TRAVERSES: J.M. Coetzee in the World

A festschrift to honour the winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature, J. M. Coetzee

The festival of events included:

  • An opening night keynote lecture by Professor Jonathan Lear (University of Chicago) on the role of art in conditions of injustice, followed by musical performances from Anna Goldsworthy, Elizabeth Campbell and the Zephyr Quartet, and a reading by J.M. Coetzee from The Age of Iron.
  • A three-day colloquium with world-renowned scholars on various aspects of J.M. Coetzee's work in the world.
  • A world-first exhibition of photographs and manuscripts from the J.M. Coetzee Papers at the Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, as well as artworks and adaptations responding to Coetzee's work.
  • A mobile app, featuring interviews with scholars (designed by JMCCCP affiliate Lisa Harms), was on display and is currently in development.

Bringing together philosophers, artists, literary scholars and psychoanalysts, Traverses represents the sort of cross-disciplinary research that lies at the heart of what the JMCCCP does.

Opening night lecture and reading

View the whole evening's proceedings below, including musical performances by pianist and author, Dr Anna Goldsworthy, the Zephyr Quartet and mezzo-soprano, Elizabeth Campbell.

Traverses: J.M. Coetzee in the World Colloquium

11 - 13 November 2014. Papers and plenary discussions on the work of J. M. Coetzee.

Download the full program

Videos from the Colloquium

Video 1: Plenary Panel: Coetzee and Philosophy - Paul Patton, Carrol Clarkson
Video 2: Plenary Panel: The Childhood of Jesus - Jean-Michel Rabaté, Jennifer Rutherford, Sue Kossew
Video 3: Keynote Lecture: What does J.M. Coetzee's novel The Childhood of Jesus have to do with The Childhood of Jesus? - Robert Pippin
Video 4: Plenary Panel: Coetzee and the French - Bruno Clément, Jean-Michel Rabaté, Sadamba Tcha-Koura

Hosted by the J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide, in association with the Hawke Research Institute at the University of South Australia.

Traverses: J.M. Coetzee in the World Exhibition

An exhibition of rare archival material of J. M. Coetzee's work, on loan from the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, showcasing manuscripts, notebooks, films and photographs. Held from 3-28 November 2014, Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, University of South Australia. Hosted by the Hawke Research Institute at the University of South Australia, in association with the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide.

In association with:

Hawke Research Institute | Uni SA
University of Western Sydney
Universite Paris8
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