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CFP: The Idea of the City
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0931  Monday, 23 October 2006Subject:

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Date: 		Sunday, 22 Oct 2006 12:28:41 +0100
Subject:  	Call for Papers

The Idea of the City: Early Modern, Modern, and Post-Modern Locations and 
Communities

A two-day international conference at the University of Northampton, UK, 
8-9 June 2007 Call for Papers

Salmon Rushdie provocatively observes that 'the modern city is the locus 
classicus of impossible realities'. This conference will explore the 
nature of the modern city in literature from its origins in the 
early-modern period to post-modern dislocations. Speakers are encouraged 
to submit papers which explore the representation of real and imagined, 
national and international, capital and regional cities, in poetry, prose 
and drama. Prospective papers might dwell upon the city as a context 
within which literature is created, structured, or inspired, and as 
spaces, places, and localities in which distinct voices and genres emerge, 
for example plague-ridded C16th London, post-revolutionary Paris, Bradford 
after the 2001 riot, sectarian Belfast, the interface between the 
tradition and technology in Tokyo, or globalisation in Mumbai.

While the focus of the conference is literary, papers are welcome by 
scholars from cognate disciplines, including history, art, and film, 
especially if their paper considers the interface between their discipline 
and the literary. Potential areas of interest might include: the impact of 
regional theatre upon its cities; the role of city authorities in the 
dissemination of ideas; the city and its aliens; ethnic minority voices in 
the inner cities; the tension between the country and the city; the 
interface between global cities; and marginal urban identities and 
activities (vice, prostitution, and poverty).

Plenary speakers to be announced

Prospective speakers are invited to submit proposals for 20-minute papers 
by 1 March 2007 to the conference organizers, Dr Joan Fitzpatrick and Dr 
Lawrence Phillips by e-mail to 
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