CfP: The School of English, Dublin City University: A symposium on ‘Literature and the Media: Crossings’ Saturday, April 18, 2020


The School of English, Dublin City University

A symposium on ‘Literature and the Media: Crossings’

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Keynote speakers:    

Sinéad Crowley (RTE)
Madeleine Keane (Sunday Independent)
Professor Billy Clark (Northumbria University)

This symposium examines the relationship between the writer and the media in an international context. It explores how writers engage with public platforms, often establishing a persona across different media. It also examines the challenges writers face when crossing from one media to another, from one nation to another.

The symposium will direct attention at the translation of text when writers use different media or move across platforms. It will ask to what extent the interaction of literature and media may direct the developing forms. We are interested in how creative endeavors reach across cultures and in so doing exploit a range of methods to communicate their story. We also want to consider the possible distancing of reality, or the gaps that emerge, when crossing from one media to another or from one culture to another.

At the same time, we hope to investigate how the writer/artist engages with public platforms and we will look at the connections between the craft of writing and the creation of the persona. We are interested in the role of the media in promoting and establishing a reputation and because of this we want to explore the creative aspects of the media, its story-making propensity. We are inviting twenty-minute panel papers for this one-day symposium.

Topics could include but are not limited to the following:

Literature, memoir, travel writing, and the staging of the self
Connections and disconnections between journalism and prose writing
Cross-media storytelling
Gaps and silences when crossing media/nations
Translating’ literature into different media
Collaboration processes between literature and the media
The art of self-promotion
Social impact of cross-media such as activism.

Please send paper proposals (with a title, 200-word abstract and short bio) to email addresses below by 10 March 2020.       

The event will be free for participants.
The organisers anticipate that this conference will result in the production of an edited volume

Organisers: Dr. Julie Anne Stevens (School of English, DCU)Dr. Ryoko Sasamoto (School of Applied Language & Intercultural Studies, DCU)