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Conference – Joyce and the World

By Mariam Chanishvili
Tuesday, July 16
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University together with James Joyce Association of Georgia will host a two-day international conference to celebrate the 80th anniversary from the publication of Finnegans Wake.

September 26-27 are the dates of the event.

The main goal of the conference is to explore, on the one hand, the diversity of cultures and languages which went into making his world and on the other hand Joyce’s impact on world literature.

The making of Joyce’s works, Joyce and modernism, Joyce and Postmodernism, Joyce’s impact on other countries’ literature, Joyce’s translations and studies in the world – these topics and other interesting discussions will take place within the frames of the event.

The conference invites proposals for individual papers, fully-formed panels and multimedia/digital exhibitions. Individual contributions shall include a 250-word abstract that consists of the speaker’s name and academic affiliation (if applicable) alongside with the paper title, while the panel chair should submit a 500-word abstract on the panel as a whole.

Keynote Speakers at the International Conference “Joyce and the World” will be Professor Finn Fordham, Royal Holloway University of London and Richard Brown, University of Leeds.

Richard Brown is Reader in Modern Literature in the School of English at the University of Leeds, editor of the Blackwell Companion to James Joyce and founding co-editor of the James Joyce Broadsheet

Fordham’s research is focused on James Joyce, Modernism and 20th Century writing, specializing in Finnegans Wake, in genetic approaches to various texts, and uses of the cultural archive.

One of the most influential and innovative writers of the 20th century, James Joyce is known for such classics such as ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Dubliners,” and his most famous “Ulysses,” which reads about Stephen Dedalus over the course of a day in Dublin.

Joyce’s novels, with their innovative language, use of dialogue, characteristic modernist forms, and social frankness, met with resistance when they first appeared in print.

James Joyce Association of Georgia is carrying out various activities regularly in Georgia, including Conference in Humanities, Bloomsday Celebration, book presentations, etc.