Updated: May 6, 2019

  1. Cracow, Poland – 15-16 November 2019

Deadline for abstracts: October 1, 2019.


 Institute of English Studies, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland

15-16 November 2019

The Institute of English Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and Professor Merritt Moseley invite abstracts for twenty-minute papers on academic fiction.

Papers addressing any aspect of the relationship between academic fiction and the real world, literary commentary on the crises of university education, the lives of academics, creative writers in academia, academia and race, class, or gender, or other relevant topics are welcomed. Relevant non-fiction and film may also be considered. There is no cost for participation.

Submit an abstract of around 150 words with a brief biographical statement to Merritt Moseley, via email at

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 October 2019. Notifications will follow on 10 October.

Time:          Friday-Saturday, 15-16 November 2019

Venue:         Institute of English Studies, al. Mickiewicza 9,

31-120 Kraków, Poland

Organizers: Professor Merritt Moseley

Dr hab. Bożena Kucała


2. London, UK – 4-7 April 2018

Deadline for abstracts: September 15, 2017

“The American Academic Novel Nowadays: Its Contents and Discontents”

Panel organized within the framework of the

European Association for American Studies (EAAS) and British Association for American Studies (BAAS)

“Environment, Place and Protest” conference

King’s College London, University College London, and the British Library

This panel aims to explore the various interactions between academe and the real world in contemporary American fiction, non-fiction and film, in connection with modern day issues, discourses, and trends.

Submissions may include academic fiction, non-fiction and film, and the following topics:

  • Indigenous studies
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Race studies
  • Queer and feminist theory & gender studies
  • Ecocriticism and environmental studies
  • Posthumanism and animal studies
  • Refugees, migrations and immigration
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Trauma, illness and disability studies
  • Critical university studies
  • Digital media and technology
  • Religion
  • Media and journalism
  • Politics and activism

Please send an abstract (250 words), including a title, for a 20-minute paper, and a short bio note by September 15, 2017 to the panel organizer Marta Lysik at


3. Kaunas, Lithuania – 27-28 April 2017

Deadline for abstracts: February 6, 2017

“Representations of Textual and Contextual Boundaries

in Academic Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Film”

Session organized within the framework of the

“Texts and Contexts: The Phenomenon of Boundaries” conference

Vilnius University Kaunas

This panel aims to explore the representations of different boundaries at work in academic fiction, non-fiction and film, be they referring to genre and its textual fabric, or the reality and different contexts these narratives depict.

Submissions can relate, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Textual vs. material reality in academic narratives,
  • Student-teacher boundaries and off-limits behaviors in academic narratives,
  • Divisions in the academe,
  • No limits – academic utopias and dystopias,
  • Breaking the boundary of realism – sci-fi academic narratives,
  • Limits of empathy and identification – academics reading and writing academic novels,
  • Frontiers and trailblazers in the academe,
  • Probing the limits of truth, or facts and fiction in academic narratives and life writing – autofiction, roman à  clef etc.,
  • Academic metafiction and breaking down of the fourth wall – writers writing about writers and writing,
  • Limitless navel-gazing? Self-reflexivity in academic narratives, or academics writing about academe and academics
  • Academic novel – genre boundaries and margins

Please send a short abstract (no more than 200 words) for a 20-minute paper, and a bio note by 6 February, 2017 to the session organizer Marta Lysik at

4. Kyiv, Ukraine – 17-18 March 2016

Deadline for abstracts: January 15, 2016

“The Concepts of Home in the Context of Academe and Academic Fiction”

Panel organised within the framework of the International Conference in Literary Studies “Poetics of Home/House”

Kyiv National Linguistic University

(Panel language: English)

More information: here and here.

5. Gdansk, Poland – 2-4 October 2015

Deadline for abstracts: March 31, 2015

Parallel International Conferences, University of Gdańsk:

I. Scholars as Fictionists, or On-/Off-Campus Creative Writing

Literaturoznawca literatem: Artystyczne kreacje profesorów humanistyki

(conference languages: English, Polish)

II. ‘Pictures From An Institution’: Academy Across Time and Media

(conference language: English)

Details here and here.

6. Sibiu, Romania – 29 – 31 May 2014

EXTENDED Deadline for submission of proposals: 1 APRIL 2014


Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania

7. Bucharest, Romania – 5-7 June 2014

Deadline for proposals: March 15

Small World: Campus Fiction – Insular or Global?
A seminar organized as part of the the 16th annual conference of the English Department University of Bucharest, Romania, in collaboration with the Institute of English, German and Communication Studies, Koszalin University of Technology, Poland
8. Vancouver, BC, Canada – 8-11 January 2015
Deadline for proposals: March 1, 2014
Academic Novels: Beyond the Canon? (MLA 2015 Special Session)

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