The Conference

Marking the 30th anniversary of the publication of Douglas 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.

Here’s some highlights of what the conference featured:

  • An exclusive interview with Douglas Coupland.
  • Keynote addresses by writer and curator Shumon Basar, writer, editor, art historian, and curator Victoria Camblin, and Professor of English Literature Bran Nicol (University of Surrey). Find out more about Basar’s keynote here, about Professor Nicol’s keynote here, and about Camblin’s keynote here.
  • A writers’ panel discussion on Coupland’s work hosted by Image Journal. The panel featured Nick Ripatrazone, writer and Culture Editor for the journal, Meghan O’Gieblyn, and Diletta De Cristofaro, and was facilitated by Lisa Ann Cockrel, the Director of Programs for Image. Find out more about the panel here.
  • Panel discussions with scholars. Find out more about our panelists and their papers here.
  • Andrew Tate was in conversation with contemporary artist, writer, and speaker Makoto Fujimura. More details here.

The conference was organised by Dr Diletta De Cristofaro (Northumbria University), Dr Mary McCampbell (Lee University), and Dr Andrew Tate (Lancaster University). Find out more about the organisers here.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of:


Douglas Coupland

Since 1991 Coupland has written thirteen novels published in most languages. He has written and performed for England’s Royal Shakespeare Company and is a columnist for The Financial Times of London. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, e-flux, DIS and Vice. In 2000 Coupland amplified his visual art production and has recently had two separate museum retrospectives, Everything is Anything is Anywhere is Everywhere at the Vancouver Art Gallery, The Royal Ontario Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, and Bit Rot at Rotterdam’s Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, and Munich’s Villa Stücke. In 2015 and 2016 Coupland was artist in residence in the Paris Google Cultural Institute. In May 2018 his exhibition on ecology, Vortex, opened at the Vancouver Aquarium

Coupland is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy, an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Officer of the Order of British Columbia, a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and receiver of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.