Inaugural Conference of the European Beat Studies Network (EBSN)

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European Beat Studies Network
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SEPTEMBER 5-7, 2012

Papers are invited for the Inaugural Conference of the European Beat Studies Network (EBSN). We are open to submissions of both long and short papers, panels, roundtables, dialogues and performances on any aspect of the Beat Generation. Suggested topics may include but are not limited to:

* Beat Generation writers in Europe
* European influences on the Beat Generation
* Beat writing and European cities
* The Beats and European philosophy
* The Beats' influence on European authors
* The Beat Generation and the European avant-garde
* The Beats and transnationalism
* The Beats and transatlantic connections
* New editions of Beat work
* Beat books as artefacts
* The Beats' influence on popular culture
* Beat writing and politics
* The Beats and travel
* Beat attitudes towards poverty
* Connections with Bohemia
* Beat lifestyle and excess
* Representations of nature
* Mysticism, religion and spirituality
* Beat writing and gender

Please send abstracts of 250 words (no attachments) and a short bio to Chad Weidner at by November 1, 2011. Inquiries can be addressed to Chad Weidner (, Oliver Harris ( or to Polina Mackay (

Conference Organising Committee:
Chad Weidner (Events Coordinator)
Oliver Harris (EBSN President)
Polina Mackay (EBSN Secretary)