Relational Forms VI
Imag(in)ing the Nation:
Literature, the Arts and Processes of National Construction
2 – 4 December 2021
an international conference hosted by the
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
University of Porto, Portugal
Confirmed keynote speakers:
According to scholars, criteria for nationhood have typically involved a commonality of ethnicity, language or religion, historically prolonged occupation of a stretch of land, frequently linked to the existence of a state apparatus, collective experience, and shared memories. Literature and the other arts have often been mobilized to support (if not altogether participate in the construction of) this sense of belonging and identity, which they can also challenge and complicate. Nationalism may simply be described as the most extreme form of such engagements and allegiances. In his 1945 essay “Notes on Nationalism”, George Orwell denounces the characteristic aggressiveness and single-mindedness of the nationalist, as well as the peculiar indifference to reality such attitudes entail. Orwell’s essay betrays a sense of urgency derived both from the hazards of the Second World War and from the perceived political and ideological threats of the approaching Cold War – a term he would himself coin. More recently, adopting the more poised stance of the historian, Jeremy Black has observed that nationalism “is a feeling as much as a principle. It manifests powerful emotional elements as well as the interaction of the ‘deep histories’ of particular national, or would-be national, groups with the contexts and expressions of these ‘deep histories’ in specific circumstances” (2018). And a pervasive tension between accounts of the past and versions of an envisaged future often energises the historiographic process; as noted by Roy Foster, “The most illuminating history is often written to show how people acted in the expectation of a future that never happened” (2002).
The organisers will welcome proposals for 20-minute papers in English responding to the above. Suggested (merely indicative) topics include:
• literature, the arts, and the ideology/ies of nation
As indicated by the number in its title, this conference is the sixth in a series of academic events that reflect the ongoing concerns of the eponymous research group (Relational Forms), based at CETAPS (the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies).
Submissions should be sent by email to email@example.com
Please, include RF6 in the subject line of your email.
Please organise your proposal into two separate files:
• a file containing the full title and a 250-300 word description of your paper;
• a file containing the author’s data: name, affiliation, contact address, paper title and author’s bio-note (150 words).
Please name these two documents as follows:
Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2021
Notification of acceptance: 15 October 2021
Deadline for registration: 15 November 2021
Registration Fee: 80 Euros
Student fee: 65 Euros
Registration details will be posted online in October 2021
All delegates are responsible for their own travel arrangements and accommodation.
More information available later at http://www.cetaps.com/events
Organised by the Relational Forms research area
Rui Carvalho Homem (coord.) | Jorge Bastos da Silva | Miguel Ramalhete Gomes | Jorge Almeida e Pinho | Márcia Lemos | Katarzyna Pisarska | Mark Wakefield
For further queries please contact:
CETAPS – Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Via Panorâmica, s/n
Jorge Almeida e Pinho, Jorge Bastos da Silva, Katarzina Pisarska, Márcia Lemos, Mark Wakefield, Miguel Ramalhete Gomes, Rui Carvalho Homem