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(Archived) Call for Papers: Short Forms in the Classroom: Breaking Down Boundaries

Extended Deadline for abstract submissions: 28 February 2023
University of Angers, France – 10-12 July 2023


The University of Angers is organizing a closing conference for the Short Forms Beyond Borders (SFBB) pedagogical innovation project (European Erasmus + "Strategic Partnerships") on July 10-12, 2023. These three days will be structured as a "Multiplier Event," i.e. a conference which aims to share the results of the project and initiate a reflection about its impact through the organization of conferences, workshops, and round tables. The SFBB project draws connections between research and innovative pedagogy through a focus on "short forms." The diverse objects of study and tools in short formats can be the following: news, micro-news, tweets, pitches, Facebook or Instagram posts, short videos, short fiction, fanfiction, short films, news flashes, street art, cartoons, songs, etc.

The conference will be addressed to not only short form specialists but also primary and secondary school teachers interested in pedagogy and didactics. It also aims to reach a wider audience who might be curious to know more about these short forms which have always been associated with education, but are particularly present in contemporary modes of information and communication, often in ways of which we are not aware.  

We are looking for 20 to 25-minute papers about any aspect of short crime fiction in the English-speaking world including stories published individually in magazines, short story series, cycles or collections, anthologies, radio and television series or short plays. Papers on short crime fiction for young adults or children as well as adults are welcome.


This interdisciplinary and international meeting will allow the partners of the project to present the results of their activities in innovative pedagogy with short formats to not only the pedagogical and scientific community, but also to researchers from various disciplines in the humanities, languages and social sciences. We would like to continue to reflect upon these short forms that we often struggle to define and therefore welcome presentations or activities (innovative forms are welcome) about the following topics

- Short forms and pedagogical practices

- Short literary, audiovisual and cultural forms

- Short forms and tourism

- Short forms and social mediation

- Short forms and migration

- Etc.

Practical Details

Languages of the conference: English and French

In person attendance is required (no online presentations will be allowed), but a hybrid format will be considered for foreign audiences to attend the discussions and conferences.

A peer-reviewed publication is planned for conference presentations.

How to Submit

Please send a brief (300-word) description of your proposed presentation, along with a brief (150-word) bio-bibliography to the following addresses by 31 January 2023:

Cécile Meynard:

Michelle Ryan:

Emmanuel Vernadakis:

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