NORLIT 2021 Literature and space

Norlit21 invites scholars to examine the question of how space intervenes in literature and how literature produces and reconfigures perceptions of space. How can literature – new and old – help us think about the processes of spatial reconfiguration and conflicts of expansion/contraction? What new forms of cultural and literary spaces are currently emerging, be it in the literary form itself or in the spaces that produce, disseminate, and respond to literature? And what can a renewal in spatial approaches to literature give to the study of historical works, within established canons as well as the “great unread”?

We wish to encourage papers covering a diverse array of fields and approaches, including, but not necessarily restricted to:

  • digital humanities
  • book history
  • children- and youth literature
  • literary didactics
  • sociology of literature
  • literary theory, -history, and –criticism

Submission formats for the NorLit 2021 conference

Submission deadline: 1 April 2021

All scholars, from any country, with interests converging with that of the conference theme Literature and space, are welcome to propose panels, sessions and papers. The official conference language is English, while sessions will be partially open to papers presented in Scandinavian languages; some sessions might also accept papers in German and French.

PhD-seminar

  • Timeframe: 15 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes for discussion and comments.
  • Participants at the PhD-seminar will be asked to hand in their project description some weeks before the seminar.

Paper

  • Timeframe: 20 minutes of presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Chairs will be appointed by the committee.

Panel session

  • Several papers may be submitted together indicating an interest to form a panel session. The panel participants are themselves responsible for engaging and involve a discussant/chair that gets papers in beforehand.
  • Timeframe: 90 minutes

How to submit

You must use the template when you submit your contribution. Download the document. This will help you in remembering to give us all the information we need, and help us in putting together an digital abstract folder.

Submit an abstract no more than 400 words including references. Regarding panel session, the word limit is 400 words per participant. Upon acceptance the abstract will be published in the online conference program.

Notification of acceptance will be e-mailed to presenters latest by 15 June 2021.

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