Call for Papers

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Call for Papers

The World of E. M. Forster

E. M. Forster and the World

29th – 30th September 2016


University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
University of Warsaw
University of Trier
International E. M. Forster Society


One may as well begin with an invitation:

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 interested in 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.

The conference will take place at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, in the heart of the picturesque Polish Lake District. The organisers will offer moderately priced accommodation on the university campus (details will be announced on the webpage) for the duration of the conference.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Olsztyn!


Prof. Krzysztof Fordoński, University of Warsaw
Dr Katarzyna Kodeniec, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
Prof. Ewa Kujawska-Lis, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
Dr Anna Kwiatkowska, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
Dr Weronika Szemińska, University of Warsaw
Dr Heiko Zimmermann, University of Trier



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