Acting Out: The IV International Flann O'Brien Conference

deadline for submissions: 
February 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Paul Fagan / University of Salzburg
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Acting Out: The IV International Flann O'Brien Conference 

(Salzburg, 17-21 July 2017)


Keynote Speakers

Anne Fogarty (University College Dublin)

Stanley E. Gontarski (Florida State University)

Maebh Long (The University of the South Pacific)


Writers & Performers (more TBA)

Arthur Riordan (Improbable Frequency, Slattery’s Sago Saga

Liverpool-Irish Literary Theatre (The Glittering Gate, The Dead Spit of Kelly, Thirst)


The International Flann O’Brien Society is proud to announce Acting Out: The IV International Flann O’Brien Conference, an international conference on the theme of performance, theatricality, and illusion in Flann O’Brien’s prose, columns, plays, and TV scripts, hosted by the Department of English Studies at Salzburg University17-21 July 2017.

In establishing his aesthetic manifesto in At Swim-Two-Birds, the student narrator notes that ‘the novel was inferior to the play inasmuch as it lacked the outward accidents of illusion, frequently inducing the reader to be outwitted in a shabby fashion and caused to experience a real concern for the fortunes of illusory characters.’ If, as Richard Schechner claims, ‘performances mark identities, bend time, reshape and adorn the body, and tell stories’, then few writers better demonstrate this shaping influence and potential of the performative and the fake than Flann O’Brien. With these issues in mind, the conference aims to address the contours and concealments of performance in O’Brien’s work as it relates to issues of identity, genre, pseudonymity, adaptation, and creative reception. Salzburg, the home of internationally renowned and prestigious theatrical institutions and events, provides the perfect setting to this symposium, which will take place at the outset of the 2017 Salzburg Music and Drama Festival.

To propose a paper (not exceeding 20 minutes), or panel (maximum 3 speakers) please submit your title and an abstract of 250 words accompanied by a short biographical sketch to or by 1 February 2017.