About Us

This is the third annual conference of the European Network for Short Fiction Research (ENSFR). The conference is organised by scholars from the department of Literary Studies of the KU Leuven, in collaboration with MDRN, the KU Leuven research centre of modernist literature and with the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies (LCIS). The conference will be held in the Leuven Irish college, now the home of the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe.

More information about these organizations can be found below.

European Network for Short Fiction Research

The European Network for Short Fiction Research was created as a joint initiative of researchers at Edge Hill University (U.K.), the CRILA research group (UPRES EA 4639), Université d’Angers, France and at KU Leuven (Belgium). We have now been joined by other colleagues in countries including France, the UK, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Spain and Norway. Our broad aim is to provide a forum and resources for European-based researchers into the practice, criticism and transmission of short fiction in its diversity of forms. Short fiction has developed as an intrinsically global genre, and it is not our intention to impose strict boundaries, national or otherwise.  Rather, we aim to exchange  current research carried out across Europe and facilitate collaboration in both critical and practice-led research. We hope to build an online bibliography and database of resources, connecting individual researchers and research projects with one another. We also organise annual conferences in different European countries. The inaugural conference was held in Dublin (2015) and the second conference took place at Edge Hill University (2016).


MDRN is a KU Leuven research lab that studies a uniquely varied period in literary history: the (long) first half of the 20th century. MDRN looks at the many ways in which modernist literature during this period was defined and legitimized in each of the main Western European traditions (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch) and focuses on literature’s multiple functions, histories and mediatizations.


The Leuven Centre for Irish Studies is a multi- and interdisciplinary research centre of the Humanities and Social Sciences of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. It is the result of close cooperation between the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe. The Centre has three objectives: first, to stimulate cooperation between researchers from Irish universities and from the Association of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; second, to conduct research in the traditional fields of Irish Studies as well as in research areas related to the Irish context; and finally, to promote cultural events in cooperation with the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe.