International Conference on Micro-Fiction

University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky - USA
October 15-18, 2014

Call for Papers

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Call for Papers (PDF)

The Department of Hispanic Studies and the University of Kentucky invite you to participate in the VIII International Conference on Micro-Fiction, which will take place at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, United States, October 15-18, 2014. Following the tradition of previous conferences, this academic congress will be dedicated to reflecting upon brief literary and artistic forms (short short story, micro-cinema, micro-theatre, minimal poetry, micro-essays) from theoretical frameworks of micro-fiction and interdisciplinary and trans-generic approaches.

The official languages of the conference are Spanish and English

The conference will focus on the following themes:

  • Issues of genre
  • Transdisciplinary theoretical approaches: cognitive sciences, philosophy, nanophilology
  • Brief artistic forms throughout history
  • Micro-fiction outside the Spanish-speaking world
  • Distinctive features of micro-fiction:
    miniaturization and magnification, fragmentary and fractal configurations, the unfinished (notebooks, notes, digressions, etc.), ellipsis, humor, intertextuality, among others
  • Instrumental uses and pedagogical applications of micro-fiction
  • Editorial markets and digital fiction; vitality and diffusion
  • The role of the receptor
  • Iconographic representations in the short short story

The conference includes the participation of renowned international writers and critics of micro-fiction.

Proposals may be for individual papers or pre-organized panels comprised of a maximum of four presenters. Each presentation will be a maximum of 20 minutes.

Individual proposals must include: title of paper, description of the topic (200-300 words), name, address and academic affiliation, and a brief bio-bibliographical profile of the presenter (maximum of 10 lines) for the moderator of the session.

Pre-organized panels must include: title of panel, name and email of the organizer and/or moderator, title of each paper and the order of presentation, name and academic affiliation of each presenter, description of the topic (200-300 words each), and the bio-bibliographical profiles of the presenters (maximum of 10 lines) for the moderator of the session.

The Scientific Committee will select papers from the conference for publication.

The Organizing Committee proposes, through the collective efforts of this conference, the creation of a cartographic atlas of micro-fiction based on various parameters (geographical, temporal, etc.) that will be posted on Redmini (, the official site of the International Network of Researchers of Micro-fiction.

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