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100 Myles: The International Flann O'Brien Centenary Conference, Vienna, July 24-26 2011
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Prof. Dr. Werner Huber, Paul Fagan M.A., Dr. Ruben Borg / Department of English Studies, Vienna, Austria
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Full CFP available at http://www.univie.ac.at/flannobrien2011/CFP.html
University of Vienna, Austria, 24-26 July 2011
2011 marks the centenary year of Brian O'Nolan, whose comic masterpieces At Swim-Two-Birds and The Third Policeman (as Flann O'Brien) and bitingly satirical Cruiskeen Lawn newspaper column (as Myles na gCopaleen) remain among Ireland's, and the 20th century's, best kept secrets. A tireless documenter of the struggles of fictional characters against their oppressive creators, of the human attributes of bicycles (and vice versa), and of insufferable bores of all stripes, O'Nolan's writing remains a rich and underexplored body of comic invention and postmodern tropes. This conference will have the dual objective of celebrating and re-assessing O'Nolan's legacy and body of work -- in its various forms and genres -- as well as spearheading a more integrated international community dedicated to this 'cult' author.
Since the conference aims to provide a forum for exploring the diversity of O'Nolan texts, the organisers welcome proposals on all aspects of his writings. However, as we are interested in a broadly representative programme which would explore O'Nolan's work beyond his two most famous and innovative novels, proposals on his Irish- language novel An Béal Bocht, his Irish Times column "Cruiskeen Lawn", the later novels (The Hard Life, The Dalkey Archive, and the unfinished Slattery's Sago Saga), and even on his rarely produced theatrical plays (such as Faustus Kelly) are particularly welcome.
Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas of interest:
Abstracts: If you would like to propose a paper (in English, not exceeding 20 minutes), please submit your title and an abstract of 250 words accompanied by a short biographical sketch. In addition to the presentation of papers we invite proposals for alternative forms of discussion: e.g. debate motions (and debaters), themed panels, poster sessions (esp. for PhD students), etc.
Deadline for submission of proposals and abstracts: 1 February 2011. All correspondence (preferably by e-mail) should be addressed to the organisers: