2018 Conference

The Fourth Annual Edinburgh Undergraduate Literature Conference, 2018:

THEME: Dichotomies and Dualities

Monday 19th February, 2018

The English Literature Department at the University of Edinburgh is pleased to be hosting the Fourth Annual Edinburgh Undergraduate Literature Conference, which will take place on the 19th of February 2018. This conference is intended to provide undergraduate students a platform where they can engage in and share independent research work in a supportive, peer-led academic community.

The organisers invite academic papers on the subject of literature in English. Papers may focus on any texts and theoretical approaches of your choice. This includes texts in translation. While only the abstract is required for consideration, each participant should plan that their completed paper can be presented in 15 minutes at the conference.

Abstracts or completed papers should be submitted via email by 8th December, 2017.

This conference seeks to investigate the concepts of Dichotomies and Dualities, exploring how connections may be made between seemingly opposing or divergent forces and ideas. The event intends to bring attention to possibilities for exchange and unity, whether political, social, artistic, or scientific. We encourage applicants to interpret the theme in any way they see fit. Some possible interpretations may include:

1.    The ways in which literature and the arts explore and/or subvert bodily binaries

2.    Linguistic dichotomies and dualities (bilingual interpretations, work in translation, et cetera) in literary modes

3.    Fluidity between forms and genres

4.    The ways in which temporal structures (e.g. past/future dichotomies) are combined and separated

5.    The differences and affinities between nature and technology

6.    Movement within and between places and spaces (e.g. public/private, urban/rural)

7.    Aesthetic categories and forms (e.g. beauty/monstrosity, anatomical/socio-cultural)

The above list is in no way exhaustive, and applicants are welcome to interpret the theme in ways other than those listed above.

Students may submit either abstracts for proposed papers or completed research papers. The word limit for abstracts is 250-300 words and for finished papers is between 2,000 and 3,000 words. Students may submit work that they have written as coursework for their degree programme. Students also may, and are even encouraged to, make amendments to coursework based on the feedback they receive after their work has been formally assessed.

Abstracts for prospective papers will be considered for presentation at the conference. Completed papers will be considered for the Charity McAdams Prize, awarded to the best research paper submitted to the conference. Only completed papers submitted by the aforementioned deadline will be considered for the Prize. All entries for the Prize will also be considered for the general submission to the Conference automatically.

To submit a paper, or if you have any further queries, please email the conference convenors at hsswb1@exseed.ed.ac.uk