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20th International Congress of Linguists

Cape Town

2 - 6 July 2018

Submission of abstracts closed 24 July 2017.


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Photographs From Boyhood

Irma Stern Gallery
25 Cecil Road

25 November 2017 - 20 January 2018
Tuesdays to Fridays 10h00 to 17h00
Saturdays 10h00 to 14h00

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Call for Papers

Coetzee and the Archive

School of Advanced Study
Senate House
University of London

5-6 October 2017



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Marc Farrant

Transnational Coetzee

Travelling with Coetzee:
Other Arts, Other Languages

Workshop Conference

29 September - 1 October 2017


The focus will be on intermediality and on translation.





The Writing Event:
Process, Discovery and Craft in J.M. Coetzee

Cape Town

David Attwell

Saturday 5 August, 1.00–3.00pm
Waiting for the Barbarians and Life & Times of Michael K

Saturday 12 August, 1.00–3.00pm
Age of Iron and Disgrace


Call for Abstracts for Special Issue

Geographies of Comparison:
Ireland and South Africa

Ireland was, as Robert Young writes, England’s first and always exceptional colony. But it was far from the only one. Its unique colonial status has yielded productive scholarship addressing its anomalous integration into the colonial world. While this scholarship has resulted in some excellent work on Ireland / India relations and an influential volume on the ‘green and black Atlantic’ that performed a valuable intervention in addressing the African dimensions of the Irish world, both Irish and South African scholars have, for the most part, neglected affiliations between these locations. The editors invite paper proposals for a special issue of Interventions that will consider literary and cultural intersections between Ireland and South Africa, especially ones that offer critical reflection on the bases, modes, necessity, or folly of comparison.

Papers might cover (but are not limited to) topics such as:

Peripheral/Regional/Alternative modernisms
Transnational Solidarities
Nationalisms and religion
Gendered nationalisms
Migration and Asylum
Beckett / Joyce and African writing
Form and scales of comparison
Differential analysis
Ireland, South Africa and world literature
Differential analysis
World systems theory

Please submit 500-word abstracts, along with 100-word bios, to Cóilín Parsons and Agata Szczeszak-Brewer. Submissions are open until July 15, 2017. Abstracts (and essays) will be evaluated by the editors and outside reviewers on a competitive basis.

Queries can be directed to the editors:
Cóilín Parsons (coilin.parsons@georgetown.edu) and
Agata Szczeszak-Brewer (brewera@wabash.edu)

The submission
(15 July 2017)
has passed .

La Milanesiana 2017

Carte Blanche, John Coetzee

7 July 2017

JM Coetzee will be in Milan for La Milanesiana, an annual literary event. The theme for 2017 is "Fear and Bravery". In the morning session, Coetzee will comment on three movies he has selected (Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali, and Pasolini's The Gospel According to St. Matthew). An untitled reading is scheduled for the evening, to be followed by a concerto.

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Peripheral Postcolonialities Workshop

University of Warwick

9/10 June 2017


Literatures of Betrayal:
Risk, collaboration and narrative non-fiction in contemporary South Africa

Hedley Twidle

27 April 2017

Derwent College

Call for Papers

Modern Language Association

Interpreting J.M. Coetzee's
The Schooldays of Jesus

Interpretations of J.M. Coetzee's latest novel, The Schooldays of Jesus, are welcomed.

Submit abstracts of 500 words by 24 March 2017
to Jana M. Giles (giles@ulm.edu).



"With so many millions of souls to count [...]
what does it matter if they miss one?":
The Question of Life and The Word of God
in Coetzee’s Jesus Novels.

Marc Farrant

16 February 2017
12h00 - 13h30

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

For those in the Benelux or Brussels region, Marc Farrant will be speaking (in English) on the above subject at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel on Thursday, 16th February, 2017, at 12pm.

Anyone can attend but please first email Thomas Thoelen:

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