BCLA: Unforeseen Consequences (Warwick)

Unforeseen Consequences: Literatures of Protest and Progress

University of Warwick, 11th November

Keynote speaker: Dr. Oliver Davis (Warwick)

The British Comparative Literature Association’s annual postgraduate conference ‘Unforeseen Consequences: Literatures of Protest and Political Struggle’ takes place at the University of Warwick on 11 November with a keynote by Dr Oliver Davis (Warwick). All are welcome and attendance is free. Registration closes at 9am on Wednesday 8th November. Please use our Eventbrite page to register (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bcla-postgraduate-conference-unforeseen-consequences-tickets-39085804694). Anyone who wishes to register after this time should contact bclapgrepresentative@gmail.com.

The programme for the day is as follows:
9.30 – 10.00: Registration
10.00 – 10.15: Welcome
10.15 – 11.45: Panel One: Legacies of Power
Giulia Champion (Warwick): The Emergence of Britain as a Nation-State and the Uncanny Colony in Literature
Amanda Stewart (Oxford): Narrative Ambiguity as a Response to Governmental Censorship: a close analysis of narrative voice in Christa Wolf’s The Quest for Christa T
Michael James (Royal Holloway): Losing a Sense of Space: dysfunctional spaces and Grimethorpe in the poetry of Helen Mort and Steve Ely
11.45 – 12.00: Coffee
12.00 – 13.30: Panel Two: Territory and Displacement
Sophie Kelly (Edgehill): Right-to-Remain (Silent): making space for ‘unofficial’ voices within a hostile landscape
Sam La Védrine (Nottingham): The Ecology of the In-Between and Writing ‘the entangled letters/of a new genetic code’: Pierre Joris’ stochasticism of nomadic poetics
Andrew Stones (Warwick): From ‘World-Ecological’ Literature to Exo-Planetary Fictions
13.30 – 14.15: Lunch
14.15 – 15.30: Keynote
Dr Oliver Davis (Warwick): For a Theory of Unforeseen Consequences: side-effects, unwieldy knowledge and literature
15.30 – 15.45: Coffee
15.45 – 17.15: Panel Three: Contemporary Struggles
Farah Aridi (Goldsmiths): Negotiating the Right to the City in Saleem Haddad’s Guapa
Asma Jahamah (Essex): Post 9/11 Terror in Nadeem Aslam’s The Blind Man’s Garden
Caterina Scarabicchi (Royal Holloway): ‘Borrowing’ the Migrant’s Story: De Luca’s Solo Andata between social commitment and literary appropriation
17.15 – 18.15: Wine Reception

The conference will be held in the Wolfson Research Exchange on Floor 3 (Extension) of University of Warwick Library. A university card is required to enter the library; please speak to the staff member at the library Welcome Point who will direct you to the Wolfson Research Exchange. An interactive campus map and a floorplan of the library are available here.

Complimentary teas, coffees, and lunch willl be provided, with a wine reception following the conference. If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know by emailing bclapgrepresentative@gmail.com. See our website for more information about the BCLA and our Facebook and Twitter pages for more about BCLA Postgraduates.
We look forward to seeing you on 11th November.