The 7th International Hamsun Conference Hamsun and Borders
19 – 20 September 2019
UiT – The Arctic University of Norway
For more than four decades UiT – The Arctic University of Norway has prioritized research into the oeuvre of Knut Hamsun. We hereby invite abstracts for the 7th International Hamsun Conference, to be held at UiT, Tromsø, 19 – 20 September 2019.
The conference theme is Hamsun and Borders. Knut Hamsun is an author who deals with the topic of borders both in his own life and in his writing. As a writer he moves borders by integrating “popular literature” and the dialects and experiences of northern Norway into the modernist literary canon. With hybrid texts such as On Overgrown Paths he challenges the borders between prose and poetry and between reality and fiction. In these and other works Hamsun forces us to reflect on the ever-relevant issue of the separation between authorial and biographical self in literary texts that seek to conflate the two.
On a personal level Hamsun crosses geographical boundaries during a long life of moving from north to south in Norway, across borders to Germany, France and the United States, and the debate surrounding the border between the person and the author Knut Hamsun has yet to cease. This debate also relates to how Hamsun interrogates the boundaries between, for instance, Norwegian and Sámi in several of his novels, and how he addresses various forms of gender transgression in both his literary oeuvre and in his work as critic and media personality. Why are the boundaries between nature and culture so crucial throughout Hamsun’s career? And what are the limits of Hamsun’s social relevance as a “green” writer?
During the centennial celebration of the publication of Growth of the Soil in 2016 it became apparent that significant challenges remain in terms of understanding and transmitting the
complex legacy of Knut Hamsun. By delving into the theme of borders, this conference seeks to pave the way for new avenues of critical inquiry in Hamsun scholarship.
Suggested topics of relevance to the conference theme:
- Genre boundaries
- Places and “placelessness”
- Geographical borders; ecocriticism; postcolonialism
- Linguistic borders: dialects, sociolects, neologisms
- Boundary states: medicinal/psychological, religious, gender-related, ethical
- Society and media
We also invite abstracts that investigate the topic of borders from other perspectives.
Deadline for submissions of abstracts (no more than 300 words) is 1 March 2019. Please submit all abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. Conference languages include the Scandinavian languages and English.
A masterclass for PhD students whose dissertations in some way treat Hamsun’s oeuvre will be held prior to the conference, 18 September 2019. Participants will be invited to submit their research findings for group discussion and feedback. The masterclass will be conducted by associate professor Henrik Johnsson. It will be possible to participate in either the masterclass or conference, or both. Applications for participating in the masterclass should be sent in a separate e-mail to email@example.com and should include a short presentation of your PhD project. The application deadline is 1 March 2019.
All participants of both the conference and masterclass will be invited to submit their revised papers to a special issue of Nordlit, following a peer-review process. The expected deadline for final submissions will be 1 December 2019. For more information on Nordlit, please visit: https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/nordlit
Organization and editorial committee:
Henrik Johnsson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Linda Nesby (email@example.com)
Ingri Løkholm Ramberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)