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Douglas Coupland and the Art of the ‘Extreme Present’

Virtual conference – 23-24 April 2021

Douglas Coupland’s oeuvre is inherently concerned with what it means to be living in our ‘extreme present’. Marking the 30th anniversary of the publication of Coupland’s first novel, Generation X, this online international conference – the first on Coupland’s work – explored the richness of Coupland’s engagement with contemporary life across writings and visual culture.

The conference featured a mix of pre-circulated and live content. Highlights included an exclusive interview with Douglas Coupland; keynotes by writer and curator Shumon Basar; writer, editor, art historian, and curator Victoria Camblin; Professor of English Literature Bran Nicol (University of Surrey); an interview with with contemporary artist, writer, and speaker Makoto Fujimura; and a writers’ panel discussion on Coupland’s work hosted by Image Journal.

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Programme announcement: Interview with Douglas Coupland

The interview Dr Mary McCampbell, Dr Andrew Tate, and Dr Diletta De Cristofaro recorded with Douglas Coupland will premiere on Youtube on Saturday 24 April, 8:30pm BST (London) Check the time in your time zone here. OPEN TO ALL – You’ll be able to watch and chat live with other viewers even if you didn’t manage to secure your…