Upcoming Conferences and Sessions

Call for Proposals

The deadline for Conradian Crosscurrents: Creativity and Critique, June 1 - 4, 2017 (see below) is extended to up until February 1 (extended deadline). Please send 1-page abstract plus CV to newyorkconradconference@gmail.com.

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.