Money and Literature: Wealth, Finance, Aesthetics
The Nordic Association for Literary Research (Norlit) will hold its 2019 conference on August 14-16 at the University of Copenhagen.
The Nordic Association for Literary research is a Nordic organization for literary research in all relevant disciplines such as comparative literature, the disciplines of language and cultural studies. Every second year the organization holds a conference devoted to the interdisciplinary research of literature.
The 2019 conference of Norlit is dedicated to the theme: "Money and Literature: Wealth, Finance, Aesthetics" and will explore the complex relations between literature, culture and economics in both a contemporary and a historical perspective.
The official conference language will be English and the conference venue is the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Wealth disparity, debt, finance capital, globalized markets, new forms of trade and traded assets, the transformations of business and labour – money in its multiple forms – have received renewed attention since the financial crisis in 2008. Of course, the economic world has always been an object of cultural fascination, anxiety, hope, and criticism, not only in postmodern Western literature but globally: 30 gold coins for Judas’ betrayal, money as a value that consumes all other values in The Jew of Malta, the criticism of luxury in eighteenth century French novels, the paper money scheme in Goethe’s Faust, the wealthy heiress in The Mysteries of Udolpho, Balzac’s claim that finance devours its own children, market forces as organizing principles in American post war literature, economic gift giving in ‘return’ migration literature, the conversion of spiritual wealth into economic wealth in Chinese immigrant fiction, the financial staging of power dynamics in ‘finance fiction’ like the television series Billions etc.
Money is clearly a complex phenomenon: a means of payment, a measure and a store of value, a commodity, a token of material wealth, today increasingly produced by debt and to a still larger extent circulated by algorithmic exchanges beyond human perception and understanding. Money makes or dissolves the social bond, destroys and creates hierarchies, it opens or closes the door to the community, enslaves and liberates, and like beauty it entails a special promise of happiness. In the words of French historian Marx Bloch, money is “like a seismograph that not only registers earth tremors, but sometimes brings them about”. In this respect, it resembles cultural form and much work has been done on the historical relation between aesthetics and specific economic modes. Thus, in the past decades and especially since the onset of the recession in 2008, cultural studies of money have flourished, not least in various areas of literary critique (sometimes termed new economic criticism), in a critique of contemporary capitalism, and in other perspectives on the history of economics, including intersectional readings of money and power, symbolic economy and exchange, and money as a tool in the formation of identity.
Now, certain economic indicators tell us that the recovery after 2008 will be short-lived and that instead of putting on its party dress, money, read as a text, is “sitting around in its sweatpants listlessly spooning peanut butter out of the jar” (Joshua Clover). It thus seems as important as ever to interpret the workings of money.
As this year’s organizers of the biennial Norlit-conference, we hereby extend an invitation to our Nordic colleagues in the fields of literature and cultural studiesto submit proposals for papers and panels which relate to the general conference theme defined in the widest possible sense.
Possible topics include but are not limited to
- Cultural studies of money and economics
- Dynamics of economic subject matter in literature or other cultural products
- Cultural studies of consumption
- Narrative forms of money
- The book market or other aesthetic markets and their impact today and earlier
- Literature and the impact of inherited wealth on family and gender relations
- Structural (or other) parallels between cultural and economic spheres
- Literary readings of economic texts
- Finance and it’s cultural representations
- Aesthetic forms and economic history
- Class perspective on financial literacy
- Intersectional analyses of money, power, and their aesthetic renderings
- The literary history of inherited wealth
- Motives of wealth disparity
The paper submission for the NORLIT conference Literature and Money: Wealth, Finance, Aesthetics (University of Copenhagen, August 14-16, 2019) is now open. Send an email directly to: Norlit2019KU@gmail.com.
Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and include a short bio. A panel proposal should consist of an overall framing of the panel (no more than 200 words) as well as an abstract for each paper (no more than 300 words) to be included on the panel. Abstracts must be received by 9 AM, on Monday, April 8, 2019. The organizers of the conference will review and provisionally accept (or decline) your submission by Monday, April 16.
Once you have received an acceptance by email, you can proceed to the conference registration. Prices range from 1000 DKR (professors) to 800 DKR (PhD-students). Please write to Norlit2019KU@gmail.com if you have any questions.
Before May 13, 2019
From May 14, 2019
Please note that VAT is not added on conference payments in Denmark, and therefore is not deductible.
The registration fee includes attendance at all sessions, final programme, lunches, coffee/tea in breaks during conference days.
Registration made later than August 9 will be considered an on-site registration and consequently minor delays at the registration desk, in connection with issuing of documentation and settlement of accounts, must be anticipated.
Participants must register at the registration desk upon arrival at the conference (University of Copenhagen, Southern Campus). Please remember to bring your confirmation of registration.
Payment must be made in Danish Kroner (DKK) to the order of NORLIT, c/o DIS Congress Service and remitted as follows:
- by bank transfer to account No.4180- 4180 109625 (NORLIT) – IBAN No. DK8230004180109625,
Swift code: DABADKKK in Danske Bank, Holmens Kanal 2, DK-1090 Copenhagen K, Denmark.
- by electronic invoice (only for Danish delegates). På grund af den lange ekspeditionstid for EAN-fakturaer, er denne betalingsmåde ikke mulig senere end 30 dage før konferencens start. EAN-gebyret er på DKK 39.
- by charging your Credit Card
IMPORTANT: Please remember to state ‘NORLIT’ and the participant’s name on all money transfers made to the Conference Secretariat.
c/o DIS Congress Service
Lautruphøj 1-3, Blok C, stuen
Telephone: +45 44 92 44 92
Telefax: +45 44 92 50 50
If you have made a late payment, please bring copy of the payment to the conference.
Terms and conditions
An official confirmation of registration will be e-mailed to the participant upon receipt of registration fees. Please remember to bring your proof of payment for presentation upon request.
It is your personal responsibility that all details such as address, booked events, number of tickets, hotel reservation, date of arrival and departure, etc. are in accordance to your wishes. We therefore strongly recommend that you read and check the confirmation of registration carefully to avoid errors. In the event of any errors in the confirmed, please contact DIS Congress Service in writing.
Cancellation of participation (a written request is mandatory)
Pre-registered participants who are unable to attend the conference will have their paid fees reimbursed less a processing fee of DKK 400 provided written notice of non-attendance is received by the Conference Secretariat before July 12, 2019. All refunds will be processed after the conference. If cancellation is made after this date no refund of the fee can be expected.
Hotel rooms at special conference rates have been pre-booked for the participants in various hotels of different categories in the vicinity of the venue.
We encourage you to book the hotel when you make your registration online so you will not risk that your preferred hotel is fully booked.
If for some reason it is more convenient for you to book the hotel room after having registered for the congress/conference it is still possible to book and achieve the favourable conference rate.
In order to book a room after having registered online please send us an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scandic Falkoner Hotel ****
(Falkoner Allé 9, 2000 Frederiksberg)
Scandic Falkoner Hotel and Event centre is located in Frederiksberg, one of Copenhagen's most charming districts and has been completely refurbished during 2018 and the beginning of 2019. Just outside the hotel there is a wide variety of shops, restaurants and beautiful parks to enjoy. The Metro, which is just two minutes’ walk from the hotel, will take you directly to Copenhagen city centre or the airport. All 335 rooms are stylishly designed in a Nordic decor with fine details from the theatre world and have a work desk, chair, free WiFi, TV and air condition. The size of the rooms is 17 – 21 m2.
Metro: Metro: 200 metres (Frederiksberg station) and only 10 min. with Metro to Islands Brygge Station and the 300 meters to the Venue.
Rates per room per night including breakfast & taxes:
Double room for single use: DKK 1095
Double/Twin room: DKK 1295
CABINN Metro Hotel **
(Arne Jacobsens Allé 2, 2300 Copenhagen S)
CABINN Metro is located within walking distance from the Bella Center and it is one of Denmark’s largest hotels with its 708 rooms. The hotel includes a 500 person breakfast café. All rooms have private bath with shower, television, small work desk, free WiFi and an electric kettle with free tea and coffee. All standard rooms have bunk beds. The architecture of the building is created by the famous Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind, who is also the architect behind the new project on Ground Zero in New York City. Smoking is not allowed inside the hotel.
Metro: 700 metres (Ørestad station)
Airport: 6 km
Economy single excl. breakfast DKK 499,-
Deposit, cancellation and changes
Reservations of hotel rooms must be backed by a 1 night deposit payment. The deposit serves as a guarantee to the hotel for the first night and will be deducted from the participants’ hotel invoice upon check-in/check-out. ALL REMAINING NIGHTS ARE TO BE PAID AT THE HOTEL UPON ARRIVAL.
In case of cancellation or changes
Before 12 July 2019 the deposit will be reimbursed, between 12 July 2019 and 29 July 2019 the deposit will only be reimbursed if DIS Congress Service is able to allocate all the cancelled room-nights to another guest.
For cancellations made after 29 July 2019 no refund of the hotel deposit will be made. Please note that in case of cancellation all hotels are legally authorized to charge the entire stay as booked by the customer also in case of no-show or early departure. In case of a refund this will be made after the conference.
All changes must be made to DIS Congress Service in writing and not to the hotel.
All bookings will be made on a first come, first served basis after receipt of the hotel deposit, as long as DIS has rooms available.
Besides the official programme, the NORLIT 2019 conference offers the opportunity to meet and exchange with colleagues in an informal setting and at the same time visit two exciting exhibitions together with the curators.
Thursday 15 August
Conference dinner at Copenhagen Admiral Hotel.
This uniquely designed Copenhagen Admiral Hotel is housed in a converted 18th century warehouse neighbouring the Royal Palace and located in front of the inner harbour. The original granary with its rustic charm, raw brick walls, large brick arches and 200-year-old joists of Pomeranian pine sets the stage for a lovely and modern Conference dinner.
Price: DKK 640
If you wish to attend, please sign up for this event when you register online for the conference.
Map of South Campus
Signe Leth Gammelgaard
The conference is supported by the collective research projects: Unearned Wealth. A Literary History of Inheritance (University of Aarhus) and Finance Fiction - Financialization and Culture in the Early 21st Century (University of Copenhagen), both funded by The Independent Research Fund, Denmark.