Twenty-First-Century Perspectives on Kazuo Ishiguro
Contributions by, amongst others: Jeannette Baxter (Anglia Ruskin, UK), Andrew Bennett (Bristol, UK), Christine Berberich (Portsmouth, UK), Max Berghege (Wolverhampton, UK), Peter Childs (Newman, UK), Laura Colombino (Genova, Italy), Robert Eaglestone (RHUL, UK), Carla Fusco (University G. D’Annunzio of Chieti, Italy), Sebastian Groes (Wolverhampton, UK) , David James (Birmingham, UK), Barry Lewis (Sunderland, UK), Liani Lochner (Université Laval, Canada), Sean Matthews (Nottingham, UK), Ana-Karina Schneider (Lucian Blaga, Romania), Kristian Shaw (Lincoln, UK), Peter Sloane (Lincoln, UK), Motoko Sugano (Tsurimu University, Yokohama, Japan), Ria Taketomi (Gifu University, Japan), Yugin Teo (Bournemouth, UK), Jason Tougaw (CUNY, USA), Paul-Daniel Veyret (Université de Montaigne Bordeaux 3, France), Cynthia Wong (Colorado Denver, USA), Hülya Yıldız (Middle East Technical University, Turkey)
Kazuo Ishiguro remains one of the finest writers of our times, yet, as the twenty-first century world is changing, how do we see these new, turbulent times reflected in his body of work? The early twentieth-first century presents us with a host of pressing contexts and challenges, from concerns about climate change and technological innovation to LGBT issues and shifts in geopolitical power. To what extent does Ishiguro’s writing anticipate and comment on the early twenty-first-century Zeitgeist? Surely, The Remains of the Day anticipates Brexit, Never Let Me Go mediates on posthumanism, whilst The Buried Giant comments on our distracted, amnesic times. This conference invites critical and creative responses that connect Ishiguro’s work in new ways and/or situate it in new contexts.
We invite (position) papers, panels, and creative responses to Ishiguro’s work. Next to critical responses, we hope to schedule a programme with creative writing, visual art, dance and other creative interpretations. Please send your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is 31 January, 2020. For further information, please contact Professor Sebastian Groes on email@example.com
Conference organisers: Professor Sebastian Groes (Wolverhampton, UK), Max Berghege (Wolverhampton, UK), Ana-Karina Schneider (Lucian Blaga University, Romania), Kristian Shaw (Lincoln, UK), Peter Sloane (Lincoln, UK), Lina Strempel (Bamberg University, Germany), Professor Jason Tougaw (CUNY, USA).