Fourth International Conference on English Language, Literature, Teaching and Translation Studies (4th CELLTTS)

Re-Examining Gender Concepts and Identities in Discourse(s) and Practice(s) Across Periods and Disciplines


The Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo, is pleased to announce the new date and format* for its 4th International Conference on English Language, Literature, Teaching and Translation Studies (CELLTTS). After careful deliberation and due to the current situation with the pandemic (and related matters) the Committees have agreed upon the online/remote format of the conference which will take place on October 1–2, 2021*. For the fourth time we invite scholars and experts in their respective fields of research to present and discuss their research findings and exchange experience and ideas with their colleagues from the region and the world.

As the globalized world of the early 21st century is facing multiple social, cultural, economic, ecological and political challenges, it seems that gender has remained a prominent factor in contemporary constructions and/or notions of identity, informing any number of theoretical assessments and analyses across disciplines, and constituting a significant driving force behind practical governmental, non-governmental, activist, academic, non-academic or civil society’s agendas and platforms for action. Also gender continues provoking heated cultural debates and polarizations, just as we witness its revived instrumentalization by various rightwing and extremist doctrines and groups. We are interested in re-examining and re-contextualizing the legacies of various strands of a vast field of gender studies, such as queer studies, men’s studies, feminism, postfeminism, or posthumanist studies, through multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary lens, i.e. through their intersection with a wide range of research areas within linguistics, literature, cultural and translation studies, and a variety of theoretical and critical approaches, such as modernism, postmodernism, post-postmodernism, performatism, poststructuralism, postcolonialism, or transnationalism. Finally, marking the centennial anniversary of the US Nineteenth Amendment obliges us to look back and re-evaluate progress and backlash in all our gender policies by reconsidering implications of cultural representations of gender, from women’s rights to LGBT rights to complex research into the category of the “posthumanˮ and AI/human interaction that has ushered us into the digital age.   

It is these and related topics that we intend to examine as closely as possible at this year’s conference and we invite researchers and scholars working in the broad area of Anglophone studies to submit abstracts for oral presentations based on the (non-exhaustive) list of areas of interest below:

Phonetics/ Phonology/ Morphology/ Syntax
Semantics/ Pragmatics/ (Critical) Discourse Analysis
Cognitive Linguistics
History of English
Contrastive Analysis/ Corpus Linguistics
Teaching English as a Foreign/ Second Language/ Language Acquisition
Translation Studies
Interpretation Studies
Literary Theory/ Literary Criticism/ Literary History
Cultural Studies/ Environmental studies/ Film studies/ Theatre Studies/ Media studies

Venue: remotely/online (the chosen platform TBA)

The conference language is English. The presenters are required to restrict their presentations to 15 minutes.

Submission guidelines

Abstracts within 200–250 words should be submitted here,

or sent electronically as email attachments (using Abstract Submission fields as the template) in Microsoft Word for Windows (.doc or .docx formats) to the Conference’s email address:

  , with the word ‘Abstract’ as the subject.

Abstracts will be evaluated according to the originality of the theme, clear methodology and theoretical framework, and scholarly contribution of the research.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts (extended): June 30, 2021

Deadline for the notification of acceptance (extended): July 15, 2021


Registration fee (revised):

Regular**: 25 euros (EUR), or 50 Bosnian convertible marks (BAM) (bank transfer fees are to be paid by the participants, in full)

Registration fee for students from BiH: 15 euros (EUR), or 30 Bosnian convertible marks (BAM)

Non-presenting participants’ fee: none; however, the interested party must contact the Organising Committee in advance (by September 18, 2021)

** In case of two or more papers by the same participant, registration fee for the second (and each next paper) is 20 euros (EUR)/ 40 BAM

Registration deadlineSeptember 15, 2021 (note that CELLTTS Committees are no longer able to provide reimbursements)

The fee covers organisational costs, book of abstracts and a book of proceedings. (After the Conference, a refereed selection of papers will be published as a book of proceedings.)


We are looking forward to welcoming you in the new format adapted to circumstances!


*After another careful deliberation, the CELLTTS Committees have jointly decided to offer a remote/online conference this year as the circumstances surrounding the pandemic are still a significant impediment. All the participants who have been sent notifications of acceptance in 2020 do not have to re-submit their respective abstracts, however they are kindly requested to contact the Organising Committee to verify that they are still interested and able to participate in October 2021.