deadline for submissions: 
January 10, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Association for Cultural Studies and University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies

While the research of our invited keynotes and plenary speakers mostly gravitates around the issues of labour and precarities, decolonizing knowledge and the refugee “crisis” in the Mediterranean, the conference is open to all topics relevant to Cultural Studies. Suggested topics, drawing on the work of our invited keynote, plenary and spotlight speakers, and on more general themes in Cultural Studies research, include:

  • (Anti-)consumption and everyday life

  • Adaptation cultures

  • Borders and mobilities

  • Critical and cultural theory

  • Culture, gender and decolonisation

  • Culture, gender and sexuality

  • Dance cultures

  • Data cultures

  • Digital infrastructure

  • Diversity, culture, governance

  • Extraction: cultures and industries

  • Food cultural studies

  • Gender, sexuality, race and class in the Anthropocene

  • Globalisation and culture

  • Human/non-human relations

  • Indigenous knowledge and politics

  • Managing cities

  • Media regulation: from censorship to piracy

  • Migrant cultural studies

  • Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies

  • Popular affect online

  • Popular cultures and genres

  • Public culture and cultural policy

  • Race, racism and postcoloniality

  • Refugee “crisis” in the Mediterranean

  • Religious diversity

  • Rethinking the human and the post-human

  • Rural cultural studies

  • Screen and media cultures

  • Securitization

  • Transforming/globalising/decolonising universities

  • Urban imaginaries


Conference website address:

Submission of individual paper proposals or pre-organised session proposals for a full panel are welcome. Please note:


Session duration: 90 minutes

Minimum number of presentations per session: 3

Presentation duration: Not exceeding 20 minutes per paper

Session format: Usually presentation of individual papers followed by discussion and Q&A. Other session formats may be proposed.


1) Individual paper proposals

Proposals must be submitted through our dedicated online platform.

The following information is required:

  • name of author,

  • e-mail address,

  • name of associated institution; and

  • paper abstract of 150 words maximum.


2) Pre-organised sessions

The conference welcomes full session proposals that include a chair, three paper presenters and discussants (if desired). Session proposals may also contain four papers but must adjust the presentation time to fit within a 90-minute session.

Pre-organised panels/sessions may also be proposed. Proposals must also be submitted through our online platform. Only the corresponding author will need to create an account and should submit all details for all authors as follows:

The following information is required:

  • name of all author/presenters,

  • e-mail address of all author/presenters,

  • name of associated institution for all author/presenters,

  • session title in the “title” field; and

  • a list of at least three presenters, paper titles, and abstracts in the order they should appear in the program (maximum total word count 600).

Session Organisers may ask the Organising Committee to arrange multiple sessions for a topic if they have at least six presenters. Proposed multiple sessions must be theme-based and titled rather than adding I, II, etc. to the same title. Each session must also have a different proposed chair.



The Organising Committee will issue a conditional acceptance of proposed individual papers and sessions by e-mail to the corresponding author. Upon completion of registration, the committee will issue a formal acceptance letter to registered participants and list it as “Confirmed” on the conference website.

All presenters (including all session organisers and participants) must be registered for the conference. An individual paper or session is considered “Proposed” rather than “Confirmed” if all its participants have not completed registration. The status of “Proposed” sessions or papers will be updated to “Confirmed” once all registration is completed. In cases where not all participants register, the Organising Committee may make arrangements to reorganise a session with other registered participants and may change the title of the session if necessary. If, for any reason, a Session Organiser is unable to follow through on the commitment of Organising a session, the Session Organiser should contact the Organising Committee immediately.


ACS assistance scheme for Crossroads 2020

The Association for Cultural Studies will offer a small number of grants to assist participants from ACS under-represented regions with travel accommodation or registration expenses. 

More information will follow.


Request submitted on behalf on the Organizing Committee by Cristina Baptista, researcher at the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies. 

Short Bio: 

Cristina Baptista is a writer and a scholar. She holds a PhD in Victorian Studies since 2011 and is, since 2009, a researcher at Research Group 2 of The University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES), and of projects such as The British Empire. Ideology, perspectives and perceptions (2008-2011) and Victorians Like Us (2011-), among others.