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The Forum Prize

About the Forum Prize


The Forum essay prize competition was launched to mark Volume 45 of the journal in 2009. Having published hundreds of outstanding articles over the years, the editors wished to introduce a means of encouraging and rewarding the very best scholarship from any of the areas of study represented by the journal. True to the principle of the journal as a wide and various forum for the discussion of ideas, they also wanted excellence to be the sole criterion for judgement.

The Forum Prize 2017 - The Transnational – Call for Articles


The Forum for Modern Language Studies invites submissions on the subject of The Transnational for the Forum Prize 2017 competition.

The closing date for entries is Friday 28 April 2017.

Recent research in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures has increasingly turned towards exploring the opportunities afforded by transnational perspectives. Looking beyond the borders of national specificity within which many of our pedagogical and administrative structures remain rooted, transnational frameworks encourage us to rethink static cultural categories, and to remind ourselves of the irrepressible mobility of texts, ideas, peoples, identities, languages and artistic practices. In a world increasingly defined by transnational and translingual realities, greater awareness of the complex interactions between cultures is stimulating innovative new research across a broad range of historical, geographical and generic contexts.

The editors of Forum for Modern Language Studies invite submissions dealing with any topic pertaining to the theme of The Transnational, understood in its broadest sense.

Topics may include, but are not confined to:

• transnational (re)readings of literary texts
• narratives of mobility, migration and displacement
• rethinking localism, regionalism and nationalism within broader contexts
• globalisation and cultural hegemony
• transnational citizenship
• comparative post-colonial contexts
• translation, reception, adaptation
• social / new media: networks, communication, modes of production
• transnational approaches to memory studies
• spatial histories
• intermediality
• transnational dimensions of form and genre
• pedagogical strategies and responses
• interdisciplinary approaches to the transnational
• non-linguistic expressions of the transnational, eg. music, painting, sculpture and dance
• transnational performance and contemporary artistic practice
• communities, hierarchies and social justice
• translingualism and multilingualism
• the limits of the transnational

Submissions may address relevant aspects of the language, literature and culture of any of the subject areas covered by the journal: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian. The competition is open to all researchers, whether established or early career. Previous competitions have been won by scholars in both categories.

The winner will receive:

1. Publication of the winning essay in the next appropriate volume of Forum for Modern Language Studies
2. A prize of £500

A panel of judges will read all entries, which will be assessed anonymously. At the judges’ discretion, a runner-up prize of £200 may be awarded. The Editors may commission for publication in Forum for Modern Language Studies any entries that are highly commended by the judges.

Entry requirements and Submission details for The Forum Prize 2017

The closing date for entries is Friday 28 April 2017.


Entries must be written in English, be between 6,000 and 10,000 words in length (including notes), should conform to MHRA style, and must be accompanied by an abstract (approx. 150 words) summarising the principal arguments and making clear the relevance of the article to the competition topic.

Articles should be submitted online at http://fmls.oxfordjournals.org/, be flagged as Forum Prize entries, and follow the journal’s instructions to authors.

Dr Nicholas Martin
Editor-in-chief, Forum for Modern Language Studies
Department of Modern Languages
University of Birmingham
GB-Birmingham B15 2TT

http://tinyurl.com/nc-martin