between.1983: Coetzee, Swift, Berger, and more, 16-18 May 2013, Sopot (Poland)
It was, one might say, a good year. In 1983, J.M. Coetzee published The Life and Times of Michael K,
Graham Swift's Waterland was in the bookshops, and John Berger's short story "Boris" (a central text
in the Into Their Labours trilogy) appeared in Granta. And more . . . Théâtre de Complicité was
founded, Samuel Beckett's last play What Where was performed, David Constantine's collection
Watching for Dolphins appeared, as did Michael Hofmann's Nights in the Iron Hotel, John le Carré
published The Little Drummer Girl, James Kelman's Not Not While the Giro appeared, and William
Golding won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Important work by Fleur Adcock, Geoffrey Hill, and
James Fenton also came out in that year. And more . . .
We invite proposals for papers on Coetzee, on Swift, on Berger, and on 1983 and the last thirty years
of English-language poetry, prose, and theatre. Although the examples given above are mainly British
and Irish, proposals on 1983 in US and other literatures will, of course, be welcome. We hope that
potential participants will offer fresh and comparative insights on the year.
Organized in cooperation with the University of Gdańsk and the City of Sopot, the between.1983
conference will be held on 16-18 May 2013 in Gdańsk/Sopot, Poland. It is part of the
between.pomiędzy festival which has taken place (under different names) in Sopot since 2010. The
entire festival will run from 13 to 19 May 2013. For information on earlier festivals/conferences, see
www.back2.pl. Previous conferences have focused on the work of Samuel Beckett, on contemporary
poetry, on Complicite, and on the writings of John Berger. Publications have come from previous
conferences (see our web site), and we plan to publish selected papers from the 2013 event.
The 2013 festival will consist of theatre workshops, readings by contemporary poets, and
performances by major Polish experimental theatre companies, including the Wierszalin company. It
offers a unique experience – between languages, cultures, media, and literatures. Between those who
write about literature and those who make it. Between scholars, critics, writers, and people of the
theatre from all over the world. Between 13 and 19 May 2013. In Sopot. In Gdańsk.
Please send abstracts for papers by 1 March 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org
The conference/festival fee is 100 euro (accommodation not included). The fee for doctoral students is
75 euro (accommodation not included).