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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 23 August 2017

Alfred the Great through History

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, David Barrow

The story of King Alfred has been told through the ages, often with dubious basis in historical fact. Separate the facts from the fiction surrounding one of Britain's founding monarchs in this free public talk. Part of our Late Summer Lectures Series.

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


Wednesday 30 August 2017

When Masters Became Tragic Heroes

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Iman Sheeha

When playwrights around the end of the sixteenth century brought ordinary rather than noble characters to the stage, it changed the face of theatre. Explore the significance of domestic tragedy in this free public talk. Part of our Late Summer Lectures Series.

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


Wednesday 6 September 2017

Tics in the Theatre: The 'Quiet Audience' and the Neurodivergent Spectator

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Hannah Simpson

A free public lecture that reflects on how the etiquette of watching theatre in silence may create barriers for some audiences. Part of our Late Summer Lectures Series.

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


Friday 8 September 2017

Neo-Victorian Decadences

9:00am to 5:00pm, St John's College

This two-day academic conference aims to refocus Neo-Victorian studies by considering reinterpretations and representations of nineteenth-century decadence in works from the Interwar period to the present day.

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


Saturday 9 September 2017

Neo-Victorian Decadences

9:00am to 5:00pm, St John's College

This two-day academic conference aims to refocus Neo-Victorian studies by considering reinterpretations and representations of nineteenth-century decadence in works from the Interwar period to the present day.

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


Wednesday 13 September 2017

Changing Entertainment: The Magic Lantern and the Nineteenth Century

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Phillip Roberts

Experience an original (working) 1821 Phantasmagoria Lantern, and discover how this device transformed entertainment in the nineteenth century. Part of our Late Summer Lectures Series.

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


Wednesday 20 September 2017

Life, Death and the Victorians

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Claire Horton and Asha Hornsby

Join a panel of speakers to discover how developments in Victorian science influenced novel writing. Part of our Late Summer Lectures Series.

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


Wednesday 27 September 2017

Apocalypse or Utopia: What Comes Next

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, David Cross-Kane and Sarah Lohmann

What can fiction tell us about where our planet and civilisation is heading? Discuss with a panel of speakers at this free public event. Part of our Late Summer Lectures Series.

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


Wednesday 4 October 2017

A Sea-Change: Contemporary Poetry and the Coastline

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Philip Jones and Sarah Hymas

The sea is a constantly shifting force - and a powerful inspiration for the movements of poetry. Follow the (shore)lines with our two panellists at this free public event. Part of our Late Summer Lectures Series.

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


Tuesday 10 October 2017

Writing to the Moment: Walpole’s Letters

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside 141, Stephen Regan (Durham University)

A free public lecture, as part of the series Horace Walpole and his Legacies: Tercentenary Lectures.

Contact fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 17 October 2017

Walpole as Designer

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside Room 141, Peter N. Lindfield (University of Stirling)

A free public lecture, as part of the series Horace Walpole and his Legacies: Tercentenary Lectures.

Contact fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 24 October 2017

Composers of Architecture: Walpole and Beckford

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside Room 141, Marion Harney (University of Bath)

A free public lecture, as part of the series Horace Walpole and his Legacies: Tercentenary Lectures.

Contact fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 31 October 2017

Creativity and Collaboration: The Case of The Mysterious Mother

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside 141, Dale Townshend (Manchester Metropolitan University)

A free public lecture, as part of the series Horace Walpole and his Legacies: Tercentenary Lectures.

Contact fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 7 November 2017

Walpole, Catholicism, and the Visual Arts

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside 141, Clare Haynes (University of East Anglia)

A free public lecture, as part of the series Horace Walpole and his Legacies: Tercentenary Lectures.

Contact fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 14 November 2017

Greenth

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside 141, Stephen Bending (University of Southampton)

A free public lecture, as part of the series Horace Walpole and his Legacies: Tercentenary Lectures.

Contact fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 21 November 2017

Walpole, Burney, and the Tragedy of Incest

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside 141, Gillian Skinner (Durham University)

A free public lecture, as part of the series Horace Walpole and his Legacies: Tercentenary Lectures.

Contact fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 25 November 2017

The Dance of Death

Lost Voices from the North-East

3:30pm to 4:30pm, Concert Hall, Palace Green

Listen in to echoes from the past, when All Hallows’ Eve struck fear in people’s souls! With Hector Sequera, Barbara Ravelhofer, musicians, singers, a Dragon, and a Wild Horse.

Contact barbara.ravelhofer@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 28 November 2017

Walpole and the Province of the Odd

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside 141, Tom Duggett (Xi’an Jiaotong–Liverpool University)

A free public lecture, as part of the series Horace Walpole and his Legacies: Tercentenary Lectures.

Contact fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 5 December 2017

Walpole’s Dimunitions

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside 141, Fiona Robertson (Durham University)

A free public lecture, as part of the series Horace Walpole and his Legacies: Tercentenary Lectures.

Contact fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 12 December 2017

Monstrum: Walpole and Genre

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside 141, Fred Botting (Kingston University)

A free public lecture, as part of the series Horace Walpole and his Legacies: Tercentenary Lectures.

Contact fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


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