CFP: The XVII James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference in Rome

Joyce and Us

Conference dates: 30-31 January 2025


Keynote speakers:

  • Paul Fagan, University of Vienna
  • Laura Pelaschiar, University of Trieste
  • Fritz Senn, Z├╝rich James Joyce Foundation

Organisers: Franca Ruggieri, Fabio Luppi, Enrico Terrinoni, Serenella Zanotti

The James Joyce Italian Foundation invites proposals for the Sixteenth Annual Conference in Rome to celebrate Joyce’s 144th birthday.

Richard Ellmann famously wrote that “we are still learning to be James Joyce’s contemporaries” and many decades later Declan Kiberd stated that Joyce wrote Ulysses “to celebrate Everyman and Everywoman” believing that “Everyman and Everywoman should be able to read it in their own way”. In this conference we will reflect on how and if Joyce’s oeuvre might still interact with us in always different and productive ways. We will look at how his works affected literature afterwards and the development of the novel form, as well as how his art keeps talking to new generations of readers as if its multifaceted messages were still to be fully comprehended. We will also explore how old and new readings of Joyce have been reshaped in different languages and cultures through translation dynamics.

We invite scholars to send proposals for a 20-minute contribution. The Conference will be the occasion to present unpublished papers and works in progress on Joyce to an international audience.

Related topics include, but are not limited to:

– The changing reception of Joyce’s works

– Joyce and national cultures

– Joyce in the postindustrial/postmodern era

– (Post)colonial Joyce

– Joyce and intertextuality

– Joyce’s works in translation

– Joyce Studies now

– Fiction and biography in Joyce’s works

Please send an abstract (500 words maximum in length) along with a short bio-sketch (approx. 300 words) to joyceconference@gmail.comPlease send two separate Word files, not PDFs.

All papers will be delivered in presence. Selected papers will be published.

The Conference includes a Joyce birthday party.

Deadline for proposals: 9 November 2024

Accepted speakers will be notified by 30 November 2024

On arrival, participants will be expected to sign up for membership of The James Joyce Italian Foundation. 

Fees: Students: 40 euro; Individual Membership: 50 euro; Institutions: 60 euro; Supporting members: 80 euro). 

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