Building Bridges 2018

Booking is now open for our free event for teachers of History, English Language, Literature and Creative Writing at our City Campus East on the 20th of June.

We will discuss recent curriculum changes, explore ways for school and university students and teachers to work together, and offer and discuss resources for teachers to use in delivering content at Key Stages 4 and 5.

There is further information and booking form here:

https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/humanities/study/building-bridges—humanities-conference/

Book early to make sure you don’t miss out!

 

From Shakespeare’s Stage to the Digital Page: Why Study English Literature at Degree Level?

Katy Shaw, our Professor of Contemporary Writings, has written an article for the UK English Media Centre about the many reasons why an English Literature degree is a great choice for for graduates of the future. Read it here:

https://www.englishandmedia.co.uk/blog/from-shakespeares-stage-to-the-digital-page-why-study-english-literature

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Hauntology

There are many excited readers this week as they have been receiving their pre-order copies of Hauntology, the new book by our colleague Professor Katy Shaw

Katy is Professor of English Literature at Northumbria and a leading figure in work on 21st century writing, working class literature, representations of post-industrial regeneration, and the languages of comedy.

As its subtitle says, this book explores ‘the presence of the past in contemporary literature’. We can’t wait to see what it says about the work of Simon Armitage, Jez Butterworth, Zadie Smith, David Peace and others.

The book is dedicated to Mark Fisher, a key name in work on hauntology and other areas of criticism.

 

 

 

Bodyworks: a conference on corporeal representation

Here is information on a fascinating conference taking place at Northumbria today.

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BodyWorks: A Conference on Corporeal Representation at the University of Northumbriabodyworks

Date of Event
3rd May 2018
Last Booking Date for this Event
3rd May 2018
Description
A one day conference with a keynote lecture by Professor Lisa Blackman. Aimed primarily at postgraduates (Masters, PhDs, early career Postdocs) but open to anyone who is interested in affect studies, feminist and queer theory, body studies and emotion studies.

Professor Lisa Blackman from Goldsmith’s University is one of the most prominent scholars in the fields of body studies, affect studies and post-humanism at the moment. Professor Blackman’s work intersects body studies with media and cultural theory. She has written extensively on subjectivity, affect, the body and embodiment, including her most recent monograph Immaterial Bodies: Affect, Embodiment, Mediation (2012).

BodyWorks takes an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to representations of bodies, embodiment and sensory experience across literature and culture. In doing so, we welcome responses from a range of disciplines, including cultural studies, literary studies, philosophy, arts, history, education, media, social sciences and medical humanities. Through this breadth of intellectual inquiry, the event aims to draw together a range of approaches and methodologies for exploring various facets of the contemporary shift towards studies of the body and emotions in the humanities.

Date – 3rd May 2018

Times – 8.30am (registration) until 6.15pm. (There will also be the option of attending a conference dinner at 7pm, for which there will be an additional charge).

Location – Northumbria University, Ellison Building, Block E.

Email address for enquiries –  bodyworks.nu@gmail.com

Cost – £10

For a campus map, please click here:

https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/media/738539/citycampus_map.pdf

English Colleagues in The Conversation

We’ve had several pieces by colleagues in English in The Conversation over the years. Here are three recent examples.

Sarah Duffy’s piece on how our minds construct time appeared in January

Katy Shaw argued against Will Self’s views on the future of the novel in March

Most recently, Billy Clark, Sarah Duffy and Graham Hall wrote a piece on how to talk about politics with your family

Billy appeared on CJAD 800 in Montreal yesterday to talk about the ideas in the piece he wrote with Sarah and Graham.

All of these pieces relate to ideas we discuss in classroom work and in our own research.

We’d be happy to join in further conversations on these here or elsewhere!

 

 

 

Writers and Intellectuals on Britain and Europe, 1918-2018

We are very much looking forward to this international conference which will be hosted by Northumbria University on the 1st and 2nd of November 2018.

The conference will bring together creative writers and researcher in literary and cultural studies with an interest in Britain and Europe to explore questions about Britain’s relationship with Europe and the place of writers and intellectuals in defining it.

There is already an impressive list of confirmed speakers:

  • Professor Tanja BUELTMANN (Northumbria University)
  • Dr Katie COOPER (University of East Anglia)
  • Professor Robert EAGLESTONE (Royal Holloway, University of London), editor of Brexit and Literature: Critical and Cultural Responses(2018)
  • Professor Ina HABERMANN (Universität Basel)
  • Professor Jason HARDING (University of Durham)
  • Professor Barbara KORTE (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
  • Professor Christian MAIR (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
  • Professor Gill PLAIN (University of St Andrews)
  • Dr Petra RAU (University of East Anglia)
  • Dr Laura LOJO RODRIGUEZ (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)
  • Dr Fiona SHAW (Northumbria University), author of young-adult ‘BrexLit’ novel Outwalkers(2018)

You can find the call for papers and further information here:

https://europeanconversations.com/call-for-papers/