The Conference

Conference dates: October 24-26, 2019

Conference venue: Facultatea de Litere, str. Horea nr. 31, Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

In 2019 the Faculty of Letters in Cluj and the Department of English proudly celebrate 100 years since professor Petre Grimm took on the position of lecturer of English, marking the beginning of what was to become the Department of English Language and Literature. In the context of a century of English studies in Cluj, under the overarching theme of “History, memory and accomplishment”, papers are invited in the area of English literary and cultural studies, literary theory, linguistics, on the following, but not only, topics: .

  • literature and history, a complicated contemporary relationship;
  • histories and anniversaries: morphologies of accomplishment;
  • narratives and archive: memorial modalities;
  • forgotten histories;
  • (cultural) memory, amnesia, and the ethics of remembering and commemoration;
  • historical memory and life-writing;
  • writing (in) the gaps: history, trauma, and the ethics of memory;
  • the translating eye: travel writing and historical memori(es);
  • cultural memory and recovering silenced histories;
  • cultural memory and the ethics of translation;
  • celebrating the past: public sites of memory;
  • new memorial technologies;
  • prospective memory and “archaeologies of the future”;
  • studies of English literature in non-English speaking countries;
  • the study of English, translation, and national literatures;
  • cross-linguistic perspectives on syntactic and semantic issues;
  • challenging syntactic and semantic models;
  • theoretical, general or comparative approaches to interface phenomena;
  • the diachrony of English and other languages;
  • understanding language acquisition;
  • contributions to linguistic typology;
  • pragmatics and oral discourse;
  • monolingual and bilingual speech.

Keynote speakers

Professor Larisa Avram (University of Bucharest)
Professor Susan Irvine (University College London)
Patrick McGuinness (University ofOxford, UK)
Professor Laura Mulvey (Birkbeck, University of London)
Professor Virgil Stanciu (Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca)


Proposals of 20-minute papers should be submitted to by September 15th, 2019, in the form of an abstract not exceeding 200 words. If you wish to submit a paper for one of the panels below, please state so clearly or send it directly to (one of) the convenor(s). A selection of papers will be published.


P1. Medieval and Manuscript Studies
P2. Shakespeare and History
P3. The Victorian and Neo-Victorian Fiction of Femininities and Masculinities
P4. Objects of memory, the memory of objects
P5. Cross-linguistic challenges in theoretical linguistics

Other panels will be added following submissions.

Details and convenors of panels already proposed here.

Conference fees

  • 100 euro / 50 euro for young researchers (under 26) and PhD students;
  • 20 euro for the conference dinner – optional;
  • 100 euro for the trip to Alba Iulia and Sibiu – optional.


Registration is now closed.

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