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Department of English Studies

Events

We host a large number of conferences, lectures and seminars each year, many of them open to the public. Subscribe to our monthly North East Literature Events newsletter and we'll keep you posted. If you are a staff member or student and want to publicise your event, contact alistair.brown@durham.ac.uk.

Wednesday 15 August 2018

“The Beginning of Sound Film -The End of Literary Modernism?” and “The Rise of Populism and a Call for the New Sincerity in Contemporary Fiction”

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, Lara Ehrenfried and Arya Aryan

The first pair of talks in our series of Late Summer Lectures will look at how literature reflects trends and developments in wider culture and politics, focusing on modern and contemporary writers. Free and open to the public.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 22 August 2018

Sacred Symbols, Snake-Women and Sisterhood: Crafting Power in Medieval Origin Stories

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, Alexandra Claridge, Olivia Colquitt and Madelaine Smart

The second Late Summer Lecture takes us back to look at three stories from the medieval period. Free and open to the public.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 29 August 2018

'Remembrance, but to what end?: Registers of petition in the holograph manuscripts of Thomas Hoccleve' and '(S)he’s just not that into you: Resistance and Persistence in Medieval Romance Literature'

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, Laurie Atkinson and Hannah Piercy

Remembrance and lost love. These are two of the themes to be found in the medieval literature explored in this pair of talks from our Late Summer Lecture series. Free and open to the public.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Monday 3 September 2018

Symposium of Sound ‘The rest is silence’

9:00am to 5:00pm, Durham University

A two-day conference supported by Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership, that looks at 'sound' from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Contact symposiumofsound2018@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Tuesday 4 September 2018

Symposium of Sound ‘The rest is silence’

9:00am to 5:00pm, Durham University

A two-day conference supported by Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership, that looks at 'sound' from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Contact symposiumofsound2018@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 5 September 2018

“Literary Ghosts: The death of Robert Greene and the Birth of Satirical Pamphleteering” and “Fire stopped play: Shakespeare, Henry VIII, and the day the Globe burned down”

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, Rebecca Hasler and Laura Jayne Wright

Is death and destruction an ending, or a chance for a new beginning? These two talks in our Late Summer Lecture series will answer this question in relation to the writers William Shakespeare and Robert Greene. Free and open to the public.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 12 September 2018

The Stream of Consciousness in the Works of William Wordsworth and James Joyce

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, Adam James Cuthbert

William Wordsworth and James Joyce are not literary names who are generally thought of together, but this Late Summer Lecture will show how they are connected through their representation of consciousness. Free and open to the public.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Friday 14 September 2018

Elegy: New Approaches

9:00am to 5:00pm

The elegy may be a traditional form of poetry, but it is also one that has evolved and continues to change through time. This one-day conference, with keynote Professor Stephen Regan, will reflect on the current state of research.

Contact elegy2018@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Monday 17 September 2018

Personification Across Disciplines: An Interdisciplinary Conference

This two-day conference organised by Hearing the Voice will explore personifying dynamics and experiences through a variety of disciplines, methods and perspectives.

Contact marco.bernini@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 18 September 2018

Personification Across Disciplines: An Interdisciplinary Conference

This two-day conference organised by Hearing the Voice will explore personifying dynamics and experiences through a variety of disciplines, methods and perspectives.

Contact marco.bernini@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 19 September 2018

Personification Across Disciplines: An Interdisciplinary Conference

This two-day conference organised by Hearing the Voice will explore personifying dynamics and experiences through a variety of disciplines, methods and perspectives.

Contact marco.bernini@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Ab origine mundi/ ad mea…tempora: Beginnings and Endings in Ovid’s Metamorphoses

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, Simona Martorana

The influences of Ovid's Metamorphoses can be found throughout later Western literature. This Late Summer Lecture will take us back to the original poem, at the end of which Ovid remarkably suggests his work is bound to last forever. Free and open to the public.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 26 September 2018

'Victims in a Vacuum': Inscribing Identities in Childhood and Deathbed Scenes

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, Oliver Hancock and Morven Cook

The Victorians were fond of rather mawkish depictions of the angelic child and deathbed scenes. Not surprisingly, later writers have rebelled against these visions, as this next Late Summer Lecture will demonstrate. Free and open to the public.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 3 October 2018

Behind Gilded Walls: Tales of wonder, the Gothic, and Islamic Mythology in Contemporary Literature

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, Meriem Rayen Lamara

Our final Late Summer Lecture crosses cultures to explore the how Islamic mythology is used by contemporary Muslim authors to appeal to Muslim and non-Muslim readers alike. Free and open to the public.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Thursday 11 October 2018

Literary Birds

9:00am to 5:00pm, Durham Castle

‘Literary Birds’ celebrates avian literary encounters in their myriad manifestations. The keynote speaker will be Professor Simon Armitage.

Contact literarybirdsconference@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Friday 12 October 2018

Literary Birds

9:00am to 5:00pm, Durham Castle

‘Literary Birds’ celebrates avian literary encounters in their myriad manifestations. The keynote speaker will be Professor Simon Armitage.

Contact literarybirdsconference@gmail.com for more information about this event.


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