CFP: Seamus Heaney: A Conference and Commemoration, 10-13 April 2014

Deadline: 15 January 2014

Seamus Heaney: a Conference and Commemoration, 10-13 April 2014, The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at the School of English, Queen’s University Belfast

The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at the School of English is organising a major event, ‘Seamus Heaney: a Conference and Commemoration’ from 10-13thApril 2014, to coincide with Seamus’s 75th birthday and the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Centre. The conference will be a celebration of Seamus’s work, and will provide an opportunity for an extended discussion both of his contribution to literature, and of his legacy for future generations of poets, critics and general readers.

Among those poets and critics who have already agreed to participate are Neil Corcoran, Michael Longley, Paul Muldoon, Ireland Professor of Poetry Paula Meehan, the UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Peter McDonald, Paul Durcan, Gerald Dawe, Angela Leighton, Nick Laird, Jahan Ramazani, Don Paterson and David Wheatley, as well as poets from the Seamus Heaney Centre (Sinéad Morrissey, Leontia Flynn, Medbh McGuckian & Ciaran Carson).

The conference will deal with all aspects of Seamus Heaney’s writing, most obviously his poetry, but also his work as critic, as translator, as dramatist and as broadcaster. The conference will have a particular emphasis on assessing his legacy and the lines of his influence running into future generations.

Proposals for 20 minute papers are welcomed on topics including (but not limited to) the following areas which should in each case be understood as including appropriate contexts for Heaney’s work:

 

Heaney as poet;                                               Heaney’s Irish and British contexts;

Heaney as critic;                                              Heaney and European poetry;

Heaney as dramatist;                                    Heaney in comparative perspective;

Heaney and translation;                               Heaney and the politics of poetry;

Heaney as broadcaster;                                Heaney and the teaching of poetry;

Heaney and the classics;                              Heaney and music

Heaney and America;

Proposals of 250-300 words should be sent to g.hellawell@qub.ac.uk by 15 January 2014. Suggestions for panels will also be welcome. Proposals should include the full name, institutional affiliation, and email address of the proposer. We aim to inform those whose proposals have been accepted by the end of January 2014; for this reason there will be no second call for papers.

The conference website can be found at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/heaneyconference

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