CFP: The Idea of the City: Early modern, Modern, and Post-Modern Locations and Communities (UK) (3/1/07; 6/8/07-6/9/07)

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Lawrence Phillips
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A two-day international conference at the University of Northampton, UK, 8-9
June 2007

Plenary speakers to be announced

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 C16th London,
post-revolutionary Paris, Bradford after the 2001 riot, sectarian Belfast,
the interface between the tradition and technology in Tokyo, or
globalisation in Mumbai.

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).

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 or to

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