Welcome to the 12th Nordic Conference of English Studies, at Uppsala University,
October 10 – 13, 2013
Mark Doty *,
University of Zurich
The Nordic Association for English Studies exists in order to advance research and study in the Nordic countries of the English language and of Anglophone literatures and societies. It seeks to achieve this aim primarily through the holding of triennial international conferences in the Nordic countries.
The theme of this conference is ´Places and Non-places of English.´ We invite scholars from across Scandinavia to submit proposals and present papers that think about how both places and 'non-places' (a term introduced by French anthropologist Marc Augé) are reflected in the uses and the study of English. We expect contributions from linguists, literary scholars, cultural studies experts and historians at this conference, and have invited several world-renowned figures to give keynote talks.
Language is always in a place, for a place. But the status of English as a world language challenges conventional notions of locality. Moreover, English is also the prime language of the non-place. English is the language (or a language) of many countries, and it is also the language of the supermarket.
Our conference will be spread over three days, plus an optional fourth day excursion, and include both parallel sessions and plenary meetings.Most sessions will be held at our conference hotel, the Clarion Gillet in the city centre of Uppsala. Registration will include all lunches and coffee breaks and 2-3 group dinners. Accommodation is the responsibility of attendees, but may be reserved at a reduced rate, at our conference hotel, through our website.
* Due to unforeseen circumstances, poet Jorie Graham will be unable to visit Uppsala University on 11 October. Instead, a presentation will be given by the award-winning poet Mark Doty, Professor and Writer-in-Residence at Rutgers University (USA).