Experimental Writing in English (1945-2000): The Anti-Canon
Brussels, Belgium, 15-16 September 2022
Deadline for proposals: 2 May 2022
Experimental Writing in English (1945-2000): The Anti-Canon
15-16 September 2022 – Brussels, Belgium
Anthony Reed, Associate Professor of English, Vanderbilt University
(2nd keynote speaker TBC)
Call for Papers
This conference aims to focus on experimental writing in English from the second half of the twentieth century which is less well known, has been positioned outside of the literary mainstream or is simply deserving of more attention. It particularly invites proposals on experimental writing by women, queer authors, people of colour and working-class writers.
Much research in recent years has been concerned with nuancing accounts of post-WWII literature which either largely ignored experimental writing in the wake of the war and/or only paid attention to certain canonical postmodernist texts when experimentation was considered. In Breaking the Sequence: Women’s Experimental Fiction (1989), Ellen Friedman and Miriam Fuchs proposed that twentieth-century experimentation by women might be the missing link in the crucial intersection between feminism and modernity as literature and feminism share a “profound quarrel with established, patriarchal forms, but also a sense of identification with what has been muted by these forms” (xii). Since their groundbreaking work and especially in recent years, several anthologies and critical studies have contributed to the ongoing project of rectifying the critical neglect of women’s experimental writing of the second half of the twentieth century. The absence of contributions by writers of colour, queer authors and working-class writers to most conversations about experimental literature is similarly striking and problematic. Thus, Anthony Reed, in Freedom Time: The Poetics and Politics of Black Experimental Writing (2014), has suggested that the “abstractness” of black experimental writing and its resistance to “preemptive understandings of black life” has resulted in the exclusion of experimental writing in standard genealogies of African American literature (7).
This conference then adopts the term “anti-canon” as a provocative invitation to reflect on the ways in which experimental literature in English in general – but writing by certain authors in particular– has regularly been neglected or sidelined in overviews of the literary landscape in the second half of the twentieth century. By adopting the term, we also acknowledge and invite reflections on Ellen Friedman’s suggestion that if canonical novels are strategic constructs to reinforce a society’s values, then works which undermine those values might be thought of as “anticanonical.” More recently, Tyler Bradway has connected the “affective agency” of formal innovation to a specifically queer tradition in literature in Queer Experimental Literature: The Affective Politics of Bad Reading, suggesting this agency reveals “literary form’s capacity to work on and through the bodies of readers, immanently restructuring our felt relations to the aesthetic object” (viii).
Following on from this recent research on the topic, this conference invites reflections on the following questions: To what extent can the notion of anti-canon represent a shared condition for the politics of experimentation? In what ways does it engage with, and perhaps suggest a move beyond, certain categories – such as that of “women’s writing” – as the “other side” of dominant literary form? How might anti-canonical works of literature subvert established ways of looking at the world and at society?
As this Call for Papers makes clear, at the heart of this conference is a flexible understanding of both the terms “anti-canon” as well as “experimental literature,” which we use as an umbrella term to investigate, analyse, and celebrate the more formally innovative end of the wide spectrum of writing in English during the period 1945-2000. In addition to reflections on the above questions, the organisers invite papers on a range of topics and authors, including, but not limited to:
- Experimental prose, poetry, drama, life writing, non-fiction and art writing by women, queer authors, people of colour and working-class writers.
- Experimental writers who have received relatively little sustained critical attention in the past or to date, such as Kathy Acker, Renata Adler, Gloria Anzaldúa, Russell Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Christine Brooke-Rose, Brigid Brophy, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Maxine Chernoff, Eva Figes, Nikki Giovanni, Renee Gladman, Barbara Guest, Carlene Hatcher Polite, Lyn Hejinian, Fanny Howe, Anna Kavan, Bernadette Mayer, Naomi Mitchison, Haryette Mullen, Eileen Myles, Suniti Namjoshi, Alice Notley, Ann Quin, Oliver Pitcher, Michèle Roberts, Sonia Sanchez, Ntozake Shange, Denis Williams and others.
- The meanings, definitions and employment of “experiment” in the second half of the 20th century.
- Theorisations regarding the anti-canon and what it might mean to read experimental texts in this framework.
- Interconnections and overlaps between eras and movements, including but not limited to relationships between post-war experimental literature, modernism, “late modernism” and/or postmodernism.
- Transnational connections and experimental writing in English which questions (Western) borders, categories and assumptions.
- The categorisation and theorisation of experimental writing in the post-WWII era.
- The question of how experimental writing by women, queer authors, people of colour and working-class writers was/is received.
- The idea of the “death of the novel” and the troubling of different literary categorizations.
- The role and influence of publishing networks in relation to experimental writing.
- The employment and function of “experimental” techniques within “realist” works.
- Formal experimentations in the context of trauma, grief and/or radical vulnerability.
- Multimodal literature.
- Affects at work in experimental literature.
Proposals (ca. 300 words), together with a biographical note, should be sent to Hannah Van Hove (email@example.com) and Tessel Veneboer (Tessel.firstname.lastname@example.org) by 2 May 2022. Proposals for panels of three interlinked papers are also welcome, as are experimental and/or creative-critical approaches to papers.
This conference is planned as an on-site event to be held in Brussels.
Organised by Hannah Van Hove (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Tessel Veneboer (Universiteit Gent), in association with the research groups CLIC (Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings), SEL (Studiecentrum Experimentele Literatuur) and 20cc (Twentieth-Century Crossroads).
(Posted 30 March 2022)
9th BICLCE: Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English 2022
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 15-17 September 2022
Deadline for proposals: 31 December 2021
We are pleased to announce that the 9th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE) will be held from 15 to 17 September 2022 in Slovenia, at the University of Ljubljana. An in-person conference is currently envisaged, with the possibility of moving the event online in case travel proves difficult.
Over the last two decades, the BICLCE conference has become a platform for various theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of English and its varieties. As such, it has also become a point of reference for interdisciplinary cross-pollination. With a focus on the holistic presentation of current linguistic research, the BICLCE conference traditionally accommodates papers, presentations and workshops on the syntax, morphology, phonology, sociolinguistics, semantics and pragmatics of contemporary English.
In keeping with this tradition, we invite abstracts addressing every aspect of contemporary English, and especially encourage proposals that engage with variation in English, second language acquisition and development, learner corpora, discourse analysis and metadiscourse, constructions, metaphor, politeness, formulaic language, academic writing, language contact, corpus-based studies and statistical models.
Please note that any proposals on historical and contrastive topics should be related to the study of present-day English.
We are delighted to announce the following plenary speakers:
- Paul Baker
- Susan Conrad
- Gaëtanelle Gilquin
- Manfred Krug
At this stage, abstract submissions for individual papers and poster presentations are invited but proposals for thematic workshops featuring up to 6 individual papers are still accepted.
Please submit your proposals via https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=biclce2022 by 31 December 2021. Please specify the type of submission and make sure that the abstracts do not exceed 300 words and contain no names of the authors. All enquiries about the conference should be sent to 9biclce @ guest.arnes.si.
The conference will include a number of workshops/panels centred around topical issues in English linguistics. Some workshops are open (potential contributors should contact the convenors before submitting their abstract), while others are already full but individual papers on related topics can be scheduled in a follow-up session.
This workshop is full
This workshop is full
We look forward to welcoming you in Ljubljana!
9th BICLCE organizing team
The 12th International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 15-17 September 2022
New extended deadline for proposals: 10 January 2022
The 12th International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism will be held at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia, on September 15-17, 2022. For the first time, the conference will be preceded by a doctoral workshop on September 14, 2022.
Danuta Gabryś-Barker, University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland)
Jason Rothman, University of Tromsø (Norway) & Universidad Nebrija (Spain)
Lidija Cvikić, University of Zagreb (Croatia)
CALL FOR PAPERS
The call for papers opens on November 2, 2021, and closes on December 5, 2021.
UPDATE: The deadline has been extended until January 10, 2022.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent before February 10, 2022.
Please see the new call for papers for more details.
REGISTRATION AND FEES
The registration for IAML3 2022 will open in January 2022.
The Croatian organizing team is looking forward to welcoming you in Zagreb on the new dates of 14-17 September 2022. In the meantime, please contact us at email@example.com with any specific questions that you might have.
Stay healthy and productive!
Stela, Marina, Jasenka, Renata & Mateusz
Organizing Board of the 12th International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism
Our website: https://iaml3conference.ffzg.unizg.hr
You can find us on Twitter as well!
(posted 17 December 2021)
Dis/Orientations and Dis/Entanglements in Contemporary Literature and Culture: An International Conference
University of Málaga (Spain), 21-23 September, 2022
Deadline for abstracts: 22 April 2022
Under the auspices of the project ‘Orientation’: A Dynamic Perspective of Contemporary Fiction and Culture (1990-onwards) (Ref. FFI2017-86417-P), this Conference explores how the concept of ‘orientation’ can offer a renewed perspective on literary texts and cultural products alike. By positioning ‘orientation’ in close relation to (multiple) temporalities (or “polytemporality”, following Victoria Browne), space, and recognition of the ‘other’, this Conference (and the project) addresses the dynamic and fluid nature of today’s fiction and culture in English. As Sara Ahmed points out, “[o]rientations are about the direction we take that puts some things and not others in our reach” (56). In this sense, we pose the following: what directions do contemporary texts tend towards? How are these directions configured? How do we make sense of the “things” that are within our reach? And, interestingly, in what ways do we unlock an “affective orientation” (Felski 18) in the act of reading?
To answer these questions, we actively engage with different critical perspectives that intersect with various fields such as phenomenology, affect studies, illness and ageing studies, or gender studies. Both ‘orientation’ and ‘recognition’ prove to be useful lenses to explore narratives of illness, for example. Also, ‘orientation’ is mobilised in the interlocked relationships between past and present (and future), since we argue that temporal ‘orientation’ in contemporary fiction and culture is multidirectional, encompassing past, present, and even future: the past is understood as “a call to action in the present, and the present is envisaged as the history of the future” (Mitchell and Parsons 14-15). In addition, ‘orientation’ can be employed to address questions of mobility and movement in spatial studies, bearing in mind that, in phenomenological terms, the individuals experience the world through mutuality and interaction, an interweaving of self and the world through the senses. In so doing, we propose movement, relationality, and fluidity as ways of understanding our current entangled world. Lastly, we claim that, as a mode of thinking, this dynamic relationality brings about timely questions about “the interpersonal and social dimensions of disorientation” (Ratcliffe 463) in the face of the sanitary crisis caused by covid-19 and its variants.
We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers that address the following topics (but not limited to):
- Theoretical approaches and conceptualisations of ‘orientation’, ‘recognition’, and ‘entanglement’ – Dis/re/orientations towards the past, present and future in literature and culture; (multiple) temporality; polytemporality
- Embodied situatedness, phenomenology and the senses
- Dynamic orientation and recognition of the ‘Other’
- Spatial orientations: spatial conceptions, dynamic spaces, geographical fluid orientations and routes – Object-relations ontology, things, new materialisms, the material turn
- Queer and gender orientations
- Orientation and recognition as useful lenses in health humanities, ageing and illness narratives – Global orientations and entanglements in the Anthropocene
- Dis/orientation in the face of the sanitary crisis
- Dis/entanglements and human vs. nonhuman relationships
- New orientations and entanglements between the humanities and other disciplines
We are very happy to confirm the following keynote speakers:
- Professor Alberto Lázaro Lafuente (Universidad de Alcalá)
- Professor Patricia Pulham (University of Surrey)
- Professor Jean-Michel Ganteau (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3)
- Dr. Victoria Browne (Oxford Brookes University)
Please send a 250-word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by April, 22nd 2022 (extended deadline). Abstracts should include a short biographical note. All submissions will be peer-reviewed.
Main organisers: Professor Rosario Arias (University of Málaga), Dr. Marta Cerezo-Moreno (UNED), Dr. Laura Monrós-Gaspar (Universitat de València)
Twitter handle: @orientationlit
(Posted 6 April 2022)
International Conference 22nd-24th Sep 2022 (University of Vienna)
Deadline for proposals: 15th May 2022
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
- Ann Heilmann (University of Cardiff)
- Patricia Duncker (University of Manchester)
Death and resurrection as well as the fears, fantasies and fads that surround them, pervade Victorian literature and culture in a myriad of ways. From literary representations of the dead coming back to life, to cultural practices of mourning and memorialising the dead, the Victorian era betrays a striking concern with how to cope with one’s mortality. Working-class literature such as penny dreadfuls fictionalised concerns about the illegal trade in corpses led by resurrection men, or body-snatchers, who exhumed corpses to sell them to medical men, most specifically, to anatomists. Gothic texts throughout the 19th century often featured reanimated corpses or the living dead. The rise of spiritualism and the popularity of mediums and séances in the second half of the century complemented upper- and upper-middle-class practices of mourning, while the working-class was confronted with the (financial) impossibility to memorialise their lost ones in what was thought ‘the proper way’. Queen Victoria herself mourned Prince Albert for over four decades, famously making her servants lay out his clothes in the morning and bring hot water for his shaving, as if he were about to come back.
Twentieth- and twenty-first-century literary, cultural, and material practices are guided by a wide range of agendas – revisionist, political, nostalgic, commercial, aesthetically experimental – in their manifold recurrences to the Victorian Age. At the same time, the manifold recurrences of the Victorian age in twentieth- and twenty-first-century literary, cultural, and material practices have preserved an interest in the idea of resurrection(s) and its implications. As a cultural phenomenon neo-Victorianism, for instance, could be described as one giant resurrectionist enterprise geared towards a reimagining of the Victorian Age through a wide range of different media and genres. Driven by a desire to fill historiographical gaps, retell the lives of iconic figures or uncover the stories of side-lined,
obscure or marginalized individuals, neo-Victorian appropriations are what Kate Mitchell calls “memory texts”. As such, they simultaneously reflect and shape our perceptions of the Victorian Age by creating specific versions of that past; by selecting which stories are being (re)told and whose voices are being recovered or made heard. These acts of remembrance often serve our need to constitute or reaffirm our social and cultural identities through the idea of a shared past and a common set of values. Neo-Victorian recoveries and (re)assessments of the 19th century are hardly ever ‘innocent’. Instead, they are ideologically charged and reflect the concerns of our present, how we position ourselves with regard to the past, and how our meaning-making activates texts selectively. Neo-Victorian texts and practices participate in the project of producing and consolidating but also revising our cultural memory of the 19th century, contributing to the rich spectrum of Victorian after-lives and after-images in our society.
Topics for papers may touch on but are not limited to:
• the Gothic (the undead, re-awakened mummies etc.)
• resurrection men and body-snatching practices
• Victorian cultural practices surrounding death (spiritualism, séances, mediums)
• Victorian memorial cultures
• neo-Victorian literature’s resurrective practices
• the Empire, ancient cultures & translatio imperii (Egypt; Assyria; Greece; Rome)
• 20th/21st century costume drama
• 20th/21st century re-imaginings of Queen Victoria and other iconic Victorian figures
• critical revivals (e.g. the fin-de-siècle Scottish Revival)
• the re-discovery and/or re-evaluation of forgotten Victorian texts
• the re-discovery and/or re-evaluation of forgotten or marginalized Victorian figures
• resurrection of forgotten Victorian traditions and/or social movements
• dark tourism (or thanatourism) in connection with the Victorian era
• (neo-)Victorian literature and biofiction
• Religion/spirituality in (neo-)Victorian literature and biofiction
• neo-Victorianism and cultural memory
• Victorian life writing / writing Victorian lives
• Victorian and neo-Victorian resurrective practices and fame/obscurity
• Victorian afterlives and reputations
Those interested in contributing should send 300-word abstracts for 20-minute papers in English by 15th May 2022 to Sandra Mayer (Sandra.Mayer@oeaw.ac.at) and Sylvia Mieszkowski (email@example.com), and include a short bio-bibliographical note (approx. 100 words).
Conference Warming: 22nd Sep Conference Dinner: 23rd Sep Conference Fees:
• full fee: 60 Euros
• reduced fee (PhD students): 30 Euros
For practical and organisational information about VICTORIAN RESURRECTIONS please check from mid-May 2022 onwards: http://anglistik.univie.ac.at/victorian-resurrections/
(Published 25 February 2022)
Naturing Cultures/ Culturing Natures: Humans and the Environment in Cultural Practices.
Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń/online, 22-23 September 2022.
Abstracts submission deadline: 15 June 2022.
Naturing Cultures/ Culturing Natures: Humans and the Environment in Cultural Practices
Department of Anglophone Literature, Culture and Comparative Studies Institute of Literary Studies, Nicolaus Copernicus University
22-23 September 2022
The word is made flesh in mortal naturecultures
(Donna Haraway, 2003)
The climate crisis is also a crisis of culture, and thus of the imagination
(Amitav Ghosh, 2016)
The conference is dedicated to an investigation of the relations between humans and the environment and their representation in cultural texts and practices. Its title – Naturing Cultures/ Culturing Natures – refers to the concept of natureculture, developed by Donna Haraway, which stresses the inseparability of nature and culture and points to the various ways in which “[f]lesh and signifier, bodies and words, stories and worlds” are joined. The degree of dependence and connectedness between natures and cultures has been exposed recently in a series of crises with which the 21st century began, with the climate crisis being the most significant one. Responding to Amitav Ghosh’s claim that “the climate crisis is also a crisis of culture, and thus of the imagination” (2016: 9), this conference aims at exploring the various ways in which the awareness of this crisis has influenced contemporary cultural texts, starting from post-apocalyptic dystopias and ending with solarpunk utopias. We are interested in discussing experiments in art, media, and literature that offer new ways of looking at and thinking about the relationship between humans and the environment, both animate and inanimate; evolution of literary genres and development of new forms and modes of writing influenced by ecocriticism; and the role of new media in ecological discourses and practices. We want to focus on new ways of thinking and creating that move beyond the anthropocentric perspective, such as posthumanism, new materialism, material feminism, or object-oriented ontology. We would also like to consider complex affective responses to environmental crises, such as eco-anxiety, trauma and grief, solastalgia and eritalgia, and their representations in recent literature, film and art. In addition to these questions, we wish to reflect on how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted environmental awareness and climate anxiety and what new visions and scenarios emerged from this experience. The main aim of the conference is to create space for scholars coming from various disciplines to discuss contemporary cultural practices and critical and philosophical responses to the threats posed by human activity in the Anthropocene.
Suggested themes include but are not limited to:
- Climate fiction: genres, criticism;
- Anthropocene fictions;
- From post-apocalyptic dystopias to solarpunk utopias;
- New materialisms; object-oriented ontology;
- Posthumanism; the human and the non-human;
- Semiotic materiality; narrativity, creativity, and matter; counter-narrations ▪ Ecofeminism, feminist materialism;
- Deep ecology;
- Zoocriticism/animal studies;
- Environmental ethics: ecocentric and partnership ethics, post-anthropocentric ethics; ▪ Climate change and the environment in visual arts;
- The Urbanocene, urban ecology, guerilla gardening, eco-hooligans;
- Land art, site-specific art, eco-specific art, environmental art;
- Soundscape/acoustic ecology;
- Loss, mourning and ecological grief; eco-anxiety, solastalgia, eritalgia; ▪ Sustainability; eco-ability;
- Postcolonial ecocriticism; ecocriticism and indigenous studies;
- Critique of Enlightenment narratives of progress and science; degrowth; ▪ The COVID-19 pandemic and the environmental crisis.
Our keynote speakers:
Prof. dr hab. Ewa Bińczyk (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń)
Prof. Stef Craps (Ghent University)
Decisions concerning the format of the conference (online or hybrid) will be made closer to the conference date, depending on the current epidemiological situation.
Abstracts of 150-200 words, containing the title of the presentation and the author’s name and affiliation, accompanied by a short biographical note, should be sent to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Abstracts submission deadline: 15 June 2022
- Notification of acceptance: 1 July 2022
- Conference fee: 100 EUR (onsite); 50 EUR (online)
- For more information, see the conference website:
(Posted 6 April 2022)