SYNAESTHESIA [UCL English Graduate Conference 2019]

deadline for submissions: 
April 5, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
University College London [Department of English Language & Literature]

University College London's Department of English is pleased to announce its annual graduate conference 'SYNAESTHESIA', to be held on Friday 14th June 2019. We welcome proposals from Masters students, PhD students and recent graduates working in all literary periods on the theme of synaesthesia. We hope to address a variety of questions about the intersection of literature and sensory perception. What is the relationship between literature and the senses? What kinds of unorthodox sensory experience can texts yield? How does written and oral language render or disturb the categories of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch? And how do material texts become stimuli for synaesthetic experiences through their interaction with the physical bodies of writers and readers? In what ways does the process of reading engage bodily faculties as well as mental ones? How does the body perceive and apprehend a literary work?

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

• The haptic and theories of affect
• Material culture
• The medical humanities
• Metaphor
• Mystic or ecstatic experience
• Orality
• Phenomenology
• Visual Culture
• Musicality and poetic rhythm
• Technology and posthumanism
• Digital humanities

Keynote Speakers: Professor Catherine Maxwell (QMUL) and Dr. Sophie Read (Christ’s College, Cambridge).

Papers must be no longer than 20 minutes. Please send an abstract of 200-300 words along with a short biography to synaesthesiaconference@gmail.com by 5 April 2019.