International Conference: Re-orientating E. M. Forster, Cambridge, 2-4 April 2020

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Call for Papers
May 10, 2019
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Literature, British History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Sexuality Studies

Re-orientating E. M. Forster: Texts, Contexts, Receptions

An international anniversary conference, Cambridge, Thursday 2 to Saturday 4 April 2020

Confirmed speakers: Paul Armstrong (Brown), Stefan Collini (Cambridge), Santanu Das (Oxford), Leela Gandhi (Brown), Jane Goldman (Glasgow), Laura Marcus (Oxford), Stefania Michelucci (Genoa), Rachel Potter (East Anglia), and David Trotter (Cambridge).

E. M. Forster, one of the major British writers of the twentieth century, died on 7 June 1970. The fiftieth anniversary of his death affords a special opportunity for a comprehensive re-evaluation of his place and significance in the literary and wider culture of Britain and beyond. This conference, to be held at the Cambridge University Faculty of English and King's College -- where Forster was an undergraduate and where he later resided for many years as an Honorary Fellow -- invites a wide-ranging exploration of his life and work, while focusing attention on two broad areas: (a) Forster in his historical and cultural context; (b) receptions of Forster since 1970. A central aim is to facilitate a productive dialogue between these two perspectives, with a view to defamiliarizing dominant perceptions of Forster and his work, exposing what has been occluded, and identifying new directions of travel in Forster studies.

For fuller details, including information on the submission of proposals, visit the conference website, Please note that the submission deadline is Friday 10 May 2019.