13th International Conference on the Short Story in English - Unbraiding the Short Story, (15)16-19 July 2014, Vienna, Austria

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Society for the Study of the Short Story in English

The theme of the 13th International Conference on the Short Story in English is "Unbraiding the Short Story." (See http://shortstoryconference.org)

Like the braid, story brings a manifold diversity together into a sleek whole. Scholars, when unbraiding, are sure to discover much more than the sum of intrinsic parts, much more than individual tresses, some errant, some entwined. Story is open and closed, long and short, real and imaginary, traditional and daring, discovering new forms and content in an era of technological innovation and adaptation. The medium may change, but story, in its manifold representations, remains, regardless of country or language of origin.

Proposals and Abstracts:
We welcome and encourage proposals and abstracts for the 2014 conference in Vienna.

Anyone wishing to pre-arrange a panel on a given theme or topic must first secure agreement from all members of the suggested panel and then submit a proposal.
Most panels have three presenters, although some may have more.
Proposals should include a 250-300-word description of the topic and full contact information for all members of the group.
The person submitting the proposal is the chair of the session. He or she may also be a presenter, but need not be; however, all presenters, including the chair, must be registered for the conference.

All persons wishing to give a paper at the conference, including all members of pre-arranged panels, must submit a 300-500-word abstract.
Individual papers should be scheduled for 20 minutes.

Dr. Susan Lohafer, the Programme Coordinator, screens all proposals and abstracts, issues acceptances, and arranges the presentations on the programme. She will form panels to accommodate papers not included in pre-arranged groups.

Please submit all proposals and abstracts by 10 January 2014 (final deadline) via the online SUBMISSION FORM at http://shortstoryconference.org/call-papers-1

By submitting an abstract, authors give permission for it to be published on the conference web site and in the printed conference booklet.
Only registrants may present papers or organize or moderate panels. Final acceptance hinges on registration (Registration forms and details will be posted later on this web page).

Suggested Topics:
History of the Short Story
Literary Movements and the Short Story
Short Fiction Theory
Short Story Subgenres
Short Story and the Canon
Short Story and Psychology
Short Story and Philosophy
Genre Slippage
Closure in the Short Story
Short Story Rhetoric
Short Story and Storytelling
Short-Short Stories or Flash Fiction
Short Story Cycles
Short Story and Life Writing
Writing the Short Story
Translating the Short Story
Short Story and Culture
Short Story and the Visual Arts/Dance/Music/Theater
Short Story and the Media/Film/Hypertext/Multimedia
Short Story and Code Switching
Modernism and the Short Story
Postcolonialism and the Short Story
Postmodernism and the Short Story
Short Story Editing and Anthologizing
Short Story Publishing
Short Story Reception
Short Story and Pedagogy
Magical Realism and the short story
National traditions (e.g., Irish, Australian, Canadian, Taiwanese, German, ...)
Short stories and politics
Gay and Lesbian short stories; and Short Story issues
Anglophone short stories from other countries and continents
Philosophy and the Short Story
Historical approaches to the Short Story
The Short Story and the oral tradition