Regina Ezera and Eastern European Literature
Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia,
National Library of Latvia
announces application for the international conference
Regīna Ezera and Eastern European Literature
National Library of Latvia
3–4 December 2021
Application is now open for the international conference “Regīna Ezera and Eastern European Literature”, organized by the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia in cooperation with the National Library of Latvia. The conference will take place in the National Library of Latvia on 3–4 December 2021. The conference is financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.
Regīna Ezera (1930–2002) is one of the most important Latvian prose writers, who has written novels, short stories, journalistic works and diaries with equal mastery. Her novel “Smoulder” (Zemdegas, 1977) is included in the Latvian Culture Canon for “simultaneously being a striking documentation of her era and a weaving together of timeless themes and characters in a vivid and, at times, strangely surreal narrative.” Ezera's prose challenges the usual boundaries of genres, at the same time creating both a fascinating narrative and a finely crafted reflection on literature as a medium of expression. As a phenomenon in Latvian culture, Ezera has made a strong influence on future generations of writers and has been important for the further development of Latvian prose.
Given that Ezera’s works have been widely translated and published abroad, her literary heritage needs to be seen not only in the context of local but also international literary processes. Not only Latvian but also foreign researchers are invited to the conference, thus highlighting the connections that are formed between the literatures of the Baltic and Eastern European countries, bringing to the fore women writers who have made their debut in literature in the period from 1940 to the present.
Keynote speakers Laura Doyle, an internationally renowned literary theorist and researcher from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Sanja Bahun, a researcher of Eastern European literature from the University of Essex, will also give presentations at the conference. The significance of Regīna Ezera in the context of Latvian literature will be expanded upon by literary scholar Sandra Meškova from Daugavpils University.
Researchers in the humanities and social sciences are invited to participate in the conference, preparing papers not only on Regīna Ezera’s work and its representations in other forms of art, but also on women’s writing and the representation of the female subject in Eastern European literary and cultural space from 1940 to the present. The participants of the conference are invited to view the phenomenon of women’s writing and the personalities of the authors not only from the perspective of feminism, but also from the perspectives of trauma studies, affect theory, ecology and environmental humanities, digital humanities, and other contemporary theoretical frameworks, engaging in an interdisciplinary scientific discussion on the genealogy of the female subject in textual and cultural spaces.
Both individual papers and panels with presentations of 3 to 4 researchers can be submitted to the conference. The working languages of the conference are Latvian and English. To facilitate discussion not only between local but also foreign researchers, participants are invited to present in English as much as possible.
The application must include the topic of the paper, a brief outline of its contents (300 words), the name of the speaker, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, as well as a brief description of academic interests and activities (100 words).
The application of panels must include both the overall topic and the topics of individual papers (no more than 700 words). As in the case of individual reports, the basic information must be provided for each participant – the name of the speaker, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, as well as a brief description of academic interests and activities (100 words).
Applications should be sent to the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1, 2021. Notification of acceptance and inclusion in the conference program will be sent by June 15, 2021.
Jānis Ozoliņš, PhD
Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art, University of Latvia