UPDATE: The Idea of the City (UK) (3/1/07; 6/8/07-6/9/07)

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Gabriel Egan
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Plenaries announced:

The Idea of the City: Early modern, Modern, and Post-Modern
Locations and Communities

A two-day international conference at the University of Northampton
UK, 8-9 June 2007 Call for Papers

Salman Rushdie provocatively observes that 'the modern city is the locus
classicus of impossible realities'. This conference will explore the nature of
the modern city in literature from its origins in the early-modern period to
post-modern dislocations. Speakers are encouraged to submit papers which explore
the representation of real and imagined, national and international, capital and
regional cities, in poetry, prose and drama. Prospective papers might dwell upon
the city as a context within which literature is created, structured, or
inspired, and as spaces, places, and localities in which distinct voices and
genres emerge, for example plague-ridded sixteenth-century London,
post-revolutionary Paris, Bradford after the 2001 riot, sectarian Belfast, the
interface between the tradition and technology in Tokyo, or globalisation in

While the focus of the conference is literary, papers are welcome by scholars
from cognate disciplines, including history, art, and film, especially if their
paper considers the interface between their discipline and the literary.
Potential areas of interest might include: the impact of regional theatre upon
its cities; the role of city authorities in the dissemination of ideas; the city
and its aliens; ethnic minority voices in the inner cities; the tension between
the country and the city; the interface between global cities; and marginal
urban identities and activities (vice, prostitution, and poverty).

Plenary speakers:

Julian Wolfreys (Loughborough University)

Gregory Lee (University of Leons)

Alexandra Johnson (Records of Early English Drama, University of Toronto)

Prospective speakers are invited to submit proposals for 20-minute papers by 1
March 2007 to the conference organizers, Dr Joan Fitzpatrick and Dr Lawrence
Phillips by e-mail to mail_at_JoanFitzpatrick.org or to

See the conference website at www.JoanFitzpatrick.org/city

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