Due to the high number of proposals received the call for papers is now closed. But the registration period is still open. Check the deadlines and form in the tab  44th ACIS Conference - Porto 2023 - Registration

The Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies will hold its 44th Conference, which will take place at Faculty of Arts and Humanities of Porto, from 6-8 September 2023. It will be hosted by Dr Carla Sequeira and Dr Joana Lencart and the CITCEM of the same university. The conference will be held in a hybrid format.

You are cordially invited to offer a paper, panel, or workshop presentation. Proposals for individual papers as well as panels on specific themes (max. four papers per panel) are encouraged. Any proposed panel should be organised by one convenor, who will be responsible for inviting the speakers and chairing the session. You are also invited to suggest any speakers you think would be willing to offer a paper, but please note that ACIS does not normally offer a fee or expenses for speakers.

ACIS encourages proposals from postgraduate students and a small number of partial conference fee bursaries are available – please see application process details below and encourage your students to consider this.

Below are the suggested thematic areas for papers and panels, which must advance understanding of nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century socio-cultural, economic and political issues and realities and relate primarily to Spain and/or Portugal and transnational issues and processes relating to the Iberian Peninsula within the wider Lusophone and Hispanic worlds. Both single-disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged, and the themes listed below are not exclusive:

  • Politics, Government, International Relations, the EU, Nationalism, Regionalisms, Transnational issues and processes
  • Economics, Business, Labour, Social and Welfare issues
  • Cultural Production in all its forms (e.g. film, television, journalism, literature, media, advertising, digital communication & social networking)
  • Social and Cultural Studies (e.g. identity, gender, ethnicity, popular culture)
  • Leisure, Tourism, Sport
  • Contemporary History
  • Language, Linguistics, Language Policy
  • Education and Pedagogy

The selection of panels/papers will be made by the Conference programme convenors in consultation with the Executive Committee and these decisions will be final. Papers will be allocated 30 minutes on the programme (20 mins for the paper 10 mins for discussion).

We will shortly be announcing the keynote speakers for the conference on our ACIS website. Keynote speakers in previous years have included novelist Use Lahoz, journalists and writers Elvira Lindo and Martín Caparrós, historian and diplomat Professor Angel Viñas, political science expert Professor António Costa Pinto and the Association’s President, historian Professor Paul Preston.

If you wish to offer a paper, please see the  Guidelines for Papers and send your proposal to the ACIS 2023 Programme Convenors Dr Carla Sequeira and Dr Joana Lencart at the email address: 44acis2023@gmail.com by SUNDAY, 16th April 2023. Informal enquiries concerning papers and topics are welcome before the deadlines. Conference booking can be made at ACIS registration 2023 and there is more information about the Association at https://www.iberianstudies.net/conferences/


The Constitution briefly describes the general aims of the Association as the promotion and advancement of “study and understanding of contemporary socio-cultural, economic and political issues and realities relating primarily to Spain and/or Portugal and transnational issues and processes relating to the Iberian Peninsula within the wider Lusophone and Hispanic worlds”.

1. Geographical limits: Spain and Portugal, their dependent territories and their relations with the wider Lusophone and Hispanic worlds. Broader international relations involving either state are also included.

2. Historical period: from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. This is not meant to exclude references to an earlier period, where appropriate.

3. Language: All the languages of the Iberian Peninsula and their varieties, especially in their contemporary social and political context.

If you have published a book on a subject of potential interest to ACIS members in the course of the past year, we also invite you to take the opportunity to use our web pages to publicise it. Please send details to https://www.iberianstudies.net/publications/

© 2022-2023 Carla Sequeira & Joana Lencart
© 2022 Photo credits Chica Miranda Fialho