Our inaugural Transnational Literature and Writing Conference will be Follow the Sun on 28-30 January 2021. The conference is hosted by TRACE at Bath Spa University. However, the conference has no fixed abode, as it will take place entirely online. The opening event will happen as the day begins in Adelaide, Australia; subsequent events will be programmed to ‘follow the sun’ as the morning travels around the world. Delegates will join in, as the conference passes through their time zone, and watch anything they’ve missed on replay.
The key theme of Follow the Sun is ‘place and displacement’. This was inspired by a phrase used by Aminatta Forna, who will be a keynote speaker at the conference. She said that in 2020, ‘we have seen place displaced’: on the one hand, many of us have become used to meeting online and are able to attend a conference which is untethered to place; on the other, many of us find it increasingly hard to move freely in the physical world as borders are closed and movement is controlled. In one sense, we are able to ‘follow the sun’, in another we are more bound than ever to our localities.
We will have 16 events, and more than 40 speakers; from panels on erasing borders, to performances on individual isolation and alienation, plus the opportunity to participate in an additional Masterclass, with limited availability, on performance poetry in the online world. The conference will spark conversation, build networks and present some of the most interesting voices in the field of Transnational Literature and Writing.
Please see the Eventbrite page for further details.