Call for Papers: Jerusalem
in Modern World Literature
Conference to be held at The University of Jordan, Amman, 21-23 March 2017
Posted: October 10, 2016
The Faculty of Foreign
Languages at the University of Jordan in association with the Turkish
Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) will host a conference on the
representations of Jerusalem in modern world literatures and cultures. The aim
of this conference is to explore varied depictions of Jerusalem in modern world
literatures and underline the specific significance of the Holy City in
literary studies and cultures at large. In other words, the conference will
focus on the special treatment of Jerusalem
in different national literatures and cultures, and highlight the
positive aspects of the City relating to the multi-cultural experience of peaceful
co-existence and religious tolerance.
Place or locus has
always been approached thematically, politically, religiously and humanly in
literary genres. However, Jerusalem in particular has been viewed as a unique
place that joins peoples of different faiths and cultures in unison rather than
discord. The conference intends to
emphasize the exceptionally significant position of Jerusalem as a symbol of
holiness and peaceful co-existence in the world collective conscience and the
pivotal relevance of the Holy City and its cultural significance in literary discourse.
The conference will seek to achieve the
1.To celebrate the
City as a symbol of peace
2.To explore the
creative artistic accounts of the City in different languages and literary
3.To highlight the
position of the City as an icon of human co-existence
4.To emphasize the
human-place bond as it relates to Jerusalem
Papers may want to
address the following:
1. Jerusalem in
travel literature from the
nineteenth century through the twentieth century
2. Jerusalem in
Orientalist writings and from Orientalist perspectives
3. Jerusalem in
national literatures—for example, Arabic, Turkish etc.
4. Jerusalem in
English and American literature
5. Jerusalem in
translation studies and literary documents
6. Jerusalem in
visual arts—cinema, paintings etc.
7. Jerusalem in the
8. Any other topics
relating to the representation of Jerusalem in modern world literatures and
presentations: 20 minutes
Abstracts: Please email your abstract (ca.
250-300 words) in Arabic and/or English to Professor Mahmoud Al-Shra'ah, Chair
of the Conference, at firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 November 2016.
The abstract should
include paper title, author's name, status (faculty, graduate student, and
other), institutional affiliation, and postal address.