13th International Conference on the Short Story in English 2014

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  • The Soci­ety on the Study of the Short Story in coop­er­a­tion with the Uni­ver­sity of Vienna is kindly invit­ing you to par­tic­i­pate in the 13th Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Short Story in Eng­lish 2014, held July 15 – 19, 2014 in Vienna, Aus­tria.

    Con­fer­ence Theme

    Unbraid­ing the Short Story

    The theme of the 13th Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on the Short Story in Eng­lish, “Unbraid­ing the Short Story,” trav­els the bridges from the 12th Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence in North Lit­tle Rock to exam­ine the den­sity of the short story in the heart of Europe, Vienna. The tresses of learned tech­niques, his­tor­i­cal and polit­i­cal infor­ma­tion, psy­cho­log­i­cal insight, pop-​cultural ref­er­ences, and the free-​wheeling struc­tures of George Saun­ders, Karen Rus­sell, Alice Munro or the metafic­tions of Robert Coover, John Barth and William H. Gass, all form braids of cre­ativ­ity and influ­ence that encir­cle the mod­ern story.

    In Vienna, a city of com­ing and going, and one claim­ing the new direc­tions of Schnit­zler and Kafka, the avant garde of Mayröcker, the insights of a new gen­er­a­tion formed not only by the past, but by a present laud­ing the very diver­sity of story, an unbraid­ing of the genre can lead us to dis­cover the intrin­sic den­sity of human con­cerns that pre­vails in the telling and show­ing of short prose. In Vienna, we may dis­cover per­haps hith­erto unknown ren­di­tions of this story telling expressed at this inter­na­tional gath­er­ing of short story enthusiasts.

    Like the braid, story brings a man­i­fold diver­sity together into a sleek whole. Schol­ars, when unbraid­ing, are sure to dis­cover much more than the sum of intrin­sic parts, much more than indi­vid­ual tresses, some errant, some entwined. Story is open and closed, long and short, real and imag­i­nary, tra­di­tional and dar­ing, dis­cov­er­ing new forms and con­tent in an era of tech­no­log­i­cal inno­va­tion and adap­ta­tion. The medium may change, but story, in its man­i­fold rep­re­sen­ta­tions, remains, regard­less of coun­try or lan­guage of origin.

    Come to Vienna and let us unbraid together the worlds of story, our exter­nal approaches to the cul­tural pres­ence of the genre and our inter­nal approaches to its structure.

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    Sug­gested Topics

    • His­tory of the Short Story
    • Lit­er­ary Move­ments and the Short Story
    • Short Fic­tion Theory
    • Short Story Subgenres
    • Short Story and the Canon
    • Short Story and Psychology
    • Short Story and Philosophy
    • Genre Slip­page
    • Clo­sure in the Short Story
    • Short Story Rhetoric
    • Short Story and Storytelling
    • Short-​Short Sto­ries or Flash Fiction
    • Short Story Cycles
    • Short Story and Life Writing
    • Writ­ing the Short Story
    • Trans­lat­ing the Short Story
    • Short Story and Culture
    • Short Story and the Visual Arts/​Dance/​Music/​Theater
    • Short Story and the Media/​Film/​Hypertext/​Multimedia
    • Short Story and Code Switching
    • Mod­ernism and the Short Story
    • Post­colo­nial­ism and the Short Story
    • Post­mod­ernism and the Short Story
    • Short Story Edit­ing and Anthologizing
    • Short Story Publishing
    • Short Story Reception
    • Short Story and Pedagogy
    • Mag­i­cal Real­ism and the short story
    • National tra­di­tions (e.g., Irish, Aus­tralian, Cana­dian, Tai­wanese, German, …)
    • Short sto­ries and politics
    • Gay and Les­bian short sto­ries; and Short Story issues
    • Anglo­phone short sto­ries from other coun­tries and continents
    • Phi­los­o­phy and the Short Story
    • His­tor­i­cal approaches to the Short Story
    • The Short Story and the oral tradition

    Story Contest

    • Theme: The Braids of Identity
    • Word count: 2,000 words strict maximum.
    • Short sto­ries in Eng­lish or Eng­lish trans­la­tion. Two sto­ries maximum.
    • Dead­line: 30 April 2014.
    • Judges: Bharati Mukher­jee and Clark Blaise.
    • Prizes: First prize: €1,000; two Hon­ourable Men­tions: €500
    • Sto­ries must not bear any iden­ti­fy­ing infor­ma­tion and must be as an attach­ment in .doc, .rtf format.
    • Sub­mis­sion via mail to Susan Lohafer.
      Sub­ject of the email: Short Story Con­test.
      Include name, con­tact details and title of work in the body of the email. If trans­lated, name of trans­la­tor is to be indi­cated in the body of the email only.
    • Entries must not have been pre­vi­ously pub­lished online (includes per­sonal blogs, etc.) or in print.
    • The con­fer­ence has the right to uti­lize sto­ries in sup­port of the Soci­ety in any way deemed appro­pri­ate which may include pub­li­ca­tion in an anthology.
    • Writ­ers retain copy­right and after the con­fer­ence are free to have their sto­ries pub­lished elsewhere.


    Pub­lic Events

    • Pub­lic read­ing, Mon­day 14 July, Alte Schmiede: Aus­tralian and Aus­trian writ­ers tbc.
    • Pub­lic read­ing, Tues­day, 15 July 2014, Lit­er­aturhaus: Robert Olen But­ler, Bharati Mukher­jee, Clemens Setz
    • Pub­lic evening read­ing, Wednes­day, 16 July 2014, Amerika Haus: US writ­ers tbc.
    • Pub­lic read­ing, Thurs­day, 17 July 2014, Juridicum: work­shop lead­ers, writ­ers tbc.
    • Pub­lic read­ing, Fri­day, 18 July 2014, Juridicum: Irish writ­ers tbc.

    Closed Events

    • Spe­cial Ple­nary (Con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants only): The Aus­trian Short Story, with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Friederike Mayröcker. Tbc.
    • Panel ses­sions and ple­nar­ies (Con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants only): all writ­ers and scholars
    • Lun­cheon read­ing, Wednes­day, 16 July 2014 (Con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants only): writ­ers tbc.
    • Writer inter­views
    • Farewell din­ner, Sat­ur­day, 19 July 2014, Heuri­gen (Con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants only, no reading).


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