Research Events & Calls for Papers

At York St John University, we offer a variety of research-related events, from conferences and research seminars to research skills development sessions.

Here, you will find the upcoming events from individual Schools, training opportunities, and Cross-School or University-wide research events. Some events are annual (for example, Research Reflections Conference and Postgraduate Research Methodologies Conference); calls for presentations for these events are also published here. For more information on each event and to book a place please click on the title of the event below, or follow the link to all research events

Calls for Papers

Drawing Matters Symposium

Cultures of Making Research Group

Call for Papers: CFP Drawing Matters Symposium, 14 July 2017 (DOCX, 20.3kB)

Deadline: 15 May 2017, 5pm

Since its resurgence in the early 1990s drawing has come to inhabit a central rather than a peripheral role within contemporary art. In many respects the strength of that position is an affirmation of what Christian Rattemeyer described in 2013 as the ‘ubiquity’ of the medium or, as Emma Dexter put it in 2005, that ‘to draw is to be human.’ Drawing has been thus credited with a sensuous materiality that has the capacity to tap and articulate the shared nature of human experience, rendering it a powerful tool for social engagement in the arts.  This one day event seeks to interrogate the ‘human’ potential of drawing and why it matters.

To submit a proposal, please send a 250 word abstract to Vanessa Corby ( and Lucy O'Donnell ( by the 15 May 2017 deadline.

Further details can be found in the attached call for papers; please direct queries to Vanessa and Lucy at the email addresses above.

Traversing Cultures, Languages and Space Conference

Call for Papers: CFP TCLS, 07-08 September 2017 (DOCX, 16.4kB)

Deadline: 1 June 2017, 5pm

This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore the relationship between space and culture, adding to recent debates on transnationalism and multiculturalism. More precisely, the conference addresses the relationship between space, culture, identity and power from the intersection of language studies (including English and Anglophone studies), cultural studies, cultural geography, political studies, and area studies.

To submit a proposal, please send a short abstract in English (250-300 words), along with a biographical note (100 words) to Dr Victoria Carpenter ( 

Please direct general queries to Dr Victoria Carpenter (

Research Reflections Conference

Call for Papers: Research Reflections 2017, Call For Papers (DOCX, 13.3kB)

Deadline: 30 June 2017, 5pm

The purpose of the Research Reflections Conference is to showcase our research and explore new research directions across our university. There will be plenty of opportunities to network with colleagues, learn about research projects and themes across the University, make new research connections, and consider intra-institutional research collaborations.

A short abstract (250-300 words) of a presentation or a brief description of a poster (100 words) should be sent to Dr Victoria Carpenter ( by 30 June 2017. The contributors will be notified of the results of their submissions by 21 July 2017.

Please direct general queries to Dr Victoria Carpenter (

LALSA Annual Conference

Latin American Literary Studies Association 

Call for Papers: CFP LALSA, 16-17 November 2017 (DOCX, 0.1MB)

Deadline: 15 September 2017, 5pm

The conference welcomes contributions from the scholars and students of Latin American literature (including Anglophone, Chicano/a and Lusophone). Any approach to well known or lesser known texts is welcome; any cross-disciplinary stance is encouraged. This year, the theme of the conference is ‘Re-reading’. Comparative and cross-disciplinary readings of Latin American literary texts are particularly welcome.

To submit a proposal, please send a short abstract in English or Spanish (250-350 words) to Dr Victoria Carpenter (; please note that you must be a LALSA member to submit an abstract.

Please direct general and membership queries to Dr Victoria Carpenter (

Research Events at York St John