Comparative Literature

Skepsi conference: 'Wandering and Home'

23 May 2018

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Skepsi will be holding its 11th annual disciplinary conference this week, under the theme ‘Wandering and Home’. The event will be held this Friday, 25 May 2018.

Skepsi is a peer-reviewed online journal produced within the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL). It is run by our PhD/MA candidates, with the support of established and early career academics, and commits to publishing the work of postgraduate students and emerging scholars.

The full programme is below:

9.30am – 10am: Registration in Grimond Foyer

10am – 10.05am: Welcome

10.05 – 11.05am: Panel I: Wandering and Migration (Chair: Aina)

Dr Sigrid Newman (Universität zu Köln): 'Strangers in a Strange Land'?: Literary representations of loss, exile and home

Dr Alexandra Sattler (University of Birmingham): Wandering and Home in Libuše Moníková's writing

11.05am – 11.25am: Coffee break

11.25am – 12.25pm Panel II: On Urban Wandering (Chair: Muradije)

Ann Kinzer (University of Kent): Tracing the origins of flânerie

Domonique Davies (University of Kent): Are We There Yet? The Gradual Abstraction of Wandering in Fisher's City, Dorn's Gunslinger, and Ashbery's Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

12.25pm – 1.15pm: Lunch

1.15pm – 2.45pm Panel III: Postmodern Wandering (Chair: Harriet)

John Runde (University of Royal Holloway): Mapping Displacement and the Loss-of-Home in Charlotte Salomon's Life? or Theatre?: Body-Postures, Material Objects, Inscriptions of Art and the Space of "In-between-ness"

Matthew Gibson (University of Kent): Robinson à Paris? Or wandering 'blind' in the Célinian banlieue

Richard Marklew (Freie Universität Berlin): Wandering – When it's at Home: Samuel Beckett's Mercier and Camier and the Phenomenology of Wandering.

2.45pm – 3.05pm: Coffee break

3.05pm – 4.05pm: Panel IV: Strangers at Home (Chair: Silvia)

Muradije Kijak (University of Kent): Margins, Villas, and Gecekondu: César Aira, Latife Tekin, and the Urban Peripheries of Istanbul and Buenos Aires

Aina Marti (University of Kent): Wandering and the Male Crisis of Domesticity in En ménage (1882) and Traumnovelle (1926)

4.05pm – 4.25pm: Coffee break

4.25pm – 5.10pm: Keynote Lecture (Chair: Ann)

Professor Rachel Bowlby (UCL/Princeton): Not at home — Some Wandering Subjects in Austen, Perec and Elsewhere

Wine Reception (followed by dinner in town).

This conference is free and open to all.


Comparative Literature, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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