Leonard Cohen: An Interdisciplinary Conference

Maynooth University’s departments of Philosophy, Music, and English, together with the Arts and Humanities Institute, are delighted to host a two-day international conference on Leonard Cohen. This ground-breaking event will bring together scholars and experts from across the world to discuss the music, poetry, philosophy, religion, and life of Leonard Cohen. In many ways, Cohen (1934-2016) remains the bard of our time: a poet of our multicultural, globalized society that has lost all the old certainties, while human beings continue to long for meaning and even transcendence. This conference will address all aspects of Cohen’s multifaceted persona, work, and legacy, with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity. “It’s all song, and it’s all poetry”, as Cohen’s son Adam recently noted, “for him there wasn’t any delineation.”

Call for papers

Abstracts for three-person panels, roundtables, and for individual 20-minute papers, are invited on any topic related to Cohen.
Please note that all-male panels are strongly discouraged.

Papers may address, but need not be restricted to:
        Cohen and music
        Cohen as performer
        Cohen as singer-songwriter
        Cohen’s legacy and influence
        Cohen and philosophy
        Cohen and religion
        Cohen and poetry
        Cohen and the visual arts
        Cohen, emotion, affect
        Cohen and humour
        Cohen and ‘lateness’
        Cohen and death/the art of living
        Cohen and interdisciplinarity/cross-mediality
        Cohen and relationships

The deadline for submissions is 1st December 2019

Please see our CFP page for more details.

Keynote speakers

Prof. Chantal Ringuet

Prof. William Desmond