CfP: Narrating Change, Changing Narratives - Association for Low Countries Studies conf. (Dublin, Ireland, 29 June - 1 July 2016)

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Low Countries: Narrating Change, Changing Narratives
Association for Low Countries Studies, 11th Biennial Conference

29 June - 1 July 2016
University College Dublin

Narration and storytelling emerges as a new turn within the academia. Scholars increasingly question their position as observers or spectators and move towards a more engaged position. Ownership of the narrative is a central focus and concern.

For the 11th ALCS Biennial Conference in 2016 – the centenary year of the Easter Rising in Ireland – we want raise questions of change.  We want to explore narrating change in a Low Countries context along and across broad cultural, linguistic and historical lines.

Topics may include:

  • Narrating change and changing narrative in literature and the arts
  • Narrating change of cultural practices and dissenting voices
  • Narration of social change and the imaginative
  • Changing linguistic norms and status of language varieties
  • Translation as a process of change and transformation
  • Narrating change emerging from studies of lexis, semantics, pragmatics and syntax

We invite both individual contributions (20-minute presentations which will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion) and proposals for fully constituted panels. Panel conveners are invited to suggest a 90-minutes themed panel of three speakers. We specifically invite postgraduate students and a number of full bursaries are available. The primary criterion for selection will be the quality of the proposal, not its strict connection to the conference theme.

Keynote Speaker will be Pamela Pattynama (professor of Dutch East-Indies Literature, University of Amsterdam). Further keynote speakers will be announced shortly.

Please submit your proposal in the form of a 300-word abstract by March 15, 2016 via our Conference System.

Selected papers will be published in the ALCS Journal: Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies.