38th Annual ACIS Conference

Oporto, Portugal

   7 – 9 SEPTEMBER 2016  


The Association will hold its 38th Conference, organised jointly by the Universidade Católica Porto, University of East Anglia and University of Westminster, from 7 to 9 September 2016. The conference will take place at the Universidade Católica Porto with accommodation available at the renowned hotels Casa Diocesana – Seminário de Vilar and Hotel Boa Vista.

You are cordially invited to offer a paper, panel, or workshop presentation. Proposals for individual papers as well as panels on specific themes (max. four papers per panel) are encouraged. Any proposed panel should be organised by one convenor who will be responsible for inviting the speakers and chairing the session. You are also invited to suggest any speakers you think would be willing to offer a paper, but please note that ACIS does not normally offer a fee or expenses for speakers.

ACIS encourages proposals from postgraduate students and a small number of partial conference fee bursaries are available – please see application process details below and encourage your students to consider this.

Below are the suggested thematic areas for papers and panels, which must advance understanding of contemporary socio-cultural, economic and political issues and realities and relate primarily to Spain and/or Portugal. Both single-disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged and the themes listed below are not exclusive.

  • Politics, Government, International Relations, the EU, Nationalism, Regionalisms
  • Economics, Business, Labour, Social and Welfare issues
  • Cultural production in all its forms (e.g. film, television, journalism, literature,

media, advertising, digital communication & social networking)

  • Social and Cultural Studies (e.g. identity, gender, ethnicity, popular culture)
  • Leisure, Tourism, Sport
  • Contemporary history
  • Language, Linguistics, Language Policy
  • Education and Pedagogy

The selection of panels/papers will be made by the Conference programme convenors in consultation with the Executive Committee and these decisions will be final. Papers will be allocated 30 minutes on the programme (20 mins for the paper 10 mins for discussion).

We will shortly be announcing the keynote speakers for the conference on our ACIS website. Keynote speakers in previous years have included novelist Use Lahoz, journalist and writer Elvira Lindo, historian and diplomat Professor Angel Viñas and the Association’s President, historian Professor Paul Preston.

If you wish to offer a paper, please see the Guidelines for Papers (on the next page) and send your proposal to the ACIS 2016 Programme Convenor (María Gómez-Bedoya, University of East-Anglia) at the email address: m.gomez-bedoya@uea.ac.uk by Friday 1 April 2016. Informal enquiries concerning papers and topics are welcome before the deadlines. Details concerning conference registration will be made available in due course on the ACIS website http://www.iberianstudies.net. Please visit this site for further information about the Association.



Please include the following information for your paper/panel proposal. Please note that proposals will be accepted in any of the following languages: English, Spanish or Portuguese.

NAME OF APPLICANT (including title – e.g. Dr, Prof, …):





Please indicate if you are proposing a Paper or a Panel:

IF PROPOSING A PANEL, Please state Panel title, list papers and provide an abstract for each paper (max. 4 papers per panel).

TITLE AND ABSTRACT OF PAPER (approx. 150 words):

Please send your proposal by Friday 1 April 2016 to:

ACIS 2016 Conference Programme Convenor (María Gómez-Bedoya, University of East Anglia at our email address: m.gomez-bedoya@uea.ac.uk



Final date for applications will be Friday 1 April 2016



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