Friday, October 29, 2010

Call for Papers: Elizabeth Bishop Symposium

I've been asked to pass along the following call for papers. Think I might just submit something myself, as I'm planning to do a paper on Bishop next semester.

“It must be Nova Scotia”: Negotiating Place in the Writings of
Elizabeth Bishop

June 9-12, 2011 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Call for papers

To mark the centenary of Elizabeth Bishop’s birth, and to celebrate her contribution to world literature,
a special conference will be held 9-12 June 2011 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Working under the
title, “It must be Nova Scotia:” Negotiating Place in the Writings of Elizabeth Bishop,” the conference
will focus on Bishop’s examinations of place and placelessness, her fascination with borders and shifting
cultural geographies, and her unique position as an artist who lived and wrote both for and against
competing definitions of “home.”

We encourage proposals from scholars and creative artists who are engaged with Bishop’s work from
a range of perspectives. Strong presentations might address, for example, the relationship between
the local and the global in Bishop’s work, her sometimes contested status as a Canadian/ American/
Brazilian writer, or the importance of “questions of travel” and forced migration in her life and work.
The conference will feature a keynote address by the celebrated Irish novelist and Bishop scholar,
Colm Tóibín, and participants will have the opportunity to tour the Bulmer home in Great Village, Nova
Scotia, a place where Bishop lived through some the most formative and traumatic experiences of her
childhood and a site she often returned to in her most celebrated poetry and prose. As part of the
Scotia Festival of Music, an array of world-class musical performances inspired by Bishop’s work will also
be incorporated into the program. Selected essays from the conference will be collected and the editors
of the volume will seek publication from a leading university press.

Interested scholars are invited to submit a 300-word abstract as well as a brief CV (two pages maximum)
to the following address: Electronic submissions only please. Deadline for submission
is 1 January 2011.

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