Call For Papers: Meeting the Unknown

Call For Papers: Meeting the Unknown

a symposium on the work of Amanda Lohrey

18 November, from 10am-4pm, at Australian National University in Canberra

‘It’s a strange relationship you have with a reader. You don’t see them. You don’t know them. It’s kind of like sending out a message in a bottle. And yet somehow, magically, often that bottle comes back and the conversation goes on. And that, in a way, is the best bit. You meet up with the unknown and you have that rather extraordinary exchange between strangers who, after you’ve shared a text, are no longer strangers.’ – Amanda Lohrey, 2021

This symposium on the works of Amanda Lohrey is prompted by the award of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, 2021, for The Labyrinth, and recognizes a writing career that extends over more than thirty years.

The symposium will take place on Thursday 18 November, from 10am-4pm, at Australian National University in Canberra, and also online in hybrid format. We invite abstracts from Amanda Lohrey’s readers that consider any aspect of her writing. There is no list of preferred or identified topics: you are free to consider topics, themes, or preoccupations in her work. You may choose the traditional 20-minute paper format but there is also scope for other kinds of presentations: in conversation, video clips, readings.

Please send abstracts to either Dr Julieanne Lamond, [email protected] or Dr Jenna Mead, [email protected], by Thursday 30 Sept 2021.

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