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Nena Bierbaum
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Dear Colleagues,

Once again Flinders Humanities Research Centre, Flinders University will
be hosting a conference at Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
The Conference will be held in the Seafront Hotel from Monday 7 to
Wednesday 9 December 2009. The conference theme is:

"The Shadow of the Precursor"
Many writers are affected by an anxious and ambiguous relationship with
precursor writers. The role that influence and intertextuality plays in
literary production invites interrogation, and this conference hopes to
explore the range of conscious and unconscious influences informing
relations between writers and their precursors. We call for papers that
revolve around intertextual influence, ranging across the spectrum from
conscious imitation and intentional allusion to Julia Kristeva's idea of
intertextuality. Do all texts contain references to and even quotations
from other texts? Do such references help shape how we read? Papers on
the long shadows cast by the likes of Shakespeare, Dante, Cervantes, Sir
Walter Scott, Jack Kerouac and Bob Dylan, as well as papers on other
writers, dramatists and filmmakers and their relationships with
precursors, are encouraged.

We look forward to receiving your expressions of interest by 31 January
and a 300-word abstract by 28 February and meeting you on Kangaroo Island
in December 2009.

Given our experience of organising seven highly successful
international/national conferences in the past eight years (Home and Away
8-10 November 2000; Encounters 2001 9-12 December 2001; Diasporas 8-11
December 2002; Writing London 8-10 December 2003; Journeying and
Journalling 6-8 December 2004; Something Rich and Strange 12-14 December
2005, all held in Kangaroo Island, and Moving Cultures, Shifting
Identities: a conference about migration, connection, heritage and
cultural memory 3-6 December 2007 at Flinders University), we can
confidently predict that our conference will attract about 60
participants, including a significant number of postgraduate students
from Flinders and elsewhere.

We also plan to referee, select and edit papers for book publication (as
is our custom). We anticipate that up to about 20% of the presented
papers will be by Flinders staff and higher degree students.
Incidentally, the past six conferences have resulted in six books: Alas,
for the Pelicans! Flinders, Baudin and Beyond (Adelaide: Wakefield Press,
2002, pp. 221), The Regenerative Spirit Volume 1: Polarities of Home and
Away, Encounters and Diasporas, in Post Colonial Literatures (Adelaide:
Lythrum Press, 2004, pp. 220), The Regenerative Spirit Volume 2: (Un)
settling, (Dis)locations, (Post-)colonial, (Re)Presentations Australian
Post-Colonial Reflections (Adelaide: Lythrum Press, 2004, pp.304), London
was Full of Rooms (Adelaide: Lythrum Press, 2006, pp. 268), Something
Rich and Strange (Adelaide: Wakefield Press, IN Press), Journeying and
Journalling (Adelaide: Wakefield Press, IN Press), as well as various
individual publications currently being edited from the Moving Cultures

As soon as we can we will upload information about the conference,
registration form, hotel and other accommodation, Sealink bookings,
conference events, side trips etc. at

For further information please contact

Kind regards,

Shadow of the Precursor Conference Committee

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