Organised by University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, University of Warsaw, University of Trier and International E. M. Forster Society
We would like to invite you to an international scholarly conference on the life and works of E. M. Forster, the first conference to be organised by the International E. M. Forster Society and the second Forsterian conference in Poland. It is our aim to evaluate the presence and legacy of Forster in English literature and social history. The double title of our conference is meant to reflect the duality of our aims — on the one hand, we are interested in Forster’s own works, with a special stress on the less often approached texts. On the other hand, we would like to enquire in the position of Forster, his works, and the values he stood for within British and world culture(s) almost half a century after his demise.
We are waiting for proposals for 20 minute long presentations on all possible aspects of Forster’s oeuvre and life, as perceived by various theories, methodologies, and schools. Our interests encompass both the works and the life of Forster himself as these of his contemporaries, especially these he was influenced by and these he in turn influenced himself. The list of possible candidates ranges from Jane Austen through Henry James to Virginia Woolf and Christopher Isherwood. We are also interested in Forsterian influences in the works of our contemporaries, such as Alan Hollinghurst, Jonathan Coe, and Zadie Smith. Our interest includes also books in which Forster features as a literary character, for instance Damon Galgut’s Arctic Summer. We are further interested in E. M. Forster’s legacy going beyond literature, such as films, plays, musicals, and operas based on his works. It is our aim to make the selection of papers as comprehensive as possible, so do not hesitate to contact us with your proposals, no matter how far-fetched they may be.
Contact Info: Dr Weronika Szemińska, University of Warsaw
Contact Email: conference at society.emforster.de