Call for Papers - LEA 10 (2021): Contact, contamination, and contagion

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April 30, 2021
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Cultural History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Humanities, Linguistics, Literature

Call for Papers - LEA 10 (2021)

“Contact, contamination, and contagion”

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Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2021
Publication: December 2021

Although primarily perceived as threats, both contamination (from the Latin contaminare, to blend, mingle) and contagion (con-tangĕre, to touch together) imply some form of communication and transmission "by contact direct or mediate" (OED). Understood as procedures of exchange, they have long been used as productive metaphors for various forms of proliferation of ideas and phenomena, thus exceeding the boundaries of their original epidemiological context. The 2021 issue of LEA encourages contributors to explore the ideas of contact, contamination and contagion in all their connotations, thinking not only in terms of disease and invasion, but also of constructive and enriching cross-fertilization between peoples, cultures, texts, and ideas.
Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:
-    Epidemics/pandemics in literature: contagion, disease, isolation and quarantine. Representations of human vulnerability, anxiety and fear;
-    The language of disease: communication strategies, linguistic changes or challenges, translation issues, epidemic/pandemic discourses, metaphors of disease;
-    Language contact, modes of transmission and translation of discourses between different genres, disciplines, or cultures;
-    Circulation and recirculation of texts in books, journals, and newspapers. Successive rewritings or reprintings of texts or parts of texts;
-    Borrowing or sharing of motifs, ideas, and discourses across time and cultures. Intertextuality as contagion;
-    Rapid and 'viral' spread of information, ideas, genres, techniques, rhetorical practices etc. within one culture or across cultures.

Essays should be 8,000-12,000 words in length – approx. 50,000-75,000 characters with spaces, including notes and bibliography. All essays are to be submitted to the section "Scritture".

LEA also welcomes review-essays, reviews, conference reports, description of research projects (etc.), not necessarily related to the topic of the Call for Papers, for the section "Osservatorio". Approx. contribution length: 5,000-10,000 words (30,000-65,000 characters with spaces), including notes and bibliography.

Manuscripts can be submitted using our online systems at; here you can also find our guidelines. Should you experience any issues in uploading the manuscript file, please contact <ayse.saracgil(AT)> and <ilaria.natali(AT)>.

Deadline for all submissions: April 30, 2021.

LEA is a peer-reviewed international scholarly journal that publishes original research papers in all areas of literature and linguistics, with special emphasis on cross-cultural encounters and interdisciplinary exchanges.

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Editors-in-Chief: Ayse Saracgil and Ilaria Natali, University of Florence, Italy

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