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Call for papers: ‘Narrating Change, Changing Narratives’, the 11th Biennial Conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies (Dublin, Ireland, 29 June-1 July 2016)

The Association for Low Countries Studies (ALCS) issued a call for papers concerning its 11th Biennial Conference titled ‘Narrating Change, Changing Narratives’. The conference will be organized at the University College Dublin from 29 June through 1 July 2016. Selected papers will be published in the ALCS Journal: Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies.

Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2016.

Information from the call for papers

Narration and storytelling emerges as a new turn within the academia. Scholars increasingly question their position as observers or spectators and move towards a more engaged position. Ownership of the narrative is a central focus and concern.

For the 11th ALCS Biennial Conference in 2016 – the centenary year of the Easter Rising in Ireland – we want to raise questions of change. We want to explore narrating change in a Low Countries context along and across broad cultural, linguistic and historical lines.

Topics may include:

  • Narrating change of cultural practices and dissenting voices
  • Narration of social change and the imaginative
  • Narrating change and changing narrative in literature and the arts
  • Changing linguistic norms and status of language varieties
  • Translation as a process of change and transformation
  • Narrating change emerging from studies of lexis, semantics, pragmatics and syntax

We invite both individual contributions (20-minute presentations which will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion) and proposals for fully constituted panels. Panel conveners are invited to suggest a 90-minutes themed panel of three speakers. We specifically invite postgraduate students and a number of full bursaries are available. The primary criterion for selection will be the quality of the proposal, not its strict connection to the conference theme.

Keynote Speaker will be Pamela Pattynama (professor of Dutch East-Indies Literature, University of Amsterdam). Further keynote speakers will be annound shortly
The keynote speakers will be announced in January 2016.

Please submit your proposal in the form of a 300-word abstract by 15 March 2016 via our Conference System.

Selected papers will be published in the ALCS Journal: Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies.