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CALL FOR PAPERS | The Sixth International Conference on English and American Literature

The Sixth International Conference on English and American Literature will be held from April 21 to 22, 2017 (Friday-Saturday) at Hongkou Campus, Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). The theme of this conference is “Individual, Community and Cosmopolitanism.”


Conference Description

The modern notion of cosmopolitanism implicitly defines an ambivalent situation, in which to be human is being at once an individual (or a citizen) in the communal state (“polis”) and part of a universal order (“cosmos”). What happens is that our new post-national process, the growing importance of multiculturalism, and the increasing division of human identities, have constantly redrawn, revised and redefined our ideas of the individual, the community and the world at large. Fortunately, literature, essentially an imaginative representation of humanity, has offered us an appropriate venue for a deep understanding of human condition, communal differences and cultural diversity. The primary goal of this conference is to explore and exemplify the highly complex and sometimes paradoxical relationship among individual experience, communal life and global change in English and American literature.

The conference features (but is not limited to) the following topics:

1.       Individual Experience and Characterization in Literature

2.      The Representation of Community in Literature

3.      The Theme of Cosmopolitanism in Literature

4.      Aesthetics and Literary Criticism

5.       Studies of Major English & American Writers and Their Works

6.      The Teaching of English & American Literature in China

Well-known scholars from home and abroad will be invited to deliver keynote speeches in the conference. The working languages of the conference are both English and Chinese.


Abstract Submission

Abstract of the proposed paper (within 150 words, title and key words included) should be sent to us by email (shisu2017@126.com) before March 15, 2017. Papers submitted to the conference will be selected for publication in English and American Literary Studies (CSSCI).


Conference Registration

Registration for the Sixth International Conference on English and American Literature (SISU) is now open to scholars around the world. Please contact us via email for details of registration rates, accommodation and local transportation during the conference. If you decide to attend the event, please fill the Registration Form (Registration Form.docbelow and send it to us before the deadline (March 15, 2017).


School of English Studies, SISU

Institute of Literary Studies, SISU

Center for English and American Literary Studies, SISU

The Editorial Board of English and American Literary Studies


Contact Person: Ms. Cheng Xin

E-Mail: shisu2017@126.com

Tel.: +86-21- 35372433

Postal address:

School of English Studies,

Shanghai International Studies University

550 Dalian Road (W), Shanghai 200083, China.


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