© Alez Perez

After the first two editions of the International Meeting of ‘What if?...’ World History, we are pleased to announce it will originate the First International Conference of ‘What if?...’ World History (WhatIf’21). This conference presents itself as a forum per excellence to researchers and aficionados of Alternate and Alternative History to exchange ideas and research results of the field, whether as academic subject, or artistic/literary creation.

Alternate /Alternative and Counterfactual History, either from an artistic and literary or academic research point of view, departs from a child-like question: What if?... What if Britain had confronted Germany in 1938 instead of 1942, when Germany invaded Czechoslovakia? What if the Invincible Armada had not sunk? What if steam had surpassed electric machinery and Victorian context was prolonged throughout the twentieth century?

And the possible answers are a reflective, inductive and/or deductive exercise that explores the meaning of the present and the future in all areas of knowledge, either in a systematic or creative manner.

Each year has a theme under the umbrella of Alternate and Alternative History, and the program committee encourages the submission of articles from all over the world that challenge, advance and enlighten the specifics of the theme. For the WhatIf’21 the theme is ‘Gamification and Alternative History’.

The authors and researchers are free to submit abstracts regarding this theme. Nevertheless, one possible leitmotif for approaching the theme ‘Gamification and Alternative History’ could be inspired by how the possibility of facing multiple divergent realities from a historical perspective can be a conduit for gaining self-awareness and conscience building, either from an individual or a collective point of view. The storytelling routes for the perception, and even the definition, of reality, are juxtaposed to this approach, as one can find in the cinematographic title of Akira Kurosawa, ‘Rashomon’, for example. Another material for exploring and understanding this leitmotif is the book ‘All you need is kill’, by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, which was adapted for the 2014 movie ‘Edge of Tomorrow’.

Topics of interest

Notwithstanding, the articles can be from other topics of interest. Suggested topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topic areas:

All accepted papers will be published on the Hypothesis Historia Periodical, on a special edition regarding the conference proceedings of the First International Conference of ‘What if?...’ World History. This issue will be published in open access and submitted to be indexed in major international bibliographic databases. We are very honoured to have Professor Nelson Zagalo, from the University of Aveiro, as Guest Editor for the special issue of WhatIf’21.

The WhatIf’21 meeting will be held on November 24-26, 2021, as an online event, during the Hypothesis Cultural Week || Dias da História Alternativa – Winepunk & Companhia, promoted by the Invicta Imaginaria and hosted by i2ADS of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (FBAUP).

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and is located at the river mouth of Douro river and the Atlantic Ocean, on the western shore of the Iberian Peninsulae. It is a major tourist destination, attracting through the culture and tradition of the Douro region, the history of the Cidade Invicta*, the highly appreciated gastronomy (with special emphasis on the famed wine named after the city, as the always filled Port Wine cellars testify) and pleasant climate alike.

Porto, Portugal, by Everaldo Coelho
© Everaldo Coelho

The organizing committee looks forward to welcoming you to an exciting and fruitful conference, with important exchange of ideas and networking to promote research, literature and arts of high quality and meaning.

In case of questions related to the meeting, please contact us at i2ads@fba.up.pt.

*Traditional designation for the city of Porto that can be translated as Unbeaten City

Call for Abstracts

Important dates

Abstract Submission: 30 September 30 October 2021

Author notification: 20 October 2021

Registration deadline: 30 October 2021

Meeting: 24-26 November 2021

Cultural Week: 22-26 November 2021 (Rectorate of University of Porto)

Full Manuscript: 17 January 2022

Submission guidelines

We invite authors from all over the world to submit original and unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other journal or meeting. All papers will be double blind peer-reviewed by the scientific committee. The criteria for selection will be originality, significance for the field, methodological soundness and clarity. Priority will be given to multidisciplinary approaches. The review will be according to the instructions of a template file, for homogeneity of criteria, available in Microsoft Word format.

To submit a paper, please fill the submission form.

Submitted papers must be written in English and should be in docx format, according to the instructions of the template file, available in Microsoft Word format.

Initial paper submissions must be between 3500 and 5000 words. Exceptions for this can be authorized only after the reviewing process.

Submissions imply the willingness of at least one author to register, attend the conference, and present the paper.

In order to submit the paper for the special issue of Hypothesis Historia Periodical, you must submit an abstract for oral presentation and, if accepted, present it at the 1st International Conference of ‘What if?...’ World History. If you intend just to submit an abstract for oral presentation, the registration at the submission form will suffice. The template for the abstract proposal is available in Microsoft Word format.

After completing your paper proposal and abstract, submit according to the following guidelines:

  1. Annex the abstract proposal to an email addressed to i2ads@fba.up.pt
  2. Write on the email subject: WhatIf’21 Abstract Submission (First Author’s name)

You will be notified of the reception of your email by the organizing committee.

Registration and Fees

Guidelines and procedures

If you intend to submit an abstract (or more) for the Conference, please do so before registering.

If you just want to participate as an attendee (not as author), just register ASAP.

At least one author of each accepted abstract – the presenter – must register in the Congress (fill out the registration form).

Submitted abstracts with no authors registered in the Conference, will not be included in the Congress site, nor will be eligible for submission to the special issue of Hypothesis Historia Periodical.

If an author intends to present more than one work, the second accepted abstract/papers implies paying the corresponding fee for Early bird registration. No more than two accepted abstracts/papers per author are allowed.

Procedures

To register, please fill the registration form.

Besides the automatic email acknowledging you have submitted the registration form, further information will be sent to you later, by email.

If you don’t receive an email in a week time, please contact us at i2ads@fba.up.pt.

Registration will be complete and finished only after WhatIf’21 Organizing Committee sends you the ‘Confirmation’ email.

Please note that an unpaid registration will not be considered as a valid registration unless fully paid and confirmed.

Presentation format

All Round Table Oral Presentations are online. Format will be similar to the one of the Second International Meeting of 'What if?...' World History.

Certificates

Only registered authors with a paid fee and attendance registered by the Conference Organizing Committee will receive a certificate.

Type of attendee 30th September (EarlyBird) 20th October 30th October 20th November d
Student (attendee) a 8 € 10 € 12 € Registration deadline for the events of Hypothesis Cultural Week || Dias da História Alternativa – Winepunk & Companhia
Student (presenter/author) b 15 € 20 € 25 €
Non-student (attendee) a 10 € 12 € 14 €
Non-Student (presenter/author) b 20 € 30 € 45 €
General Public c --- --- ---

a) Fees include entrance in all sessions as active participant, individual and attendee certificate.

b) Fees include entrance in all sessions as active participant, individual presenter certificate (only registered authors with a paid fee and attendance registered by the Conference Organizing Committee will receive a certificate). One registration equals one presenter – if more than an author presents the accepted work it needs to register also), journal processing costs in case of manuscript submission and acceptance for the special edition of the Hypothesis Historia Periodical associated with WhatIf’21. A second accepted abstract will always pay the corresponding fee for Early bird registration.

c) General public can passively attend the conference via youtube but it cannot actively interact in the sessions; the general public is invited to attend and actively participate in the events of the Hypothesis Cultural Week || Dias da História Alternativa – Winepunk & Companhia. Though the events are of free entry, registration is mandatory and participation limited to number of seats.

d) Inscriptions for the Hypothesis Cultural Week || Dias da História Alternativa – Winepunk & Companhia events are mandatory, though the entrance is free.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: In case of cancellation of registration or of the extras, a written notification should be sent to the conference e-mail (i2ads@fba.up.pt) with the subject ‘Cancellation’.

Note: After sending proof of payment, if you wish to cancel the registration, only the amount paid will be refunded, removing the overheads charged by host research center i2ADS. Accounting and the administrative fee of 10% on the return amount.

Insurance: The registration fees do not include insurance of participants against accidents, sickness, cancellation, theft, property damage or loss. Participants are advised to take out adequate personal insurance.

For any questions, please contact i2ads@fba.up.pt.

Venue

Hypothesis Cultural Week || Dias da História Alternativa – Winepunk & Companhia

Venue: CASA COMUM, of the Rectorate of the University of Porto (UP)

1st International Conference of ‘What if?...’ World History (WhatIf’21)

Venue: Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (online)

Committees

Organizing Committee

Scientific Committee

Honors Scientific Committee