Call for Papers: Why Allegory Now?

A One-Day Interdisciplinary Conference hosted by the University of Manchester

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation

Friday April 1st 2011

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Prof. Jeremy Tambling, English and American Studies, University of Manchester

Dr. Roger Pooley, English, Keele University

The University of Manchester invites scholars and early researchers to submit papers for the conference ‘Why Allegory Now?’, an interdisciplinary event which will allow a forum of discussion on the disparate ways in which allegory has been used throughout history, and consider how such an elusive yet prominent form can be interpreted today.

The conference asks: What is allegory and why is it relevant today? Can allegory be best understood as a genre, a technique, a mode, a rhetorical device or a trope? Is allegory the practice of writing, interpreting or representing?  Can allegory only be understood in relation to its history? Is all allegory ideological?  Is all language allegorical?

We warmly invite proposals for twenty minute papers from postgraduates and early career researchers from any branch of arts and humanities. Key topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Myths and fables from Ancient Greece to modern film
  • National allegories in colonial and postcolonial contexts
  • Medieval and Renaissance secular or religious allegories
  • Allegorical concepts of history
  • Theories of allegory and allegoresis
  • Sign, symbol, emblem and allegory

Please send your abstract of 250-300 words to along with your name, affiliation and title of paper.

For the full PDF call for papers please click here:  Call for Papers