Wed 16 Apr 2014
22-23 September 2014
The University of Melbourne
An interdisciplinary conference for post-graduate students and early career researchers
‘Cosmopolitanism’ connotes a dynamic, eclectic and sophisticated cultural sphere, one that transcends borders and national differences. Although the term is an ancient one, deriving from the Greek word kosmopolitês, its meaning has never been stable. The notion of the cosmopolitan is glamorous and in some respects elitist, suggesting a ‘luxuriously free-floating view from above’ (Bruce Robbins, Cosmopolitics, 1998). At the same time, it has utopian connotations of pluralism and universality.
This conference invites participants to explore cosmopolitanism, both as a utopian project and as an object of critique. While the focus of the conference is on literature and literary criticism, we welcome papers addressing theatre, the visual arts, popular culture, translation and other forms of cultural expression in either contemporary or historical settings. We also strongly encourage contributions from creative writers. Presenters may choose to focus on Australian cosmopolitanisms or address broader categories such as the postcolonial or the transnational.
Professor John M. Ganim, University of California, Riverside, on medieval cosmopolitanism
Dr. Brigid Rooney, University of Sydney, on cosmopolitan suburbia
Possible topics may include:
- old and new cosmopolitanisms (including the influence of classical, medieval
and early modern texts on more recent understandings of the cosmopolitan)
- cosmopolitan sensibilities in colonial, postcolonial and diasporic literatures
- cosmopolitanism and class
- cosmopolitanism and the metropolitan/regional
- feminist engagements with cosmopolitanism
- cosmopolitanism and sexuality
- cosmopolitanism, advertising, popular culture and everyday life
- transnationalism and globalisation, parochialism and provinciality
- cosmopolitan readerships and polities; the role of translation
- creative practice and the cosmopolitan
- the text as a cosmopolitan space
- utopianism and cosmopolitan futures
The convenors welcome abstracts from postgraduate and early career researchers working in any field of the humanities, particularly literary studies, creative writing, theatre studies, history (including art history), cultural studies and translation studies. Please forward an abstract of no more than 250 words to email@example.com by 19 May 2014.