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Reminder (& feel free to disseminate to anyone interested in the literary

Call for Papers / Literary Second Cities

The Second International Conference of the Helsinki Literature and the City
Network (HLCN)

Åbo Akademi University (Turku, Finland), 20-21 August 2015

[abstract deadline: 15 March 2015 / secondcities at abo.fi]

The conference ‘Literary Second Cities’ invites papers on new approaches to
the study of literary cities, smaller cities, and cities or portions of
cities judged secondary or subordinate in any historical period or part of
the world. See link below for the full conference abstract. The deadline
for the call for papers is 15 March 2015. The language of the conference is
English. Please send proposals (length approximately 300 words) to
secondcities at abo.fi .

The keynote speakers are Professor Marc Brosseau, University of Ottawa, and
Professor Bart Keunen, University of Ghent. Professor Brosseau has written
extensively on literary geographies. He is the author of Des
romans-géographes (Paris, 1996). His most recent publications in English
include the entry on ‘Literature’ in the International Encyclopedia of
Human Geography (2009) and work on the literary geographies of Toronto, as
well as on the operation of spatial traps in the fiction of Charles
Bukowski. Professor Keunen is an internationally-renowned expert on
literary urban studies and the head of the Ghent Urban Studies Team. Among
his latest publications are journal articles and book chapters on
landscape, narration and contemporary urban design in various settings, and
the monograph Time and Narration: Chronotopes in Western Narrative Culture
(Northwestern University Press, 2011).

Papers on subjects including, but not limited to, the following themes are

      Literature defining the second city and which cities are to be
understood as secondary
      The literature of provincial cities and those which are distant from
other urban centres or from today's globalised megacities
      The literature of cities and city districts that can be understood as
shadow partners to major cities: the Left Bank of Paris; South London;
Oakland to San Francisco; Salford to Manchester.
      Scaling the city: comparisons between larger and smaller cities
      Scaling the city: shifts between small-scale, localised views and
overall perspectives
      Scaling the city: topographic and synoptic views of cities in the
light of work by Michel de Certeau, Andreas Huyssen and other theorists
      Second cities in pre-modern literature
      Second cities in African, Asian and Latin-American literatures
      Literature defining the second city and which cities are to be
understood as secondary
      Regional urban literatures
      Modes of definition of non-metropolitan or non-primary cities, for
example Chicago or Birmingham as working city; Liverpool or Glasgow as
primary port of the British Empire
      Former capitals and declined or marginalized cities
      Mobilities (spatial, identity-related) and secondary cities
      Specialized cities (their function deriving from e.g. tourism, a
harbour or airport, religion)

Particular sessions on urban literature and scale, Nordic second cities and
modernism and literary second cities have already been proposed, and
further sessions will be organized on the basis of the final applications.

During the conference, a round table discussion will be held to discuss the
development of the network and the possibilities for further cooperation
between international scholars in the field of urban literary studies. A
peer-reviewed publication on the basis of selected conference papers is

For more information contact:

Jason Finch, Åbo Akademi University (jfinch at abo.fi)
Lieven Ameel, University of Helsinki (lieven.ameel at helsinki.fi)
Markku Salmela, University of Tampere (markku.salmela at uta.fi)

Conference website:


Full conference abstract:


HLCN website:


Dr. Lieven Ameel
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies
P. O. Box 3, 00014 University of Helsinki
lieven.ameel at helsinki.fi
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