[CFP] TSA 19th Annual Conference

Transatlantic Studies Association
19th Annual Conference
Centre for International Studies, ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon
5-7 July 2021


Call for Papers

Submissions are invited for the 2021 Annual Conference


Professor Andrew Moravcsik (Princeton University)

“Why meeting NATO’s 2% target would make Europe (and the West) less secure”


Professor Anna Brickhouse (University of Virginia)
Mayflower Lecture

   “From Lima to Lisbon: Earthquake History in the Making”      

Co-sponsored by the University of Plymouth:

 ‘Mayflower 400: Atlantic Crossings’


Dr Dan Plesch (SOAS, University of London)

Twilight or New Dawn in Transatlantic Relations?”


A Roundtable discussion on:

Southern Transatlantic Connections and the Cold War


The TSA is a broad network of scholars who use the ‘transatlantic’ as a frame of reference for their work in a variety of disciplines, including (but not limited to): history, politics and international relations, and literary studies. All transatlantic-themed paper and panel proposals from these and related disciplines are welcome.

The conference is organised around a number of subject themes, each of which is convened by members of the conference programme committee. If you would like to discuss your paper or panel proposal prior to submission, please contact the relevant programme committee members. This year’s subject themes are: 

  1. Diplomatic and international history
    David Ryan, [email protected], Chris Jespersen, [email protected]
  1. Political and intellectual history
    Joe Renouard, [email protected], Ana Monica Fonseca, [email protected] 
  1. Social, cultural and religious history

Kristin Cook, [email protected], Constance Post, [email protected]

  1. International Relations and Security Studies

Luís Rodrigues, [email protected], Joe Renouard, [email protected]  

  1. Literature, film, and theatre
    Donna Gessell, [email protected], Finn Pollard, [email protected]
  1. Business and finance

Thomas Mills, [email protected], António Monteiro, [email protected]

  1. Latin America in a transatlantic context

Robert Howes, [email protected], Pedro Seabra, [email protected]

  1. Ethnicity, race and migration

Kristin Cook, [email protected], Ana Lúcia Sá, [email protected]   

Special subject theme:

‘Mayflower 400: Atlantic Crossings’

The TSA is pleased to join the University of Plymouth, England in welcoming proposals that seek to place the Mayflower voyage within an Atlantic context, and that offer an opportunity to better understand, interrogate and develop the political, religious, scientific and economic forces which shaped the Atlantic world in this historical moment and beyond. In commemorating ‘Mayflower 400’, we seek to uncover and enable voices and identities which forged, or were forged by, Atlantic crossings of many kinds. The 2021 TSA conference thus welcomes scholars focusing on the Mayflower voyage and its legacies, or on early America from historical/cultural/literary perspectives.


Conference Format and COVID-19

The TSA is fully committed to hosting an annual conference in 2021 and sincerely hopes to meet in Lisbon as currently planned. We are however acutely aware of the impediments currently posed by the COVID-19 pandemic on mass gatherings, international travel and university finances. The TSA Management Committee and 2021 conference organisers will continue carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will follow guidance from relevant national health agencies. The conference format will be adapted towards a blended or online setting in response to the evolving situation with the pandemic. We do not anticipate restrictions caused by the pandemic being an impediment to anyone wishing to present at the conference and will keep all those who have submitted papers informed of any changes to the planned format.


Submissions to the 2020 Call for Papers

At its annual meeting in 2020, the TSA Management Committee agreed to honour acceptances of papers and panels submitted for the 2020 conference for the TSA conference in 2021, should those concerned wish to attend. Acceptance letters for those who have not yet received them will be emailed shortly. All those who submitted papers and panels for the 2020 conference will be contacted shortly to explain the next steps for participating in the 2021 conference.

Other formats

In addition to the subject themes above, we welcome papers and panels on any aspect of transatlantic studies. Interdisciplinary papers and panels are particularly welcome, as are innovative formats, such as roundtables, workshops or multimedia presentations.

Submission Instructions

Panel proposals should constitute three or four presenters and a Chair (as well as a discussant if desired). Panel proposals should be sent by email as one document attachment to [email protected], and include:

  • 300-word overview of the panel theme;
  • 300-word abstracts for each of the papers;
  • 100-word author biographies;
  • 2-page CVs for all participants.

The subject line of the email for panel proposals should read: ‘TSA Proposal-[Last name of panel convenor]-[Subject theme]’ (state ‘Other’ if not falling under listed themes) (E.g. ‘TSA Proposal-Smith-Diplomacy and International History’).

Individual paper proposals should be sent by email as one document attachment, and include:

  • 300-word abstract for the paper
  • 100-word author biography;
  • 2-page CV.

The subject line of the email for paper proposals should read: ‘TSA Proposal-[Last name of presenter]-[Subject theme]’ (state ‘Other’ if not falling under listed themes) (E.g. ‘TSA Proposal-Smith-Other).

Travel Grants

The TSA particularly welcomes proposals from new members and junior scholars. Travel grants of £150 each are available to support early career scholars presenting a paper at the conference. As a result of funding from the Halle Foundation, the TSA is able this year to offer a number of additional travel grants to support early career scholars presenting a paper on any aspect of relations between the United States and Germany.

If wishing to apply for a travel grant, applicants should indicate this in the body of the email when submitting their paper or panel. If papers are believed to qualify for Halle Foundation funding, this should be indicated. In addition to the materials requested above, travel grant applicants should include a brief statement explaining why it is important for them to attend the TSA conference. For further details about TSA travel grants, see the TSA website: www.transatlanticstudies.com

Deadline for panel and paper proposals: 15 January 2021  Extended to 20 March 2021
All paper and panel proposals, and travel grant applications, should be sent to the conference email: [email protected].

NB: The working language of the conference will be English.


Contact details

Chair of TSA: Christopher Jespersen: [email protected]

Vice-Chair of TSA: Thomas Mills: [email protected]

Secretary of TSA: Kristin Cook: [email protected]

Local Organiser: Luís Rodrigues, [email protected]


TSA Charity Number: SC039378


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