UPDATE: Novel and Its Borders (UK) (12/31/07; 7/8/08-7/10/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Abigail M. Smith
contact email: 

UPDATE: Ian Duncan has been added to the list of plenary speakers due to
the unfortunate and untimely passing of Malcolm Bowie. Thanks for your

The Novel and its Borders

3 day Conference organised by The Centre for The Novel
in association with the AHRC Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies

University of Aberdeen
 8-10 July 2008


The novel is not only a literary form occupying a particular generic or
cultural territory, but also an aesthetic, historical and social
phenomenon that represents, constructs, and transgresses borders. The
conference on The Novel and its Borders
will engage with the novel in all its aspects, material and theoretical,
from the 18th to the 21st century.

Plenary speakers: Terry Castle, Ian Duncan, Jonathan Lamb

Panel topics may include the following:

The Novel and Real/Imagined Communities
Memory, History, Narrative Time
Libraries, Archives, Publishers, Markets
Transport, Travel, Translations
Borders of the Mind, Territories of the Body
Technology, Science and the Novel
Novel and Old/New Media
Realism and its Limits
Genealogies and Genres

Please send 250-word abstracts for 20-minute conference papers to
novel.conference_at_abdn.ac.uk. Submission deadline is 31 December 2007.

Proposals for panel topics with participants are also welcome.

Organisers: Adrienne Janus, Abigail M Smith and Janet Todd

The Conference will be held in King's College Centre, adjacent to the
University's beautiful sixteenth-century chapel. King's College is one of
the last Medieval universities; it amalgamated with Marischal College in
1860 to form the University of Aberdeen. With its extensive collection of
eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-century fiction, it forms a
perfect setting for a conference on the novel.

Aberdeen is situated on the North Sea coast, and a convenient point of
departure for the Highlands and the Orkneys. The airport (with direct
flights to London) is only five miles from the university, and there are
direct trains to Edinburgh, Glasgow, and other Scottish cities.

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