deadline for submissions: 
September 5, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
The International Lawrence Durrell Society
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CFP: Refuge

46th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture Since 1900

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

22–24 February 2018


The whole world was a refugee now that the war had at last ended. 

 — Lawrence Durrell, Sebastian, or Ruling Passions (1982)


Any man, even the greatest, can be broken in a moment and has no refuge. Any theory which denies this is a lie. For myself, I have no theories.

 —Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince (1973)


I was in a dingy old bookshop, running my eye blindly over the stock, waiting for the storm in my head to pass: the place was a refuge, a bunker, insulated by its own dusty tedium and the bulkheads of paper and worn leather.

—Alan Hollinghurst, The Folding Star (1994)



The International Lawrence Durrell Society invites proposals for papers exploring the broad theme of “Refuge” in literature and culture since 1900.


Possible starting points for this topic include:

  • The interwar period as refuge
  • Escapism, surrealism, or absurdism as refuge
  • Refugees and World War II
  • Islands as refuge
  • Zoos and wildlife refuge
  • Israel and Palestine
  • Dust bowl refugees
  • Survivorship or survivor’s guilt

 This list is only suggestive, and potential presentations may cover topics as varied as Kurt Vonnegut’s treatment of Armenian refugees in Bluebeard, the room as a refuge in works by Virginia Woolf, Gerald Durrell’s writing on animal conservation, Galt’s Gulch as weaponized refuge in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, or even the refuge of faith in works like L.H. Myers’ The Root and the Flower. The ILDS welcomes proposals for any paper addressing the role of Refuge in the works and lives of any twentieth- or twenty-first century author of interest. Proposals exploring the significance of Refuge within Lawrence Durrell’s published works are especially encouraged.

Deadline for submission of proposal is 5 September 2017.

 Please submit proposal by email to Include two attachments in pdf, rtf or doc format.

  • The first attachment should consist of a 300-word abstract (double-spaced and titled), omitting all references to the submitter.
  • The second attachment should contain a cover page that includes the following information:
    • Name as it will appear in the program
    • Address (preferably home address)
    • E-mail address (necessary to confirm your acceptance)
    • Academic affiliation, if applicable
    • Title of paper/work (as it will appear in the program)
    • National origin/genre of work(s) discussed (please be specific)
    • Personal biographical note (100-150 words)

The 46th annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900 will be held at the University of Louisville, 22-24 February 2018. Please see the conference's official website for additional information.