Roth@80 CFP

May 2, 2012

The Philip Roth Society proudly announces a call for papers for Roth@80, a conference event organized, in conjunction with the Newark Preservation & Landmark Committee, to mark the 80th birthday of Philip Roth.  The conference will take place March 18-19, 2013, at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey.


Individuals are encouraged to submit abstract proposals that cover the entire range of Philip Roth’s writings, from his earliest novels and stories to his more recent Nemeses Tetralogy. A diversity of topics and critical perspectives is welcome. Individual proposals will be considered along with ready-made panels. The Roth Society welcomes proposals for:


• Scholarly presentations that provide fresh, critical approaches to Roth’s fiction

• Roundtable discussions that focus on a single theme, or a particular text

• Creative or performance pieces that are based on Roth’s work


There will also be a guided tour of “Roth’s Newark,” conducted by the Newark Preservation & Landmark Committee, as well as a photography exhibit at the Newark Public Library.


In addition to formal presentations, tour, and exhibits, the conference will include a reception on March 19 at the Newark Museum with Jonathan Lethem, Claduia Roth Pierpont, Hermione Lee, and Philip Roth himself.


Proposals of no more than 250 words are invited for 20-minute papers on any aspect of Roth’s work. Please send your abstracts by email to the Roth Society Program Chair, David Gooblar, at GooblarPRS [at] Please include your professional affiliation or association status, along with full contact details. All presenters selected for the conference must be, or must become, members of the Philip Roth Society.


Deadline for proposals is September 1, 2012.


For more detailed information on the Roth@80 conference, including hotel accommodations, maps, and travel options, visit the conference website at

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