Call for Papers and Panels: BCLA 14th Triennial Conference

The Fourteenth Triennial Conference of the British Comparative Literature Association  will be held at the University of Wolverhampton, UK from 12-15 July 2016.

 The theme of the conference is ‘Salvage’, a concept at the very heart of much literary and cultural activity. Translation, reception, re-reading – the vital substance of comparative literary research – all refer to processes by which literature’s significance is activated or released in acts of salvage, acts of saving and, indeed, salvation.

Paper and panel proposers are invited to consider incorporating this and other anniversaries into their abstracts where a convergence between the anniversary in question and the theme of Salvage can be credibly established.

Call for papers: Proposals are invited for papers, in English, of no more than 20 minutes’ duration, on or in relation to the conference’s theme of Salvage. Proposals, in the form of an abstract of 250 words accompanied by a brief ‘bio-note’ of 50 words at most, should be submitted by email to bcla2016@wlv.ac.uk by no later than 30 September 2015.

Call for panels: Proposals are invited for panels, in English, comprising 3-4 papers each of no more than 20 minutes’ duration, on or in relation to the conference’s theme of Salvage. Proposals, in the form of an abstract of 250- 300 words, should be submitted by email to bcla2016@wlv.ac.uk by no later than 31 August 2015.

Keywords

  1. Retrieval: recuperation, recovery, rediscovery, exhumation, remembering, recollecting, resurrection, repossession;
  2. Saving: rescue, survival, reprieve, restoration, resuscitation, repair, preservation, conservation, consecration, canonization, quotation, re- edition, translation, legitimisation, de-criminalization;
  3. Saving the spirit: redemption, salvation, renaissance, rebirth, liberation, emancipation;
  4. Re-using: recycling, re-processing, triage, bricolage, ecology, scavenging, transformation, imitation, plagiarising, transmutation, adaptation, metamorphosis, anniversary, commemoration;
  5. Reconfiguring: blending, merging, distilling, filtering, abstracting, editing, expurgating, bowdlerising, disguising, distortion;
  6. Remains: rubbish, gold under dirt, detritus, ruins, monuments, residue, ecology, collage;
  7. The antithesis of salvage: suppression, censorship, stigmatization, defamation, repression, eradication, erosion, disarticulation, oblivion, forgetting.

Please see the CFP for more details and visit the conference website for further information.

Conference email: bcla2016@wlv.ac.uk

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