CFP - 50th Anniversary Conference: British and Turkish Literary and Cultural Interactions (Due: 31 Dec. 2014)
The aim of this conference is to revisit the literary, artistic and cultural texts, whether they are canonical or non-canonical, from both the (English/British) West and the (Ottoman/Turkish) East, from a historical period stretching from the Medieval Period to the end of the twentieth century, and representing the encounters and exchanges between the two. One major concern of the conference is to include into the debate the discursive constructions other than "Orientalism" (i.e. possible Occidentalism(s)?, essentializing self-representations) for the purpose of expanding the scope and scale of the academic conversation in this area. Especially papers dealing with very little studied texts that are set in the Turkish context or in the context of the British Empire from new perspectives are expected from scholars in the fields of English Language and Literature, British Cultural Studies, Turkish Language and Literature, Turkish Cultural Studies, History, History of Art, and Media and Screen Studies.
The conference language is English. However, a few comparative sessions will be held in Turkish. All submissions for presentation will be subject to peer review for acceptance. Papers selected by a board of referees will be also published in English in an edited collection by a Turkish or an international publisher.
Sample Paper Topics
- British and Ottoman-Turkish non-fiction (i.e. travel writing, letters, memoirs, diaries)
- British and Ottoman-Turkish fiction (i.e. novel, short story)
- British and Ottoman-Turkish diplomatic correspondence (i.e. sefaretnames)
- British and Ottoman-Turkish journalism (i.e. news discourse, political cartoons)
- British and Ottoman-Turkish material culture
- British and Ottoman-Turkish popular culture and literature
- British and Ottoman-Turkish art (i.e. paintings, miniatures, book-map illustrations)
- Discourse, ideology, identity, gender, and race in East-West studies
- The post-Saidian paradigm shift
- The image of Turkey or the Ottoman Empire in British literature / the image of Britain or the British Empire in Ottoman-Turkish literature
- Space (i.e. demarcated, liminal, thresholds)
- British and Turkish postmodern literatures
- Borders of comparative studies redefined
- British and Turkish gendered cultures and literatures
Abstract Submission: 300-word abstracts, together with the contact information (name-last name, academic title, institutional affiliation, department, email address, primary phone number, mailing address) of author(s) should be sent as Microsoft Word 1997-2003 documents, attached to an email message addressed to Dr. Sinan Akıllı (email@example.com) by 31 December 2014.
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