UPDATE: The Idea of the City: Early modern, Modern, and Post-Modern Locations and Communities (3/31/07; 8/6/07-9/6/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Phillips Lawrence

Please note that the CFP deadline for this conference has been extended
to March 31st 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 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).

Plenary speakers:

Julian Wolfreys (Loughborough University)
Gregory Lee (Jean Moulin University, Lyon 3)
Alexandra Johnson (Records of Early English Drama, University of

Prospective speakers are invited to submit proposals for 20-minute
papers by 31 March 2007 to the conference organizers, Dr Joan
Fitzpatrick and Dr Lawrence Phillips by e-mail to
mail_at_JoanFitzpatrick.org or to Lawrence.Phillips_at_northampton.ac.uk

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

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