Leonard Cohen: An Interdisciplinary Conference
DUE TO THE ONGOING GLOBAL PANDEMIC, OUR CONFERENCE WILL NOW TAKE PLACE IN JUNE 2022.
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.