Call for Papers
International Pynchon Week
Of Pynchon and Vice: America’s Inherent Others
June 9-12, 2010, Lublin (within easy reach of Warsaw), Poland
The city of Lublin has been flickering in the middle of the Zone chapter of Gravity’s Rainbow for thirty-five years. Associated by Pynchon with a flight westward from an oppressive regime at the end of the Second world War (and presented by another American writer, Isaac Bashevis Singer, as radiant with the magic of the by-now-perished Jewish culture--but witnessing at present a revival of interest in its Jewish heritage), Lublin invites Pynchon scholars, students, fans, critics, and artists from all over the world to participate in the biennial IPW Conference in 2010. While focusing on Against the Day and Pynchon’s eagerly awaited most recent novel, Inherent Vice, the conference is open to engagement with any aspect of Pynchon’s oeuvre and any Pynchon-related subject. The organizers hope to provide a forum for scholars in various disciplines, ranging from literature through cultural studies to the exact sciences, taking any critical or theoretical approach. There is no participation fee.
All presentations will be in plenary session. Each speaker will be allotted thirty minutes (including discussion). Presentations may take the form of individual papers, media presentations, or panels. Please submit proposals/abstracts (in English) of 500-750 words for individual presentations, or of 1,000-1,500 words for panels. Responses to inquiries and notification of acceptance will be sent by e-mail.
Deadline for proposals: November 30, 2009
Decisions by January 15, 2010
Proposals/abstracts should be e-mailed to Zofia Kolbuszewska: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Andrzej Antoszek, Department of English, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
Tomasz Basiuk, American Studies Center, Warsaw University
Pawel Frelik, American Studies Department, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin
Zofia Kolbuszewska, Department of English, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin