CfP: „Unforeseen Consequences: Literatures of Protest and Political Struggle“, Coventry (23.09.2017)

Call for Papers für The British Comparative Literature Association Postgraduate Conference „Unforeseen Consequences: Literatures of Protest and Political Struggle“ | University of Warwick, Coventry

Deadline Abstract: 23. September 2017 | Datum der Veranstaltung: 11. November 2017

Keynote speaker: Dr Oliver Davis (University of Warwick)

The British Comparative Literature Association invites papers for its annual postgraduate conference to be held at the University of Warwick on 11 November 2017. This conference intends to bring together postgraduate students from across the humanities to discuss questions relating to the impact of literature and the arts, viewed comparatively, on the formation of political discourses and actions of resistance to dominant institutional practices of oppression and control.
Will Self has asserted that the United Kingdom currently exists in a state of perpetual ‘unforeseen consequences’ in which the government ‘muddles and meddles,’ creating a sense of ambiguity that disguises serious neglect of human rights and broader social issues. The conference intends to apply a global focus to this concept and explore literature’s response to times of political struggle, dangerous social policy, and oppressive institutional standards across the historical spectrum. As such we invite papers considering literature’s relation and responses to the following themes:

  • Struggles for political independence
  • Sovereignty and state power
  • Censorship and the surveillance state
  • Institutional control, mass incarceration and indefinite detention
  • Queer politics
  • Migration
  • Colonialism/decolonialism
  • Neoliberalism and its discontents
  • Feminism and intersectionality
  • Brexit, democracy and devolution
  • Literature, digital texts and social media

Submissions need not be limited to these parameters and we welcome broad and creative interpretations of our theme.
Please send proposals (250 words) for 20-minute papers and short bio by 23 September 2017 to

via Comparative Literature Discussion List

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