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 The Salmanic Verses: 
Reality, Imagination, and Freedom of Speech

International Interdisciplinary Conference on Salman Rushdie's Oeuvre and Legacy
 18-19 May 2023


Organizer: InMind Support

Scientific Committee:
Professor Wojciech Owczarski – University of Gdańsk, Poland

Sanja Vaudano - University of Bern, Switzerland


            The work of Salman Rushdie straddles East and West, encompasses various interdisciplinary fields, and generates research that knows no bounds. This international conference intends to reflect that by inviting scholars and Rushdie enthusiasts who wish to present on any topic related to the writer's body of work.

            Salman Rushdie’s whole writing life has been preoccupied with the relationship between the imaginary and the so-called real world, as well as with the unease and uncertainty that tension creates. What is most often associated with his writing is the genre of magic realism, with an emphasis on the fantastic, while the realistic aspect of the formula often gets overlooked. And yet Rushdie is strong in describing concrete reality and contextualizing historically his plots, politics, and characters, and in that process, he underlines the problematic nature of reality as well as demystifies reality as the norm. Ursula Kluwick explains that realism is crucial for Rushdie’s artistic project, and that reality is not automatic but that it highlights the "constructed nature of reality". The opposing understanding of reality has been a connecting thread through so much of Rushdie’s work, and that is a topical issue in our polarized world that is becoming increasingly authoritarian. The perennial threat of religious violence and the intolerance of alterity intend to impose uniform beliefs on the world of literature, art, and humanities. That is why during this conference we would like to concentrate on the phenomena of reality in Rushdie’s oeuvre and look at his fictional and non-fictional writings and how they negotiate the border between truth and lies, manipulation and imagination.

            We want to devote attention to the influence that Salman Rushdie has exerted over the literary world and the world of humanities as a novelist, film critic, reviewer, public intellectual, celebrity, international and secularist writer, postcolonial writer, and postmodern magic realist. The conference is also inspired by the wish to take a stand for the freedom of speech, and for basic human rights of self-expression. It intends to express solidarity with the author, who recently suffered a brutal assassination attempt because of his unwavering commitment to dialogue and human dignity.

            We welcome submissions that explore multiple aspects of Rushdie’s oeuvre and biography. We wish to concentrate on but are not limited to the following themes:


  • representation of real and imagined

  • reality as a matter of perspective

  • reality as a cultural difference

  • relativization and negotiation of reality

  • authenticity

  • authority

  • logocentrism

  • (mis)information

  • post-truth

  • freedom of speech

  • living and writing under the pressure of a death sentence

  • Rushdie’s works in translations


            The conference is open for researchers representing various academic disciplines such as literature, cultural studies, political science, history, psychology, social sciences, religious studies, to name a few.


We invite submissions for 20-minute papers by scholars who wish to share their current research, connect, and get inspired by the work of others.


Different forms of presentations are encouraged and we will be happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the beginning of their careers, as well as doctoral and graduate students. We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation. 


Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note (max. 100 words) to   23 April 2023 to: 

 Notification of acceptance will be sent by 26 April 2023.

As our online conference will be international, we will consider different time zones of our Participants.

The conference will be held virtually via Zoom. Different forms of presentation are available (also posters).

The conference language is English.


In order to participate in the conference (as a speaker or an audience member) you need to pay a REGISTRATION FEE via bank transfer or PayPal:

PRESENTERS: EUR 30 or USD 35 or GBP 30 or PLN 110 - by 08 May 2023
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: EUR 25 or USD 30 or GBP 20 or PLN 70 - by 16 May 2023

NOTE: We offer a discount for our returning Participants.


- LIVE access via individual link to all conference sessions (without installing any additional applications)
- the conference programme in PDF
- certificate of attendance  for Presenters and Audience Members (sent by email or/and by post)
- online community gathering
- easy access on any device (phone, tablet and computer) with the possibility to join or leave the conference at any time

Banking details:
Beneficiary name: InMind Support

Beneficiary Bank name: SANTANDER   
The SANTANDER Swift code is:  WBKPPLPP
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Payment in PLN:           
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Payment in EUR:           
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Payment in USD: via PayPal - please ask for a special link     

In the description field, please quote your first and last name and a note " Rushdie Conference".


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