Upcoming Conferences and Sessions

Call for Papers: 30 April 2018

The Joseph Conrad Society (UK) invites proposals for papers for its 45th Annual International Conference, to be held in Chelmsford at Writtle University College, Lordship Road, Writtle, CM1 3RR, from Thursday 5 July to Saturday 7 July 2018.

Proposals for 25-minute papers and for panels on all topics related to Conrads life, work and circle are welcome. Papers are also invited on Conrad’s relationship with Stanford-le-Hope where he and Jessie lived from 1896 to 1898, as are papers on the themes of animals, agriculture or husbandry in Conrad, these being the academic specialities of Writtle University College.

Each panel will be one and a half hours, comprising three papers and leaving time for questions and discussion at the end. We envisage that the programme will start at 10.30am on Thursday, with 10 a.m. starts on the succeeding days, and finishing at lunchtime on Saturday.

The deadline for submission of abstracts (of about 300 words) is 30 April 2018. They should be sent in duplicate in MS Word format to Kim Salmons, Conference Secretary of the Joseph Conrad Society UK, at: kim.salmons@stmarys.ac.uk

and also to the conference organiser at Writtle University College, Professor Tim Middleton, at: tim.middleton@writtle.ac.uk

For further information, see the UK Joseph Conrad Society website: http://www.josephconradsociety.org

Past CFPs

Call for Papers 20 July 2017:

The 3rd Conference of the Joseph Conrad Society of Japan is scheduled to be held at Tokyo Women's Medical University School of Nursing on 12 November 2017 (8-1, Kawada-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo).


The deadline for submission of abstracts (max. 400 characters in Japanese, or 200-300 words in English) is 20 July 2017. They should be sent to Kazumichi ENOKIDA Chairperson, tokyoconradconference@gmail.com.

Call for Papers 15 May 2017:

Between Texts and Theory: Transnational Conrad
University of Limoges, France
EA 1087 EHIC (Espaces Humains et Interactions Culturelles)
& Société Conradienne Française,
with the support of Associazione Italiana di Studi Conradiani
21-22 September, 2017

 Joseph Conrad’s work has acquired a symbolic status in contemporary globalized culture. After 9/11, The Secret Agent “became one of the three works of literature most frequently cited in the American media”[1] and the same happened after the November 2015 attacks in Paris. His colonial fictions in particular have in the past decades become a contentious site of debate, as a great number of critics have chosen them as case studies for the application of postcolonial theory. Few other polemics in the field of English Studies have equalled the early responses to Chinua Achebe’s essay in which Conrad is called a “thoroughgoing racist” – an accusation that has changed for ever the reception and evaluation of Heart of Darkness. And yet, Conrad is also mentioned as a major source of inspiration by contemporary writers worldwide with, for instance, dozens of novels inspired by Heart of Darkness alone (not to mention the films, graphic novels, the multiple translations and re-translations, etc.). In all these cases, his works have been appropriated by people with very personal agendas that have little to do with the original texts.

As someone born in Poland, brought up as a Francophile, writing in English, it seems that “the whole of Europe contributed to the making of” Mr Conrad, giving him a transnational dimension: his works mirror this cultural and linguistic diversity and this is also why, perhaps, they have constantly been re-interpreted according to changing critical trends and ideological perspectives. In the process, however, the literary and aesthetic dimension of his novels has often been forgotten in favour of the debate of ideas. Yet Conrad was also an experimenter, playing with forms, genres, narrative modes, literary conventions.

We would like to interrogate our reading of Conrad nowadays, from a transnational perspective in order to explore how his approach to fiction makes it possible for us to question the way we read novels as aesthetic and ethical artefacts in the contemporary world.

 We wish to address such issues as:

·         Conrad and ideology
·         Conrad between theory and close reading
·         Conrad as European icon
·         Conrad as English writer and transnational author
·         Conrad as a “chamber of echoes” for a diversity of cultures, languages, genres, traditions
·         Conrad’s influence on contemporary literature
·         Conrad’s relevance in the contemporary landscape
·         Multidisciplinary approaches of Conrad
·         Reading Conrad after/in spite of Achebe

All proposals should be addressed to:

Nathalie Martinière
nathalie.martiniere@unilim.fr or nmartiniere@gmail.com
A selection of papers will be published in L’Epoque Conradienne
Conradian Crosscurrents: Creativity and Critique

Follow the link for details of the upcoming Conradian Crosscurrents: Creativity and Critique, June 1 - 3, 2017 at Fordham University.

2018 JCSA MLA Session "Conrad: Autocracy and War"

Exploring Conrad’s understanding of the politics of fear and its consequences in  the eponymous essay and its companion works including The Secret Agent  and Under Western Eyes. Send 250-500-word abstracts for 15-minute  papers by 20 March 2017 to dbaldwin@udallas.edu and luyat@icloud.com by March 20.

2017 The Joseph Conrad Society (UK), POSK/Mayfair, London, UK

The JCS invites proposals for papers (25 min) and for panels on all topics related to Conrad’s life, work, and circle, for its 43rd Annual International Conference, to be held in London at the Polish Cultural Centre (POSK), Hammersmith, on 7-8 July, and the University Women’s Club, Mayfair, on 9 July.

2017 has been declared ‘The Year of Conrad’ by the Polish government. In the tradition of P.O.S.K. conferences, we have not proposed a conference theme, but we would be very pleased to receive abstracts that contribute to this celebration 160 years after Conrad’s birth.

The deadline for submission of abstracts (of about 300 words) is 7 May 2015. They should be sent in MS Word format to Hugh Epstein, Honorary Secretary of the Joseph Conrad Society UK, at: hughepstein@hotmail.co.uk

Conference details and the programme will be posted on the Society’s website www.josephconradsociety.org  as they become available.

Conradian Crosscurrents: Creativity and Critique, June 1 - 4, 2017.

The Joseph Conrad Society of America is organizing a conference in New York City to be sponsored by Fordham University's Comparative Literature Program and English Department.

Parts of the conference will be held at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus and will be sponsored by Fordham University's Comparative Literature and English Department, and the Offices of the Dean of Faculty and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Parts of the conference will be hosted by the Polish Consulate and the Kosciuszko Foundation. The conference will take place from June 1 - 4, 2017.  Registration details will be forthcoming in early February 2017

“Conradian Crosscurrents: Creativity and Critique” will explore how Conrad’s life and fiction intersect with creative and critical work of any kind. The conference will be open to scholarly work on Conrad and other writers; and on literary and artistic work from across the range of media (literature, music, performance, art, and mixed media).

We invite proposals for 15-20 minute papers. Please send 1-page abstract plus CV to newyorkconradconference@gmail. com by February 1, 2017. Featured speakers include philosopher Adriana Cavarero (Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Verona), author of Relating Narratives (2000), For More than One Voice (2005), and Horrorism: Naming Contemporary Violence (2008); and novelist Margaret Cezair-Thompson, author of The True History of Paradise (1999) and The Pirate's Daughter (2007).

Conrad's Animals

Saturday, 7 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 202B, Pennsylvania Convention Center

Program arranged by the Joseph Conrad Society of America. Presiding: Andrew Ferguson, Univ. of Virginia

1. "Theriomorphism and the State of Being in Conrad's Lord Jim," Sonja Luther, independent scholar
2. "Conrad, Lombroso, and Animals," John G. Peters, Univ. of North Texas
3. "'A Splendour Unmarred by Death': Animals and the Impossibility of Death in Conrad's Lord Jim," Yan Tang, Univ. of Victoria
4. "'Poor Brute, Poor People': Doomed Animals in Conrad's The Secret Agent and Hitchcock's Sabotage," Ivan Kreilkamp, Indiana Univ., Bloomington

The Society approved the submission of three panels for next year's MLA: Conrad's Animals, proposed by Stephen Ross, will be the Society's guaranteed panel; Conrad and Mimetic Theories, proposed by Nidesh Lawtoo, will be submitted as an additional, non-guaranteed session; and Conrad and Lawrence at Sea, proposed by Joyce Wexler, will be submitted as a collaborative session in collaboration with the D. H. Lawrence Society.

CFP's for MLA 2017 panels

Conrad and Mimetic Theories


Recent Conferences and Sessions

The 42nd Annual Conference. The Joseph Conrad Society (UK), Napier University, Edinburgh

President Laurence Davies Chair Robert Hampson. 29 June-2 July 2016.

The Joseph Conrad Society (UK) in Edinburgh at Edinburgh Napier University, Merchiston Campus, Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5DT, from Wednesday 29 June to Saturday 2 July 2016.

130th MLA Annual Convention. Austin, Texas (January 7-10)

Friday, 8 January: 8:30-9:45 a.m

239. Conrad and the Body

Program arranged by the Joseph Conrad Society of America

Presiding: Alexia Hannis, Humber Coll.

1. "Conrad's Erotic Bodies," Joyce Piell Wexler, Loyola Univ., Chicago

2. "Temporality and the Body in Pieces in The Secret Agent," John Paul Riquelme, Boston Univ.

3. "The Ethical Vantage of 'On Being Ill' in Heart of Darkness," Cheryl L. Hindrichs, Boise State Univ.

4. "'Body without Mind' in 'A Smile of Fortune' and The Rover," Ellen Burton Harrington, Univ. of South Alabama


Conrad’s Footprints: Sixth International Joesph Conrad Conference, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, 20-24 June (study tour 24-30 June) Lublin, Poland. 

The scholarly proceedings (in English) will consist of papers on various aspects of Joesph Conrad’s life and works and related themes, including Conrad’s Polish and East-Central European contexts.  Selected papers from the conference will appear in two peer-reviewed volumes of the series, Conrad: Eastern and Western Perspectives, published by Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Press, Lublin, and distributed internationally by Columbia University Press, New York.

From 24 to 30 July, following the conference, we plan a study tour of Conrad’s footprints in either Ukraine (taking in Lviv/Lyov, Berdychiv/Berdychev, Zhytomyr and Terechova) or Poland (taking in Lublin and environs, Cracow, Zakopane and Warsaw).  A final choice of one of these option will be made in January 2016 (depending on the political situation in Ukraine). 

Address: Prof. Dr. Hab. Wiesław Krajka
               Centre for Conrad Studies, English Department
               Maria Curie-Skłodowska University
               Pl. Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej 4a
               20-031 Lublin
e-mail: wiesław.krajka@poczta.umcs.lublin.pl
fax: (48)-(81)537-5279
phone: (48)-(81)537-2634
web: www.conradcentre.umcs.eu

South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 13-15 November 2015, Durham, North Carolina.

Title: “To Make you Hear, To Make you Feel...To Make you See.€

In keeping with the conference theme of Literature and the Other Arts, The Joseph Conrad Society of America invites proposals that explore cross- and inter-disciplinary approaches to, or alternate mediations of, text  within the works of Joseph Conrad.  This may include (but is not limited to) novel approaches to criticism, mediations of text (for example, via film, theater, the press, or graphic novel), or creative responses of other artists to Conrad’s work.  Please submit  300 word proposal abstracts, and a brief bio (in Word format) to dmulry@ccga.edu no later than June 1, 2015. If there are likely to be any A/V requirements, please note those in your proposal.

The Joseph Conrad Society (UK) Annual Conference

The 41st Annual International Conference of the Joseph Conrad  Society UK will be held in London in summer 2015. More information  forthcoming. Inquires should be sent to Hugh Epstein: hughepstein@hotmail.co.uk.
All participants who are not already members of the Society will be required to take out membership for one year.