The 12th Biennial Symbiosis Conference, 1114 July 2019, University of Dundee.

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. 


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.




Payment can be made by cheque (made payable to "Symbiosis" and mailed to Chris Gair), by PayPal, or by bank transfer. Please contact the organisers for account details. 

Symbiosis stages a biennial conference featuring keynote addresses, panels, workshops and excursions. Papers engage with a variety of transatlantic and/or transnational topics in the literatures and cultural histories of the Atlantic world. The conferences have been held in the following locations:

1997: The College of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth, England
1999: The University of the West of England, Bristol, England
2001: The College of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth, England
2003: The University of Edinburgh, Scotland
2005: Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
2007: Brunel University, London, England
2009: Suffolk University, Boston, USA
2011: The University of Glasgow, Scotland
2013: Brunel University London, England
2015: University of Essex, Colchester, England
2017: Daemen College and University at Buffalo, USA

We welcome expressions of interest in staging future conferences. Please contact the editors.