Research Events & Calls for Papers

At York St John, 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

Culinary Cultures: Food and the Postcolonial Symposium

The Fifth Biannual Northern Postcolonial Network Symposium

Call for Papers: CFP NPN Fifth Symposium, 05 May 2017 (DOCX, 20.8kB); Deadline: 31 March 2017, 5pm

The Culinary Cultures Symposium is an event that invites papers on food and the postcolonial, across and between different disciplines, in order to make a significant contribution to this emerging strand of postcolonial food studies.

The free day symposium will include a keynote by Nick Ahad, award winning journalist, broadcaster and playwright, whose most recent play, The Chef Show, is set in a northern curry house. There will also be a Cook-up/demonstration by Keralan cook and educator, Sharmini Thomas.

To submit a proposal, please email a 500 word max. abstract to Dr Sarah Lawson-Welsh ( by the 31 March 2017 deadline.

Please direct general queries to Dr Sarah Lawson-Welsh (

Music Production Education Conference

Call for Papers: CFP MPEC Conference, 29 June 2017; Deadline: 31 March 2017, 5pm

This conference is dedicated to the study of Music Production pedagogy and associated contemporary issues within higher education. MPEC seeks to provide a forum for the discussion and analysis of teaching and learning in music production & technology in Further and Higher Education.

The inaugural conference benefits from a partnership with the Journal of Music Technology & Education and a special edition containing papers from this event is anticipated.

To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of max. 200 words to by the 31 March 2017 deadline.

Please direct general queries to 

Uplandish Conference

New Perspectives on Northern England's 'Wild' Places

Call for Papers: CFP Uplandish Conference, 30 June 2017; Deadline: 31 March 2017, 5pm

Few places in England are as closely associated with wilderness as the moors and fells north of the River Trent. Yet the iconography of this region occupies a central place in the country’s cultural geography, as attested by the many tourists who tramp across 'Lakeland' and 'Brontë Country' each year. This conference seeks to interrogate the mythologies of England’s northern uplands and to understand the ideological processes that have allowed their material reproduction, many of their less flattering significations and perhaps some of their political potential to remain hidden. The concept of 'wilderness' is currently being subjected to critique within and beyond the academy, in works by popular writers such as George Monbiot (Feral) and William Atkins (The Moor), as well as scholars working at the forefront of ecocriticism and literary geography. Building upon such work, this conference will reexamine the supposedly wild places of 'the North,' their significance to culturally-bound understandings of Englishness, and their role in the production of British state ideology, with a more critical eye than has hitherto been the case.

The Uplandish Conference is open to scholars working in English Literature, Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, Art History, Fine Art, Photography, Film Studies, Media Studies, Critical Heritage Studies, Geography, Politics and Sociology. Interventions other than traditional academic papers – e.g. short films, photography, artwork and readings – are welcome.

To submit a proposal, please email a 350 word abstract and 150 word biography to by the 31 March 2017 deadline.

Please direct general queries to 

Crime, Culture & Social Harm Conference

Cross-School Event

Call for Papers: CFP CCSH Conference, 14 July 2017 (DOCX, 2.4MB); Deadline: 31 March 2017, 5pm

This one-day conference focuses on practices and behaviours which may not necessarily be illegal, but can be seen as inflicting harm on humans as well as their social and natural environments. The conference seeks to develop a forum for early career criminologists and sociologists alike, who concern themselves with critical issues in ‘zemiology’ and the cultural processes which legitimate and give meaning to harmful dynamics in politics, culture, economics and the law.

We encourage early career researchers and postgraduate research students to this conference, with the aim of developing a long-lasting network of scholars over a range of themes.

To submit a proposal or a poster presentation, please email Dr Matthew Spokes ( with either: your abstract of 250 words alongside a biography of 100 words, if you would like to present at the conference; or a title and abstract of max. 100 words alongside your biography, if you would like to submit a poster presentation.

Please direct general queries to Dr Matthew Spokes (

Innovation in Music Conference

InMusic, #InMusic17

Call for Papers: CFP InMusic Conference, 06-08 September 2017; Deadline: 31 March 2017, 5pm

InMusic17 will provide an outstanding opportunity for all those interested in the fast-moving changes taking place in the music industry to mix with experts in the field, exchange experiences and learn about the latest trends and innovative developments. Participants can also achieve a peer reviewed publication in the conference proceedings.

Innovation In Music welcomes academics, artists, producers, engineers, music industry professionals and manufacturers to come together and submit abstracts or proposals for consideration on a wide range of topics.

To submit a proposal, please send either a full paper of 6000-8000words, or an abstract of 300-500words, to by the 31 March 2017 deadline.

Please direct general queries to 

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 (

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 (