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April 24, 2008

English Department Postgraduate Symposium

Fourth Annual Postgraduate Symposium

Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies

Thursday 8th May 2008

CAPITAL Centre Rehearsal Room

from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All academic staff, graduate and postgraduate students of the department are invited to attend the Fourth Annual Postgraduate Symposium.

This is a one-day conference at which postgraduates will present papers based on their current research. There will be morning and afternoon sessions, and papers will be organised into panels according to research areas.

All welcome

There is no registration fee.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

For more information please contact any member of the organising committee:

Adam Putz: A.Putz@warwick.ac.uk

Charlotte Mathieson: C.E.Mathieson@warwick.ac.uk

John West: J.P.West@warwick.ac.uk

Provisional schedule to follow soon.


April 10, 2008

Women Writing Space Conference

Women Writing Space: Representations of Gender and Space in post-1850 British Women's Writing

A one-day graduate conference at the University of Warwick
Saturday 7th March 2009

In the second half of the 20th century space has become a reference point of cultural debates. Feminist critics have been particularly receptive to the new findings in this field, and set out to explore the specificity of the relationship between gendered subjects and the spaces they inhabit.

This conference invites papers from a range of disciplines, reflecting the scope of contemporary feminist interest in spatial configurations. Whilst the theoretical scope of the conference is broad, the central issue of “how British women writers represent space” will remain the focus of the day, considering questions such as, how do women writers construct literary space? What types of spaces/places are represented in works by women? How are received notions of space/place interpreted, accepted, or contested? How do we theorise the textual spaces in women’s writing?

We welcome papers covering British women’s writing over a period ranging from the mid-19th century to the present. This choice conveys our intuition that the contemporary interest in space may be traced back to the Victorian age, when industrialization, and the rapid changes in landscape and workplace it involved, considerably developed the writers’ spatial awareness. Without losing sense of the specificity of the historical periods involved, this conference will therefore provide the site for a productive comparative perspective.

Papers will be focused around themes such as: definitions of the ‘public sphere’ and their subversions; enclosed places/spaces of confinement; “Woman and the City”; feminist dystopias/utopias; bodies in space/sexuality and space; borders and boundaries, liminality; theorising textual spaces through women’s writing; the (in)visibility of women’s position on social/cultural/ethnic maps.

The Conference is sponsored through the award of a Humanities Reseach Centre Doctoral Fellowship, and jointly organised by myself and Arina Lungu

A Call for Papers will be posted soon. Check the conference websitefor updates and further information.


April 02, 2008

busy busy

This blog has been a bit quiet of late; term 2 was crazily busy, and the Easter holidays have brought a much-needed quiet patch, along with a big pile of work. PhD-wise, I'm re-writing my first chapter which I need to have done by the end of the holidays- eek! Otherwise, I have a variety of other activities that I should be preparing for:

- preparing a paper for the Aberdeen Conference in July;

- preparing a first draft of this paper to present at the Arts Faculty Graduate Seminar Series in week 2 (Monday 6.30pm, Graduate Space- please come if you're interested!);

- organising the English Department's 4th Annual Postgraduate Symposiumand hopefully preparing something to present; taught postgraduates from the English department, as well as PGs in other departments (Arts Faculty) are also welcome to attend- we will have a programme up nearer the time, given the cross-disciplinary nature of PhD work it's likely that topics will be of interest across the Faculty.

- beginning to organise my first conference, "Women Writing Space: Representations of Gender and Space in post-1850 British Women's Writing". This will be taking place on 7th March 2009 and is being funded by the Humanities Research Centre Doctoral Fellowship Competition. Keynote speakers will soon be confirmed, and a call for papers going out early next term.

- I am trying to edit my MA dissertation for potential publication but it's been proving quite time-consuming and I need to stay more focused on the chapter re-write at the moment. I think it will ultimately be three separate articles based on each of the three core chapters, centring on the topic "The Re-mythologising Body in Angela Carter's The Passion of New Eve."

- I've been to quite a few training courses at the Graduate School but really need to find time to put these into practice- EndNote Web gives me headaches, I just can't get it right! And practising Speed Reading every day is something I need to get into the habit of using if I'm going to do it properly.

- I audited an MA course, Travel, Literature and Anglo-Empires last term which was really fascinating and an enjoyable supplement to PhD writing, so I'm hoping to get something up here about that at some point.

- Next term is conference crazy! I'm hoping to attend Travel and Travail at Cambridge, 26th-27th April; Street Life: Victorian Culture at the Crossroads in London, 9th May; Fashioning Gender at Warwick, 10th May; Cross-Gendered Voices again at Warwick, 31st May; and finally, A Woman's Place: Locating the Feminine in Modern and Contemporary Culture in Newcastle, 20th June.

I'm exhausted just looking at all of that. So I should really stop blogging and get back to it, but that's why things might be a little quiet on here for a while!


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