Call for Papers 2018


For the 13th year running, the University of Nottingham will be hosting the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies [SPLAS] Postgraduate Community Forum. This year’s event will be open to any students working on Spanish and/or Portuguese-speaking countries or cultures, from Midlands3Cities institutions and beyond, and from any disciplinary background. The Forum will take place at the University of Nottingham on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June 2018.

This event will offer both cultural activities (day 1) and a day of student panels (day 2). The theme of the first day’s activities will be “Music and Resistance”, including a round table of experts researching in this field, followed by live performances of Spanish and Portuguese language protest music – with special guest musicians. On the second day, students will have the opportunity to present their research, gain useful feedback, and build inter-institutional and cross-discipline relationships in a relaxed and supportive environment. Students are invited to submit abstracts for 10 or 20-minute papers, on any aspect relating to the study of Spanish/Portuguese-speaking countries, cultures or issues. Finally, the Forum will end that evening with a group networking dinner at a local Brazilian-owned pub.

We are accepting abstracts from postgraduate students from any disciplinary background.*

Possible subject areas may include, but are not limited to:

  • History
  • Language/ Linguistics
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Literature
  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • Education
  • Music
  • Art
  • Film Studies
  • Politics
  • Gender/Sexuality
  • Anthropology

*Abstracts for presentations via video-conferencing will be considered for delegates who cannot physically attend.

The deadline for submissions is 26th March. Abstracts should be limited to 200 words with 3 key words, and bio-blurbs should be no more than 100 words. To submit your abstract please fill out the following form ( Successful applicants will be notified by the end of April. Due to the inter-disciplinary nature of the Forum, we would like all papers and presentations to be in English. If this is a problem please let us know when sending in your abstract. Any queries should be directed to