Roth@80, Newark, NJ, March 18-19, 2013

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Philip Roth Society
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The Philip Roth Society proudly announces a call for papers for Roth@80, a conference event organized, in conjunction with the Newark Preservation & Landmarks Committe, to mark the 80th birthday of Philip Roth. It will take place on March 18-19, 2013, at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ.

Individuals are encouraged to submit abstract proposals that cover the entire range of Philip Roth's writings, from his earliest novels and stories to his more recent "Nemeses" tetralogy. A diversity of topics and critical perspectives is welcome. Individual proposals will be considered along with ready-made panels. The Roth Society welcomes proposals for:

  • Scholarly presentations that provide fresh critical approaches to Roth's fiction
  • Roundtable discussions that focus on a single theme, or a particular text
  • Creative or performance pieces centering on Roth's work

In addition to formal presentations, the conference will include a guided tour of Roth's Newark, a photography exhibit at the Newark Public Library, and an evening program with Claudia Roth Pierpont, Jonathan Lethem, Hermione Lee, and Philip Roth himself.

Proposals of no more than 250 words are invited for 20-minute papers on any aspect of Roth's work. Please send your abstracts by email to the Roth Society Program Chair, David Gooblar, at Please include professional affiliation or association status along with full contact details.

The deadline for proposals is September 1, 2012.

For more information about Roth@80, please visit the conference website at