Symposium on David Mitchell (9 May 2014, London, UK)
Deadline for Abstracts: 14 February 2014
Hosted by New York University in London and Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing
With the publication of Ghostwritten (1999), winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize David Mitchell quickly established himself as a leading British and world author. Having achieved both popular and critical success, Mitchell's oeuvre is often celebrated for its distinctive vision of cosmopolitanism, remediation of genre(s), and relationship to postmodern, posthuman, and postcolonial discourses. This one-day symposium seeks to expand our understanding of Mitchell's work by considering all aspects of Mitchell's literary and cultural output, including fiction, cinematic adaptation, opera, and the relation between text and image.
This event welcomes papers on topics such as the following: empire, globalization and the global imaginary, high and low genres, biopolitics, gender and sexuality, (dis)ability, translation and/or cross-cultural dynamics, world literary circulations and mappings, embodiment; popular culture, (non-)citizenship and/or biopolitics, international security concerns, terror, experimental poetics, literature and science, transgender and queer readings, literary genealogies and influences, world building, adaptation, multimodal writing, ageing, and world-systems approaches. Plans for the publication of revised and expanded papers will be circulated at the event.
Location: The Symposium will take place on 9 May, 2014 at New York University's London campus, located in Bedford Square, Bloomsbury.