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CALL FOR PAPERS: 42nd Association of Contemporary Iberian Studies Conference

Calendar Wednesday 1 September 2021, 09:00-Friday 3 September 2021, 15:00

This event has been rescheduled
The event has been rescheduled to Wednesday 1 September 2021, 09:00-Friday 3 September 2021, 15:00


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Cardiff University's School of Modern Languages

This event has been postponed until 1-3 September 2021 and will be hosted entirely online.

The 42nd Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies (ACIS) annual conference is now open for papers. You can now register your interest, download information and submit a paper for consideration via the ACIS website. The Association will hold its 42nd Conference, organised by the School of Modern Languages at Cardiff University, from 1-3 September 2021.

This year conference will take place via Zoom webinar. You are cordially invited to offer a paper, panel, or workshop presentation. Proposals for individual papers as well as panels on specific themes (max. four papers per panel) are encouraged. Any proposed panel should be organised by one convenor who will be responsible for inviting the speakers and chairing the session.

You are also invited to suggest any speakers you think would be willing to offer a paper, but please note that ACIS does not normally offer a fee or expenses for speakers. ACIS encourages proposals from postgraduate students and a small number of partial conference fee bursaries are available – please see application process details below and encourage your students to consider this. Below are the suggested thematic areas for papers and panels, which must advance understanding of nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century socio-cultural, economic and political issues and realities and relate primarily to Spain and/or Portugal and transnational issues and processes relating to the Iberian Peninsula within the wider Lusophone and Hispanic worlds. Both single-disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged, and the themes listed below are not exclusive.

  • Politics, Government, International Relations, the EU, Nationalism, Regionalisms, Transnational issues and processes
  • Economics, Business, Labour, Social and Welfare issues *Cultural Production in all its forms (e.g. film, television, journalism, literature, media, advertising, digital communication & social networking) *Social and Cultural Studies (e.g. identity, gender, ethnicity, popular culture)
  • Leisure, Tourism, Sport *Contemporary History
  • Language, Linguistics, Language Policy
  • Education and Pedagogy

The selection of panels/papers will be made by the Conference programme convenors in consultation with the Executive Committee and these decisions will be final.

Papers will be allocated 30 minutes on the programme (20 mins for the paper 10 mins for discussion).

Keynote speakers

The keynote speakers will be announced shortly on the ACIS website. Keynote speakers in previous years have included novelist Use Lahoz, journalist and writer Elvira Lindo, historian and diplomat Professor Angel Viñas and the Association’s President, historian Professor Paul Preston.

If you wish to offer a paper, please download the Submission for papers application form via the ACIS website and send your proposal to the ACIS 2021 Programme Convenors (Susana Relvas, Universidade Católica Portuguesa and Cindy Pinhal, Farmingdale State College, SUNY) at the email address: by Monday 26 April 2021.

Informal enquiries concerning papers and topics are welcome before the deadlines.

Conference Fees

You’ll soon be able to register online for the 2021 conference. In the meantime, please register your interest via the form on the ACIS website so you will be notified when online booking is open. When available, early bird payments will be accepted to the deadline of 25 June 2021.

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