Joycean Cartographies: Navigating a New Century of Ulysses

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

On Feb. 2–4, 2022, The Huntington will host an onsite conference in San Marino, California to celebrate the publication centennial of James Joyce’s Ulysses. In tandem with the conference, The Huntington will host an exhibition on novels and maps from the 16th through the 20th century, including a newly acquired series of engraved maps derived from Ulysses, made by the artist David Lilburn.

Karen R. Lawrence | President, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
Kevin Dettmar | W.M. Keck Professor of English; Director, The Humanities Studio, Pomona College
Colleen Jaurretche | Continuing Lecturer, Department of English, UCLA
Karla Nielsen | Curator of Literary Manuscripts, The Huntington

Joyce’s Ulysses uses Dublin as map as well as palimpsest upon which to inscribe his vision of worlds past and present. This conference will explore approaches to literary study that make clearer the verbal and nonverbal coordinates of Joyce’s literary terrain and their global expressions. Topics will range from forms of visualization (schemas, maps, charts, word indexes) to decolonization, intertexts and intermedia, mapping as metaphor and places as texts, in an effort to open up new ways of reading. Topics might include:

  • Joycean strategies and schema in other aesthetic contexts
  • mapping Joyce’s reception in other linguistic and national traditions
  • cartographies of exile, reconstruction, recreation
  • the world-building projects of novels and maps, especially where they overlap
  • guidebooks and imaginative cityscapes
  • remapping Ulysses


  • To apply to present at this conference, please submit an abstract of approximately 250 words through the conference page: 
  • Limited funding will be available to defray the travel and lodging expenses of accepted presenters. If selected to receive these funds, we would expect your attendance for the duration of the conference. Payments will be processed via ACH after the final day of the conference and are normally deposited within two weeks.
  • Graduate students and early-career scholars encouraged to apply.
  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on Tuesday, June 1, 2021

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