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Hosted by the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, and the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (CEAUL/ULICES), the 13th biennialCrossroads 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.


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).

We hope that the Lisbon 2020 Crossroads will bring Cultural Studies scholars into inter- and cross-disciplinary and institutional dialogues through conference presentations, film screenings, exhibits, book launches and roundtables. Building also on existing research at CEAUL/ULICES within the scope of Cultural Studies, this event will contribute to the development of opportunities for networking and future research collaborations. Our goal is to provide a platform to promote the exchange of knowledge, research outputs and experiences, and encourage the creation of further links among scholars and practitioners.


The deadline for the abstract submission and panel proposals deadline is set on 30th November 2019.

Submission of individual paper proposals or pre-organised session proposals for a full panel are welcome. Please note:

Session duration: 90 minutes

Minimum number of presentations per session: 3

Presentation duration: Not exceeding 20 minutes per paper

Session format: Usually presentation of individual papers followed by discussion and Q&A. Other session formats may be proposed.

1) Individual paper proposals

Proposals must be submitted through our dedicated online platform.

The following information is required:

  • name of author,

  • e-mail address,

  • name of associated institution; and

  • paper abstract of 150 words maximum.

2) Pre-organised sessions

The conference welcomes full session proposals that include a chair, three paper presenters and discussants (if desired). Session proposals may also contain four papers but must adjust the presentation time to fit within a 90-minute session.

Pre-organised panels/sessions may also be proposed. Proposals must also be submitted through our online platform. Only the corresponding author will need to create an account and should submit all details for all authors as follows:

The following information is required:

  • name of all author/presenters,

  • e-mail address of all author/presenters,

  • name of associated institution for all author/presenters,

  • session title in the “title” field; and

  • a list of at least three presenters, paper titles, and abstracts in the order they should appear in the program (maximum total word count 600).

Session Organisers may ask the Organising Committee to arrange multiple sessions for a topic if they have at least six presenters. Proposed multiple sessions must be theme-based and titled rather than adding I, II, etc. to the same title. Each session must also have a different proposed chair.

The Organising Committee will issue a conditional acceptance of proposed individual papers and sessions by e-mail to the corresponding author. Upon completion of registration, the committee will issue a formal acceptance letter to registered participants and list it as “Confirmed” on the conference website.

All presenters (including all session organisers and participants) must be registered for the conference. An individual paper or session is considered “Proposed” rather than “Confirmed” if all its participants have not completed registration. The status of “Proposed” sessions or papers will be updated to “Confirmed” once all registration is completed. In cases where not all participants register, the Organising Committee may make arrangements to reorganise a session with other registered participants and may change the title of the session if necessary. If, for any reason, a Session Organiser is unable to follow through on the commitment of Organising a session, the Session Organiser should contact the Organising Committee immediately.


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

The Association for Cultural Studies will offer a small number of grants to assist participants from ACS under-represented regions with travel accommodation or registration expenses.

More information will follow.

Information on registration will follow soon, along with more confirmed speakers.


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