The University of Glasgow will host the twenty-ninth biennial International James Joyce Symposium. Preview the call for papers below, or read it in full here.
XXIX INTERNATIONAL JAMES JOYCE SYMPOSIUM:
ACROSS THE WATERS
14–19 June 2024
University of Glasgow
For James Joyce, as for many Irishmen and women, Glasgow was the first city he saw beyond his native shores. During the Summer of 1894, Joyce crossed to Scotland from Dublin on a Duke Line steamer with his father. It was also the city where his last book, Finnegans Wake, was printed by the firm of James MacLehose & Sons in Anniesland during the 1930s. One hundred and thirty years after Joyce’s visit, the University of Glasgow welcomes the International James Joyce Foundation to Scotland for the first time to hold the 29th biennial symposium.
The event’s title ‘Across the Waters’ spotlights the recent critical focus on the archipelagic in Irish and Modernist studies, which has inspired renewed scholarly attention to the historical, political, economic, cultural, and literary connections between Ireland and Scotland. Speakers are welcome to take their cue from the implications of migration, recirculation, diaspora, urbanisation, industry, and Celtic connections which our host city might suggest, as well as the ecocritical angle inherent to our theme. However, presentations and papers will not be restricted to such topics, and speakers at ‘Across the Waters’ are invited to explore further crossings, transitions, and new encounters within Joyce’s works and beyond. As well as being a scholarly occasion, we will be offering a programme of cultural events designed to show the city at its vibrant and diverse best.