue is scheduled for publication in 2024. It will be devoted to the following theme:

Sex (Mis)Education in the English-Speaking World

Key words: sex education, sexual literacy, sexual socialization, sexual health, pornography, gender, feminist critique, post-colonial/Indian ocean studies

What is peculiar in modern societies, in fact, is not that they consigned sex to a shadow existence, but that they dedicated themselves to speaking of it ad infinitum, while exploiting it as a secret. (Foucault 35)

Michel Foucault’s perception of sexuality as being both overly discussed and yet somehow taboo, remains relevant today when we consider the visibility of sex in modern media and the consequent complexities and ambiguities of contemporary discourse on sex, sex education, sexuality and the sex industry. The hypervisibility of sex clearly has an effect on our attitudes towards sex and how young people are educated on the subject in both the public and private spheres.

This call for papers seeks contributions that will engage with the competing forms of formal and informal sex education as they pertain to the English-speaking world. Our aim is to propose varied, innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to the broad question of sex education, welcoming papers from historians, linguists, literary critics, sociologists, specialists in gender studies and others. Keeping in mind Foucault’s notion that sex is both hyper visible and taboo, we aim at providing in-depth discussions which will help better understand both formal and informal sex education taking into account the fact that sex education is fraught with cultural tensions and political feuds. If, as feminist activist Shulamith Firestone is sometimes credited as having said, “the personal is political”, sex and thus sex education (whether formal or informal) is particularly so. What constitutes a proper sex education for some is clearly antithetical to what counts as a liberating, positive sex education for others. Since sex education is steeped in identity politics and has evolved in a nonlinear way, the possibilities formiseducation are vast. We will examine sex (mis)education in the English-speaking world from three different angles:

  1. Sex education throughout history:

Contributions here will be looking at sex education policies and discourses through time, the challenges faced, their sources of inspiration and the public reaction. Proposals will engage with the emergence in the nineteenth century of a medical discourse regarding sexuality. They will, for instance, focus on the work of education pioneers such as Henry Havelock Ellis (1894) or Walter M. Gallichan (1919); on the reformist movements which first encouraged sex education or on the resurgence of certain forms of sexual repression at the time. The impact of syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases – and later on the AIDS epidemic – on sex education policies and public health initiatives will also be one of our concerns, as well as the nonlinear history of the prevention of the sexual abuse of children (Olafson et al. ; Plummer). The role of religion in sex education policies and debates will also be central, along with the politics of abstinence as part of sex education, the challenges of implementing sex education policies in schools and other institutions (taboos, misconceptions and ethical implications) or the question of recent changes in sex education course content (Knibiehler). Proposals will also look at the historiography of sex education, focusing for instance on alternative perspectives to the accepted dichotomy of a comprehensive sex education on one hand versus a more conservative approach on the other (Sauerteig & Davidson). They will also consider the white middle-class bias affecting sex education in the United States for instance (Bass & Coleman).

  1. Sex-education and feminist perspectives:

Here we invite contributions that focus on the way feminist critiques have renewed perspectives and approaches to sex-education and influenced (or failed to influence) governmental sex education policies in the English-speaking world. Since, as Audre Lorde put it “the erotic is the nurturer and nursemaid of all our deepest knowledge” (Lorde 56), contributions interrogating the influence activists and scholars have had on re-envisioning sex-education will be welcome (Boston Women’s Health Book Collective; hooks; Hill Collins). Proposals will also tackle the way feminist critiques have discussed reproductive rights policies and contextualized the specificity of the double treatment reserved to women of color (Davis). Here the circulation of such knowledge across borders could also be analyzed, as is arguably the case of Vergès’ work on the forced sterilization of black women in La Réunion in the 1970s (Vergès). Considering how younger generations have been informed (or more frequently not informed) about these policies and representations can shed light on sex-(mis)education as it pertains to the intersection of race, gender and class throughout history. Other areas of exploration could include but are not limited to the influence of other postcolonial writers (Bourbonnais) and Islamic feminism on formal and informal sex education (Ali ; Badran).

  1. Informal sources of sex education:

Focusing on sexual socialization, this angle of analysis will examine informal sources of sex education, looking at the broad questions of what counts as sex education and also who the sex-educators should or could be (Shtarkshall). Proposals will deal with diverse sources of information from past and present societies: from early sources of pornographic literature (such as the infamous autobiographical My Secret Life (Walter)), to guidebooks on married life (Venette), erotic literature (Devereaux; James) or postcolonial literature on sexuality (Darkoa Sekyiamah); examining the emergence of pornographic images in the late nineteenth century, eroticism in visual arts – comics in particular (Sanders) – or sexual representations in television shows for instance. Papers on the emergence of female sex positivity, queer sexuality and other themes in pop music (Young M.A.; Ariana Grande; Doja Cat; Lil Nas X etc…), and how hip hop/pop culture can be seen as an easily accessible potential source of sex (mis)education are encouraged (Morgan; Pough). Proposals on sex education in social media, mass media, media content and the influence of cultural, religious and educational contexts on sex education will also be welcomed.

We encourage papers that engage with aspects of sex education in the English-speaking world, including but not limited to the following themes:

–       The impact of the AIDS epidemic on sex education policies and public health initiatives

–       The relationship between sex education policies and reproductive rights

–       The intersection of race, gender, and sexuality in sex education policies

–       The ethical and pedagogical challenges of implementing sex education policies in schools and other institutions

–       The alleged dichotomy between comprehensive sex education and more conservative policies in private and/or religious schools

–       The role of religion in sex education policies and debates

–       The impact of social media and digital technologies on informal sources of sex education

–       The role of popular culture (TV, hip hop, etc.) in informal sex-education

Submission Guidelines:

We invite authors to submit original research article proposals – a 400-word abstract along with a short biographical note (150 words) – by October 15, 2023.

Book reviews of recent or understudied works that engage with the aforementioned proposals are also welcome.

The proposals will be emailed to the editors:

All selected proposals will have to be submitted by the 1st of February 2024, and will be subject to double-blind peer review.

Works Cited

Ali, Kecia. Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur’an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence. Expanded & Revised edition, Oneworld Publications, 2016.

Badran, Margot. Feminism in Islam: Secular and Religious Convergences. Oneworld Publications, 2009.

Bass, Tanya, and Janel Coleman. “A Review of History of Sex Education by SIECUS”. American Journal of Sexuality Education, vol. 17, no. 4, Oct. 2022, pp. 548–56.

Boston Women’s Health Book Collective. Our Bodies, Ourselves / a Book by and for Women. Simon and Schuster, 1973.

Bourbonnais, Nicole. “Sexual Hierarchies and Erotic Autonomy Colonizing and Decolonizing Sex in the Caribbean”. The Routledge Companion to Sexuality and Colonialism, edited by Chelsea Schields and Dagmar Herzog, Routledge, 2021. pp. 30–42.

Darkoa Sekyiamah, Nana. The Sex Lives of African Women. Dialogue Books, 2021.

Davis, Angela Y. Women, Race & Class / Angela Davis. Women’s Press, 1982.

Devereaux, Charles. Venus in India.1889. Sphere Books, 1969.

Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction,Translated from the French by Robert Hurley. Pantheon Books, 1978.

Gallichan, Walter Matthew. A Textbook of Sex Education for Parents and Teachers. Wentworth Press, 2019.

Hill Collins, Patricia. Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. Unwin Hyman, 1990.

Havelock Ellis, Henry, Man and Woman: A Study of Secondary and Tertiary Sexual Characteristics.1894. Houghton Mifflin, 1929.

hooks, bell. All About Love: New Visions.1st ed., William Morrow, 2000.

James, E.L. Fifty Shades of Grey. Vintage, 2012.

Lorde, Audre. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. edited by Cheryl Clarke, Crossing Press, 2007.

Morgan, Joan. When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My Life as a Hip-Hop Feminist. Simon & Schuster, 1999.

Plummer, Carol A. “The History of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: A Practitioner’s Perspective”. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, vol. 7, issue 4, 1999, pp. 77–95.

Pough, Gwendolyn D. Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere. Northeastern University Press, 2004.

Olafson, Erna, et al. “Modern History of Child Sexual Abuse Awareness: Cycles of Discovery and Suppression”. Child Abuse & Neglect, vol. 17, no 1, 1993, pp. 7‑24.

Sanders, Joe Sutliff. “Theorizing sexuality in Comics”. The Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts, edited by Paul Williams and James Lyons, University Press of Mississippi, 2010.

Sauerteig, Lutz and Davidson, Roger, editors. Shaping Sexual Knowledge: A Cultural History of Sex Education in Twentieth Century Europe. Routledge, 2008.

Shtarkshall, Ronny A., et al. “Sex Education and Sexual Socialization: Roles for Educators and Parents”. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, vol. 39, n° 2, 2007, pp. 116–19.

Venette Nicolas. Conjugal Love; or, the Pleasures of the Marriage Bed: Considered in Several Chapters on Human Generation.1703. Garland, 1984.

Vergès, Françoise. Le ventre des femmes : capitalisme, racialisation, féminisme. Albin Michel, 2017.

Walter. My Secret Life.1888. Grove Press, 1966.

Zimmerman, Jonathan. Too Hot to Handle: A Global History of Sex Education. Princeton University Press, 2015.

CFP 21e Colloque d’anglais oral de Villetaneuse (29-30 mars 2024)

21st Villetaneuse Conference on Spoken English – 29-30 March 2024

ALOES 2024

Université Sorbonne Paris Nord (Pléiade – UR 7338) and ALOES

Prominence in spoken English

Invited speaker: Rory Turnbull (Newcastle University)

According to Cangemi and Bauman (2020), “few concepts in phonetics and phonology research are as widely used and as vaguely defined as is the notion of prominence”. The authors argue, however, that the integration of phonetics and phonology in the study of linguistic prominence is crucial, since they are used, like other linguistic levels such as syntax (think of extraposition), to make certain elements more salient than others in speech. In the Villetaneuse 2024 conference, we will be looking at how prominent units are distinguished from other units, whether it be from the point of view of production or from that of perception. In phonetics, “variations in length, pitch, stress and inherent sonority are all factors which contribute to the relative prominence of a unit” (Crystal 2008). In acoustic and prosodic analyses, Herment (2001) and Hanote (2015) identify the following correlates: variations in fundamental frequency, intensity, rhythm and duration of phonemes (vowels and consonants), the presence of pauses and the absence of linking at word onsets (with or without an associated glottal stop). In phonology, the features that define prominence may vary depending on the theory used. Prominence may for instance refer to “the relative weight between constituents in a metrical tree” (Crystal, 2008). From syntactic, utterer-centered and pragmatic points of view, the prominence of an element is not random, but depends on the information content of the element in its context and the choice of the speaker to emphasize it (see, for instance, Cappeau & Hanote 2012; Hanote 2015; Herment 2008, 2011; Herment & Rouveyrol 2014; Videau & Hanote 2015). Thus, prominence most likely involves a complex network of links between different linguistic levels: (morpho)phonology, phonetics, prosody, syntax and pragmatics. We welcome submissions dealing with any of these fields (as well as with the interface between them) in relation to spoken English across different corpus types and discourse genres, within a variety of theories.

Here are a few ideas contributors may wish to investigate:

What is the relationship between (morpho)phonology, syntax, information structure, speech cohesion and coherence, and prosody in cases of oral prominence? Is the very structure of oral productions (for example, the long preliminary breaths and pauses) enough to convey the salience of speech?

What are the motivations of speakers when they emphasize certain elements in their utterances (pragmatic dimension) and what is the impact of prominence and emphasis on the listener?

What about the concepts of sonority and markedness when dealing with phonetics (Krämer & Golson 2020)? Is prominence an important issue for phonetics? When do we start dealing with phonological considerations?

Can the prominence of certain phenomena allow for the creation of predictive prosodic or phonological patterns?

What about stylistic prominence? Can different styles be associated with different ways of marking prominence? Such variation may be approached by comparing different speakers or by examining intra-speaker stylistic variation.

How are speakers of different varieties of English perceived in terms of the phonetic and phonological features prominent in their speech?

Which features of an accent (foreign or otherwise) can be considered as the most prominent ones in the sense that they form an acoustic signature that allows listeners to associate them with the accent? What perceptual phenomena are involved? Which are markers and which are stereotypes? How are they encoded in artistic representations of particular accents of English? Is it necessarily at the suprasegmental level that salience occurs (e.g. intonation and emphasis)? What characteristics are perceived by listeners at the lexical and segmental levels? (Cf. the fundamental frequency of fricatives in gay discourse, known as “gay lisp”; e.g. Munson et al. 2006).

How does the teaching and learning of English focus on phonemes, articulations and suprasegmental features as important elements to acquire in order to have a good command of spoken English?

The list above consists in only a few suggestions and is by no means exhaustive.

Each presentation (in French or in English) will last 30 minutes and will be followed by a 10-minute discussion. Poster presentations will also be considered. Please send your anonymous paper proposals (one page of 400 words maximum, accompanied by a page with names and affiliations) before January 8, 2024 to the following address:

Contact: Pierre Fournier (

Organizing committee: Arigne Viviane (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord), Bongiorno Julia (Université Aix-Marseille), Fournier Pierre (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord), Fuchs Yann (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord), Furmaniak Grégory (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord), Glain Olivier (Université Jean Monnet – Saint Etienne), Goudet Laura (Université de Rouen), Hanote Sylvie (Université de Poitiers), Hargas Slimane (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord), Shoul Karim (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord).

Scientific committee: Arigne Viviane (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord), Ballier Nicolas (Université de Paris), Bongiorno Julia (Université Aix-Marseille), Brunet Marc-Philippe (Université de Toulouse), Chevalier Florent (Université de Nantes), Fournier Pierre (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord), Fuchs Yann (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord), Gaudy-Campbell Isabelle (Université de Lorraine à Metz), Glain Olivier (Université Jean Monnet – Saint Etienne), Goudet Laura (Université de Rouen), Hanote Sylvie (Université de Poitiers), Navarro Sylvain (Université de Paris), Pukli Monika (Université de Strasbourg), Rouaud Julie (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), Videau Nicolas (Université de Poitiers).


Boisseau Maryvonne & Hamm Albert (dir.), Saillance. Volume 2. La saillance en langue et en discours, Presses universitaires de Franche-Comté (2015).

Cangemi Francesco & Baumann Stefan, “Integrating phonetics and phonology in the study of linguistic prominence”, Journal of Phonetics (2020), article 100993.

Cappeau, Paul & Hanote Sylvie (dir.), Focalisation(s). Saillance dans les langues : lexique, syntaxe, prosodie, Presses Universitaires de Rennes (2012).

Cole Jennifer, Mo Yoonsook, Hasegawa-Johnson Mark, “Signal-based and expectation-based factors in the perception of prosodic prominence”, Laboratory Phonology 1.2 (2010).

Crystal David, A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics, Oxford, Blackwell (2008).

Golston, Chris & Krämer Martin, “Diphthongs are micro-feet: Prominence and sonority in the nucleus.”, Proceedings of the Annual Meeting on Phonology 2019, LSA Publications (2020).

Hanote Sylvie, « La saillance à l’oral. Quels marqueurs ? », in Maryvonne Boisseau and Albert Hamm (dir.), Saillance. Volume 2. La saillance en langue et en discours, Presses universitaires de Franche-Comté (2015), 31-56.

Herment-Dujardin Sophie, « L’emphase dans le discours spontané anglais : corrélats acoustiques et prosodiques », Thèse de Doctorat, Laboratoire Parole et Langage, Aix-en-Provence : Université de Provence (2001).

Herment-Dujardin Sophie, « Prédication et emphase en anglais : le rôle de la prosodie », Faits de langues 31-32 (2008), 243-252.

 Herment Sophie, « Relations entre prosodie et syntaxe : le cas de quelques structures syntaxiques non neutres », Anglophonia / Caliban – French Journal of English Linguistics 30 (2011), 101-117.

Herment Sophie & Rouveyrol Laurent, « Emphase et variation individuelle dans le débat télévisé : paramètres acoustiques et pragmatico-énonciatifs », XIIè colloque international de Villetaneuse sur l’anglais oral, Apr 2014, Villetaneuse, France, 59-70.

Hyman Larry M. “Positional Prominence vs. Word Accent: Is there a difference?”, UC Berkeley Phonology Lab Annual Reports (2015).

Inkova Olga (dir.), Saillance. Volume 1. Aspects linguistiques et communicatifs de la mise en évidence dans un texte, Presses universitaires de Franche-Comté (2012).

Munson et al., “The acoustic and perceptual bases of judgments of women and men’s sexual orientation from read speech”, Journal of Phonetics 34/2 (2006), 202-240.

Smith Jennifer L, “Prominence, Augmentation, and Neutralization in Phonology”, Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society 26.1 (2000), 247-257

Steffman Jeremy Andrew, “Vowel-initial glottalization as a prominence cue in speech perception and online processing”, Laboratory Phonology 14.1 (2023).

Rouveyrol Laurent, « Étude pragmatique de la variation linguistique dans le débat politique médiatisé en anglais, Modalités et marques d’implication du locuteur dans le discours, vers une stylistique de l’interaction télévisée », Thèse de Doctorat, Laboratoire Parole et Langage, Aix-en-Provence : Université de Provence (2003).

Videau Nicolas & Hanote Sylvie, « Pronunciation of Prefixed Words in Speech: The Importance of Semantic and Intersubjective Parameters », Lexis. Journal in English Lexicology, Utterer-centered studies on lexical issues, 9 (2015) ⟨10.4000/lexis.982⟩.

ALOES 2024 pre-conference workshop

Pre-conference Workshop on Internet Spoken Corpora of English

Thursday 28 March 2024

Deadline for Submissions: January 8, 2024.

The vast amount of spoken data available on internet platforms such as YouTube, Dailymotion, etc. constitute an invaluable source of raw material for linguistic research and language teaching. However, this type of data generally requires some processing, such as segmentation, annotation, transcription, alignment, outlier detection, and efficient data management, etc. before they can be properly exploited. 

The pre-conference workshop seeks to bring together the latest research and innovative approaches in the field of Internet spoken corpora of English. We invite papers that address various aspects of data collection, pipelines, outlier identification, and data management in the context of Internet English spoken corpora.

We welcome submissions on a wide range of topics related to Internet corpora of English, including but not limited to:

    Data Collection Methodologies: Papers discussing novel approaches and tools for collecting spoken data from the internet, considering ethical and legal considerations.

    Data Preprocessing Pipelines: Research on data cleaning, normalization, tokenization, and other preprocessing steps tailored to Internet spoken corpora.

    Outlier Detection: Methods and techniques for identifying and handling outliers, anomalies, and noise in Internet spoken data.

    Data Management Strategies: Effective strategies for storing, indexing, and managing large-scale Internet corpora for efficient access and analysis.

    Quality Control and Annotation: Approaches for ensuring data quality, reliability, and automatic annotation of Internet spoken corpora.

    Use Cases and Applications: Research on practical applications of Internet spoken corpora in linguistics, NLP, social sciences, and conception of pedagogical resources.

Submission Guidelines:   

One-page abstracts (in English) should be sent to and by January 8, 2024.

This pre-conference workshop will take place at Université Paris Cité, Olympe de Gouges building, room 730 (seventh floor, to be confirmed). Please note that the ALOES 2024 conference takes place at Université Sorbonne Paris Nord in Villetaneuse on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th.

    Submission Deadline: January 8, 2024.

    Decision sent January 15, 2024.

    Pre-conference Workshop: March 28,2024.   

  For inquiries please contact and

CFP – Colloque international sur le prescriptivisme-26-28 juin 2024

The 7th international conference on prescriptivism will be held at Aix-Marseille University in Aix-en-Provence from June 26th to June 28th, 2024. Previous  highly successful conferences have been held in Sheffield (2003),  Ragusa (2006), Toronto (2009), Leiden (2013), Park City, Utah (2017) and  Vigo (2021) demonstrating that the study of prescriptivism attracts  scholars worldwide.    

The theme of the 7th Conference will be “Transmitting Prescriptivism and Norms” and will focus on how prescriptivism has been transmitted in different ways down the ages to the present day. We  welcome papers that address the question in terms of ideology or  methodology, or that adopt a diachronic or synchronic  perspective.The  conference language will be English, but we also welcome papers focussed on English and New/World Englishes as well as French, and other official  and/or minority languages.

Papers may include the following topics: Prescriptivism and the enforcement of norms
Prescriptivism and language planning
Prescriptivism and pedagogy
Prescriptivism’s contribution to standardisation
Prescriptivism and language identity
Prescriptivism and grammaticalisation

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speakers will be

Ian Cushing (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
Jane Hodson (University of Sheffield, UK)
Nuria Yanez-Bouza (University of Vigo, Spain)

Please send an abstract with a maximum of 400 words (including  references and five key words). Presentations will consist of a  20-to-25-minute talk followed by questions. A selection of papers will  be part of a subsequent, peer-reviewed publication.  The submission deadline is January 20th, 2024, and notification of acceptance will be sent by March 1st 2024.

Abstract submission is via the website:
For further information, please consult our website, which will be regularly updated, or send us an email:

[Appel à Communications]
La 7ème conférence internationale sur le prescriptivisme aura lieu à Aix-Marseille Université, à Aix-en-Provence du 26 au 28 juin 2024.  Les conférences précédentes, qui se sont tenues à Sheffield (2003),  Ragusa (2006), Toronto (2009), Leiden (2013), Park City, Utah (2017) et  Vigo (2021) démontrent par leur grand succès que l’étude du  prescriptivisme est toujours d’actualité pour les scientifiques du monde  entier.

Le thème de la 7ème conférence  concernera « La transmission du prescriptivisme et des normes » et se  focalisera sur la façon dont le prescriptivisme et les normes ont été  transmises à travers les âges jusqu’à nos jours. La langue de la  conférence sera l’anglais, mais nous accueillerons volontiers des  communications axées sur l’anglais et « New/World Englishes », ainsi que  sur le français et sur d’autres langues officielles et/ou minoritaires.
Les  propositions de communication sur la transmission du prescriptivisme et  des normes peuvent porter sur les questions suivantes : Le prescriptivisme et la mise en place des normes

Le prescriptivisme et les politiques des langues
Le prescriptivisme et la pédagogie
La contribution du prescriptivisme à la standardisation
Le prescriptivisme et l’identité linguistique 
Le prescriptivisme et la grammaticalisation

Nous sommes très heureux d’annoncer que nos conférenciers pléniers seront
Ian Cushing (Manchester Metropolitan University, Royaume-Uni)
Jane Hodson (University of Sheffield, Royaume-Uni)
Nuria Yanez-Bouza (University of Vigo, Espagne)

Merci de nous faire parvenir un résumé en anglais de 400 mots maximum (incluant les références bibliographiques ainsi que 5 mots clés). Les communications, en anglais également, dureront 20 à 25 mn et seront suivies de questions. Suite à la conférence, un nombre limité d’articles sélectionnés évalués par les pairs fera l’objet d’une publication. La date limite pour la soumission des propositions est le 20 janvier 2024. Les notifications d’acceptation ou de refus seront transmises aux auteurs au plus tard le 1ermars 2024. Les propositions sont à déposer sur le site web

Pour plus d’informations, consultez notre site web qui sera régulièrement actualisé, ou envoyez-nous un mail à

5e prix du master SERA 2024 (appel à candidatures)

Le bureau de la SERA lance désormais, comme chaque année paire, la campagne du 5è prix du master SERA 2024 (le prix sera remis fin janvier 2024 en même temps que le prix de thèse 2023). N’hésitez pas à en parler à vos étudiants et à les encourager à candidater. 

Le prix est de 200 euros.

Les candidat-e-s éligibles doivent avoir soutenu leurs mémoires en études romantiques ces deux dernières années universitaires 2022 ou 2023. Ils doivent envoyer leur lettre de candidature décrivant, sous la forme d’une courte synthèse, le contenu de leur master, leur université d’affiliation, leur directeur/-rice de mémoire, les membres du jury et la date de soutenance ainsi qu’une copie anonymisée de leur mémoire en format .pdf d’ici le 31 octobre au plus tard à l’adresse suivante:

CFP : Objets de sociabilité en Grande-Bretagne et en Europe (1650-1850). Université de Lille, 23 novembre 2023. DEADLINE 30 SEPT

Organisé par : Vanessa Alayrac-Fielding, Pierre Labrune

Cette journée d’étude, prévue le 23 novembre 2023, s’inscrit dans la continuité des travaux du GIS Sociabilités, Groupement d’Intérêt Scientifique consacré à l’étude des sociabilités européennes dans le long xviiie siècle, ainsi que dans les perspectives ouvertes par le renouveau des études sur la culture matérielle. Il s’agira d’interroger la place prise par les objets, qu’ils tiennent dans la main comme une tabatière ou qu’ils prennent plus de place comme une voiture, dans le développement de nouvelles formes de sociabilités, à une époque où la Grande-Bretagne s’affirme comme une puissance commerciale de premier rang et où les deux sens du mot « commerce » – à la fois marchand et relationnel – sont de plus en plus souvent associés.

En considérant « les objets […] dans des réseaux d’abstraction et de sensibilité essentiels à la compréhension des faits sociaux » (Roche, 1997, 10), il est possible de percevoir les ambivalences du long xviiie siècle, où les discours qui louent les vertus d’une sociabilité universelle cohabitent avec une marchandisation croissante du monde. La mondialisation des échanges et les constructions des empires européens donnent lieu à l’arrivée d’objets coloniaux ou extra-européens en Europe et en Grande-Bretagne, fabriqués à partir de matières naturelles ou animales (plumes, bois, minéraux, kaolin etc), amenant de nouvelles pratiques sociales, notamment la constitution et l’exposition de collections (Gerritsen and Riello 2015 ; Avery, Calaresu and Laven 2015) et modelant les goûts des consommateurs désireux de montrer à la fois leur curiosité pour des matières et des objets nouveaux et d’afficher leur statut social à travers une consommation matérielle ostentatoire. Ainsi Addison souligne-t-il, dans un essai du Spectator consacré à la description de la Bourse de Londres, qu’il faut le produit d’une centaine de climats pour habiller une seule femme de qualité. Au sein de la République des Lettres, les livres, envisagés ici en tant qu’objets et dans leur matérialité, ont également permis la constitution de réseaux intellectuels et la mise en œuvre de modes de sociabilité construits autour d’échanges bibliophiliques. Tout comme les récits, les objets contribuent à façonner « l’espace public sensible » (Lilti, 2019, 189), qui caractérise l’époque qui fera l’objet de cette manifestation. Il s’agira de les considérer, le cas échéant, dans leur capacité d’agir (« agency ») au sein des sphères publique et privée, de les structurer et de les transformer.

Dans cette perspective, il importe de mieux appréhender les mutations dans les processus même de fabrication des différents objets à l’époque qui voit la naissance d’une première société de consommation, notamment en Angleterre (McKendrick, Brewer and Plumb, 1982). L’étude du rôle des objets dans les sociabilités ne saurait ignorer les tensions entre les débuts, dans certains domaines, de la production de masse et, d’autre part, l’importance des productions uniques et artisanales pour mieux affirmer son goût et sa distinction.

La journée d’étude pourra donc porter sur des études de cas, où un objet particulier ou un type d’objet seront étudiés afin de montrer comment il importe de toujours prendre en considération les realia de la sociabilité, qui conditionnent et reconfigurent les relations et les réseaux.

Nous acceptons des propositions de chercheurs et de chercheuses issus de différents champs disciplinaires (histoire, histoire de l’art, sociologie, études anglophones, études culturelles, littérature …). Les propositions pourront porter – mais non exclusivement – sur les thématiques suivantes :

– Matérialité des correspondances dans le long xviiie siècle (papiers, encres, portages, etc.).

– Sociabilités et cadeaux.

– L’objet comme souvenir dans les réseaux de sociabilité.

– Distinction et massification de la consommation matérielle.

– Le rôle des objets impériaux dans les sociabilités.

– Le rôle d’objets spécifiques dans les lieux de sociabilité (éventails, pipes, tasses, etc.).

Les propositions de communication, en anglais ou en français, d’une longueur de 300 mots maximum et accompagnées d’une courte bio-bibliographie sont à envoyer d’ici le 30 septembre 2023 aux adresses suivantes :,

Les avis sur les propositions seront rendus au début du mois d’octobre.

Bibliographie :

Addison, Joseph, and Steele Richard, The Spectator, ed. Donald F. Bond, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1965, 5 vol.

Appadurai, Arjun, (ed.), The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.

Avery, Victoria, Calaresu, Melissa, and Laven, Mary, (eds.), Treasured Possessions: from Renaissance to Enlightenment, London; Philip Wilson Publishers, 2015.

Brewer, John, and Porter, Roy, (eds.), Consumption and the World of Goods, London: Routledge, 1993.

Downes, Stephanie, Holloway Sally and Randle Sarah (eds.), Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions through History, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Festa, Lynn, Fiction without Humanity. Person, Animal, Thing in Early Enlightenment Literature and Culture. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019.

Findlen, Paula (ed.), Early Modern Things: Objects and their Histories, 1500-1800, New York: Routledge, 2013.

Gerritsen, Anne, and Riello, Giorgio, (eds.), The Global Lives of Things: The Material Culture of Connections in the Early Modern World, London: Routledge, 2015.

Lilti, Antoine, L’Héritage des Lumières. Ambivalences de la modernité. Paris : EHESS, Gallimard, Seuil, 2019.

McKendrick, Neil, Brewer, John, and Plumb, J. H., The Birth of a Consumer Society: The Commercialization of 18th-Century England, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1982.

Roche, Daniel, Histoire des choses banales. Naissance de la consommation dans les sociétés traditionnelles (xviie-xixe siècles), Paris : Fayard, 1997.


CFP: Sociable objects in Britain and Europe (1650-1850). Université de Lille, 23rd November 2023.

Organized by: Vanessa Alayrac-Fielding, Pierre Labrune

This one-day conference aims at continuing the work done by the “GIS Sociability” – a group of researchers studying European sociabilities in the long eighteenth century – and at exploring perspectives opened by the renewal of the field of material culture studies. It will focus on the role played by objects – whether they be as small as snuffboxes or as large as carriages – in the development of new forms of sociability in an age when Britain became a leading commercial power and when the two meanings of the word “commerce” – relating both to business and to social interactions – were often associated.

Considering “objects […] in the abstract and sensible networks that are essential to understand social facts” (Roche, 1997, 10) allows one to perceive the ambivalences of the long eighteenth century, in which discourses in praise of universal sociability cohabited with a growing commodification of the world. Increasing global exchanges and the construction of European empires led to the arrival and discovery of colonial and extra-European objects in Europe and Britain, made with natural materials or with animal products (feathers, tortoiseshell, wood, minerals, kaolin etc), which fostered new social interactions, such as the practice of collecting and displaying one’s collection (Gerritsen and Riello 2015 ; Avery, Calaresu and Laven 2015), and shaped the tastes of consumers eager to show their curiosity for new things and/or materials and their social status through conspicuous material consumption. As Addison wrote in an essay describing the Royal Exchange in The Spectator: “The single Dress of a Woman of Quality is often the Product of a hundred Climates.” In the Republic of Letters, books, to be considered here as objects and in relation to their materiality, allowed for the creation of intellectual networks and the development of sociabilities built upon bibliophilic exchanges. Objects, alongside narratives, participated in the creation of the “sensible public sphere” (Lilti, 2019, 189) that characterized the eighteenth century. In this context, it seems particularly relevant to pay attention to the agency of objects, their ability to shape and transform the private and public spheres and take part in social interactions.

That is why the transformations of the very fabrication processes of different objects should be better analysed, as it was in that time that a consumer society was born, especially in England (McKendrick, Brewer and Plumb, 1982). To study the role of objects in sociabilities, one should not disregard the tensions between, on the one hand, the budding mass producing of certain objects, and, on the other hand, the importance of unique productions showing great craftsmanship that were means to affirm one’s taste and distinction.

Papers submitted for the conference might be case studies in which a particular object or type of object could be studied to show that the realia of sociability should always be taken into account as they condition and redefine relationships and networks.

We will accept proposals from researchers working in many disciplines (history, art history, sociology, anglophone studies, cultural studies, literature…) Papers may address – though not exclusively – the following topics:

– The materiality of correspondences in the long eighteenth century (papers, inks, post systems…)

– Sociability and gifts

– Objects as souvenirs in sociability networks.

– Distinction and massification of material consumption.

– The place of imperial objects in sociabilities.

– The role of specific objects (fans, pipes, cups and mugs, etc.) in places of sociability.

Abstracts (300 words max.), either in English or in French, should be sent alongside a short bio-bibliography to the organisers by 30th September 2023:, Notifications of acceptance will be sent in early October.

(CFP) Doctorales du GERAS 2024 – appel

Une version de l’appel en anglais est disponible sur le site de la
Rencontre :

Nous accueillons les propositions de communication des doctorants dont
les recherches portent, par exemple, sur les thématiques suivantes :
–       Milieux et domaines spécialisés anglophones
–       Analyse des discours, genres spécialisés, fiction à substrat
–       Didactique et secteur LANSAD
–       Corpus spécialisés, linguistique de corpus
–       Traductologie et traduction spécialisée
–       Histoire et épistémologie de la recherche en anglais de spécialité.

Ces rencontres constituent un moment privilégié de réflexion et
d’échange où les doctorants présentent l’avancement de leur travail à
un auditoire bienveillant et, généralement, en présence de leur
directeur de recherche, sous la forme d’une communication structurée
de vingt minutes, suivie de réponses aux questions. L’échange peut
aborder plus spécifiquement certains aspects de la recherche en cours
: questions d’ordre pratique ou méthodologique, lien avec une
communication ou une publication scientifique, préparation en vue de
la soutenance, etc.

Une table ronde animée par un enseignant-chercheur du GERAS permet
ensuite d’aborder le parcours de thèse et ses perspectives d’ouverture
scientifique et professionnelle. Les participants sont invités à
soumettre des questions et à sélectionner les thématiques qu’ils
souhaitent voir aborder à cette occasion.

Les soumissions sont à déposer sur la plateforme Science Conf
( en indiquant :
•   nom, prénom
•   adresse électronique
•   année d’inscription en thèse
•   nom du laboratoire de recherche de rattachement
•   nom du directeur ou de la directrice de thèse (assistera aux
rencontres doctorales : oui/non/ne sait pas encore)
•   intitulé de la thèse
•   intitulé et résumé de la communication (200 à 300 mots environ).
Seules les inscriptions complètes seront prises en compte par le
comité organisateur.

Date limite d’envoi des propositions : le 31 décembre 2023
Contact (si questions) :

Comité organisateur
Maud BÉNARD (université Paris Cité)
Harry BEVAN (université Grenoble Alpes)
Nedjah ZERROUKI (université Clermont Auvergne)

Maud Bénard pour le comité d’organisation des doctorales 2024
Doctorante Sciences de la traduction
CLILLAC-ARP (EA 3967) – ED 622
Université Paris Cité

Rappel CFP The spatial imagination in postwar and contemporary American literature and art

Vous trouverez en suivant ce lien et aussi ci-dessous l’appel à communications pour un colloque intitulé ‘The Spatial Imagination in Postwar and Contemporary American Literature and Art’ qui se tiendra à l’Université de Strasbourg le 21 et le 22 mars 2024 avec le soutien de l’Institut Universitaire de France.

Invitées d’honneur confirmées: Dr. Judith Madera (Wake Forest University) et l’écrivaine américaine Dawn Raffel.

La date limite pour l’envoi des propositions est le 30 septembre 2023.


The concept of preconstruction in enunciative linguistics

The concept of preconstruction has received various acceptations in enunciative linguistics and consequently has been described as “highly plastic” by Marie-Anne Paveau (Paveau, 2017). Drawing an inventory of what has become of the term since its first introduction into discourse linguistic studies in the 1970s, she underlines what she considers to be one of its main characteristics, namely that it refers to a construction that is an “interpretative gesture” as well as a “recognition procedure” and which mobilizes cultural as well as cognitive resources.
Within the framework of the Theory of Enunciative and Predicative Operations (TEPO), the concept of preconstruction has often been differentiated from that of presupposition, a distinction pointed out by Antoine Culioli as he discussed the concept in his 1975-76 seminar. The preconstructed, he says, is a text and a metatext (Culioli, 1975-76, session 5), in other words, it is a linguistic form that refers to a sequence of operations, and its operative form is a way out of the presupposed, whose meaning and usage vary according to authors and study fields, from the philosophy of language (Russel, Frege and Strawson) to pragmatics (Fillmore, Stalnaker, among others), and in particular integrated pragmatics (Ducrot and Anscombre) (see Ducrot 1969, Zuber 1975, or more recently Kleiber 2012, Deloor 2012).
However, if the preconstructed element, in the sense given to the term in the TEPO, is a metaform, it differs from an underlying structure for at least two reasons: i) it refers to a linguistic form that could be attested and which is reconstructed from an attested utterance (Fisher 1983: 168, quoted by La Mantia 2020:167); ii) it refers to an operation (implicit or explicit) taking place prior to the on-going utterance and not to an abstract representation of that utterance. The preconstructed element also differs from an underlying structure because, as text (in the sense of a sequence of operations) and metatext, it is part of a family of paraphrases that allow to adjust meaning in discourse. As such, they differ from the natural logic inferences of the philosophy of language because of their formal and metalinguistic nature. Thus, the answer to the question Who can read English? Jean can read English refers to more than one preconstructed element and at least the following two: i) At least Jean can read English and ii) Only Jean can read English (1975-76 Seminar, session 8, p. 102). The objective is, says Culioli, to propound forms that make it possible “to bring out rigorously the way the utterance is constructed and to see how it can be represented so as to be assigned such or such value accordingly” (idem). Selecting the preconstructed element will, therefore, be part of the language activity (the epilinguistic activity) of the speaking subjects, an activity that precedes every on-going utterance. As such, it will be necessary to try and determine which criteria are engaged in the non-conscious selection of the preconstructed element (prosodic, contextual, situational, etc., cf. Wyld 2014).
Yet, though the form given to the preconstructed element must be reusable (Culioli 75-76, session 5) and result from a calculation (Culioli 75-76, session 9, p.114), the way it is generated remains to be defined. It is associated with an anaphora-like operation (for instance, in the functioning of the French imparfait or the BE-ING form in English) or with an “effect of relating to a preconstructed element”, again for the imparfait (Chuquet 2000: 69), although it seems hardly possible to distinguish the preconstructed element and the operation from which it results. One could, thus, speak of a certain vagueness of the preconstructed.
The lack of a stabilized definition has been emphasized in papers written within the framework of the TEPO, some of which put forward an approach in terms of validation of the predicative relation relative to a locator disconnected from the on-going situation, which results in a relation that is pre-asserted or non-asserted in the on-going discourse (Bouscaren and Chuquet, 1987). This approach has been particularly productive in works on verbal nominalizations, aspectual forms (BE-ING, HAVE-EN, imparfait), relative clauses, THAT-noun clauses in indirect speech and in focalizing structures (extraposition, cleft sentences, etc.), as well as works on subordination in general (cause, condition, concession, purpose, etc.), which relate to locators that are said to be preconstructed.
In order to further reflect on the concept, we invite submissions for presentations questioning its very theoretical background, the distinction between glosses, paraphrases and the preconstructed, between the preconstructed, the presupposed and prediscourse, and the part they play, for instance, in irony, argumentation and figures in discourse, which revisit analyses of markers that have been extensively studied along these lines (cf. supra) and propound analyses of markers that have been overlooked so far, particularly in oral discourse (such as like, genre, du coup, say, etc.), which question the functioning of the preconstructed in incipits, in text poetics and genetics, in brief genres (motto, proverbs, ads, for instance), etc.

Cited references
Bouscaren, J. & J. Chuquet, 1987, Grammaire et textes anglais, guide pour l’analyse linguistique, Gap/Paris, Ophrys.
Culioli, A., 1975-76, Transcription du séminaire de D.E.A de M. A. Culioli, « Recherche en Linguistique Théorie des opérations énonciatives » par les étudiants, transcription réalisée par Solenn Aliji et Lionel Dufaye, col. Archives et transcription, le LISAA éditeur.
Deloor, S., 2012, « Bref aperçu des travaux sur la présupposition », Langages n° 186 :3-20.
Ducrot, O., 1969, « Présupposés et sous-entendus », Langue française n° 4, La Sémantique : 30-43.
Chuquet, H. 2000, « L’imparfait français est-il traduisible en anglais ? Le cas de l’imparfait dit ‘de rupture’ » in Linguistique contrastive et traduction, Tome 5, Gap, Ophrys, 67-85.
Fisher, S., 1983, « Postface », S. Fisher et J.-J. Franckel (dir.), Linguistique, énonciation. Aspects et détermination : 165-170.
Kleiber, G., 2012, « Sur la présupposition », Langages n° 186 : 21-36.
La Mantia, F. 2020, Pour se faire langage. Lexique élémentaire de la Théorie de Opérations Prédicatives et Enonciatives d’Antoine Culioli, Lexica n°1, Academia.
Paveau, M-A, 2017, « Le préconstruit, généalogie et déploiement d’une notion plastique », F. Bréchet, S. Giai-Duganera, R. Luis, A. Mezzadri & S. Thomas (dir.), Le préconstruit, approche pluridisciplinaire, 192, Classique Garnier, Rencontres, 78-2-406-06807-5. HAL Id: hal-01672261,
Wyld, H., 2014, « Constructing reality: on the operation of validation in T.O.E. », Travaux linguistiques du CerLiCO, Du réel à l’irréel, 25 (1) : 297-302.
Zuber, R., 1975, « À propos du statut sémantique de la présupposition », Études de linguistique appliquée 19 : 43-51.

Submission guidelines
We welcome submissions of abstracts on any language (500 words + bibliography), in French or English, for 30 min presentations + 10 min discussion.
Please send your submission to :  and

The conference will take place at Université Gustave Eiffel, Champs-sur-Marne. Half a day will be dedicated to communications by Master’s and PhD’s candidates.

Submission deadline: Sept. 15th, 2023.
Notification of acceptance: Oct. 15th, 2023.

Plenary Speakers
Francesco La Mantia, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy.
Marilia Blundi Onofre, Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar) and Jacqueline Jorente IFSP (Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de São Paulo), Brazil.

Christine Copy, Université Gustave Eiffel, EA 4120 LISAA
Lionel Dufaye, Université Gustave Eiffel, EA 4120 LISAA

Scientific committee

Jean Chuquet-Université de Poitiers
Monique De Mattia-Viviès-Université Aix-Marseille
Françoise Doro-Mégy-Université Paris-Est Créteil
Hugo Dumoulin- Université Paris Nanterre
Catherine Filippi-Université de Rouen
Jean-Jacques Franckel-Université Paris Nanterre
Isabelle Gaudy-Campbell-Université de Lorraine
Lucie Gournay-Université Paris-Est Créteil
Lise Hamelin-Université de Cergy
Sylvie Hanote-Université de Poitiers
Marge Käsper- Université de Tartu, Estonie
Agnès Leroux-Université Paris Nanterre
Julien Longhi- Université de Cergy
Raluca Nita-Université de Poitiers
Sylvester Osu-Université de Tours
Philippe Planchon-Université de Tours
Graham Ranger-Université d’Avignon
Wilfrid Rotgé-Université Paris-Sorbonne
Sarah de Vogüé-Université Paris Nanterre


Self-portraiture can encompass many forms (Borzello 2016; Battista 2019), from embodied and participatory practices (Luciano & Chen 2015; Hogue 2016; Zivkovic 2022) to disembodied, abstract data (Johnstone & Imber 2020; Piper-Wright 2022). It keeps raising questions concerning the politics of representation and representationalism (Barad 2007).

For example, Susan Morris’ self-tracking self-portraits Medication and Mood Swings (2006) present the self-abstracted in a ‘double condition of standardization and opacity’ (Newman 2020: 54). They are non-representational portraits that use a standardised format and do not express narrative information or the likeness of the individual but project information about specific aspects of Morris’ life over a period of time.

Elsewhere, transgender artist Cassils uses their body in hybrid works that employ performance, sound, sculpture and photography. Their Becoming An Image (2012 onwards) offers a visceral experience in illuminated glimpses of the artist at work during which they beat a mountain of clay in darkness, exerting themself into being to a soundtrack of slaps and grunts.

Bobby Baker’s practice of self-portrayal employs drawing, performance, and installation. Her recent piece, Drawing on a (Grand) Mother’s Experience (2015-2021) wittily revisits a work made a generation ago that takes a feminist view of motherhood. Dressed like a cross between a laboratory technician and a nursery nurse, Baker’s performance draws upon her experiences Laying a sheet on the stage and applying to it the produce of sustenance (tins of tomatoes, cold roast beef, flour), she describes the messiness of motherhood in a performance that culminates by cloaking herself in the drawing to applause.

While self-portraiture in photography has been widely discussed, the last 20 years have left a void regarding reflection in other visual arts, moving images, text, performance, etc. We wish to add to the literature and push the boundaries of what a feminist self-portrayal could be.

Our Focus Issue of MAI will centre on contemporary self-portraiture using feminist, new materialist, queer, crip, critical race theory, and other theoretical approaches to present the diversity of ontological approaches within contemporary self-portraiture. Critically, we aim at pushing the boundaries of what constitutes a self-portrait. Considered art forms and media can include video, performance, painting, sculpture, new media, photography, audio, and text.

We particularly welcome submissions that ask, but are not limited, to the following questions:

  • How can self-portraiture uniquely respond to a contemporary environment characterised by ecological disaster, racial violence, erosion of women’s rights and hostility towards trans and non-binary people?
  • Can self-portraiture challenge or evade the binary gendered, idealised, and commodified body ubiquitous in neoliberal networked societies?
  • How might self-portraiture enact a multi-species, tentacular entanglement (Haraway 2016), a horizontal people-thing assemblage of mutual exchange (Bennett 2010), or a ‘care web’ that enables ‘co-constituted, interdependent subjects to repair, rebuild, and cultivate resilience in the midst of, and in the aftermath of, experiences of overwhelming negative affect’ (Malatino 2020: 43)?
  • How might a practice of self-portrayal become a means of repair, redemption, or reclamation by the wilful assertion of the subject (Ahmed 2014)?

We welcome proposals in the following formats:

  • academic research/critical reflection articles (6000-8000 words)
  • interviews (1000-3000 words)
  • creative writing (poems, short stories, creative responses, max 3000 words)
  • video essays (5-10 min + a brief supporting statement 800-1000 words)
  • photographs, visual/audiovisual or interactive art with critical reflection as written commentary

Other types of submissions may be considered at the discretion of MAI editors.

Any questions regarding the format or type of your prospective submission should be sent to Please read MAI Manifesto before sending us your work.

All submissions should follow MAI formatting guidelines: Submissions.

MAI only publishes work that fits into its feminist and visual culture remit.

Focus Issue Guest Editors

  • Lizzy Orcutt (Leeds Arts University, UK)
  • Dawn Woolley (Leeds Arts University, UK)

Proposal Submission

Your proposal should consist of:

Please use this subject title in your submission email: ‘Proposal: Intersectional Selves’.

Deadline for Proposals30 November 2023

Authors will be notified by 15 January 2023.

Full Submissions Deadline: 17 June 2024 (subject to prior proposal acceptance)

Proposed Publication Time: Spring 2025

Appel à Article pour la Revue ANGLE

Pandemic Poetry

Like most historical events, the COVID-19 crisis revitalized, on a global scale, the role of the professional and amateur poet, allowing in turn for a more general reappraisal of the role of poetry in a time of crisis. It also saw an exceptional flourishing of novel terminology, coinages and expressions, relating to the pandemic experience, carried by the viral power of social media. As such, the outbreak of poetry in 2020, published under the hashtag #coronapoetry on Twitter and Instagram, as well as the numerous publications of professional poets in dedicated collections and commissioned anthologies, is reminiscent of the extraordinary outpouring of poetry during WWI (whereas the Spanish Flu, conversely, was destined to remain an invisible cultural phenomenon). This surge of topical poetry, self-conscious and historically self-aware, appears eminently emblematic of our “age of witnessing” enamored with the archive and the record. The (almost cacophonic) number of poetry projects spearheaded by local communities, universities, cultural councils, aiming to “Write Where We Are Now” (to quote the University of Manchester’s pandemic project), reveals how poetry is still considered the most apt cultural response to crisis in its immediacy, at least in the Anglophone world. The words of former British poet-laureate Carol Ann Duffy (“We need the voice of poetry in times of change and world-grief”[1]) seem, as such, to encapsulate a wide-spread view on the supposedly regenerative and comforting role of poetry in times of distress and global upheaval. 

This collection, according to ANGLES’ editorial policy, aims to explore this recent cultural phenomenon both from an interdisciplinary perspective:

Proposals relating (but not restricted) to the following topics are welcome:

*The role of poetry in a crisis, the cultural cliché of “poetry as comfort” (see the 29 January 2021 Guardian editorial, “To express the grief and dislocation of our times, only poetry will do”[2])

*Pandemic poetry and social media (instapoems, twitter poetry): circulation and reception, forms and formats, “viral poems”, etc.

*pandemic forms (sonnet, haiku, short or long forms, etc.), modes and genres: “hospital poems”, “sick poems”, “nature poems”, erasure poems, pattern poetry, commemorative poems, memorial poems and the recourse to (traditional?) poetic modes such as the elegy, pastoral, etc.

*“coroneologisms”: neologisms, loan-words, abbreviations, and other linguistic innovations relating to the pandemic and to poetic production (Covid poetry, coronapoetry, pandemic poetry, pandemeter, etc.), pandemic terminology, prevention-guidelines, and their poetic and parodic uses (lockdown, PPE, ventilator, social-distancing, non-essential, new normal, blursday, etc.), hashtags

*stylistic and discursive characteristics of pandemic poems

*ecopoetry and ecopoethics, link between the pandemic and environmental crisis, pandemic poetry and ecology

*Figurative language specific to pandemic poetry, enunciative and discursive strategies in the representation of the pandemic (effacement, hypertrophy, absence of speaker?), the subject in pandemic poems, etc.

*Representing illness, trauma, viruses, science, lockdown (and all forms of constraint, imprisonment), health politics and public policy, biopower, etc.

*Reconfigurations of the global and the local, home/planet, singular/universal, human/non-human experience

*historical and literary references in Covid poems, classic tropes, historical antecedents (Great Plague, etc.)

* Covid anthologies, Covid collections, special issues, etc.

*public poetry and individual responses, mainstream/ avant-garde poetry, professional/amateur poetry (published in special anthologies, “poems from the front line”, “nurses’ poems”, etc.)

*Institutional responses: grants, academic projects, creative writing programs, poetry archives, commissioned anthologies, public poets, political figures using poetry

*translating Covid-19 (literary, technical, scientific/medical, institutional, etc.), translation and crisis, cooperative and machine translation

*Pedagogy: studying poetry remotely during lockdown, integration of pandemic poems in language teaching and learning.

Submission procedure

Please send an abstract and your biography to Sarah Montin by June 20th 2023 at the following email address:

Papers will need to be submitted by December 1st 2023.

The issue is scheduled for publication in autumn 2024.

The language of publication is English. Since Angles welcomes experimental research, different formats are not only accepted, but encouraged: standard written texts, multimedia presentations including music, drama, photography, poetry readings and such… All disciplines and perspectives are welcome. Please see the journal’s philosophical statement for more information:

All textual materials must be submitted through the dedicated submission platform:

For submission of material in non-traditional format (video, audio), please contact the guest editor for guidance.



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