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Figuring out Feeling

Emotion in the arts and literature of the anglophone world, 19th-21st century

International Conference  

Université de Paris

Figuring out Feeling is an international, interdisciplinary conference exploring the place of emotion in the arts and literature of the anglophone world (19th-21st c.), as well as in our own practices of creation, teaching and research — with an emphasis on the ambivalent, elusive, troublesome aspects of feeling.


COVID 19 Update - March 2021

Dear all, 


We hope that this email finds you safe and well wherever you’re based. We are writing to consult you about the future of Figuring out Feeling! 


But first, we would like to apologise for not having written in a while. We loved reading your abstracts and appreciate the work you have put into the project, and we understand the frustration that comes with endlessly postponed or cancelled events, as well as the specific difficulties they pose for precarious researchers. The pandemic has thrown multiple spanners in the works for Figuring out Feeling with a cocktail of personal issues, changes in affiliation, increased teaching loads, and partial loss of funding. Like many postgraduate researchers (and researchers in general!) we have found it hard to focus and plan over this past year. But we have also been impressed by the innovative online workshops, seminars and conferences that have created spaces for community and collaboration in the middle of all this. 


There are a number of different ways that we could take FOF at this point, and this is where you can help! We would like your input so that we can proceed in the way that will best enable people to take part in the project. Would you be interested in seeing: 

  • A lecture series

  • A podcast

  • An online journal/blog

  • A research network with a mailing list

  • An online conference 

  • An in-person conference?


We have made a quick survey for everyone who submitted a proposal to the conference, which you can fill out here. We’d be very grateful for your answers, which will help us decide how best to move forward.


Thank you for your patience and your continued interest in Figuring out Feeling!


Best wishes, 


Cécile, Polly & Constance


How to apply

Papers: ​individual papers should be 15 minutes long. To apply, please send an abstract of no more than 300 words along with a short bio (max. 100 words) to f​​ ​by 31st January ​2020​.


Panels and roundtables​: panels should consist of three 15-min paper presentations. To apply, please send a proposal of no more than 400 words along with short bios of participants (max. 100 words) to​ ​by 31st January​ 2020​.

Non-traditional formats (​performance, screening, small exhibition, workshop): please feel free to contact us ahead of the deadline (​31st January 2020)​ with any thoughts or initial enquiries.

Paper guidelines

Papers should be written ​in English,​ with oral delivery in mind, in a clear, easily digestible style. The approximate length of a 15-min paper is 6 to 8 pages (double spaced), or about 2,000-400 words. If you would like to see examples of successful abstracts, check out the Modernist Review's Community Resource Pack. We look forward to reading your work!

Attendance and fees

We welcome contributions from all: students, researchers, artists, activists, academics, and enthusiasts!


Fees for the conference, and details of how to pay, will appear shortly.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us or tweet at us @f​iguringfeeling​.

We look forward to hearing from you!

With feeling,

Cécile, Polly & Constance

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