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The Fifth Biennial John Updike Society Conference

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The Fifth Biennial John Updike Society Conference

Proposal deadline extended for JUS conference in Serbia
The deadline for proposals for conference papers has been extended to February 15.
The Fifth Biennial John Updike Society Conference
Conference host: Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade
Conference hotel: Hotel Palace Belgrade (with additional rooms at
University of Belgrade’s Students’ Home “King Alexander I”)
Conference director: Professor Biljana Dojčinović
— The Fifth Biennial John Updike Society Conference is the first to be held outside the United States. Updike visited Belgrade, then the capital of Yugoslavia and now the capital of Serbia, in 1978.
— Opening keynote address by Ian McEwan, who knew Updike and is well
read and widely translated in Serbia.
— A second keynote talk by Prof. Alexander Shurbanov, Updike’s
Bulgarian translator and also an accomplished writer and poet
— Plenary session by Michael Updike featuring photographs of the
family’s year in London and their travels abroad following the
publication of Couples

Keynotes and plenaries are set, but papers on ANY aspect of John Updike’s work or life are still sought for the academic sessions. Especially appropriate topics include:
—Translations: histories, methods, relation to an author’s reputation, human elements and biases, censorship issues, etc.
—Updike and Traveling (inside and outside the U.S.) as both real-life experience and fictional motive/inspiration
—Updike in the U.S.S.R.: his reception, bibliographies, interview(s), translations; Updike in (Post) Socialist Countries
—Updike and Religion(s) and Ideologies (socialism, pacifism, etc.)
—Updike and Gender or Ethnic Politics
—Coming of Age / Aging in Updike’s Fiction
—Intertextuality in Updike’s Fiction
—Comparative Perspectives (Updike and Laclos, Proust, Joyce, Danilo Kiš, Ian McEwan, etc.)
—Papers on works celebrating a milestone anniversary in 2018: Couples (50th), The Coup (40th), S. (30th), Collected Poems and Love Factories (25th), Bech at Bay (20th), and The Widows of Eastwick (10th)

One-page proposals for 15- to 20-minute papers on all aspects of Updike’s life and work and especially suggested topics should be sent, along with a brief one- or two-paragraph bio, to conference director Biljana Dojčinović: and cc:
Successful proposals will be acknowledged within two weeks of receipt. To present a paper or moderate a panel at the conference, participants must be members of The John Updike Society and sign up for the full conference registration. Those who have papers accepted can join when they register for the conference.
For membership information and additional information about The John Updike Society, see the society’s website at For general questions
about the society, contact James Plath,

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