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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 – seeks to explore the richness of Coupland’s engagement with contemporary life across writings and visual culture.
The conference will feature a mix of pre-circulated and live content. Highlights include 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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We’re delighted to announce that the schedule for the conference is now live. Check it out here. By clicking on the links in the schedule you can also access the pre-circulated talks. We look forward to discussing these wonderful papers soon!
We’re delighted to announce the title of Victoria Camblin’s keynote address, “When Words are Pictures“. Find out more about Victoria here.
Dr Andrew Tate will be in conversation with contemporary artist, writer, and speaker Makoto Fujimura about the original piece he has created in honor of the 30-year anniversary of Coupland’s Generation X. Find out more here.