Toulouse Conference 2020

Toulouse Conference 2020

On Miracle Ground XXI:

Mysticisms, Heresies, and Heterotopias

2020 International Lawrence Durrell Society Conference

Toulouse, France

SAVE THE DATE!  The next biennial conference organised by the International Lawrence Durrell Society will take place in Toulouse, France on 28-30 May 2020. As well as being a gathering for scholars and the presentation of serious research papers about Lawrence Durrell and associated writers and artists, there will be much for the delight of the reader of Durrell’s work who wants to explore more about Durrell’s writing as well as about Durrell’s generation of writers.

Attendees will also have the chance to meet other readers of Durrell’s work to share each other’s enthusiasm for his writing. The ILDS president, Dr Isabelle Keller-Privat, is the coordinator for the 2020 conference.  A call for papers (deadline March 2, 2020) is published both on the ILDS website and in The Herald when final details are arranged. At the same time, a more complete program will also be presented.

In order to encourage and support the work of emerging scholars of Lawrence Durrell and his influences, the International Lawrence Durrell Society is pleased to offer the Durrell Prize.  This prize will be awarded to one or more emerging scholars who submit a proposal for a presentation to be delivered in Toulouse.  For further information and application guidelines, click here.

The following activities are also planned:

  • An evening of poetry at the local Cave Poésie
  • A visit to the local Musée Saint Raymond (
  • An organised visit to the Cathar sites in the vicinity of Toulouse.
  • Conference celebratory dinner.

The title “On Miracle Ground” comes from Durrell’s poem “On Ithaca Standing.”