ALECLA 2021 - Call for papers

Call for Papers: ALECLA 2021 - The 4th Annual Lecture on Exile in Comparative Literature and the Arts, 1-31 October 2021, Constanta-Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan, hybrid conference

Established in the ancient city of Tomis where poet Ovid was exiled, this year the Annual Lecture on Exile in Comparative Literature and the Arts – ALECLA 2021, is withstanding the COVID-19 crisis by extending to Central Asia.

The conference includes plenary sessions, workshops, round-table discussions, and other events that will take place in Constanta, Romania, and cities in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. Some of the events will be held in the virtual space. Much of the program will be self-generated by the seminar organizers and paper submitters, faculty, and graduate students who will propose seminars and papers via our web pages.

ALECLA 2021 will go with Constanta Literature and the Arts Festival – CLAFest 2021, which will take place between 1-31 October 2021. This year, CLAFest will feature free hybrid events, live and live online, for any age – including book launches, shows, readings, recitals, workshops, masterclasses, musical performances, and dance. CLAFest 2021 intends to be an opportunity for artists and writers to revitalize old and simple means of expression. Most of the program will be self-generated by its participants. To propose participation in the festival, please contact the Secretariat at


Anticus Multicultural Association, in conjunction with its partners in Romania, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

Dates of the Conference

The conference will take place between October 1st and October 31st, 2021.


We are committed to standing against COVID-19 by expanding this conference to Central Asia. After the last event held in the virtual space, this time, we are bringing in a series of hybrid sessions streamed from Romania, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. The participants may choose either In-Person Presentation or Virtual Presentation through Zoom online video conferencing. The full article will be published and indexed in the ALECLA Journal.


This year, the theme of the conference is „Traditional Forms of Poetry: From the long epics to the short haiku.” The conference will focus on the significance of traditional poetry in preserving and recovering indigenous languages, traditions, and cultures.


Disciplines and perspectives are not limited. We aim to create dialogues exceeding the boundaries of the literary, artistic, and philosophical matrix. We, therefore, encourage adherents of literature, language, anthropology, psychology, history, biology, human geography, film studies, art, computer science, political science, physics, and all other areas of study, to feel welcome in not only attending this conference but also in submitting a seminar proposal or a paper.


While the plenary sessions will be held in English, panels accept either English, Romanian, Tatar, or its related Central Asian languages.


We welcome proposals for (1) entire panels and (2) individual papers.

Organized panels

The Program Committee approves pre-arranged and open panels. No panel may have more than 50% of graduate students, and none may have more than two participants from the same institution.

Please send your abstract of no more than 500 words to . The deadline is 31 July 2021

Individual papers

Papers will be allocated 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions. You can propose your paper to the panel which is the best fit for it or to an open panel.

Please submit your abstract of no more than 300 words on our webpage at:

or send it by e-mail to The deadline is 31 August 2021.

Notification Due

All those invited to present will be informed by 15 September 2021.

Conference Proceedings

To be published in the conference proceedings, the deadline for the submission of the final paper is 30 November 2021.

Travel Grants

We cannot offer travel grants this year, but we will waive the conference fee for invitees and participants needing financial assistance.


The registration fee is €135, payable after notification of acceptance. The deadline is 30 September 2021.