Monday, February 25, 2013

FIRST BIENNIAL CONFERENCE Late Literature in the Sixth Century, East and West October 31/November 1-2, 2013 Brown University Providence, USA Building on the synergy of the bicoastal conference held at Rice and at Brown in 2011, David Bright, Scott McGill, and Joe Pucci founded the International Society for Late Antique Literary Studies (ISLALS) in early 2012 as a venue for sharing our collective work on later literary studies, east and west. 

We intend the category of "literature" to be capacious, encompassing Christian and secular texts, as well as traditionally high and low forms. As part of the process of s
If you would like to participate, please send an abstract of your paper via email attachment to the organizing committee by August 1, 2013:,,

Papers will be twenty minutes in length, with ten minutes of questioning/discussion to follow. We hope for a program of around 20 papers. ISLALS requires no dues and there is no registration fee for the conference. ISLALS will provide refreshments during the conference (morning continental breakfast and morning and afternoon breaks). ISLALS will also host a closing banquet for all conference participants. All other meals as well as lodging and travel will be the responsibility of participants. At the conclusion of the conference, we will hold a round-table discussion on the shape and governance of ISLALS and the dates, locations, and topics of future meetings. Please send queries about the conference to

Queries about ISLALS may be sent to any member of the organizing committee.haring our work, we envision a conference (at least) every other year and are happy now to announce the First Biennial Conference of ISLALS, to be held on the campus of Brown University on October 31/ November 1-2, 2013 (Thursday-Saturday, inclusive). The theme of the conference is “Late Literature in the Sixth Century, East and West." A rich body of literary texts survives from this seminal century that touches on nearly every genre. We invite explorations of these texts from multiple perspectives and especially seek papers that focus on the Greek east or that take cognizance of the interplay of east and west. Papers that consider the influence of sixth-century texts are also welcome.

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