Leonard Cohen: An Interdisciplinary Conference

Maynooth University's departments of Philosophy, Music, and English, together with the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, are delighted to host Leonard Cohen: An International Conference. This ground-breaking event will bring together scholars and experts from across the world on the music, poetry, philosophy, religion, and life of Leonard Cohen. In many ways, Cohen, even after his death, 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 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

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr Catherine Gander
  • Professor Tom O’Connor
  • Professor Philipp Rosemann
  • Dr Laura Watson