Call for Papers: Low Countries: Narrating Change, Changing Narratives

Association for Low Countries Studies, 11th Biennial Conference
29 June – 1 July 2016
Ardmore House
University College Dublin
Narration and story telling emerges as a new turn within the academy. Scholars increasingly question their position as observers or spectators and are not afraid to move towards a more engaged position. Ownership of the narrative is a central focus and concern. 
For the 11th ALCS Biennial Conference in 2016 – the centenary year of the Easter Rising in Ireland – we want to examine the narrative of change. How is change represented and narrated and how do these narratives change over time? All this in a Low Countries or comparative context and along and across broad cultural, linguistic and historical lines
Topics may include: 
  • Narrating change of cultural practices and dissenting voices
  • Narration of social change and the imaginative 
  • Narrating change and changing narrative in literature and the arts
  • Changing relationships between text and image in the pictorial arts
  • Changing linguistic norms and status of language varieties 
  • Translation as a process of change and transformation
  • Narrating change emerging from studies of lexis, semantics, pragmatics and syntax

We invite both individual contributions (20-minute presentations which will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion) and proposals for fully constituted panels. Panel conveners are invited to suggest a 90-minutes themed panel of three speakers. We specifically invite postgraduate students and a number of full bursaries are available. The primary criterion for selection will be the quality of the proposal, not its strict connection to the conference theme.

The keynote speakers will be announced in January 2016.  
Please submit your proposal in the form of a 300-word abstract by 28 February 2016 to our Conference System.
Selected papers will be published in the ALCS Journal: Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies