Concourse: 03/07/17


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The European Conference on Arts and Humanities 2017 (ECAH2017)

The Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront, Brighton, United Kingdom
uesday, July 11 - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 30, 2017
Registration Deadline for Presenters: June 1, 2017

Conference Theme: “History, Story, Narrative”

Historians are far from the only interested party in writing history. In a sense it is an interest we all share – whether we are talking politics, region, family birthright, or even personal experience. We are both spectators to the process of history while being intimately situated within its impact and formations.

How, then, best to write it? Is it always the victor’s version? Have we not begun increasingly to write “history from below,” that lived by those who are not at the top of the power hierarchy? Are accounts of history always gender-inflected, hitherto at least men rather than women? Who gets to tell history if the issue is colonialism or class? How does geography, the power of place, intersect with history? What is the status of the personal story or narrative within the larger frame of events?

This conference addresses issues of writing history from literary and other discursive perspectives. That is to say: novels, plays, poems, autobiography, memoir, diary, travel log, and a variety of styles of essay. One thinks of Shakespeare’s history plays, Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Shi Nai’an’s The Water Margin, Balzac’s La Comédie Humaine. It also addresses oral history, the spoken account or witness, Hiroshima survivor to modern Syrian migrant

Which also connects to the nexus of media and history. The great “historical” films continue to hold us, be it Eisenstein’s October: Ten Days That Shook the World (1925) or Gone with the Wind (1940). We live in an age of documentaries, whether film or TV. There is a view that we also inhabit “instant” history, the download to laptop, the app, the all-purpose mobile. How has this technology changed our perception, our lived experience, of history? What is the role of commemoration, parade, holiday, festival, or statuary, in the writing of history?

The different modes by which we see and understand history, flow and counter-flow, nevertheless come back to certain basics.

One asks whether we deceive ourselves in always asking for some grand narrative. Can there only be one narrator or is history of necessity a colloquium, contested ground? Is national history a myth? And history-writing itself: is it actually a form of fiction, an artifice which flatters to deceive? What, exactly, is a historical fact?

This conference, we hope, will address these perspectives and others which connect and arise.

For the fourth consecutive year, The European Conference on Arts & Humanities will be held alongside The European Conference on Media, Communication & Film. Registration for either of these conferences will allow participants to attend sessions in the other.

In conjunction with our global partners, we look forward to extending a warm welcome to you in Brighton.

Conference Theme and Streams: "History, Story, Narrative"

The conference theme for ECAH2017 is "History, Story, Narrative", and the organisers encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions across a variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives.

Submissions are organised into the following thematic streams:

  • Arts - Teaching and Learning the Arts
  • Arts - Arts Policy, Management and Advocacy
  • Arts - Arts Theory and Criticism
  • Arts - Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts
  • Arts - Visual Arts Practices
  • Arts - Performing Arts Practices: Theater, Dance, Music
  • Arts - Literary Arts Practices
  • Arts - Media Arts Practices: Television, Multimedia, Digital, Online and Other New Media
  • Arts - Other Arts
  • Humanities - Media, Film Studies, Theatre, Communication
  • Humanities - Aesthetics, Design
  • Humanities - Language, Linguistics
  • Humanities - Knowledge
  • Humanities - Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness
  • Humanities - History, Historiography
  • Humanities - Literature/Literary Studies
  • Humanities - Political Science, Politics
  • Humanities - Teaching and Learning
  • Humanities - Globalisation
  • Humanities - Ethnicity, Difference, Identity
  • Humanities - Immigration, Refugees, Race, Nation
  • Humanities - First Nations and Indigenous Peoples
  • Humanities - Sexuality, Gender, Families
  • Humanities - Religion, Spirituality
  • Humanities - Cyberspace, Technology
  • Humanities - Science, Environment and the Humanities
  • Humanities - Other Humanities

Conference Proceedings

Once you have registered, you can submit your final paper via the online submission system anytime until August 12, 2017.

Final papers are only accepted in a Microsoft Word format. Please download our Final Paper Template and read the Final Paper Submission Guidelines.

The Official Conference Proceedings will be published online in a PDF format under an ISSN issued by the National Diet Library of Japan on September 12, 2017.

Abstract Submission Process

In order to present at the conference, your abstract must first pass a double blind peer review. Upon payment of registration fees, your presentation will be confirmed. Learn more about conference streams.

Abstracts submission: Extended to April 30, 2017
Results of abstract reviews returned to authors: Usually within two weeks of submission
Full conference registration payment for all presenters: June 1, 2017
Full paper submission: August 12, 2017
How to Submit
Create your account. Your email address will be used as your username and you will be asked to submit a password.
Submit your abstract of no more than 250 words, choosing from the presentation formats listed below (Individual, Poster or Virtual).
Submit well before the submission deadline in order to benefit from Early Bird rates.
Your proposal will normally be reviewed within two to three weeks after undergoing a double blind peer review. Those who submit near the extended deadline will usually receive results by May 14, 2017.
If your proposal is accepted you will be invited to register for the conference. Upon payment of the registration fee, you will be sent a confirmation email receipt.
Status of Submission
The status of your abstract can be checked by logging in to the online submission system. The status will be displayed in the "Your Submissions" area. If your paper is accepted, a notification email will be sent to the registered email address. If you do not receive this email, please contact us at

You can return to the system at any time using your username and password to edit your personal information. If you wish your paper to be published in the conference proceedings, please ensure that a paper is uploaded through the online system by August 12, 2017.

– The ECAH2017 Organising Committee (