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
Helen M. TURNER, Program Director
Niklas Salmose, Conference Director
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.