April 2014 Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter
The Department of English Studies plays host to a number of conferences every year, reflecting our diverse interests and research expertise. Conferences that took place in March include:
- Literary Dolls: The Female Textual Body from the 19th Century to Now. Attracted 70 participants and 3 keynote speakers, including Pulitzer-prize-winning novelist, Jane Smiley.
- Literary Criticism and the Fantastic. Organised by the postgraduate Inventions of the Text seminar team, this half-day workshop examined fantasy and science fiction, tying in with the Robot! exhibition at Palace Green Library.
- Modern Literature, Culture, and the Archives of the Secret State. A groundbreaking conference bringing together world experts to discuss the way state propaganda and censorship has influenced literature and culture.
Postgraduates play a key role in co-organising, contributing to, and attending the many conferences that run each year. You can keep track of all forthcoming events and conferences on our Department website.
Spotlight on our research groups
Whilst working on their individual projects, our postgraduates and academic staff also come together in larger research groups. These draw together scholars for conferences, seminars, and teaching.
Our current Departmental research groups include:
- Medieval and Renaissance Studies
- Romantic Dialogues and Legacies
- Modernist Studies
- Modern Cultures, Conflicts, States
Postgraduates are very welcome to engage in the various events and activities organised under the umbrella of these groups.
In addition to research groups within the Department, you can also become involved with interdisciplinary networks across the University, such as the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies,Institute of Advanced Study, and Centre for Medical Humanities.
The revelations of Edward Snowden may have hit the headlines recently, but Dr James Smithhas been delving into the archives to discover how the state influenced literature throughout the twentieth century.
His recent book, British Writers and MI5 Surveillance, 1930-1960, examines how leading figures in Britain’s literary scene fell under MI5 and Special Branch surveillance. Surprisingly, many writers were willing participants in the world of covert intelligence and propaganda.
Dr Smith has helped to establish a new research group into Modern Cultures, Conflicts, States, highlighting the Department's research strength in this unique but important area.
International student support
If you are an international student, you may want to take a look at the University's dedicated web pages, which have lots of advice to help you to plan your arrival and settle into a new country and university.
Withdrawing your application
If you no longer plan to come to Durham this October, we would be grateful if you could contact Marie Caygill (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know.