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Durham University

Department of English Studies

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We host a large number of conferences, lectures and seminars each year, many of them open to the public. Subscribe to our monthly North East Literature Events newsletter and we'll keep you posted. If you are a staff member or student and want to publicise your event, contact alistair.brown@durham.ac.uk.

Literature and Surveillance in the Age of Globalization

Our annual postgraduate conference, open to all early career researchers, will be on the theme of Literature and Surveillance.

We invite doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines to submit abstracts for consideration. The aim of the conference is to explore how mechanisms of surveillance have changed since the Cold War and how literature has responded to new forms of surveillance in the age of globalization. As some argue, we have moved away from Foucauldian notion of discipline society to control society. This new control society – an intensification of the postmodern surveillance which best manifests itself in the life and fiction of the cold war – no longer functions based on exclusion (as in a disciplinary society that would exclude minorities such as lepers, women, mad people, etc.). Rather, to guarantee the flow of capital, it celebrates multiplicity and difference in contrast to the postmodern discourse of the high period of cold war.

Proposals can be on any topic related to literature and surveillance in an era of increasing scrutiny. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Literature and transnational capitalism
  • Literature, trauma and risk society
  • Literature and controlling society
  • Literature and therapy culture
  • Literature, ethics and surveillance
  • Literature, paranoia and surveillance
  • Literature, technology and surveillance
  • Literature, totalitarianism and surveillance
  • Literature, feminism and surveillance

The standard length of a talk will be between 20 minutes. An important part of the conference is that successful candidates will be published in the online journal Postgraduate English. Information can be found at

http://community.dur.ac.uk/postgraduate.english/ojs/index.php/pgenglish/

To apply, please send your proposal not more than 300 words length to nadia.terki@durham.ac.uk, kashish.madan@dur.ac.uk or arya.aryan@durham.ac.uk

Please mention your full name, level of study and name of university and faculty. The deadline for submitting your proposals is midnight 31 March. We will respond to them by 15 April.

Contact arya.aryan@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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