"What If?": Reading Worlds of Possibility
Abstr. due: 30.04.2018
Dates: 14.06.18 — 15.06.18
Organizing comittee e-mail: email@example.com
Organizers: The University of Sydney
Academic work is not always thought of as a process of discovery so much as labouring over something that already has a foregone conclusion or endpoint. However at the upcoming conference, ‘“What If?”: Reading Worlds of Possibility’, we would like to invert this notion, to explore the ideas of possibility and play in academic work. This conference seeks to pose questions such as: How might we imagine things to be? How could things have turned out? What if something had gone differently? At this interdisciplinary conference organised by English literature postgraduates at the University of Sydney, we seek work that engages with potentiality and possibility, and new and inventive perspectives. We invite rereadings and reimaginings, as well as new research at early or late stages of development.
Possible proposals could consider, but are not limited to:
Rereading from a non-traditional perspective, field, or focus
Rereading recent and/or neglected texts
Reading beyond Anglophone literature(s)
Reimagining canonical works, authors, etc.
Reimagining literary criticism
Reimagining (non-)literary forms or genres
Exploring fictional imaginations of alternative futures
Exploring archives of possibility
Exploring literary and linguistic edges or margins
We welcome proposals from Honours students, postgraduate students, and Early Career researchers in any discipline. However, we speak most directly to English studies, comparative literary studies, screen studies, theatre and performance studies, history, and philosophy.
We encourage pre-formed panels comprising of three twenty-minute papers. However, individual papers will also be considered.
If proposing a panel please send a single email including:
Full name, institutional affiliation, paper title, 250-word abstract, and up to 200-word author bio for each delegate’s paper
An overall title for the panel
Optional: a prospective chair for the panel (if you do not elect someone, or your choice is/becomes unavailable, we will organise an alternative chair)
If proposing an individual paper:
Full name, institutional affiliation, title, 250-word abstract, and up to 200-word author bio