Welcome to the official website for “Conradian Crosscurrents: Creativity and Critique,” the 2017 Joseph Conrad Academic Conference organized by the Joseph Conrad Society of America. The conference will take place June 1 – June 3 in New York City.

Joseph Conrad (1857 – 1924), the Polish-born British writer of such key works of
modernist fiction as Heart of Darkness, Nostromo, and Under Western Eyes, remains an
iconic figure influencing a range of contemporary artistic, literary, political, and
philosophical trends. This conference seeks to reassess Conrad’s position at the cross-currents of contemporary creative and critical work of all kinds. The conference coincides with the celebration of the 160th anniversary of the year of his birth as Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in 1857, an anniversary recognized by the Parliament of the Republic of Poland which has declared 2017 the Year of Conrad.

Parts of the conference are held at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus, sponsored by Fordham University’s Comparative Literature Program, English Department, and the Offices of the Dean of Faculty and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Parts of the conference are hosted by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York and the Kościuszko Foundation.

Featured speakers include philosopher Adriana Cavarero (Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Verona), author of Relating Narratives (2000), For More than One Voice (2005), and Horrorism: Naming Contemporary Violence (2008); and novelist Margaret Cezair-Thompson, author of The True History of Paradise (1999), and The Pirate’s Daughter (2007).

Explore this site to see all the conference has to offer!