6th ASYRAS Conference: On Potentialities

deadline for submissions: 
December 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Association of Young Researchers on Anglophone Studies - University of Cantabria
contact email: 

The Department of Philology at the University of Cantabria is pleased to host the
6th ASYRAS conference that will take place in Santander, Spain, from 27-29 June 2019.

The conference, with the title “On Potentialities” sets up a forum where early-
career specialists in English Studies can present the results of their research. The

Conference will be honoured with three plenary speakers: Jimena Escudero Pérez
(University of Oviedo), Barbara Franchi (University of Kent), and Ignacio Palacios
Martínez (University of Santiago). We will also offer workshops and informative
sessions for conference participants. Our goal is to foster a scientific meeting for
the exchange of current research from a variety of perspectives.
The Conference will be arranged in thematic sessions and will consist of 20-
minute paper presentations followed by a 10-minute discussion. Proposals will
undergo peer review by specialists in the different fields. We will consider
proposals from any field related to Anglophone Studies organised around
Agamben's notion of “the potential”, defined in “On Potentiality” as “to be one’s
own lack, to be in relation to one’s own incapacity. Beings that exist in the mode
of potentiality are capable of their own impotentiality; and only in this way do

they become potential. They can be because they are in relation to their own non-
Being. In potentiality, sensation is in relation to anesthesia, knowledge to

ignorance, vision to darkness” (Agamben 1999: 182).
“The potential” will be approached in relation, but not limited to, the following
o Acquisition and teaching of First, Second and Foreign Languages
o Bilingualism and multilingualism
o Comparative literature
o Contrastive and translation studies
o Corpus linguistics
o Critical Theory
o Cultural studies
o Diachronic and synchronic linguistic studies (phonetics, phonology;
morphosyntax; semantics; lexis; discourse...)
o Digital Humanities
o Disabilities Studies
o Ecocriticism and Animal Humanities
o Gender Studies, Feminism, LGBTQi Studies
o Postcolonial Literature
o Sociolinguistics

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION –  15 December 2018

Abstracts between 250 and 300 words should be submitted through the form available at: http://asyras.org/6th-asyras-conference/

Participants will be notified by mid-January 2019.