THE ALAN PATON CENTRE 20TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE
THIRD CALL FOR PAPERS
DEADLINE: 30 January 2009
The Alan Paton Centre & Struggle Archives at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, is holding an international conference as part of the celebrations of its twentieth anniversary.
Title: The Alan Paton Centre 20th Anniversary Conference
Theme: Alan Paton and his life and work and topics related to the collections of the Alan Paton Centre
Keynote speaker: Professor Peter Alexander, of the University of New South Wales, who will also deliver the Alan Paton Lecture
Dates: 15- 17 July 2009
Venue: The African-themed Ascot Inn and the Alan Paton Centre & Struggle Archives on the University campus, both in Pietermaritzburg
Possible topics for papers or other presentations could include:
• The activities and holdings of the Alan Paton Centre and its value for researchers, whether in / of KwaZulu-Natal or elsewhere.
• Research conducted at the Alan Paton Centre on any of its collections.
• Re-assessments, whether revisionist or not, of Paton’s contributions as a religious / political / educational / literary figure and his current significance for South Africa.
• The religious / political / social / literary / historical contexts of the different phases of his work.
• Considerations of Paton’s work, especially that less commonly researched, such as
His early fiction.
His work for theatre.
His shorter fiction.
Linguistic analyses of his speeches and other work / The relationship between Paton’s language and his context.
His autobiographical works.
• Place, time and identity in his novels.
• Comparative studies between his writing and that of other authors.
• Audio-visual presentations.
As part of the conference, delegates will be able to take tours to places associated with Paton and his literary environment, such as ‘Paton’s Pietermaritzburg’. Book launches and links with other conferences such as that of the Association of University English Teachers of Southern Africa are also envisaged.
Young researchers and academics from the African continent are particularly invited to take part.
Please send abstracts for papers and/or posters to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 January 2009. The Abstract must contain the title of the paper/poster; your name and email address; must be in MS Word format using 12pt New Times Roman font; and single line spacing.
Should you wish to attend all or part of the conference without taking part in the programme or presenting a paper, please reply to the above email address by 30 January 2009.
Further information about the conference is available at http://alanpaton2009.ukzn.ac.za
For information about the Alan Paton Centre & Struggle Archives, please visit our website at http://www.ukzn.ac.za/paton
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