[Msa-discuss] CFP: Elizabeth Bishop’s Questions of Travel: Fifty Years After (University of Sheffield)

Thomas Travisano travisanot at hartwick.edu
Fri May 23 21:02:15 EDT 2014


An international conference on Elizabeth Bishop’s writing hosted by the University of Sheffield

Elizabeth Bishop’s Questions of Travel: Fifty Years After

25-27 June 2015, Sheffield, UK

Confirmed plenary speakers: Professor Stephen Burt (Harvard University), Professor Deryn Rees-Jones (University of Liverpool) and Professor Linda Anderson (Newcastle University)

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Elizabeth Bishop’s third collection of poems, Questions of Travel (1965), and the importance of Bishop as a major influence on British and Irish contemporary poets, the University of Sheffield is pleased to host this international conference on her work in June 2015.

The aim of the conference is to look at Bishop as an international writer with allegiances to various countries and national traditions, including but not limited to the countries she lived in and felt at home. How does Bishop move between literal geographies like Brazil and Canada but also more slippery categories like home and elsewhere, human and animal, insider and outsider? While the focus of the conference will naturally fall on Questions of Travel, we welcome papers on all aspects and periods of Bishop’s career, from her early writing in the 1930s to the late poems finished after Geography III in the late 1970s and those works published after her death.

Proposals for 20-minute papers (maximum 300 word abstracts, plus a short biographical note of no more than 50 words) are due by 15 December 2014, and should be sent to EB50 at sheffield.ac.uk. Panel proposals (comprised of 3 paper proposals, plus an additional 250 words explaining how the papers are linked in addressing the theme) are also welcome.

In addition to academic papers, the conference will include at least two poetry readings, a wine tasting and a conference dinner.

For up-to-date information please consult the conference website:


You may also wish to look at the following:

School of English website: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/english

Halifax Hall website: http://www.halifaxhall.co.uk

Sheffield Centre for Poetry and Poetics: http://cppsheffield.tumblr.com

Conference organizing committee:

Jonathan Ellis (chair); Anna Barton; Madeleine Callaghan; Katherine Ebury; Ruth Hawthorn; Katrina Mayson; and Sophie Baldock

For further information you may also consult the following attachment.

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