Following on from the Half the Perfect World Conference held on Hydra in 2016, Writers, Dreamers, Drifters and the Aegean continues the exploation of post-war literary and artistic exchange centred on Greece and the Aegean
.Mainland Greece and the Aegean islands, sitting within the orbit of three continents and at the crucible of several civilisations and empires, have been at the centre of intellectual, cultural, commercial and migratory exchange for millennia. As the second half of the Twentieth Century dawned they struggled for relevancy. Despite enjoying some of the planet’s most enticing natural and cultural attractions and an enviable climate, they were also poor, underdeveloped and depleted by a decade of war and by generations of development that had driven populations to mainland cities. But what modernity had taken, it might yet give back, as post-war Europe looked to make the most of economic growth and expanding opportunities for leisure, travel and cultural tourism.
For a generation of writers and artists, the Aegean continued to serve as an inspiration, respite, escape or touchstone. This is the subject of the Writers, Dreamers, Drifters and the Aegean conference.
Papers might focus on the international expatriates and visitors who are now associated with the region; including George Johnston, Charmian Clift; Sidney Nolan, Axel Jensen; Henry Miller, Gordon Merrick; Patrick Leigh Fermor, Lawrence and Gerald Durrell, and Leonard Cohen. There are many others. Papers might also consider Greek writers and artists such as George Seferis, George Katsimbalis, and Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika. Again there are many others.
The conference also invites contributions on subjects in the context of the Aegean, such as twentieth century literary and artistic expatriation; cultural travel, and intellectual exchange. They could also relate new ideas about emergent tourist literature focused on the Aegean; consider post-war promotion of the Mediterranean and Aegean and the impact of mass-tourism; discuss the significance of islands in post-war Greek literary culture (and/or other literatures); or consider women’s contributions to the imagination and realisation of Greek island living
While papers associated with Hydra are particularly relevant, we also welcome contributions that consider literary and artistic expatriation, cultural exchange and travel to mainland Greece and other Aegean islands or the wider Mediterranean.
Venue: Hotel Bratsera, Hydra
Dates: September 25th and 26th, 2018
Conference Convenors: Tanya Dalziell (University of Western Australia) and Paul Genoni (Curtin University)
Abstracts: 250 words, due by: February 2nd, 2018
Papers: 25 minutes, with 15 minutes for discussion.
This conference is supported by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, The University of Western Australia, and Curtin University
Associate Professor Tanya Dalziell (The University of Western Australia)
Associate Professor Paul Genoni (Curtin University)