The 2021 Sydney Conference

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The Seventh International Conference on Literary Juvenilia will be hosted by the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, from 19-22 May 2021.


Please note: The conference—originally scheduled for May 2020—was cancelled due to the Coronavirus crisis. However, papers already submitted and accepted for the postponed conference will be honoured in the new programme for 2021.


The conference theme is Literary Juvenilia, Material Imagination and ‘Things’.

Young writers ranging from Pope, Chatterton and Burns in the eighteenth century, to Austen, the Brontës, Eliot and Dickens in the nineteenth, and Edith Wharton, C.S. Lewis, Judith Wright and J.K. Rowling in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have found inspiration and example in the everyday context of their writing practice—in a materiality related to their physical, social and cultural worlds and in the material conditions of their play, learning, imitation and critique. This conference will explore the material culture of juvenilia (youthful writing up to the age of twenty): the relationship between ‘things’ and literary imagination and practice.

In the event of wishing to contact the conference organisers, please follow this link.

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