Call for Papers: Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 28-31 July 2020


  • 30 November 2019: Abstract submission and panel proposals deadline
  • 15 January 2020: Notification of acceptance

Call for Papers:

Hosted by the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, and the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (CEAUL/ULICES), the 13th biennial “Crossroads in Cultural Studies” Conference will bring scholars together in Lisbon, Portugal to engage with the past, present and future of Cultural Studies scholarship. The conference will take place from 28 to 31 July 2020 in Lisbon, a unique city that will offer a vibrant cultural backdrop for the scholarly programme.

The Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference has played an important role in the creation of a global discussion on Cultural Studies. It has become a major international conference where scholars from all five continents gather regularly to exchange views and insights on current research. Co-organised by the CEAUL/ULICES and the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS) in 2020, the Crossroads conference is held every other year in different parts of the world. Previous conferences have taken place in Birmingham (United Kingdom), Urbana-Champaign (USA), Istanbul (Turkey), Kingston (Jamaica), Hong Kong (China), Paris (France), Tampere (Finland), Sydney (Australia) and Shanghai (China).

While the research of our invited keynotes and plenary speakers mostly gravitates around the issues of labour and precarities, decolonizing knowledge and the refugee “crisis” in the Mediterranean, the conference is open to all topics relevant to Cultural Studies. Suggested topics, drawing on the work of our invited keynote, plenary and spotlight speakers, and on more general themes in Cultural Studies research, include:

  • (Anti-)consumption and everyday life

  • Adaptation cultures

  • Borders and mobilities

  • Critical and cultural theory

  • Culture, gender and decolonisation

  • Culture, gender and sexuality

  • Dance cultures

  • Data cultures

  • Digital infrastructure

  • Diversity, culture, governance

  • Extraction: cultures and industries

  • Food cultural studies

  • Gender, sexuality, race and class in the Anthropocene

  • Globalisation and culture

  • Human/non-human relations

  • Indigenous knowledge and politics

  • Managing cities

  • Media regulation: from censorship to piracy

  • Migrant cultural studies

  • Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies

  • Popular affect online

  • Popular cultures and genres

  • Public culture and cultural policy

  • Race, racism and postcoloniality

  • Refugee “crisis” in the Mediterranean

  • Religious diversity

  • Rethinking the human and the post-human

  • Rural cultural studies

  • Screen and media cultures

  • Securitization

  • Transforming/globalising/decolonising universities

  • Urban imaginaries

One response to “Call for Papers: Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 28-31 July 2020”

  1. Danielle Karanjeet Julie de Feo-Giet Avatar
    Danielle Karanjeet Julie de Feo-Giet


    I applied for the conference but wasn’t informed one way or another as to my acceptance. Could I please confirm?