The European Network for Short Fiction Research will hold its annual conference in Dublin, April 17-18, 2015. This year’s theme is “Reading Short Fiction in Transnational Contexts”, and abstracts are now being accepted at 

Much scholarly work has been done in recent years on the idea of transnationalism in 
literary studies, but the extent to which the term relates to works of short fiction has 
not yet received sustained scrutiny. This conference aims to address this scholarly 
lacuna with a series of lectures and panel discussions on a range of issues including 
(but not limited to) the following:
• The transnational origins of short fiction 
• Short fiction between nations 
• Short fiction and nation-building
• Short fiction and the idea of the nation
• Short fiction as transnational form
• Short fiction between national cultures
• Reading short fiction across nations
• Short fiction authors between states
• Short fiction and its international audiences
• Short fiction and issues in translation
• Short fiction and the nation state
• Short fiction and the transatlantic world
• Short fiction in Europe
• Short fiction and empire
• Short fiction and the gendering of nation
In addition to papers on these and other topics, the conference will include a panel 
discussion on the first five years of Best European Fiction, an annual anthology of 
short fiction in English (and translation into English) published by the Dalkey Archive
Press. The conference will also include some readings by contemporary Irish short 
fiction writers.
300-word abstracts for 20-minute papers should be sent to no 
later than midnight on the 1st of December 2014. Contributors should also send a 
short biographical note indicating institutional affiliation. A provisional conference 
programme will be announced in early January 2015.
It is envisaged that conference proceedings will be published as a special issue of the 
peer-reviewed journal Short Fiction in Theory and Practice:,id=196/
For further information about the European Network for Short Fiction Research see:

Download the CFP in PDF here: CfP ENSFR conference April 2015 Dublin