Travelling Narratives: Modernity and the Spatial Imaginary
International Symposium at the University of Zurich, 29 November 1 December 2013
Cultures have always been in contact with as well as imagined spaces other than their own. Ever since the age of discovery, however, the relations, links and ruptures between different spaces have played an increasingly significant role in the cultural imaginary, taking on new urgency in todays world of ever increasing mobility and global networks.
This three-day symposium hosted by the English Department at the University of Zurich will focus on spaces in relation, addressing the importance of issues such as borders and crossings, utopia, travel and exile in the sphere of cultural production. It aims to explore ways in which spaces are represented and textually produced, as well as how boundaries between different spaces are traversed.
The conference is primarily aimed at scholars working in the field of literary and cultural studies. However, as we believe issues of spatiality can be fruitfully examined in an interdisciplinary framework we invite contributions from different segments of the academic community.
Call for papers
We welcome submissions for 20-minute papers in English that may address, but need not be limited to, the following areas:
Space and displacement
Home and exile
Islands and maritime spaces
Liminal spaces and border zones
Utopia, heterotopia, dystopia
Space and vision
Space and the writing self, space and autobiography
Spaces of exchange
Theories of space and place
The conference fee will be 80 Swiss Francs.
Prof. Dr. Tom Conley (Harvard, USA)
Prof. Dr. Andrew Thacker (Leicester, UK)
Dr. Robert T. Tally Jr. (San Marcos, USA)
The conference will be held in cooperation with the international Border Aesthetics group based at the University of Tromsψ (Norway) and the research group Spaces of Language and Literature from the University of Tampere (Finland).
Please send an abstract of 200-300 words and a short biographical note to Johannes Riquet (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Elizabeth Kollmann (email@example.com).
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