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CFP: 21st Century European Literatures: Mapping New Trends, 15-17th September 2010
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University of St Andrews
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON 21st CENTURY EUROPEAN LITERATURES
21st-Century European Literature: Mapping New Trends
CALL FOR PAPERS
Organising body: School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews
Convenor: Professor Margaret-Anne Hutton, Department of French
This major international conference offers scholars from six disciplines the rare opportunity to come together to discuss what is happening in European literatures now. We are seeking to map out emerging trends in a range of national literatures with a view to putting together inter-disciplinary panels which will reveal significant convergences, divergences and cross-fertilisations in literary trends across Europe.
The focus will be on post-2000 literature only. We invite you to tell us what is new, right now, in the national literature you research; what patterns are already discernible; what clusters of texts exploring common themes, ethical or aesthetic imperatives, theoretical or generic preoccupations, can be identified in the new millennium. This extreme contemporary approach opens up fields of enquiry that inevitably have to be explored speculatively. We encourage colleagues to take risks whilst adhering to good practice in literary scholarship. The aim is to position each literary text, author or topic presented in each paper within today’s cultural landscape. What is the trend? Why might it have emerged? What next?
To facilitate communication we will be asking all contributors to present their papers in English, though we may be in a position to offer some help with translation should this prove to be crucial.
The following list, which comprises just some of the possible trends which might be explored, should be regarded as neither exhaustive nor in any way prescriptive:
Writing the future
Dealing with trauma
Submissions for papers and panels on any aspect of 21st- century literature are welcome. This includes prose, drama and poetry. The St Andrews Poetry Forum will be running panels concentrating on the newest developments in European poetry. Topics may include:
• Musicality and poetry
All poetry proposals should be send to Dr Rossella Riccobono (firstname.lastname@example.org).
DATE for SUBMISSION: 1 September 2009
(i) Individual proposals
(ii) Panel proposals
Please also supply a short bio-bibliographical statement for each proposed speaker.