CFP: Private Lives, Intimate Readings: University of Tartu (Estonia): 11–12 June 2013

Call for Papers

Private Lives, Intimate Readings

Estonian Literary Museum,
Institute of Cultural Research and Fine Arts, University of Tartu
11–12 June 2013, Estonian Literary Museum

Keynote speakers: Prof. Jeremy Popkin and Dr. Paul Arthur

It can be argued that critical engagement with the private and the
intimate has always been a key characteristic of life writing studies.
Whether highlighting different contexts and intentions of different
modes and practices of life writing, where what is deeply personal is
also intensely political or focusing on the ‘structuring of the
private’, life writing studies have made a noteworthy contribution to
contemporary reconceptualizations of the private and the public
spheres. Based on recent development of theoretical perceptions of the
field of life writing, informed by, for example, research into one’s
own family history, archival and oral history work as well as
investigation of web-based life writing environments that have created
new sites of interrogation of the private and the public, of the
intimate and the official and formal, the conference aims at
facilitating a discussion of the methodologies of the intimate and the
ethics of the private. Questions to be considered include, but are not
limited to, the following range of issues:

– The founding assumptions that fuel inquiry of an intensely private
and intimate nature, and the transformation of the initial agenda in
the course of the inquiry;
– The relational dynamics of the process, the question of ties built
(and severed) as well as the contexts and media via which they are
facilitated, the interrelationship of private/individual memory and
cultural history;
– Ways of dealing with and interrelating different artifacts of
memory, the process of ‘sorting out’ (family) memory evidence, the
weight of material evidence, the “concrete reality of a document” (N.
K. Miller, C. Kraus);
– The dynamics of the private and the public in archival and oral
history work and the process of compilation of and publicizing
archival resources;
– The dynamics of private and public documents, the process of
personalization of the public and the official and other acts of
translation (in figurative and literal sense) and interpretation
(concerning, e.g., a range of languages, cultural contexts, time
periods, political regimes, and ideologies);
– Ways of accounting for the absences of concrete realities, the
frequent gap and discord between place as a geographical entity today
and its memorial implications with regard to lost and destroyed
realities (M.Hirsch and L.Spitzer);
– The “intergenerational acts of transfer” (M. Hirsch) such inquiry
often involves on different levels, the second-generation’s
responsibilities to its received memories (E. Hoffmann), questions of
postmemory (M. Hirsch) and of post-postmemory;
– The memorial aesthetic and the aesthetic and ethics of
representation of intimate memory, capacities of different
representational modes and artistic media for accounting for the

Please send a 300-word abstract and an approx. 200 word bio to Leena
Kurvet-Käosaar (lkk [at] ut [dot] ee).
Deadline: April 15, 2013.


CFP Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture

EUPOP 2013 – PCA Europe Annual Conference
University of Turku
31 July – 2 August 2013

Strand: Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture
CFP Deadline: 25 March 2013

Individual paper and panel contributions are invited for a special thematic strand on gender and sexuality in popular culture at the second yearly international conference of the European Popular Culture Association (EPCA), organised with the Popular Culture Association Finland (PCA-Finland) and the International Institute for Popular Culture, IIPC.
We invite papers exploring any aspect of gender and sexuality in any form of European popular culture, including but not limited to:
• Queerness in popular culture
• Transgenderism in popular culture
• Sexualisation in popular media
• The body in popular culture
• Historical approaches to popular gender and sexuality
• Masculinity in popular culture
• European sex media
• Sex education in popular culture
• Sexuality, gender and technology
• Representations of gender, sexuality and health in popular culture
• Religious approaches to gender and sexuality
• Gender, sexuality and race/ethnicity
• Sexuality on the internet
• Feminism in/and popular culture
• Gender, sexuality and language
• Gender, sexuality and power

The closing date for this call is 25 March 2013. Please submit 250 word paper or panel proposals to: or

There will be opportunities for networking, publishing and developing caucus groups within the EPCA. Presenters at EUPOP 2013 will be encouraged to develop their papers for publication in a number of Intellect journals, including the Journal of European Popular Culture, the journal of the EPCA. Journal editors will be working closely with strand convenors – a full list of Intellect journals is available at: General enquiries about the conference should be directed to: