What Happens Now: 21st Century Writing in English', 2nd International Conference, 16-18 July 2012, University of Lincoln, UK
Following the success of the 2010 conference 'What Happens Now: 21st Century Writing in English – the first decade' there will be a theme for the second conference, which will form the focus of a special issue of the new journal devoted to 21st century literature, C21 Literatures: A Journal of 21st-century Writings. The theme is the title of Paul Gauguin's painting, 'Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?'
First asked at the end of the 19th century, Gauguin's questions are worth asking again at the beginning of the 21st. How are 21st century writers revising our pasts? What is this present we are living in? Are we living now in a new political order in the 21st century, of which 9/11 and the crash of 2008 are early manifestations? What does 21st century literature have to say about the futures that wait for us in the 21st century? Have human futures changed irrevocably already since 2000? Or does literature ask quite different questions of us from politics? And what of the future of literature itself, of poetry, of the novel, of theatre, of genres, and beyond genres?
While we encourage proposals to be submitted on this theme, it is not exclusive: the aim of the conference is to act as a forum for what is happening now in terms of academic work on 21st century literature and drama, and papers are welcome on other aspects of literary and dramatic work published or performed in English since 2000, including:
Poetry, fiction, drama, utopian and dystopian writing, life writing, children's literature, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, travel writing, graphic novels, romantic fiction, crime writing, verbatim drama, musical theatre, post-dramatic theatre, technologically mediated performance, electronically mediated text, performance poetry, and poetic dialogue.
We invite contributions identifying and exploring
- distinctive and innovative texts and writers published since 2000;
- key themes, trends and issues of the new millennium;
- and any other issue of relevance to 21st century writing in English.
Please email 200-300 word proposals for papers and brief biographical notes to the conference organisers:
Submission deadline for abstracts: 9th January 2012