UPDATE DEADLINE for BIRTHA conference at University of Bristol, UK. Title: Transitions: Questions of Form, 1945-Present

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This one day conference is intended to explore the role of our concept of ‘transition’ in literary studies. This exploration
can be phrased in a series of questions, with the foremost being whether our cultural definitions are more reflective of
critical trends than of changes in artistic practice. For example, is James Joyce’s Ulysses the high point of literary
modernism and, simultaneously, the beginning of postmodernism? Or does this retroactive critical summation do artistic
violence to an open text? If we agree that there are such things as transitions, then we might ask a further set of questions:
How do changes in form reflect changing historical or technological conditions? What happens to the old category upon
creation of the new? By exploring these questions, and others, we hope to understand a little more precisely how
categories are (de)constructed, how they are (de)stabilised, and the causes of their mutations.

We invite abstracts of 250 words for proposed twenty minute papers on the theme of ‘transitions’. These transitions
could be between, though are not limited to:

 National/ Global
 Immigrant/Native
 Colonial/Postcolonial
 Human/Posthuman
 Modern/Postmodern
 Postmodern/post-postmodern

Keynote Speaker: Professor Daniel Katz, University of Warwick
250 word abstracts for 20 minute papers should be sent to Peter Sloane or Theo Savvas at
transitionsconference@gmail.com by July 18th, 2014.
Registration fee (includes refreshments and lunch):
Without conference dinner: £35 (£25 students); with dinner: £45 (£35 students).

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