IGEL 2020

Call for papers IGEL Conference 2020!

The International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature (IGEL) invites submissions to the 2020 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.

For individual papers reporting research,* the summary should contain a short introduction, a description of the methods used, the key results, and a brief conclusion. Although research reports have priority, individual papers that address theory development and generic methodological issues will also be considered, provided they have clear implications for empirical studies of literature. For either category of paper proposal, the summary should be 600-800 words. Note: The committee will not accept proposals based on data that have yet to be collected.

The Society also invites proposals for coordinated sets of 3-4 individual papers on a chosen topic (see Symposia below), as well as proposals for individual posters that present preliminary and promising research reports.

Acceptance decisions will be communicated to the authors by March 20, 2020.

Submitters should also provide the following information for each submission.

  1. Author information
  2. Co-authors (if any)
  3. Three to five relevant keywords
  4. A 100-word abstract
  5. Indication of the format (poster, paper, symposium paper).

Submissions should be sent to IGEL2020@liverpool.ac.uk by January 10 2020.


Format: A symposium includes a minimum of three and a maximum of four speakers (each with 20 min presentation + 10 min discussion). (Chair/discussant may also serve as speaker, i.e. fill one of the maximum four slots in a symposium.) 

Suggestions for Symposia 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 of each speaker’s contribution in the format specified for papers 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 IGEL2020@liverpool.ac.uk 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.

Additional Information

The IGEL 2020 conference website: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/english/our-events/IGEL2020/

We look forward to seeing you in Liverpool for the 2020 IGEL conference!