[Msa-discuss] CFP: On Miracle Ground 18 (14-17 May 2014, Vancouver, BC)

James Gifford gifford at ualberta.ca
Tue Oct 8 13:21:00 EDT 2013

OMG XVIII – Durrell & Place: Translation, Migration, Location

Vancouver, BC | 14-17 May 2014


Following on the Durrell 2012 centenary celebration in London hosted by the
British Library and Goodenough College, the 18th biannual conference of the
International Lawrence Durrell Society will take place in Vancouver,
British Columbia, at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Papers and panels on all aspects of Durrell’s works or those of his milieu
are welcome. Paper and panel proposals related to “place” are particularly
encouraged. Relevant themes may include Durrell’s position as a writer
during the collapse of the British Empire, the politics of place in his
various foreign residences (Argentina, Yugoslavia, Cyprus, Egypt, etc.),
the spatial turn or cultural field in criticism, shifting national
boundaries in his works and across his life, or the various translations
across languages and locations in Durrell’s work.

In addition to paper and panel proposals, the conference will include
seminars for the first time. Seminar papers will be shared prior to the
conference, and seminars themselves will be dedicated to discussion and the
development of a particular critical theme. Seminar themes related to
Durrell’s position in literary studies, the classroom, or in relation to
other literary movements are encouraged.


The conference organizers welcome the submission of short abstracts (250
words) with a short biography (50 words) for proposed PAPERS or COMPLETE
PANELS by 30 November 2013. Proposals for complete panels should include an
abstract for the panel as a whole with the names, titles, and biographies
of each presenter.

For the first time, the ILDS will include seminars in the conference.
Seminars will meet for 3 hours and include a maximum of 6 participants
whose papers will be read by the group prior to the conference—seminar
leaders will guide the discussion of each paper and the overall seminar
theme. Proposals from seminar leaders should be submitted by 31 October
2013, and accepted seminars will be listed by 15 November 2013 for
registration. Seminars that consider Durrell’s works in relation to his
contemporaries or milieu are particularly welcome, as are professional
seminars focused on pedagogy, curricula, or the discipline.

All submissions should be sent electronically through the online forms:

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