CFP: On Miracle Ground – 14-17 May 2014, Vancouver

OMG XVIII – Durrell & Place: Translation, Migration, Location

Vancouver, BC | 14-17 May 2014

Following on the Durrell 2012 centenary celebration in London hosted by the British Library and Goodenough College, the 18th biannual conference of the International Lawrence Durrell Society will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Papers and panels on all aspects of Durrell’s works or those of his milieu are welcome. Paper and panel proposals related to “place” are particularly encouraged. Relevant themes may include Durrell’s position as a writer during the collapse of the British Empire, the politics of place in his various foreign residences (Argentina, Yugoslavia, Cyprus, Egypt, etc.), the spatial turn or cultural field in criticism, shifting national boundaries in his works and across his life, or the various translations across languages and locations in Durrell’s work.

In addition to paper and panel proposals, the conference will include seminars for the first time. Seminar papers will be shared prior to the conference, and seminars themselves will be dedicated to discussion and the development of a particular critical theme. Seminar themes related to Durrell’s position in literary studies, the classroom, or in relation to other literary movements are encouraged.


The conference organizers welcome the submission of short abstracts (250 words) with a short biography (50 words) for proposed PAPERS or COMPLETE PANELS by 30 November 2013. Proposals for complete panels should include an abstract for the panel as a whole with the names, titles, and biographies of each presenter.

For the first time, the ILDS will include seminars in the conference. Seminars will meet for 3 hours and include a maximum of 6 participants whose papers will be read by the group prior to the conference—seminar leaders will guide the discussion of each paper and the overall seminar theme. Proposals from seminar leaders should be submitted by 31 October 2013, and accepted seminars will be listed by 15 November 2013 for registration. Seminars that consider Durrell’s works in relation to his contemporaries or milieu are particularly welcome, as are professional seminars focused on pedagogy, curricula, or the discipline.

All submissions should be sent electronically through the online forms: