CFP: [Cultural-Historical] 2nd CFP - "Urban and Rural Landscapes: Language, Literature, and Culture" (Sweden, 6-7 Nove

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Carmen Zamorano Llena
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2nd Call For Papers: Urban and Rural Landscapes: Language, Literature,
and Culture in Modern Ireland, DUCIS, Dalarna University, Sweden, 6-7
November 2008

Throughout the twentieth-century Ireland has seen its rural and urban
landscapes undergo dramatic change. For centuries, rural Ireland had been
central to the socio-politics of the island, but in the post-Second World
War years there has been a “widespread rejection of rural life” (Brown
2004: 199) with the rural population migrating abroad or to the urban
centres in the island. Thus by the 1970s, the population of Dublin and
its environs consisted of over a million people, doubling the figures
from the early 1950s. The Celtic Tiger economy and the post-Tiger context
of the present moment have also seen dramatic changes in the landscapes
of rural and urban Ireland. Urban centres have grown rapidly in numbers
and in the diversity of origins of their population; rural areas have
changed significantly with the establishment of multinational companies,
and an increasing number of people moving to the countryside and
commuting to work in urban areas. The aim of this conference is to
analyse these changing urban and rural landscapes, both physical and
psychic, mapping how they are reflected in literature, culture, and
language from the turn of the twentieth century to the present day.
Papers are welcome from a broad range of disciplines including: Literary
Studies; Ecocriticism; Media/Film Studies; Cultural Studies and Popular
Culture; Postcolonial Studies; Gender Studies; Critical Theory;
Linguistics Studies. Possible topics include but are not limited to:
• Cosmopolitan hybridity and the “real Ireland”
• New suburbs and new Irish identities
• Pastoral nostalgia/Urban malaise
• Women in urban and rural Ireland
• Religion and the urban/rural experience
• The representation of sacred spaces in Irish art and literature
• Fairy tale and folklore, especially works of Wilde, Lady Gregory
and W.B. Yeats
• Irish peasantry and nation-building
• Tradition and modernity in urban/rural Ireland
• Urban and rural expressions of Irishness; City slickers and
country bumpkins
• The city as spectacle and the theatrical spaces of Dublin
• Traditional/modern: Variation and change in Irish English
• Urban trends and rural conservatism

The following plenary speakers will participate:
Moya Cannon, poet, Galway
Prof. Raymond Hickey, Dept. for Anglophone Studies, University of
Duisburg and Essen
Dr. Kieran Keohane, Dept. of Sociology, University College Cork
Prof. Kevin McCafferty, Dept. of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen.
Prof. Catherine Nash, Dept. of Geography, Queen Mary, University of

Abstracts of 200 words should be sent to Irene Gilsenan Nordin
( and Carmen Zamorano Llena (, while abstracts on
nineteenth-century topics should be sent to Florina Tufescu-Fransson
( Abstracts for language/linguistics should be sent to Una
Cunningham ( Deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 Sept.
2008. A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be
published in book form. For further information on the conference,
including registration, travelling and accommodation in Falun, please
visit the conference webpage:

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