Calls for Papers

Open calls for papers

See individual event pages for more detailed event summaries and submission guidelines.


Comic Epidemic: Cartoons, Caricatures and Graphic Novels, 16-17 February 2018

Both allowing governments to reach broad and diverse audiences, and critics of governmental policies to effectively undermine dominant outbreak narratives, comics are perhaps the most democratic and creative mode of fixing and destabilising truth as regards epidemic crises like SARS, Ebola or Zika in the twenty-first century. At the same time 'comic epidemics' have risen to be a popular theme in the realm of graphic novels proper, with works like The Walking Dead or the Argentinean best-seller Dengue dwelling upon the graphic narration of imaginary outbreaks to communicate commentaries on social collapse, survival ethics and the human condition at large.

Though often illustrating historical or anthropological works of epidemic disease, the comic figuration of epidemics has remained an analytically unexamined area. 

We are soliciting papers from across the social sciences and the medical humanities that examine the emergence, utilisation and transformation of comics, caricatures and animation in relation to epidemic disease, and the prospects and risks of their use in epidemic prevention, preparedness and control.

Those interested in participating in the conference should send a title and abstract of 300-400 words to Lukas Engelmann ( and Christos Lynteris ( by 15 December 2017.

Successful applicants from the call for papers will be offered two nights' accommodation in Cambridge and up to £100 in support towards travel costs. 

For more information, please visit the conference homepage


Reimagining the Cooperative: An Interdisciplinary Conversation, 20-21 June 2018    

We invite papers from across the social sciences and humanities (anthropology, history, geography, economics, political sciences, development studies) and from emerging and established scholars, to contribute to an interdisciplinary workshop aimed at re-theorizing contemporary and historic cooperative practice.

There has been considerable and sustained interested in cooperatives across the humanities and social sciences. Yet these approaches, which centre upon cooperatives’ status as economic organizations, political projects, and sites of meaning and value-making, remain largely siloed within specific disciplines. In anthropology, political science, and sociology, much of the debate has centred on whether cooperatives constitute a launch-pad for radical departures from prevailing social and economic conditions, or whether they instead reinforce the status quo. Other work, particularly in economics and development studies, has focused on more explicitly descriptive and applied ends: analysing the structure, efficiency, and successes/failures of particular cooperative projects, often in order to contribute to the advancement of cooperative entities overall.

What can we gain from bringing these strands of research together? Is it possible for us to move discussions of cooperatives beyond a consideration of structural politics and applied approaches, and what are the implications of this? What other (shared) avenues of analysis are open to us as cooperative scholars?

Participants are invited to consider the following:

  • Theoretical reconsiderations of the cooperative as social form and political potentiality
  • History and historiography of cooperatives, the cooperative movement, and cooperative ‘experiments’
  • The practice of cooperatives as 'total social institutions' and sites of meaning and value-making  
  • Continuities and frictions between cooperatives, the state, development NGOs, and market actors
  • Micro-politics: governance, collective labour, and membership
  • Theoretical and analytical connections between cooperatives and other types of communal and collaborative working associations (labour unions, collectives, informal work groups, the sharing economy, mutual and co-owned business, and associations)

Please send a 300-word abstract and short CV to Corinna Howland, cfh39 [at] by 20 December 2017. Applicants will be notified if they have been accepted by 5 January 2018.

Successful applicants will then be asked to submit a 3000-word paper by April 20th, 2018 for circulation among the workshop participants. This, together with a fifteen-minute presentation, will form the basis of the workshop discussions.

Accommodation, lunches, and a workshop dinner will be provided for speakers.

For more information, please visit the workshop homepage.