As we move through the 2020s, anticipating and celebrating centennial milestones in the life and career of F. Scott Fitzgerald, it is easy for us to view him as a writer defined by his historical moment.
This conference aims to position Fitzgerald as a figure relevant to contemporary theoretical, social, and political concerns. Just as the 1920s were a period of flux and transition, our current decade is proving equally as turbulent. What does this writer have to say to readers living through a period of change and uncertainty?
This conference is a collaboration between Linnaues University and F. Scott Fitzgerald Society
Call for Abstracts
Whilst consideration will be given to proposals on any aspect of Fitzgerald’s life and work. We particularly welcome papers concerned with the following areas, which take advantage of the research expertise of our host institution:
• Fitzgerald and Media: film adaptations; graphic novels; magazine publishing of the 1920s and 1930s.
• Fitzgerald and Race: post-colonial readings of the novels and short stories.
• Fitzgerald and Migration: migrant narratives; migrant representations; depictions of nationhood.
• Fitzgerald and Ecology: eco-critical interpretations of Fitzgerald’s work.
• Fitzgerald and Digital Humanities.
• Teaching Fitzgerald in the 21st century.
We are always happy to consider proposals on The Great Gatsby, but we are especially interested in discussions of lesser-known works, including those published in the centennial years of 1923–24, such as overlooked short stories (”Hot & Cold Blood,” ”Dice, Brass Knuckles, and Guitar,” and the Gatsby cluster of stories), his play The Vegetable, or nonfiction pieces such as ”How to Live on Practically Nothing a Year” and ”The Cruise of the Rolling Junk.” Proposals on Zelda Fitzgerald’s writings are also welcome.
Please send proposals (250–500 words) as well as a brief biographical statement and audio-visual requirements to our conference e-mail: email@example.com before 1 January 2023.
Presenters will be notified of acceptance by mid-January 2023.
About Linnaeus University and the City of Växjö
Linnaeus University is a creative and international knowledge environment that promotes curiosity, creativity, companionship and utility. More than 44,000 students are registered at Linnaeus University.
Linnaeus University is located in Växjö and Kalmar and offers 150 degree programmes and 1,300 single-subject courses. Linnaeus University was established in 2010 through a merger between Växjö University and Kalmar University College.
With some 2,100 employees and 44,000 students it is a modern university with Småland as its base and the world as its arena. Studying and working at Linnaeus University involves being part of an environment that is characterised by knowledge and development. Students acquire new knowledge and learn to have a critical approach. Researchers make new discoveries that can bring change to our society. Employees share stories of a workplace with both challenges and opportunities. Linnaeus University is a university where people can reach their full potential.
And Yes, it is true that Linnaeus University has a castle on campus! The castle of Teleborg is not as old as it looks but we are very pleased with the 'magic touch' it brings to campus Växjö.
You can easily take a bus (every 10 minutes) or walk (approx. 45 minutes) from Campus to the city centre - today Växjö is one of the fastest growing cities in all Sweden with a lot to see and experience.
Travel to and from Växjö
There are a number of different ways to travel to Växjö. You can either take the train to Växjö Central station or travel by air to Växjö Småland Airport.
If you travel by train to Växjö you will reach Växjö Central located in the city centre. Travelling by train from Stockholm Central to Växjö Central takes roughly 3.5 hours.
If you instead choose to travel by air, you can choose to travel either from Bromma Stockholm Airport or Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Växjö Småland Airport. You can also reach Växjö via flight to Copenhagen Airport/Kastrup and connecting direct train to Växjö Central (roughly 2.5 hours).
Please note that no matter which route you choose, you need to check with your airline about corona specific restrictions for their flights - we know that this may vary from airline to airline!
From one point to another within the City of Växjö
For travel from Växjö Central or Växjö Småland Airport to Linnaeus University we recommend either bus or taxi.
When travelling by bus from Växjö Central to Linnaeus University, bus number 3, direction “Universitetet”, is the best option. However, there are also other bus routes that pass by one of the university’s bus stops or bus stops nearby, for instance, route number 1 and 5, which take you to Teleborg Centrum, some 8–10 minutes’ walk from the university’s campus.
Bus number 4 will take you from Växjö Småland Airport to Växjö Central where you can change to bus to get to Linnaeus University.
Bus tickets are purchased either on the bus with a debit card or you can download the travel app “Länstrafiken Kronoberg” and purchase your ticket in the app, which will give you a 10% discount on your ticket. You use your debit card to pay in the app.
In case you prefer a bicycle, many hotels can offer this. It takes roughly 20 minutes with a bicycle from the city centre to Linnaeus University’s campus.
Most taxi companies start from Södra Bantorget at World Trade Center which means you can find available taxis here.
There is a relative shortage of parking spaces on campus and all are subject to a charge. Parking spaces are marked on the map below.
Anne Margaret Daniel teaches literature and humanities at the New School University in New York City, and at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson. For the past twenty years, she’s written articles, essays, notes, and reviews on topics from Oscar Wilde’s trials to F. Scott and Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald to Bob Dylan and contemporary music. Her edition of Scott Fitzgerald’s last complete short stories, I’d Die for You And Other Lost Stories, was published by Scribner / Simon & Schuster in 2017. She’s currently at work on a volume of the letters of Zelda Fitzgerald with Jackson L.Bryer.
Thomas Leitch is Professor of English and Unidel Andrew B. Kirkpartick, Jr. Chair in Writing at University of Delaware. He has published extensively on narrative theory, genre theory, and popular culture. In addition to Perry Mason and Crime Films, which was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award in 2003, he has written two books on Alfred Hitchcock and coedited a third. For the past ten years, most of his work, especially Film Adaptation and Its Discontents: From Gone with the Wind to The Passion of the Christ, has focused on the process of textual adaptation and its broader implications for the teaching of English. His most recent books are Wikipedia U: Knowledge, Authority, and Liberal Educationin the Digital Age, The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies, and, The History of American Literature on Film.
Sarah Churchwell is a Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK. Her expertise is in 20th-and 21st-century American literature and cultural history, especially the 1920s and 1930s. She has appeared on British television and radio and has been a judge for the Booker Prize, the Baillie Gifford Prize, the Women's Prize for Fiction, and the David Cohen Prize for Literature. She is the director of the Being Human festival and the author of four books: The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe; Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby; and Behold America: A History of America First and the American Dream; The Wrath to Come: Gone with the Wind and the Lies America Tells. In April 2021, she was long listed for the Orwell Prize for Journalism.
Sir Jonathan Bate is a British academic, biographer, critic, broadcaster, poet, playwright, novelist and scholar. He specializes in Shakespeare, Romanticism and Ecocriticism. He is Foundation Professor of Environmental Humanities in a joint appointment of the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Sustainability and the Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University, as well as a Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College in the University of Oxford, where he holds the title of Professor of English Literature. From 2017 to 2019 he was Gresham Professor of Rhetoric in the City of London. Until September 2019 he was Provost of Worcester College, Oxford.
Martina Mastandrea is an Italian scholar with a Ph.D. from the School of Advanced Study, University of London. She is now a lecturer at Istituto Tecnologico Superiore Academy Meccatronico Veneto in Venice. She is the joint award winner of the 2021 EAAS Rob Kroes Award. Her most recent publication is F. Scott Fitzgerald on Silent Film (Brill, 2022).
Chair: Helen T. Turner
Board Members of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society
Chair: Niklas Salmose, Professor and Vice-Chair of English at Linnaeus University. Board Member of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society.
Johan Nilsson, Administrator Linnaeus University.
Daniel Ocic Ihrmark, PhD in English, Linnaeus University.
Oscar Svensson, MA,Linnaeus University.
Anna Ishchenko, Research Assistant, Linnaeus University.
Lara Rodríguez Sieweke, Ph.D. Umeå University
In Växjö’s oldest cinema, Palladium, we will watch the silent film The Chorus Girl's Romance, a 1920 American silent comedy film directed by William C. Dowlan and starring Viola Dana, Gareth Hughes and William Quinn. It is based on the 1920 short story "Head and Shoulders" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The screening will be introduced by Martina Mastandrea, author of the monograph F. Scott Fitzgerald on Silent Film (Brill, 2022). Drinks and snacks to follow.
Monday 26 June, 5pm.
Opening Reception, Växjö Stadshotell
Join us for Hors d'oeuvres, champagne and the stars in the conference opening reception at the fashionable 1840 Elite Hotel in the city center of Växjö. World famous local Swedish Soprano singer Kristina Nilsson famously ended her days in the hotel on 22 November 1921, at the same time as Fitzgerald was working on his second novel and his daughter Scottie reached the reputable age of one month.
Inaugurate Speech by Peter Aronsson,
Vice-Chancellor Linnaeus University.
Wednesday 28 June
One of the latest additions to the Växjö bar scene is the Irish pub Sláinte, which has already been nominated as both the best bar and the best music venue in the annual public vote. They serve traditional pub food and offer a grand selection of beers (A point of pride is the selection of brews on tap from O’Hara’s in Muine Bheag). The place is furnished as a cozy, classic pub and hosts quizzes, concerts and open music sessions. During the conference week, they have also agreed to host us, and have registered the F. Scott Fitzgerald society as a supporter club, alongside the clubs of the local football and hockey teams. Card-carrying members of the society are eligible for reduced prices on select foods and beer. On Wednesday Evening (28 June), we organize an Irish night out at Sláinte with live Irish music, as a celebration of Scott Fitzgerald’s Irish ancestry.
Thursday 29 June
“The Jazz Age” with Nanna Carling & friends
20.00 -23.00, Location TBA
Young saxophonist and composer Nanna Carling hasapproached the worldwide jazz scene with a passion for the tradition of 1920s and 1930s jazz. Enjoy a private evening with Nanna and her band, and join Växjö Lindy Circle on the dance floor in Charleston and Lindy Hop.
If you want to learn some steps beforehand, there is a Lindy Hop Crash Course with Växjö Lindy Circle before the concert.
Friday 30 June
1. CITY. City Tour Växjö or City Tour Alternative Växjö with Åskar Lilja.
There will be two guided tours of Växjö. One traditional historical walk through the city center, and one, alternative tour guided by prolific local artist Åskar Lilja.
2. WATER. Steamer Thor including lunch.
Join Sweden’s oldest steamer Thor on a splendid boat tour on one of Småland’s largest lakes, Helgasjön. Lunch will be served at the old Manor Inn in Asa, dating back to the Middle Ages.
3. GLASS. Guided Tour to the Glassworks in Kosta.
Enjoy a magical tour in the world famous glass region, and visit Kosta Glass Works with a long history starting in 1742. Here you will be able to blow your own glass.
Lunch will be served in the neighboring Kosta Boda Art Hotel, with its renowned glass bar.
4. AWAY. Guided Tour of the House of Emigrants and Småland’s Museum, Växjö.
The House of Emigrants is situated in historical Swedish emigration district of Kronoberg. The House of Emigrants was inaugurated in August 1968 and is the Nordic region’s largest institute focusing on Swedish emigration to North America. In the The House of Emigrants we will have a guided tour of the exhibitions, archives, libraries and research activities. The exhibitions depict the great wave of emigration to America in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Lunch at White Guide Japanese “slink in” restaurant Izakaya Moshi.
Founded in 1867, Smaland’s Museum is Sweden’s oldest county museum. Permanent exhibitions present objects from the 19th and 20th century. Smalands Museum and the Swedish Glass Museum are two museums under the same roof. The Swedish Glass Museum is located in the older parts of the museum and presents glass from all over the world and through all times. Let yourself be enchanted by the oldest Swedish glass, dating back to the 1580s. Admire the royal cups and simple bottles from the 17th and 18th centuries. Enjoy the bourgeois crystal and the farmers’ pressed glass of the 19th century. Marvel at world famous design from the 20th century and contemporary Swedish glass.
Sunday 2 July
A body of water separates these two islands, and on the shore of West Egg lies the majestic Neo-Gothic Teleborg’s Castle. In the brittle company of the Chester Beckers, the Leeches, Doctor Webster Civet, the Hornbeams, the Ismays, the Chrysties, we will finish off the conference at the castle with a closing Banquet on 2 July.