Joyce’s Feast of Languages

deadline for submissions: 
November 25, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
James Joyce Italian Foundation

Joyce’s Feast of Languages


The XII James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference in Rome


Conference Dates: January 31-February 1, 2019


Keynote speakers: Richard Brown, Enrico Terrinoni, Chrissie Van Mierlo


The James Joyce Italian Foundation invites proposals for the Twelfth Annual Conference in Rome. It will be hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the Università Roma Tre, to celebrate Joyce’s 137th birthday.


As Giorgio Melchiori highlights in an essay entitled “The Languages of Joyce” (1992), “the whole of Joyce’s works, from Epiphanies to Finnegans Wake, is a great feast of languages of which we are asked to partake”. Language is not only a central theme in Joyce’s oeuvre, but also a biographical leitmotif, a site of symbolic power and a means for artistic creation.


We invite scholars to send proposals for a 20-minute contribution. The conference will be the occasion to present unpublished papers and works in progress on Joyce to an international audience.

Related topics include, but are not limited to:


- Joyce’s linguistic poetics

- Joyce’s politics of language

- Joyce’s many languages

- Joyce and the Irish language

- Joyce and the language of music

- Joyce and the language of silence

- Joyce’s dislocutions

- The language of exile

- Joyce, translingualism and translingual writers

- Language teaching and language learning in Joyce

- Translating Joyce

- Joyce and translation/translation in Joyce

- Linguistic approaches to Joyce’s writing

- Corpus stylistics and Joyce’s oeuvre



Key note speakers will be confirmed in September.


Selected papers will be published. Please send abstracts, 250-500 words in length, along with a short bio-sketch to

The Conference includes a Joycean birthday party.

Deadline for proposals: November 25, 2018.

Accepted speakers will be notified by December 16, 2018.


On arrival, participants will be expected to sign up for membership of The James Joyce Italian Foundation (Students: 30 Euro; Individual Membership: 45 Euro; Institutions: 50 Euro; Supporting members: 70 euro).

Accepted speakers can then apply for the Giorgio Melchiori Grants. Please visit the James Joyce Italian Foundation website for information: