Relational Forms I: an International Conference on Literature and the Arts

Date: November 25 – 27, 2010
Venue: Universidade do Porto, Portugal

This conference aims to respond to the intense interest that intermedial designs have obtained in all areas of study pertaining to literature, the arts, and related cultural practices. It will welcome contributions focusing on specific instances of intermediality, and on the frameworks of tradition within which they have been read. But it will also be open to studies that query conventional barriers between verbal and non-verbal art forms, and interrogate the theoretical and critical tools that have traditionally been applied to the study of intermedial relations. The conference will lay a significant emphasis on the word-and-image nexus, but its range will be considerably broader: the programme will accommodate participants with interests as diverse as (*) literary studies vs the other arts, the language of art history and art criticism, writing and performance, and language and visuality in the new media.

As suggested by its title, the conference aims to be the first in a series of academic events that will reflect the ongoing concerns of the eponymous research group (Relational Forms), based at CETAPS (the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies).

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Isobel Armstrong (Professor Emerita, Birkbeck College, London)

Martin Heusser (University of Zürich)

Deirdre Madden (novelist; Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College Dublin)

The organisers will welcome proposals for 20-minute papers in English on any of the areas mentioned above (*). Suggested (merely indicative) topics include:

• literature and the visual arts: fascinations and perplexities

• the poetics of art / the politics of art: discourse, society and the art(e)fact

• page, stage, screen, score: writing and / for the performative arts

• curating, co-writing: discourse and object in art criticism

• verbal and visual in cyberspace: the new territories of intermediality

Submissions should be sent by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please include the following information with your proposal:

• the full title of your paper;

• a 250-300 word description of your paper;

• your name, postal address and e-mail address;

• your institutional affiliation