Literary Dynamics of Place: Crossing, Settling, Circulation - A one-day symposium at Ustinov College, Durham University, 8/9 April 2011
Keynote speakers: Dr Jessica Dubow (Sheffield), Prof Andrew Thacker (De
Additional Speaker: Dr Thomas Wright (Oxford)
The interrelations of literature and place have a long tradition in both literary studies and human geography. Drawing on both disciplinary approaches, this symposium seeks to ex-plore the transformative interactions between literature and place, with a focus on the in-vention and re-invention of places through all kinds of literary media, from novels to per-formance poetry. With this interdisciplinary outlook, the aim will be to consider the multiplicity of dynamics involved in the "text event" (Hones, 2008), in which literature and place may mutually encounter and enact one another. Thus, we intend to consider, on the one hand, the doing and undoing of place through the ability of literature to transfix, translate and transverse, and, on the other hand, the simultaneous ability of places to form and circulate literature as both settings and shapings for texts as well as platforms for performance and transmission. We are seeking to deliberately move away from static, one-directional approaches to the relationship between literary writing and place to focus on the more dynamic aspects of this relationship. Rather than drawing upon a stable notion of place to consider its impact upon the act of authorship or as literary setting, we are interested in the ways literature and place might unsettle each other, 'authoring' and altering narratives and locations. For a list of potential topics please see the attached CFP.
Please send proposals for papers and/or panels to firstname.lastname@example.org
Individual abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Please also include a short bio-graphical statement of around 50 words. The deadline for submissions is 28 February 2011.