Friday 20th June 2014
University of Surrey
Response and Q&A: Hari Kunzru
Papers are invited for the first academic conference dedicated to the novelist Hari Kunzru, a cosmopolitan writer whose ground-breaking books engage with thematic and formal questions at the heart of contemporary literature studies. Kunzru’s work has been translated into twenty different languages and has won honours including the Somerset Maugham award, the Betty Trask prize of the Society of Authors and a British Book Award. In the ten years since being named one of Granta’s best young British novelists, Kunzru’s work has spanned from The Impressionist (2003), a sprawling story of identity, hybridity and transformation, to his recent collaboration on the ‘walk-in’ story Memory Palace at the V&A Museum, a post-digital dystopian fiction.
While Kunzru’s work has attracted attention from scholars in fields from postcolonial and cosmopolitan studies to the digital humanities and narratology, the Transmissions conference marks a timely initiative to unite Kunzru scholars and stage a sustained discussion of his work. We invite papers which speak to a variety of themes in Kunzru’s writing, or which place his work in conversation with that of other authors. Topics might include, but are not limited to:
• Cosmopolitanism and the subaltern
• New dystopian fictions
• Network fictions and digital culture
• Post-millennial identity politics
• Technology and mythology
• After postmodernism
• Protest, terrorism and counter-culturalism
• Pattern recognition in the age of globalization
We are pleased to announce that the attendance of the author himself has been confirmed, who will be present throughout the day and for a Q&A event at the end of the day’s proceedings.
The conference welcomes proposals for individual papers or panels. Submissions are welcome from both research students and academics. Please send a title and 300 word abstract for a 20 minute paper along with your name, affiliation and 100 word professional biography to email@example.com by 9th February 2014.
The conference is organized by Dr Churnjeet Mahn, Dr Bran Nicol and Dr Bianca Leggett.
Select papers will be sought for publication as part of an edited collection on the work of Hari Kunzru. For further information please email Bianca at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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