[ilds] CFP | Threading the Labyrinth: Durrell, Greece, and World War II | 26-30 June 2016

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Mon Jul 6 13:00:58 PDT 2015

Dear all,

Below is the CFP for On Miracle Ground 19. Please see more details on 
the ILDS Website:


All best,


Threading the Labyrinth: Durrell, Greece, and World War II

On Miracle Ground XIX

Rethymnon, Crete | 26-30 June 2016

The International Lawrence Durrell Society invites proposals for a 
conference to be held in late June 2016 at the Rethymnon campus of the 
University of Crete in Greece.

Crete was the site of heavy fighting in World War II, and its people 
mounted fierce resistance to occupying Axis forces. In April 1941, 
Lawrence Durrell and his family found temporary refuge on the island as 
they made their way to exile. Waiting out the war in Egypt, Durrell 
relished hearing about the wartime exploits of his SOE friends and 
associates, including the kidnapping of the German commander on Crete. 
Later Durrell revisited Cretan culture and landscape in his 1947 novel 
Cefalû, subsequently retitled The Dark Labyrinth. Known in antiquity for 
the labyrinth of Daedalus and the minotaur of Knossos, the island of 
Crete is an appropriate venue from which to consider the mazelike 
entanglements of the second world war.

The organizers of “On Miracle Ground XIX” welcome papers and panels on 
all aspects of Lawrence Durrell’s writing, life, and literary circle. 
For the 2016 conference, we also encourage proposals on texts related to 
the Cretan resistance in World War II, including writings by and about 
Patrick Leigh Fermor, Xan Fielding, and Stanley Moss. Additionally 
welcome are proposals on other topics connected to the conference theme, 
as for example: Literature of World War II; Greek authors, or authors 
with ties to Greece in the 20th century; Durrell in the Mediterranean; 
the British Information Office during WWII; writers’ responses to 
authority, patriarchy, or gender; and modern explorations of the Cretan 

Less than an hour’s flight from Athens, the island of Crete is 
convenient to many destinations in the eastern Mediterranean. With a 
history dating back to the Minoan civilization and spanning many other 
cultures, Crete is a popular destination for archaeologists and 
historians and offers many opportunities for conference excursions.

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