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The 12th Biennial Symbiosis Conference, 2019


A Symbiosis and University of Dundee Event

The 12th Biennial Symbiosis Conference, 2019:
A Symbiosis and University of Dundee Event

Venue: University of Dundee, Scotland, UK
Dates: Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July, 2019




The 12th Biennial Symbiosis Conference will take place at the University of Dundee, Scotland, 11-14 July 2019. As ever, we welcome paper and panel proposals on all areas of Transatlantic literary exchange.

In addition to the general call for papers, there will be three special themes:
• Transatlantic Bicentennials (George Eliot and Herman Melville amongst others)
• Transatlantic Detective Fiction
• Transatlantic Comics


Venue: University of Dundee, Scotland, UK.


Dundee in the spotlight:
Dundee is one of the great powerhouses of comics production, not just in the UK, but internationally. The publisher DC Thomson is at the heart of the city, and many of the top comics creators in Britain began their careers with the company or have been inspired by Dundee’s comics. It is therefore fitting that Dundee hosts annual events that celebrate this legacy, and that the University of Dundee offers courses in Comics Studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The University of Dundee is a world leader in Anatomy and Human Identification and hosts the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science. Harnessing this scientific expertise, Dundee now offers a Masters in Creative Writing: Crime Fiction and Forensic Investigation. Scotland has a flourishing crime writing scene with several crime festivals in stunning historic locations celebrating the ‘tartan noir’ phenomenon.
Located on the east coast, Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city, and one of the easiest to get to. It has a regional airport, but Edinburgh and Glasgow airports are also conveniently close. 90% of Scotland is within 90 minutes’ drive, with famous castles, lochs and golf courses easy to visit even for a daytrip.

Please send proposals to Dr. Aliki Varvogli (, using ‘Symbiosis 2019’ as your subject.

Deadline for proposals: 30 January 2019.


Symbiosis was launched in 1997 to address the artificial divide between literatures in English on either side of the Atlantic, a divide recognized by few creative writers but institutionalized in the modern academic community. The journal is uniquely concerned with studies of transatlantic literary and cultural relations between the British Isles and the Americas. It remains interested in all genres, all theoretical approaches and all periods from the beginnings of both a transnational and Anglophone America to the present.


"Symbiosis stands alone as the journal of transatlantic literatures in English, and thus helpfully monopolizes a huge, still-evolving area of cultural interest. Symbiosis is unique and compelling." Robert Weisbuch, author of Atlantic Double-Cross: American Literature and British Influence in the Age of Emerson (1989).

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