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.

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

COVID 19 Update

Dear all, 


We hope this finds you safe and well in this turbulent time. We are very sorry for the delay in responding to submissions. As you probably know, we received an amazing amount of abstracts; we are so grateful for your interest in Figuring out Feeling and the work you put in! 


Due to the pandemic, we are looking into postponing the conference, and we’ll be in touch with more information when we have a clearer picture of what the upcoming months will look like, both in France and internationally. We will be able to make decisions about submissions once we have secured confirmation from our supporting funding partners, as postponing may affect funding and the amount of delegates we are able to extend an invitation to. 


We understand that this is an uncomfortable situation and we’re working on giving you an answer as soon as possible, but we do not recommend that you make travel plans for the time being. Please be assured that we are very committed to making this conference happen, and we are trying to figure out the safest and best possible way to do this. Thank you so much for your patience! In the meantime, please stay safe and take care of yourselves. We will be in touch soon with more information. 


With our best wishes, and warm but distant feelings,


Cécile, Polly & Constance

1st - 2nd July 2020, Paris

Follow us on twitter @figuringfeeling


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