REMINDER: CFP Benjamin Markovits | A one-day conference in Oxford| 16 June 2020

deadline for submissions: 
April 3, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Michael Kalisch, University of Oxford


Benjamin Markovits

16th June 2020

A one-day conference at Worcester College, Oxford

Registration is free 

Benjamin Markovits is a leading Anglo-American novelist with a uniquely varied and ambitious body of work, ranging from historical fictions on the life of Lord Byron, to an account of gentrification in Obama-era Detroit (You Don’t Have to Live Like This, 2015), to intimate portraits of family life (A Weekend in New York, 2018; Christmas in Austin, 2019). Markovits’ interests are broad and eclectic. Drawing on his short-lived career as a semi-professional basketball player, he has written regularly about sport in both his fiction (Playing Days, 2011) and non-fiction, while much of his writing is preoccupied with themes of identity and belonging, reflecting his transatlantic upbringing and evolving relationship to his Jewish roots. A Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London, and a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, and New Left Review, Markovits was selected by Granta asone of the Best of Young British Novelists in 2013, and won the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction in 2015. Yet despite these accolades, Markovits’ work has not received sustained scholarly attention. This conference aims to change that, and to begin a critical conversation about Markovits’ place in the contemporary literary field.

The conference will be held at Worcester College, Oxford, on 16th June 2020, and will include a keynote lecture by Professor David Brauner. The day will close with a public reading by Benjamin Markovits, who will be joined by Professor Merve Emre for a Q&A. Selected papers from the conference will form the basis for an edited collection of essays in Gylphi Press’ Contemporary Writers series. 

Proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of Markovits’ work are now invited. The conference aims to address Markovits’ entire oeuvre, and papers on earlier novels are particularly welcome. Please send 250-word abstracts to Dr Michael Kalisch at by 3 April 2020. Please include your name, email address, affiliation, and the title of your paper. *Travel bursaries for PGs and ECRS are avialble; please say if you would like to apply*

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