Posted on 21/02/2013
Call for Papers – Literary Identities: Kingdoms, Nations, Villages
Conference at King’s College London, Monday 3 June 2013
Deadline for abstracts 22 April 2013
For this annual conference organised by students at King’s College London, papers are sought from postgraduate English Literature and Language students studying at the Colleges of the University of London. MA students who are interested in furthering their studies are also welcome to apply.
This year, the conference takes the theme of ‘Kingdoms, Nations and Villages’ to explore how literature has represented, interpreted and subverted identities. Recent research at King’s (such as the Leverhulme-funded Commodities and Culture Network) has suggested that this theme would provoke timely intercollegiate, inter-period critical discussion and conversation.
Papers would explore and interrogate the perpetual re-negotiation of the definitions and boundaries of identity; to understand identity as inclusive and exclusive, and as a contemporary performance and retrospective narration.
Possible topics could include but are not limited to:
- Types of community and ways of identifying with others: online, digital, creative, textual, imaginary, tribes, spiritual, regional, racial, common interest groups.
- Peoples in conflict: wars, revolutions, exile.
- Moving communities: migration, refugees, borders and border control.
- Place: land, countries, provinces, villages, regions, metropole, buildings.
- Communicating amongst and in between peoples: translation, transport, jingoism.
- Variety in community: class, gender, hierarchies, hegemonies.
- Kingdoms of the mind: self-aggrandisement, autonomy, loyalty, Aspirant States, belonging, legitimacy, nationalism, patriotism.
- Narrating objects (symbols of community): flags, coins, passports, medals, the camera.
- Ways of reading literary identities: post-colonial studies, post-structuralist theories of subjectivity, psychoanalytical readings of Self and Other.
+ Please send abstracts (250 – 300 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org
+ The deadline for abstracts is Monday 22 April 2013