College of Arts Postgraduate Conference 2021: Metamorphosis

Deadline for submissions: 8 February 2021, 9am GMT

Notification of acceptance: by 19 March 2021, 5pm GMT

Conference dates: 1-2 June 2021

Call for Papers

Metamorphosis refers to a dramatic change in the form, structure or character of an entity, distinctly characterised as a process whereby the old is subsumed, absorbed or self-devoured to provide the substance to forge the new - but how is this concept experienced in contemporary culture?

How does metamorphosis materialise in research practice, academia, social justice, or identity?  What social, political or cultural forces engender metamorphosis, and how have these transformations been received?  Is metamorphosis creative or destructive?  Tangible or intangible?  Abrupt or fluid?

Postgraduate researchers based in the arts and humanities, from any higher education institution around the world, are invited to submit proposals considering the many diverse and multifaceted interpretations of the concept of metamorphosis.

A special panel will be reserved for papers exploring the ways in which Covid-19 and other historical pandemics have induced collective metamorphoses, alongside a second special panel for contributions from new researchers, works-in-progress and poster presentations.

We welcome submissions based on, but not limited to, any of the below prompts or their elaborations:

  • Shapeshifting in mythology and the supernatural
  • Metamorphosis in literature and art
  • The evolution of language or visual semiotic systems across time
  • Understanding metamorphosis in the history of science
  • Inclusive or interdisciplinary research practices
  • Metamorphosis from above vs. mutual metamorphosis
  • Creation, destruction, social justice and identity
  • Adjusting past metamorphoses to fit a contemporary narrative
  • Covid-19, pandemics and collective metamorphosis

Submission Guidelines

Researchers can participate in this conference in three different ways:

  • 15-minute papers
  • 5-minute papers, for which the organising committee particularly welcomes contributions from new researchers or works-in-progress
  • Digital posters

Proposals for 15-minute papers

These submissions will be sorted into thematic panels, including a special panel on Covid-19 and other historical pandemics.

Proposals for 5-minute papers

The organising committee particularly welcomes contributions from new researchers (early PhD and Masters).  For this purpose we are offering a special panel allocated to 5-minute papers, which researchers can use to give insight into works-in-progress or a specific issue relating to the theme of metamorphosis.

Early PhD and Masters researchers are not restricted to 5-minute papers and are welcome to submit proposals for 15-minute papers or posters.

Proposals for posters

Proposals are also welcome for academic posters that can give an overview of your research.  Posters are widely used within the academic community and the organising committee hopes that this can be an opportunity for researchers to gain experience in presenting their research in a visual format.  Posters will be displayed on an online gallery throughout the duration of the conference.

How to take part

Submit a proposal through our online form.

Please email with any questions about making a submission.


We want the conference to be inclusive so please detail any specific access requirements as part of your submission.  The official language of the conference will be English.