English: Shared Futures, 5-7 July 2017, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
What is English: Shared Futures?
· ‘English: Shared Futures’ (E:SF) is a the first time that all the branches of English – literature, language and creative writing – have come together to talk about and celebrate their subject, and to explore its futures in the nations of the UK and across the world.
· Writers, critics, academics, teachers, and linguists will unite in a festival event, part celebration, part conversation, part cultural fringe.
· E:SF is being held in Newcastle and will show-case the excellent literary culture of the region, its writers, and publishers (e.g. Bloodaxe). We’ll also be joining in with the 50th anniversary commemorations of Newcastle University’s awarding Dr Martin Luther King an honorary degree in 1967.
· Alongside over 150 panels, readings, and workshops, we have:
o Talks on literary biography from Hermione Lee, Kathryn Hughes, Andrew Hadfield;
o Deborah Cameron on ‘Language and the problem of female authority’;
o Lemn Sissay reading and answering questions.
· We are pioneering a series of ‘literary salons’ with Marina Warner, Elleke Boehmer, Bernadine Evaristo, John Mullan, and Dinah Birch, who will talk about their lives in literature and the literature in their lives (in R4 terms, not ‘the life scientific’ but ‘the literary life’).
· The conversations at the event will discuss the most up-to –date ideas on great writers of the past and present, how we use language, and how we teach people to write – and think – creatively. (We’d be delighted to help the media access the best of these speakers).
· Our cultural fringe will feature readings around the city from local, national, and international writers and groups, and include a leading writer in conversation with Jackie Kay (details tbc).
· English, the liveliest and largest school and university arts subject, is participating in some of the most pressing issues of the day, such as migration, identity, the uses we make of the past, and the place of higher education in our society.
· We are also, along with the colleagues in the rest of arts and humanities community, addressing the urgent need to maintain access to the arts and culture for everyone.
· We think it’s important that the humane voice of English, and what literature teaches, is heard, especially at the moment, to help build our shared future.
Bob Eaglestone R.Eaglestone@rhul.ac.uk
Gail Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org
Fireworks: The Visual Imagination of Angela Carter
9th-10th January 2017
The RWA and Arnolfini present a diverse conference that explores the themes, imagery, context and life of Angela Carter – one of the most important writers of the twentieth century.
We are happy to be able to offer the following tickets below:
- 1-Day and 2-Day Event Tickets (concessionary tickets also available separately)
- Dinner and Banquet tickets for both nights (non-refundable deposit)
- Perfomance tickets for “Pussy” – an adaptation of Angela Carter’s Puss in Boots
The CWWA’s 2016 AGM
We’ll be holding our AGM at the University
of Leicester on Saturday 19 November, 1-3pm, Attenborough Seminar Room 001 (ground floor of the Attenborough Seminar Block). A campus map can
be found here: https://www.le.ac.uk/maps/
All members are warmly welcome to attend. As part of the meeting, we’ll hold elections for the executive committee roles of Chair, Fundraising Officer, Membership Secretary, and Ordinary Member. Many thanks to members who are standing for these roles – I’ll be in touch with you individually, shortly.
On the same date, you are also invited to an exciting CWWA-sponsored event as part of the Literary Leicester festival, at 6.30pm:
Fay Weldon: In Conversation
Fay Weldon will discuss her latest book, Before the War (2016), with Founder Chair of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association, Professor Mary Eagleton. They will reflect on changes in the social and literary landscape since the publication of Fay’s first novel, The Fat Woman’s Joke (1967), almost 50 years ago.
This is a free event but please do BOOK your place at the Literary Leicester site to avoid disappointment. Do also look at the whole programme for the festival, taking place from 16-19 November: http://www2.le.ac.uk/institution/literary-leicester
We very much hope you’ll save the date and join us in Leicester for both the AGM and this exciting event.
Saturday 19 November 2016
The Literary Leicester 2016 website is now live, meaning that you can book your places at your choice of the exciting FREE events on offer:
The programme includes Fay Weldon in Conversation with our founding
Chair, Professor Mary Eagleton, on Saturday 19 November, sponsored jointly by Literary Leicester and the CWWA. Book your free place today:
Make sure also to join us at our AGM on the afternoon of Saturday 19 November – all members are warmly welcome. Further details to follow soon.
The Brigid Brophy Anniversary Conference
9 – 10 October 2015
Avenue Campus, St. George’s Avenue, The University of Northampton
To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the death of Brigid Antonia Brophy (1929-1995), and the fiftieth anniversary of her article ‘The Rights of Animals’, published in The Sunday Times on 10th October 1965, the School of The Arts at the University of Northampton is delighted to announce a two-day international conference to celebrate all aspects of Brophy’s literary career, as well as her leading contributions to animal rights, vegetarianism, anti-vivisectionism, humanism, feminism and her advocacy of the Public Lending Right.
Professor Philip Hensher (Bath Spa University)
Dr Richard Ryder (anti-speciesism campaigner)
Peter Parker (biographer and author)
Dr Carole Ann Sweeney (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Professor Michael Bronski (Harvard University, USA)
Professor Gary L. Francione (Rutgers University, USA)
Dr Robert McKay (University of Sheffield)
Kate Levey (daughter of Brigid Brophy).
For more information, please e-mail: email@example.com To keep updated with this event and to book a place through the online store, visit (http://bit.ly/brophy2015 )
A conversation with Caroline Criado-Perez OBE
Hosted by the Gender and Society Research Hub, Northumbria University
Caroline Criado-Perez is a freelance journalist, broadcaster and feminist campaigner. She is co-founder of The Women’s Room, a database of women experts set up to counter the small number of women selected to appear in the media as experts. In 2013, Caroline led a successful campaign for the Bank of England to keep a woman on English banknotes, resulting in the Bank changing its selection processes. Both of these campaigns attest to the power of social media as a tool for social change. The onslaught of abuse Caroline was subjected to, as a woman speaking out on feminist issues, highlighted the violence – physical and symbolic – that women face for being women every day, demonstrating the ongoing necessity of feminist work.
Caroline won the Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year Award in 2013 and featured in The Independent on Sunday’s ‘Happy List’ that same year. Her first book, Do It Like A Woman…. And Change the World, was published by Portobello Books in May 2015 and comprises inspirational accounts of women pioneers from around the world. In June 2015 Caroline was appointed OBE for her services to Equality and Diversity particularly in the media. In response to congratulations regarding the OBE on Twitter, she tweeted “We’re taking feminism all the way to the queen”.
Monday 12th October 2015
6.30-7.30pm (drinks from 6pm)
City Campus East, Business and Law Building, Northumbria University
(No. 17 on the City Campus map available to download here: www.northumbria.ac.uk/perez)
This is a FREE public event but please RESERVE YOUR PLACE HERE: www.northumbria.ac.uk/perez
For enquiries please contact:
Dr Julie Scanlon
Senior Lecturer in English Literature
Dept of Humanities
Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST
T: 0191 2437327
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ESSE 2016, Galway, 22nd – 26th August
Further details of ESSE at http://www.esse2016.org/
CFP: In her 1930 essay ‘On Being Ill’ Woolf noted how “strange” it was “that illness ha[d] not taken its place with love and battle and jealousy among the prime themes of literature.” Does Woolf’s comment still hold? A number of scholars have recently explored the symbolic value of illness in literature but how far can or should literature go beyond metaphor in representing the experience of illness? How far does Rita Charon’s concept of ‘narrative medicine’ capture the distinctiveness of literature as an alternative to medical discourse? We invite papers on the interconnections between literature and medical discourse in 20th and 21st century British literature.
Dr. Nicolas Pierre Boileau EA853, LERMA
Faculté des lettres, Université d’Aix-Marseille
29 avenue R. Schuman 13161 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1 France
Professor Clare Hanson
Faculty of Humanities , University of Southampton
Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christie and Her Work
5-6 April 2016
METU Culture and Convention Centre
Department of Foreign Language Education,
Middle East Technical University,
Contact person: Asst. Prof. Dr. Dürrin Alpakın Martinez-Caro
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christieand Her Work” is a two-day conference organized by the Department of Foreign Language Education, Middle East Technical University, 5-6 April 2016. We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations on any aspect of Agatha Christie’s life and work.
We encourage submissions from a variety of disciplines, theoretical perspectives and genres. Comparative approaches focusing on the work of Agatha Christie within contexts such as media, performance and adaptation studies are also welcome.
Possible themes include, but are by no means limited to:
— Genre studies and crime fiction
— Agatha Christie and non-fiction (autobiography, travel writing, etc.)
— Agatha Christie in the Turkish context
— Agatha Christie and world literature
— Agatha Christie and feminism
— Agatha Christie and translation studies
— Theatre, film, radio, TV adaptations of Christie’s fiction
— Agatha Christie’s influence on other crime fiction writers
— Teaching Christie’s fiction
Please email an abstract of 250 words with 4-5 keywords and a short academic bio to email@example.com by 1 December 2015.
Please include your name, institutional affiliation and contact information (e-mail and postal address) in your submission.
Further information about the conference and its venue can be found at http://www.britishnovelists.metu.edu.tr/index.htm
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In its ninth issue, aspeers will feature a general section and a topical focus. While the general section accepts submissions on any American studies topic (e.g. revised versions of term papers or chapters from BA theses), the topical section will focus on the theme of “American Youth,” calling for submissions that reflect on the diverse roles and meanings of ‘youth’ in American culture.
Please find the two calls for papers below. More information can also be found at www.aspeers.com/2016
We would be very grateful if you could point your students to this opportunity to get published early on in their career and to gain experience with the process of publishing academic work. We are certain that you have students you find worthy of submitting something and look forward to seeing contributions from your MA students.
=== General Call for Papers ===
For the general section of its ninth issue, aspeers seeks outstanding academic writing demonstrating the excellence of graduate scholarship,
the range of concerns scrutinized in the field, and the diversity of perspectives employed. We thus explicitly invite revised versions of
term papers or chapters from theses written by students of European Master (and equivalent) programs. For this section, there are no topical
limitations. Contributions should be up to 10,000 words (including abstract and list of works cited). The submission deadline is 18 October
=== Topical Call for Papers on “American Youth” ===
When Theodore Roosevelt spoke of America as a “young giant of the West,” a “nation glorious in youth and strength,” at the Republican National Convention in 1900, he inserted himself into a long rhetorical tradition: Whether in promise or in criticism, identifying ‘youth’ with America and calling the US a nation that is yet to grow up constitutes a well-established trope in discussions of ‘Americanness.’ At the same time, adolescence and youth are core concepts at the heart of American literature and culture, and they are at the center of many contemporary debates. From the ‘American Dream,’ a coming-of-age story of sorts, to debates about the education sector, from moral panics about ‘juvenile
delinquency’ to stories about America’s youngest entrepreneurs, and from Huckleberry Finn to the controversial No Child Left Behind Act, childhood and adolescence are focal lenses in thinking about ‘America,’ inviting at least two complementary perspectives: one in which youth is a trope frequently tied to ‘America’ and one in which youth is a concern with deep cultural resonance in American culture.
For its ninth issue, aspeers thus dedicates the topical section to “American Youth” and invites European graduate students to critically and analytically explore the particular relationship between notions of youth and American culture. With a host of disciplines–ranging from political science and history to medicine, legal studies, literary and cultural studies, economy, and beyond–devoting scholarship to this topic, we welcome papers from the various fields, methodologies, and approaches that comprise American studies as well as inter- and transdisciplinary submissions. Potential paper topics could cover (but are not limited to):
* explorations of the role of youth, childhood, or adolescence in American literature, broadly conceived, including movies, novels, video games, TV shows, graphic novels, or other texts that talk about coming of age
* discussions of the cultural history of childhood, of notions of youth, or of growing up as they intersect with categories of difference such as race, class, or gender
* analyses of the politics of childhood, be they contemporary or historical, and on how these speak of social dynamics within American society* papers that approach youth via its complementary ‘other,’ (old) ageaspeers, the first and currently only graduate-level peer-reviewed journal of European American studies, encourages fellow MA students from all fields to reflect on the diverse meanings of youth for American culture. Please note that the contributions we are looking for might address or go beyond the topical parameters outlined above. We welcome term papers, excerpts from theses, or papers specifically written for the ninth issue of aspeers by 18 October 2015. If you are seeking to publish work beyond this topic, please refer to our general Call for Papers. Please consult our submission guidelines and find some additional tips at www.aspeers.com/2016.
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LEGACIES & LIFESPANS:
CONTEMPORARY WOMEN’S WRITING IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
The deadline is extended to 22 September.
Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words for 20 minute papers by 22 September 2015 via this form<https://docs.google.com/a/nadinemuller.org.uk/forms/d/1pB-nq-mZzEENl-Dy8qN71fOJ9TH8PjmmXWNS1NWSSUs/viewform>.