International Philip Roth: Across Cultures, Across Disciplines

Oradea, Romania

July 16-18, 2015

Co-sponsored by The Philip Roth Society and Partium Christian University

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The Philip Roth Society announces a call for papers for the conference “International Philip Roth: Across Cultures, Across Disciplines” at the Partium Christian University, Oradea in Romania ( The conference will take place July 16-18 (Thursday - Saturday), 2015.

Be it his acerbic portrayal of American politics and its impact on ordinary citizens, his constant play with historiography’s fictitiousness, the references to art and music, or his insight into the psycho-analyzed mind, Philip Roth’s novels have reached a scholarly audience beyond Departments of Literature and have been celebrated by readers across the world. Wherein consists Roth’s transdisciplinary and transcultural appeal? What do readers from different disciplines gain from reading Roth? What are the limits and limitations of an interdisciplinary approach to Roth’s work? How is Roth read, interpreted, and challenged in different cultures? These are only a few of the questions that shall be addressed during our conference. We particularly welcome contributions on Roth from different academic disciplines, but also new takes on “International Roth” as well as fresh insights into his life and fiction.

The conference will be organized around panels with three to four papers, poster sessions, and plenary talks. Proposals of no more than 250 words are invited for 20-minute papers and poster contributions; please specify what type of contribution you would like to make. You are likewise welcome to apply as a discussant. Please send your abstracts by e-mail to the conference organizer, Enikő Maior at Please include your professional affiliation or association status, along with full contact details. All presenters selected for the conference must be, or must become members (membership fee 16 euro) of the Philip Roth Society. The participation fee will be 50 euro. Deadline for proposals is March 31, 2015; early applications are encouraged and welcome.