Protest Europe Award-winning British publishing house Comma Press, in partnership with the University of Angers, is looking to build link with other publishers, festivals and universities across Europe to partner with on an international collaboration project designed to re-engage readers and writers with people’s history and shared, common cultural heritage through a series of commissions focusing on the history of European protest. Exploring the links between different protest movements across Europe, these commissions will bring together publishers, writers, historians, activists, translators, researchers and universities to collaborate on the creation of a series of short stories, semi-fictionalising this history in a way which shows shared goals,Read More →

Registration is now open for the multi-disciplinary Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium, in honour of the surrealist writer and artist.  Leonora Carrington’s short stories are now republished by Silver Press as The Debutante and Other Stories.  Amongst many other treats, the event will include a reading of a specially written story by Claire Dean.Read More →

Twentieth-Century British Periodicals: Words and Art on the Printed Page, 1900-1999 4 July 2017 Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading, UK Current scholarship on twentieth-century periodicals is moving beyond the study of the ‘little’ magazine and avant-garde publications. Many mainstream and specialist periodicals, including tabloids, broadsheets, illustrated newspapers, illustrated magazines, fashion magazines, ‘slick’ magazines, women’s magazines, art periodicals, trade and specialist periodicals, pulps, reviews, and political and campaigning magazines have yet to receive sustained critical attention. This interdisciplinary one-day * conference, coordinated by Dr Kate Macdonald, University of Reading, and Emma West, Cardiff University, will bring together scholars and collectorsRead More →

The Fifth Biennial John Updike Society Conference Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, Serbia – June 1 – 4, 2018 THE FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS The Fifth Biennial John Updike Society Conference will be the first one outside the United States of America, and it will take place in Serbia. John Updike visited Belgrade in 1978—it was then the capital of Yugoslavia and now it is the capital of Serbia. Updike also visited Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, which was then one of the six constitutive republics of Yugoslavia. In both cities Updike gave important interviews for magazines and TV stations. Papers on any aspectRead More →

The American Short Story: New Horizons Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany October 5-7, 2017  Program coordinator: Oliver Scheiding  Organizing Committee: James Nagel, Olivia Edenfield, Elke D’hoker, Jochen Achilles, Dustin Anderson, Damien Schlarb Throughout its history, the American short story has been praised either as a highly polished gem or condemned as literary fast food. Despite such rise-and-fall predictions, the short story has always been a demanding form. Its narrative economy in terms of time and space records decisive, intimate moments of life that give the American Short Story a broad social resonance. As such, the short story offers a vibrant field of research. There is aRead More →

Short Fiction: Co-texts and Contexts University of Leuven (KU Leuven), 4-5-6 May 2017 Since the emergence of the modern short story as a distinct literary form in the second half of the nineteenth century, many critics and writers have sought to decide what it is exactly that distinguishes the short story from longer fiction, such as the novella or the novel – Is it length? Conciseness? A specific thematic concern? Or a particular stylistic feature? The matter has not yet been settled. Perhaps we need to look to more circumstantial, material elements for a pragmatic answer to that question. Indeed, one could argue that oneRead More →

FInal Programme The American Short Story: An Expansion of the Genre   An American Literature Association Symposium Sponsored by the Society for the Study of the American Short Story October 20-22, 2016   Symposium Director: James Nagel, University of Georgia   Hyatt Regency Savannah Two W Bay Street Savannah, Georgia 31401 The American Short Story:  An Expansion of the Genre An American Literature Association Symposium Sponsored by the Society for the Study of the American Short Story October 20-22, 2016 Hyatt Regency Savannah Two W Bay Street Savannah, Georgia 31401     Symposium Director: James Nagel, University of Georgia     Acknowledgments:   The conferenceRead More →