Call for papers

Campus – University of Stavanger

University of Stavanger

EXTENDED DEADLINE: February 10, 2018.

The International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature (IGEL) invites submissions to the 2018 biennial conference across all areas of the empirical study of literature and media, including but not limited to, cognitive processing of literature, literature/media and culture, neuroscience and literature, literary reception, reading and emotion, historical study of literature, and corpus analysis of literature.

Submissions may be accepted either as spoken presentations (individual papers or parts of pre-organized symposia) or as poster presentations. The format of spoken presentations (whether paper or symposia) is 20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion.

The review committee requires a summary of the presentation. The summary should be 600-800 words and contain a short introduction, a description of the methods as appropriate, and a brief conclusion. The committee will not accept papers or posters based on data that have yet to be collected. Acceptance decisions will be communicated to the authors by March 15, 2018.

Submission Online submission system
(click on the “Abstracts” tab)

Submitters must provide the following information for each submission (see online registration for details):

  1. Author information
  2. Co-authors (if any)
  3. Three to five relevant keywords
  4. A 100-word abstract
  5. You indicate the format (poster, paper, symposium paper) by ticking the appropriate box

Submitters download/attach the above-mentioned summary, which should include a title and be no longer than 600-800 words (not including bibliography). Please do NOT include author information in the summary.

It should contain a short theoretical introduction/framework, methodological overview (including quantitative or qualitative approach), key findings, and a brief discussion. The summary should be saved using a generic name (e.g. summary.pdf). Proposals that exceed the specified length will not be reviewed.

Inquiries about the submission process or the conference should be sent to (please put “IGEL” in the subject line).


Format: A symposium includes a minimum of three and a maximum of four speakers (each with 20 min presentation + 10 min discussion). Suggestions for Symposia should be emailed to before February 10, with “IGEL Symposium Proposal” as the subject line, and should include

1) an overall symposium title

2) an overall symposium abstract (max. 300 words)

3) a list of speakers (including affiliations)

4) titles and summaries (max. 200 words) of each speaker’s contribution

Chair/discussant may also serve as speaker, i.e. fill one of the maximum of four slots in a symposium. Accepted symposium proposals will then have to be submitted following the same guidelines as regular proposals by using the online registration described above.

Outstanding Student Paper Award

IGEL will give an Outstanding Student Paper Award. In order to be considered for this award, the first author must be a graduate student, and the student’s supervisor must send a recommendation to describing the student’s contribution to the research project. First authors should indicate the eligibility of their submission using the provided checkbox during the submission process.

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EXTENDED DEADLINE: February 10, 2018.

Additional Information

The official website of IGEL:
The IGEL 2018 conference website:

We look forward to seeing you in Stavanger for the 2018 IGEL conference!