Date: 4th-5th June 2018
Location: University of Edinburgh
Deadline: 10th April 2018
Keynote: Professor Simon James, Durham University
Other confirmed speakers: Dr Roger Rees, University of St Andrews
The University of Edinburgh (with collaboration from the University of St. Andrews and the University of Strathclyde) will be hosting a postgraduate interdisciplinary conference entitled ‘The Literary Self: from Antiquity to the Digital Age’ on 4-5 June 2018.
Throughout history authors have grappled with how their texts are presented to their
audience. Critics and theorists have responded to this in kind with a multitude of diverging
approaches to the author in a text and the nature of the self generally.
However, very few of these approaches have come to bear upon the literary nature of our
online identities, whether it’s the lexical semantics and rhetoric of our online existences or
indeed the literary value that such existences might produce.
This conference will examine approaches to authorship and selfhood through time and
culminate in roundtable discussions of their applicability in our digital age.
There will be panels grounded in the Classical, Medieval and Early Modern, and Modern
periods and papers are invited from all disciplines.
As the conference is interdisciplinary the organisers encourage papers that examine the literary self in a specific field or time period but also have applicability to a wide audience. Speakers who are
successful will have the opportunity to publish their proceedings in FORUM: University of
Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts.
Paper topics might consider:
• Biographies, autobiographies, and the mythology of authorial persona
• The psychology of literary identity
• Digital humanities and the networks of reception
• Ontological philosophies of selfhood
• The media of self-presentation (e.g. papyri, codices, books, social media, or e-books)
• The linguistics of expression and repression
Thanks to the generous funding of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, the
Institute of Academic Development, and the University of St Andrews School of Classics, the organisers can provide accommodation for a single night as well as travel from your home institution.
Lunch and refreshments will also be provided.
Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 April 2018.
You will be notified by email by mid to late-April of the submission outcomes.