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Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures (FILLM) The FILLM Newsletter
Volume 21 | June 2020

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The next volume of The FILLM Newsletter will come out on 15 September 2020. If you would like to contribute to the newsletter or have some information for us to include, please send a message to aborch@abo.fi (Deadline: 1 September 2020).


Much has happened since the last volume of the FILLM Newsletter was distributed in the middle of December 2019 - some would probably even say that the world isn't quite the same place as it was back then. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life across the globe, one small example being that a volume of the FILLM Newsletter did not come out as planned in March 2020.

On a larger, more consequential academic scale, we have probably all noticed how conference organizers has had to cancel or reschedule events planned for the spring and summer of this year. This has also been the case for FILLM and its member associations. In the rest of the newsletter, it is possible to see which events have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a brief overview is also available here.

University of ViennaFILLM's 28th Congress: Postponed

The 28th International Congress of FILLM was set to be held at the University of Vienna, Austria from 26-29 July 2020. With the help of the local organizers, the FILLM Committee was able to postpone the Congress until July 2021. New dates: 18-21 July 2021. For more details...

Scholars who had already had their papers accepted for the Congress should have been contacted by the organizers, but in case you have not, please do take contact to them. More info on the Congress website...

The FILLM General Meeting 2020 to Go Ahead

The next General Meeting of the FILLM Committee was supposed to take place in connection with the Congress in Vienna. Given the importance of some of the items on the agenda (e.g. elections to the FILLM Committee), it has been decided that, unlike the Congress, the meeting will not be postponed till 2021.

It will instead be held as a 'teleconference' on the original date, 26 July 2020
. Because of the time differences between Committee members' home countries, it has been decided that the meeting's agenda will be restricted to the most urgent issues. More information will be send out separately to the Committee Members.

FILLM Studies in Languages and LiteraturesFILLM Book Series

The FILLM Books Series FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures (John Benjamins)  is entering its 5th year. So far, 13 volumes have been published, these 4  coming in 2019:

We would like to encourage everyone to take check out the titles and remember that members of FILLM's Member Associations are entitled to a 30% discount on volumes in the series.

News from CIPSH and our Member Associations

The International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) - has created a new magazine entitled HAS - The Magazine of Humanities, Arts and Society. You can read more about the aims and goals of the publication in the first call for papers...

The Association for Literary Urban Studies is collaborating in the organization of a one-day symposium at the University of Uppsala, Sweden on 21 August 2020. Theme: "Representing Urban Change: Gentrification and Displacement in Literature and other Media" For more information...

IADAThe next conference of the International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA) is organized by the University of Warsaw, Poland. The conference will be held online from 22-25 September 2020. Theme: “Towards Culture(s) of Dialogue? Communicating Unity in/and Diversity through Language and Discourse”. More info...
The International Society for the Oral Literatures of Africa (ISOLA) will hold its 13th conference in Nairobi, Kenya from 8-10 July 2020 -> at some point during 2021. The theme of the conference is "Transitions, Transformations, and Translocations in African Oral Traditions and (Re)imagined Boundaries". For more information...

The Modern Language AssociationThe Modern Language Association (MLA) will hold its annual convention in 2021 in Toronto, Canada. Dates: 7-10 January 2021.  For more information...

ACLAThe next Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) will held in Montreal, Canada between 8-11 April 2021. For more details...

KTSThe Finnish Literary Research Society (KTS) will hold its annual conference in May 2020 -> May 2021 in Helsinki, Finland. For more information...

The 2021 conference of the Children's Literature Association (ChLA) will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, US. Theme: "The Arcade". Dates: 10-12 June 2021. For more details, see the ChLA website...

IASSThe International Association for Scandinavian Studies (IASS) will hold a conference on the theme of "Memory Culture in Scandinavian Studies" between 2-4 August 2020 3-6 August 2021. The conference will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania. For more details...

The European Society for the Study of English holds its 15th Conference in Lyon, France from 31 August-4 September 2020 30 August - 3 September 2021For more details...

The next Triennial Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association (AILC) will be held in Tblisi, Georgia between 25-30 July 2022. For more information...

The International Association for University Professors of English (IAUPE) will hold its next triennial conference in Sidney, Australia in July 2022As of yet not much information is out, but keep an eye on the association's website.

Call for Papers
FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures
FILLM is looking for contributions to its book series FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures. While FILLM is looking for contributions within all areas of language and literature studies, we're particularly keen to receive proposals focusing on linguistic, philological and pedagogical topics.The series is published in collaboration with John Benjamins Publishing Company and former FILLM President Roger D. Sell is the Series Editor. For more on the aims of the series and how to submit a book proposal...


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