Call for Papers

The 5th annual Joyce postgraduate conference will take place on the 2nd to 4th of February, 2012, at Queen’s University, Belfast. The first birthday conference was held in Dublin in 2008, and since then has been alternately held between universities in Italy and Ireland. This year, for the first time, the conference will be hosted in Northern Ireland. Joyce visited Belfast in November 1909 while searching for locations for new premises for cinema to expand on the Volta Theatre in Dublin. The strong presence of the Ulsterman, Mr. Deasy, in the “Nestor” episode, the second chapter of Ulysses informs Joyce’s engagement with the particular issues around the politics of Ireland and Great Britain as well as the special position of Northern Ireland.

In recognition of this significance, the theme of this year’s conference will be “Polytropic(al) Joyce: North, South, and Beyond,” addressing issues of geography, history, time, language and politics in context. “Polytropic(al)” is an adaptation of “polytropos,” an epithet for Odysseus that suggests his versatility and his ability to consider and take multiple courses of action. Here it refers to the many contexts in which Joyce’s works were written and the many in which they can be read. The addition of the “-al” suffix adds a geographical element, a Joyce of many tropes and many tropics.

Confirmed plenary speakers include:
Prof. Vincent J. Cheng, University of Utah (USA)
Prof. John McCourt, Universita Roma Tre (Italy)
Dr. Katherine Mullin, University of Leeds (UK)
Dr. Fritz Senn, Zurich James Joyce Foundation (Switzerland)

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
• Joyce and Northern Ireland
• Joyce and Scotland, Wales, or England
• Northern and Southern Europe in Joyce
• Joyce and his readers
• Time and place
• Joyce and the Irish Revival
• Joyce and Empire
• Geographical Joyce
• Language and culture
• Genetic criticism
• Bioregionalism and ecocriticism
• Landscapes/ cityscapes
• Religion and politics
• Regionalism and modernity
• Joyce, Sexuality and Gender Politics
• Music in the works of James Joyce

Please send abstract of 250 to 300 words to by 30 November 2011.


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