CFP: International Congress “The Authorship: Theoretical Reflections and Practical Analysis”



Date: October 22-23 2015
Location: University of Santiago de Compostela

In the last third part of the 20th Century, historical, philosophical and social scientific different trends converged in a common interest: to problematize author and authorship’s concepts. This issue has already emerged in the late 60’s, but it was the Internet appearance and the uprising of technology in academic activities that made it went in depth and, at the same time, became more complex in theoretical terms. In History and Historiography’s fields, the idea of authorship becomes a relational concept, losing in this way its autonomy and relatively isolation as approach, which was typical in the traditional perspectives. The concept of author refers to one or several biographies at the same time, depending on the particular work and on the context or historical moment. Authorship is comprehensive of a biography and a series of works that closely related with multiple collective contexts and perceptions. The author is then part of a historical world that defines the way he choses the subjects and the structure of his work, he publishes his texts and also the way he reaches some kind of public projection. Most frequently, the author belongs to an authorship community, with which he negotiates, collaborates or starts different arguments. These three actions are usually reflected in certain texts, and sometimes they produce jointly made narratives; the already mentioned uprising of technology in academic and cultural activities emphasizes this relation.

The author can be studied from different perspectives: his own biographical “name”, the works that he makes in his own name, all the symbolic references attached to it and all the marketing strategies placed but publishers companies.. Some authors like Roland Barthes even consider that the author has disappeared and has been replaced by the advent of the reader as well as for a culture that is value-orientated.

Important Dates:

  • Until September 7 2015: Papers or posters submission must be sent to
  • September 14 2015: Acceptance notification
  • October 22 and 23 2015: Congress

Papers or posters submission must be sent to with:

  • Abstract (1 folio)
  • CV



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