Melville in a Global Context; Tokyo, 25-29 June 2015; proposals due 8/15/14

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Melville Sociey/Melville Society of Japan

Call for Papers

Melville in a Global Context
The Tenth International Melville Conference

Tokyo: 25-29 June 2015


The Melville Society
in collaboration with
The Melville Society of Japan and
Keio University's G-SEC American Studies Project

We invite you to submit proposals for panels, papers, roundtable sessions, and other formats for presentation at the Tenth International Melville Conference, which will take place at Keio University (Mita Campus, Tokyo) from June 25 (Thursday) to June 29 (Monday), 2015. The five-day conference (including a day-trip to cities by the sea in Kanagawa Prefecture, reminiscent of the days of Commodore Perry's Black Ship) will invite participants to consider Melville's deep interest in globalism, the many contexts in which his work has been and continues to be read, and the range of uses to which his writings have been put. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

Melville and Japan
Melville and Asia
Melville and the Pacific
Melville and Whaling Culture
How Japanese Writers Respond to Moby-Dick
Melville and World Literature
Melville and/in Translation
Melville and Europe
Melville and South America
How Melville's Works are Read and Taught Internationally
Melville and Transnational American Studies
Melville and Cross-Cultural Exchange and Conflict
The Global Turn in Melville's Later Poetry
Melville and Cosmopolitanism
Melville and Politics
Melville and Religion
Melville and Philosophy
Melville and Ecology
Melville and Natural Catastrophe
Melville and Sexuality
Melville and Postmodernism
Melville and Digital Humanities
Melville and the New Historical Poetics
Melville and the Posthuman
Melville, Historicism, and Formalism
Melville and the History of Literary Criticism
Adaptations of Melville's Works in Other Media

Please send proposals (not to exceed 250 words) along with a CV (not to exceed two pages) to The Melville Society of Japan (

The deadline for submission of proposals is August 15, 2014.