The City and Literature Workshop Four: Urban Futures
11-13 May 2005
This is the fourth and final workshop of the research project "The City and Literature", led by Dr Stephen Dodd and Dr Katarzyna
Zechenter under the aegis of the AHRB Centre for Asian and African Literatures.
The first three workshops were devoted respectively to “City Limits,” “Cities across Time,” and “Urban Bodies.” The aim of this
workshop is to discuss how the future of the city is envisaged in different places, cultures, and periods.
The workshop organisers actively encourage specialists in all literatures (i.e. not just Asian and African literatures) and related
fields to submit proposals, in order to achieve the widest possible comparative perspectives.
We invite proposals for 25-minute papers dealing with one or more of the following questions:
What is the future for the city in literary and cultural representations?
How is technology altering the conception of the city and its location in space?
How do cities embody and supersede national or regional identities?
Why has consideration of the urban future often been relegated to science fiction?
Why is there so much investment in and nostalgia for the small, familiar towns of the past?
How is the relationship between the city and the citizen evolving?
The workshop will be held in London. There are no fees, and accommodation is provided for speakers. Unfortunately, we normally are
not able to offer any assistance with travel funding.
Paper proposals should be no longer than one page (typed A4) and should be sent by e-mail to Dr Ross Forman (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Centre by 15 November 2004.
Dr Ross Forman
AHRB Centre for Asian and African Literatures Email: email@example.com
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