CFP: Writing Europe, Kingston, Nov 2

The call for papers is now open for a one-day conference on Writing Europe, to be held at Kingston University, London on Wednesday, November 2nd.

Proposals are invited by August 15th.

About the conference

In the wake of the European referendum result, what does literature have to contribute to current and future thinking about the relationship between the UK and the rest of Europe? How are works of fiction engaging with the socio-political shifts of the new millennium? And does literature still possess a pragmatic political function? In this one day conference, we aim to provide a forum for academics to position their own work in relation to the idea of European identity, and indeed to consider what part literature and those who study it might have in the forthcoming political landscape.

Submissions

Papers are invited in two formats:

  • Conventional 20 minute papers
  • 10 minute ‘thought pieces’ which represent immediate responses to the current situation

We welcome diverse interpretations of the conference theme. Subjects for discussion might, however, include:

  • Representations of UK/European relations
  • Representations of Europe and/or European migrants
  • The refugee crisis and its wider ramifications
  • The British ex-patriot community in Europe
  • The ‘lessons’ of literature in the wake of the referendum: models of community, identity politics and the economy
  • Regional UK identities and their contribution to European identity
  • The causes of Brexit: national identity in literature
  • The role of the academic and/or the literary text in relation to Brexit as a discourse of major political change
  • The role of dystopian/utopian literature in anticipating or imagining political futures for Europe

How to submit

Please send 200-250 word abstracts with brief biographical notes (50 words) to S.Upstone@kingston.ac.uk or KShaw@lincoln.ac.uk by 15th August.

Please indicate on your abstract whether you would like to present a 20 minute or 10 minute paper. Panel proposals also welcome.

Select papers will be invited to contribute to a related edited collection.