Society for Novel Studies: The Novel's New Worlds

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Penny Fielding/ Society for Novel Studies
contact email: 

Society for Novel Studies

Biennial Conference 

Call for Papers: The Novel’s New Worlds

St. John’s College, University of Oxford

April 2-4, 2020


Highlights of the conference include:

Keynote lecture by Leah Price 

Special panel on Novel Objects (RÊVE: European Romanticisms in Association)

Keyword and Novel Seminars lead by  Nancy Armstrong – Adelene Buckland – Paul Crosthwaite – Mark Currie – Merve Emre –Alex Houen –  Yoon Sun Lee – Deidre Lynch – B. Venkat Mani –Ellen Rooney – Helen Small – Vanessa Smith –Aarthi Vadde

Peripatetic seminar on speculative fiction led by John Plotz


The Society of Novel Studies invites proposals for its 2020 conference. The conference theme of “The Novel’s New Worlds” invites a broad approach that explores the theory of the novel as it enters into different geographies and forms.

Proposals may address one or more of these themes, but need not be limited to them:

  • · The beginnings and endings of novels
  • · The novel in Europe

Travels to and from the New World

  • · Fictional new worlds
  • · New theories of the novel
  • · Old novels made new


Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent to

Proposals for complete panels of 3-4 papers are welcome. All panels should last 90 minutes.

PhD students whose proposals are accepted will be offered free or low-cost single-bedroom college accommodation, subject to availability. 


Deadline for proposals: 1  November 2019