Literature and Surveillance in the Age of Globalization

deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Durham University
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Durham University, 24 May 2019

Department of English Studies at Durham University is convening an annual postgraduate conference which will be held in 24 May 2019.

We invite doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines to submit abstracts for consideration. The aim of the conference is to explore how mechanisms of surveillance have changed since the Cold War and how literature has responded to new forms of surveillance in the age of globalization. As some argue, we have moved away from Foucauldian notion of discipline society to control society. This new control society – an intensification of the postmodern surveillance which best manifests itself in the life and fiction of the cold war – no longer functions based on exclusion (as in a disciplinary society that would exclude minorities such as lepers, women, mad people, etc.). Rather, to guarantee the flow of capital, it celebrates multiplicity and difference in contrast to the postmodern discourse of the high period of cold war.

Proposals can be on any topic related to literature and surveillance in an era of increasing scrutiny. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Literature and transnational capitalism

Literature, trauma and risk society

Literature and controlling society

Literature and therapy culture

Literature, ethics and surveillance

Literature, paranoia and surveillance

Literature, technology and surveillance

Literature, totalitarianism and surveillance

Literature, feminism and surveillance

The standard length of a talk will be between 20 minutes. An important part of the conference is that successful candidates will be published in the online journal Postgraduate English. Information can be found at http://community.dur.ac.uk/postgraduate.english/ojs/index.php/pgenglish/

To apply, please send your proposal not more than 300 words length to nadia.terki@durham.ac.uk, kashish.madan@dur.ac.uk or arya.aryan@durham.ac.uk

Please mention your full name, level of study and name of university and faculty. The deadline for submitting your proposals is midnight 31 March. We will respond to them by 15 April.