Open call ‘Love is revolting’ symposium


We invite interested scholars to come join us at the School of Advanced Studies in Tyumen, Russia for a two-day multidisciplinary symposium on the theme of love – its connection to matter and bodies; its revolutionary potential for imagining new futures and modes of belonging; its ambivalence, slipperiness and grotesqueness as both a practice and concept; its relationship to power and subject-formation; and the emergence of new forms of loving in our techno-ecological age.

17-18 May 2019

You can find additional information here:

If you would like to participate in the roundtables on the second day, please contact Zachary Reyna by 1 May 2019.


CFP The Materiality of Love




The Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, University of Silesia (Poland) and Love Research Network are happy to announce the CFP for the upcoming conference:


The Materiality of Love

The interest of love studies in the ways affection can be materialized has been reflected through various scholarly perspectives. Although material culture studies have given the issue less attention, there has recently been a revival of research into the intersection of materiality and love. The conference is seeking to reexamine love from the perspective of materiality studies, especially new materialism and object-oriented philosophy, to sparkle a debate on a relationship between love, objects and new forms of materializing affection. The conference aims to analyze the role of things and material culture in practicing and conceptualizing love. It intends to provide an insight into how materiality (in its broadest sense) impacts the understanding of love today (its meanings and practices), and reversely, how love contributes to the production and transformation of the material world.

With a focus on rereading the emotional through the material and vice versa, the event intends to revisit the already existing academic approaches towards objectification of love, and address the following areas of interest / investigation:

  • affectionate fetishism (the ways in which objects extend or embody “the loved being” (Barthes, 1977); the forms in which people use things to attach themselves to beloved subjects; being in love with the objects of love through collecting and display)
  • cultural semiotics of love (new cultural tokens / representations of love; the development of “collective symbols and meanings [to help] people make sense of their romantic experiences” (Illouz 1997))
  • narratives of love (representations of love through objects in literature, art, film)
  • technologies of love (love’s (self)constructedness, its self-engineering and “the technology of being together” (Pettman 2006); the impact technology has on practicing love today: the new media and digital realities in practices of affection)
  • cultural transfer, cultural mobility in love practices (global flow and the circulation of “goods, signs, slogans and styles” (Appudurai 2005) in shaping the materiality of love; transcultural experiences (practices, activities, phenomena, texts) that impact geographically local contexts of love;
  • love’s physiological materiality in cultural perspective (human physiology and cultural manifestations of affection; the significance of bodily substances for communicating (objectifying) feelings, emotions and desires (Nicholson 2011)).

The conference invites interdisciplinary perspectives and welcomes proposals from all approaches and disciplines including (but not limited to) cultural studies, cultural history, sociology, anthropology, literary studies, critical theory, philosophy, media studies, art etc. It expects papers and panel proposals to explore the variety of themes and problems at the intersection of love and material cultures (as specified in points 1-6), and to engage in a debate on:

  • contemporary material discourses of love,
  • cultural history: objects and love in historical perspective,
  • philosophy of love and the material,
  • love and the digital-material: accessibility, image-making and non-contact togetherness,
  • love and/in the “old” and new media,
  • nature, senses, technology: the use of science and data in materializing affection,
  • romanticizing of the objects of love (meta-fetishism),
  • collecting as love / love as collecting,
  • love and the problem of agency,
  • the ethics of chemical intervention in relationships,
  • the form of conceptualizing / communicating love,
  • material qualities of affection,
  • objects and the forbidden love.


The conference, cohosted by Love Research Network, will take place at the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, University of Silesia (Poland) on 2-3 July 2015, and is intended as a one panel event to ensure the highest quality of the debate.

Proposals for presentations, papers and full panels (of approx. 500 words) followed by a short bio note should be submitted to by 30 March 2015.

All proposals will be peer reviewed. The cost of the conference is 400 PLN (Polish participants); £90, 100€; 120$ (international participants). Conference fee includes lunch, coffee and snacks, conference dinner and conference materials. For further queries, please contact Dr Karolina Lebek (, Dr Ania Malinowska ( or Professor Michael Gratzke (, or follow the conference website


Law and Love – a one day colloquium

Humanities Research Centre @ The Australian National University Presents:

Law and Love – a one day colloquium 

5 December 2014

Further details TBC


In our social imaginary, love has become the major existential goal of our times, which is capable of providing all of us with a sense of worth and a way of being in the world (Beck & Beck-Gernsheim, 1995). Love has become our ‘ultimate source of meaning and happiness’: it is a ‘gift’ that affirms the beloved and transforms us to a higher state of being (May, 2011).


In our political imaginary, law has become our highest political ideal. Life with the rule of law marks us out as a civilized nation and people. Liberal citizenship is defined by one’s belief in the rule of law. No event, actor or claim escapes the rule of law – there is no field of life in which law has not or cannot enter (Kahn, 2000).


This workshop aims to explore the intersection of the ideal of love in our social imaginary and the rule of law in our political imaginary. The workshop invites reflection on the ways in which law understands and interacts with love, and gives and takes meanings from love, and vice-versa.


Researchers of law and love are invited to submit a paper for a one-day interdisciplinary workshop.


Possible topics include:

–          The meanings and definitions of love in law

–          Love as reflected in legal doctrines

–          The intersection of law and love in literary and classical texts

–          Philosophical and theological inquiries into the relationship between law and love

–          The history of the ideas of law and love


Please send an abstract of 500 words and a short biographical description to and by June 10.


Full papers will be circulated before the workshop.

Call for Papers: Gender, Equality and Intimacy: (un)comfortable bedfellows?

1-day workshop at the Institute of Education, London, 7th April 2014
The topics of gender, equality and intimacy are becoming increasingly established as important subjects of investigation in the social sciences, with much of the literature pointing to their intersections in the context of personal life (Gabb 2010, Jamieson 1998, Smart 2007) and the clash between ‘ideal’ relationships promoted by policy and expert or self-help literature with the pragmatics of family life (Gillies 2009, Jensen and Tylor 2013). For example, while there is a commitment to encouraging ‘gender equality’ in working cultures and family life in contemporary UK policy, wider cultures of parenting rely on heavily gendered models of appropriate care (Dermot 2008, Faircloth 2013). This workshop seeks to explore further how such intersections of equality and intimacy are experienced by men, women and families, whether as part of a wider ‘therapeutic turn’ in the ethics of self-knowledge (Furedi 2004, Hochschild 2003, Illouz 2007) or as part of a modernisation project in the context of nation building (Twamley 2011).
The workshop will showcase current research from junior and mid-level academics with more senior scholars in the field invited to act as discussants. To facilitate this set-up presenters will be required to submit their full papers to a pre-assigned discussant by March 14th 2014. Confirmed discussants include Prof Lynn Jamieson, Prof Jeffrey Weeks and Dr Jacqui Gabb. We anticipate producing an edited volume or special journal issue from the workshop, to include commentaries from discussants on the submissions.
Abstracts of no more than 250 words are invited which address the workshop themes of gender, intimacy and equality from a range of perspectives and disciplinary backgrounds.
Potential topics on the themes of gender, intimacy and equality include:
– sexuality and sexual practice – care-work
– economic climate and nationhood – queer lives
– marriage and co-habitation – friendship
– parenting cultures, including reproductive technologies – ‘work-life balance’
Please send titles and abstracts to the organisers by 1st November 2013 (Charlotte Faircloth, Katherine Twamley Selected participants will be informed by 1st December.

CFP Romancing the library

JPRS have a new Call for Papers, for a special issue to be guest edited by librarian and romance author (and former JPRS web manager) Crystal Goldman.  The full CFP is on our journal website ( but here’s the gist of it.  Please distribute to colleagues, students, and friends:

CALL FOR PAPERS: Romancing the Library

Access to information is at the core of a library’s mission, whether it serves a public, academic, or special library audience. When it comes to romance novels, however, reader demand is often more than a library can meet, with constrained library budgets outstripped by the sheer volume of titles published each year. How, then, does a library decide which titles to purchase? What factors motivate selection or deselection? How do the explicitness of love scenes and / or controversial subject matter shape that decision making process? Where does the line between selection and censorship lie?

Once an electronic or print title has been acquired, the library must decide where to house it within the collection and how best to inform readers of its existence. A library can create finding aids or subject guides, designate a specialist on the subject of romance, or find other ways to coordinate reference services around popular romance titles. What are the best practices for readers’ advisory and reference for romance? How are other media, such as romantic films or graphic novels, incorporated into reference services for romance novels? Is there a significant enough overlap between those audiences to warrant doing so?

The Journal of Popular Romance Studies (JPRS) seeks articles for a special issue on the intersection between romance and all types of libraries, anywhere in the world. This issue will discuss policy and practice, controversies, patterns and changes in the way that the library profession deals with popular romance fiction and with romance in other media (film, graphic novels, magazines) as well.

Submissions are particularly welcome on the following topics, although articles that examine other intersections between popular romance and libraries will also be considered for publication.

  • Collection development policy, practice, and preservation
  • E-books versus print books, publisher/vendor e-book check out and geographic limits
  • Popular romance in special collections, browsing collections
  • Defining a core collection of romance novels
  • Censorship of popular romance in libraries
  • Romance reference and readers’ advisory
  • Romantic films and other media within the library

Submissions are due by May 1, 2014.

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: