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Updated CfP: Scholars as Fictionists, or On-/Off-Campus Creative Writing & ‘Pictures from an Institution’: Academy Across Time and Media, Parallel Conferences at the University of Gdansk, October 2-4, 2015

Call For Proposals
Parallel International Conferences, University of Gdańsk
Scholars as Fictionists, or On-/Off-Campus Creative Writing
Literaturoznawca literatem: Artystyczne kreacje profesorów humanistyki
2 – 4 October 2015
                                          (conference languages: English, Polish)
Conference Focus
For humanities professors whose publications include works of fiction, collections of poetry, (screen)plays or comicbooks, the involvement in scholarship and education runs parallel to the process of creative writing preformed beyond campus and treated as pastime and/or another vocation. As scholars-fictionists and their literary works are discussed mainly in the context of dominant cultural and literary trends, the role of the university in their fiction-making is rarely given serious consideration. Given that literary achievement of university professors is distinguished by academicity (i.e. their expertise in histories and theories of literature, familiarity with the higher education system and academic publishing standards, etc.), the conference aims to provide a platform for discussion of interdependencies resulting from various forms of academic and artistic creativity. The conference will also focus on the future of creative/screenplay writing courses introduced into syllabi in a number of Polish universities.
We are inviting proposals for presentations and workshops addressing one of the following themes:
Theme 1 (language: English) On-/Off-Campus Creative Writing
·         Academic topoi, quests and quandaries in the novels of humanities professors and acclaimed English-language writers/writers in translation, e.g. Peter Ackroyd, John Barth, Malcolm Bradbury, A.S. Byatt, J.M. Coetzee, Joanne Dobson, Umberto Eco, John Gardner, William H. Gass, Rebecca Goldstein, Carolyn Heilbrun (Amanda Cross), Maxine Hong Kingston, David Lodge, Toni Morrison, Vladimir Nabokov, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Powers, Adam Roberts, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith.
·         Theorizing and/vs. Writing Selves; Or Academic Life-Writing (autobiography, bibliomemoirs, etc.)
·         Poets- and writers-in-residence in film and fiction.
·         Creative/screenplay writing courses: theory and practice.
Theme 2 (language: Polish) ‘Między literami’: literackie kreacje polskich profesorów[‘Between Letters’: Polish Academics as Fictionists]
Polish Faculties of Humanities are havens for poets and prose writers (the Faculty of Languages, University of Gdańsk, being a prime example) whose success in literature is often overshadowed by their academic status. To redress this imbalance, we are inviting proposals for papers or workshops discussing literary works published by Polish academics, e.g. Stefan Chwin, Julia Fiedorczuk, Izabela Filipiak, Jacek Gutorow, Inga Iwasiów, Jerzy Jarniewicz, Paweł Huelle, Olga Kubińska, Jerzy Limon, David Malcolm, Stanisław Modrzewski, Kazimierz Nowosielski, Tadeusz Pióro, Tadeusz Sławek, Andrzej Sosnowski, Jerzy Szyłak, ks. Alfred Marek Wierzbicki, Andrzej Zgorzelski.
ROUND TABLE  (language: Polish; participants: academics-published writers)
‘Między literami’: pisanie prozą [‘Between Letters’: Writing (on) Fiction]
ROUND TABLE  (language: Polish; participants: academics-published poets)
‘Między literami’: pisanie (o) poezji [‘Between Letters’: Writing (on) Poetry]
Organizing Committee:
Ludmiła Gruszewska Blaim (University of Gdańsk)
Marta Koval (University of Gdańsk)
Maja Wojdyło (University of Gdańsk , conference secretary)
Abstracts (300 words) should be sent to gdanskconference2015@gmail.com by March31, 2015.
Please remember to identify the title of the conference for which you are applying. Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 7, 2015.
Conference  Fee
Due to EU directives, no conference fee will be charged.
Publication
The publication of selected conference papers is planned.
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‘Pictures From an Institution’: Academy Across Time and Media
2 – 4 October 2015
                                                 (conference language: English)
Conference Focus
Scholars, scholarship and institutions of higher learning have constantly attracted attention of fictionists. Idealized or satirized representations of the academy in literature and culture of previous epochs provided twentieth- and twenty first-century writers and filmmakers with convenient models, from which to depart. As in the last decades, academics, especially humanities professors, have been forcefully encouraged to redefine their role by forming more flexible / ‘flexible’ attitudes towards teaching and research, their changing position in society has caused much comment in the mass media and found its reflection in literature and cinema. The main objective of the conference will be to discuss and compare textual—mainly literary and filmic—representations of the institution depicted as a nest of the (intellectually) Other. We are inviting proposals for presentations and workshops addressing one of the following themes:
·         Academics vs. society in literatures of earlier epochs.
·         Humanities in the age of the networked society.
·         Scholars vs. hard scientists: A war story.
·         Institutional/personal crisis points as reflected in the academic (mystery) novel.
·         Utopic/dystopic moments on campus: Visions of the brave new world in arts and the mass media.
·         Screening the Ivory Tower: The Academy in Film Adaptations
ROUND TABLE  (language: English; participants: campus novel writers)
Campus Novel in the Making
Organizing Committee:
Ludmiła Gruszewska Blaim (University of Gdańsk)
Marta Koval (University of Gdańsk)
Wojciech Klepuszewski (Koszalin University of Technology)
 Marta J. Łysik (University of Wrocław, conference secretary)
Abstracts (300 words) should be sent to gdanskconference2015@gmail.com by March31, 2015.
Please remember to identify the title of the conference for which you are applying. Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 7, 2015.
Conference  Fee
Due to EU directives, no conference fee will be charged.
Publication
The publication of selected conference papers is planned.
Website: http://fil.ug.edu.pl/dzialalnosc_naukowa/konferencje/zapowiedzi_konferencji

David Lodge on campus novels

September 24, 2010 11:34 pm, Financial Times

“The campus novel emerged as higher education expanded and novelists increasingly took day jobs in universities. Inherently comic and satirical, it is focused on the lives of academic staff rather than their students, and explores the gap between the high ideals of the institution and the human weaknesses of its members.”

The List: Five of the best campus novels

David Lodge on Vladimir Nabokov’s Pnin

Other top tens, top fives etc.:

Jeffrey Moore’s top 10 campus novels:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2002/jul/03/bestbooks.fiction

10 Classic Campus Novels:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/04/10-classic-campus-novels_n_857756.html#s274149&title=Gaudy_Night

Literature of the campus:

http://theconcordian.com/2013/09/articulate-literature-of-the-campus/

Top 5 Campus Novels Written by Women by Jane Bradley:

http://forbookssake.net/2013/07/05/top-five-campus-novels-written-by-women/