CounterText Conference: The Post-Literary

deadline for submissions: 
March 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
University of Malta
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Call for Papers
The Second CounterText Conference: The Post-Literary
University of Malta, Valletta Campus, 6-8 April 2018

The second CounterText conference will be held at the University of Malta, between the 6th and the 8th April 2018. The theme of the conference is ‘The Post-Literary’.

The theme reflects CounterText’s subtitle, A Journal for the Study of the Post-Literary. It is also an opportunity to explore, refine and critique the rationale proposed by the journal in its very first Editorial:

Abstracts for papers responding to these perspectives on the post-literary are welcome. The organisers are particularly interested in papers analysing works (literary, post-literary and otherwise) seen as symptomatic of, or countering, this rationale.

CounterText conferences are aimed at providing intense and focused discussion around one theme. The first two days will allow for longer papers of 40 minutes presented in single-track form for plenary debate. The third and final day will have two tracks running in parallel, aimed at accommodating 20 minute papers. Submission to the journal is however open and ongoing, and the editors welcome articles proposed to the journal that address the themes above.

Abstracts of 300 words (with an accompanying biographical note) may be sent to the organisers at by 1 March 2018.

CounterText’s editorial team is based at the Department of English in the University of Malta’s Faculty of Arts. Since its launch the journal has published interviews with writers and critics like Judith Butler, Tom McCarthy, Simon Critchley, Stephanie Strickland, Timothy Clark, Marie-Laure Ryan, Patrick McGuinness, J. Hillis Miller, Marjorie Perloff, Charles Bernstein, and Ranjan Ghosh, as well as articles by established and emerging scholars working on ideas relating to countertextuality and the post-literary. CounterText also publishes creative work responsive to its concerns.

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