Conferences and seminars

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One of our popular and lively research seminars

Upcoming research seminars

Upcoming conferences

Ruskin the Educator

A one-day international conference at Anglia Ruskin University

Date: Saturday 11 April 2015
Venue: Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT

Fee: £20 (£12 concessions)

Anglia Ruskin University is proud of its long association with the renowned art critic, social theorist and Victorian sage John Ruskin.

Ruskin came to Cambridge to give the inaugural lecture at the Cambridge College of Art in 1858 and his interest in widening participation and in adult education throughout his long life (1819 - 1900) made him the obvious choice to be our 'patron' when the university that evolved from Cambridge College of Art was renamed in 2005.

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Biology and Manners: The Worlds of Lois McMaster Bujold

Date: 20 August 2014
Venue: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge campus

Keynote speaker: Edward James

A one-day multidisciplinary conference on the works of multiple award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer Lois McMaster Bujold.

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BAAL/CUP seminar: Approaches to identity in language

Date: 26 - 27 June 2014
Venue: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge campus

Keynote speakers:
Professor Tope Omoniyi (University of Roehampton) & Morakinyo Ogunmodimu (Tulane University, New Orleans): "Researching identity through Hiphopography and Ethnography: A tale of two methods"
Dr Erez Levon (Queen Mary, University of London): "Stance, voice and the linguistic construction of self"

This two-day seminar will bring together junior and senior researchers working in a wide variety of domains relating to language and identity in order to gain a state-of-the-art overview of current practice and methodologies with the aim of establishing a network of researchers working on identity in language and recruiting contributors for a handbook on methodologies in identity research in language.

Call for Papers now open.

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Myth, Fantasy & Fairy Tales in Literature and the Arts

Date: Saturday 16 November 2013
Venue: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge campus

Across disciplines, there are a multitude of theories addressing concepts of myth, fantasy and fairy tales, each offering specialized readings and enabling a plurality of interpretations. From recreations of Greek myths to retellings of Grimm's fairy tales, fantastical stories are told and retold in various forms.

Myth, Fantasy & Fairy Tales in Literature and the Arts is a one-day cross-disciplinary conference seeking to explore the uses of mythic, fantastic, and fairy elements in literature and the arts (music, theatre, film, dance, photography, painting, sculpture, and interdisciplinary arts).

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The Future of Feminist Narratology

Saturday 12 October 2013
Venue: LAB 005 & LAB 027, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Speakers: Marion Gymnich, Sue Lanser, Kathy Mezei, Ruth Page, Maria Tamboukou and Robyn Warhol

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Fast/Slow Symposium

Fast/Slow: Intensifications of Cinematic Speed

Date: 4-5 April 2013
Venue: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

In recent years, questions of speed have become the focus of keen and often polarised debate across a range of aesthetic, political, and critical contexts. It has become something of a truism to say that we live in a 'go-faster' world defined by the ever-increasing rapidity of the rhythms and cycles of media, technology, and capital. In response, a set of 'slow' cultural practices have emerged - the Slow Food Movement, the Slow Media Manifesto, The Idler Academy, or the recent 'A/V Festival: As Slow as Possible' - which figure slowness as perhaps the emblematic mode of resistance for our time.

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Elizabeth Taylor (1912-1975) Centenary Conference

Date: Saturday 7 July 2012
Venue: Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

A remarkably subtle, witty and sophisticated writer, Elizabeth Taylor is still surprisingly little known although her name appears regularly on lists of underrated writers and two of her novels, Angel and Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, have made successful films.

2012 marks the centenary of Taylor's birth - a timely opportunity for a critical assessment of her significance.The conference will consider the full range of her publications from her first novel At Mrs Lippincote's to her children's book, Mossy Trotter.

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Dickens' Legacy

Dickens' Legacy

Date: Saturday 14 April 2012
Time: 10.00 - 17.30
Venue: Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, UK

A bicentenary celebration of Charles Dickens in the form of a one-day conference.

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Literature and Transhistoricism: a Colloquium

Date: 30 October 2010
Venue: Helmore 251, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, UK

Keynote speaker: Professor Helen Cooper, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge.

The way English is structured as a discipline encourages academics to focus their research on a particular period. Although interdisciplinary approaches are welcomed, research encompassing Chaucer and Shakespeare and Tennyson may be viewed with suspicion. For some critics, "transhistoricist" is a term to use when wishing to discredit scholarly work.

A transhistorical study is less likely to exhibit the same complete expertise in all literary periods as a specialist, historicist apparoach, but at the same time, the historicist critic may overlook the influence of a much earlier text. This oversight may prevent that critic from grasping a work's full siginificance. Similarly, a too narrow focus on a text's immediate social and cultural context may prevent the critic from noticing other patterns of influence.

This colloquium, jointly organised by Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK and Umeå University, Sweden, is a first step towards a reappraisal of the advantages and disadvantages of a transhistoricist approach.

There will be papers presented, but attendees are also invited to take part in a workshop, where the uses of transhistoricism will be discussed. A brief text will be used as a starting point, and this is available on request.

For questions and further information, please contact Professor Sarah Annes Brown. The colloquium is free of charge, but there are a limited number of seats, so attendees are asked to notify Professor Brown in advance.

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New Materialisms and Digital Culture

An International Symposium on Contemporary Arts, Media and Cultural Theory

Date: Monday 21 June 2010
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

The Cultures of the Digital Economy (CoDE) institute in Cambridge brings together academic research, workshops and contemporary dance at their conference 'New Materialisms and Digital Culture - An International Symposium on Contemporary Arts, Media and Cultural Theory'.

Please see the conference page on the CoDE website for more information.
Jean Rhys

Reading Jean Rhys

Date: 8 July 2010
9.00 - 18.45, with wine reception 18.45 - 20.00
King's College, London

A one-day international conference on the work of Jean Rhys jointly organised by Anglia Ruskin University and King's College, London.

The known story of Jean Rhys is of a novelist who achieved recognition in literary circles of the 1920s and 1930s, but was then 'lost' to the public eye and assumed dead, only to be 'found' again shortly before the publication of her most famous work 'Wide Sargasso Sea' (1966). Since her death thirty years ago, Rhys's reputation and influence has grown but there has been no British conference dedicated to her work.

Speakers include: Mary Lou Emery (Iowa), Christina Britzolakis (Warwick), Helen Carr (Goldsmith's), Mary Joannou (Anglia Ruskin University), Andrew Thacker (De Montfort), Lilian Pizzichini ('The Blue Hour'), Tiffany Murray ('Diamond Star Halo') and Carole Angier ('Jean Rhys: Life and Work').

Publishing Futures in the Global Marketplace

Date: 15 May 2010
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

This conference brings into focus contemporary issues faced by the international publishing industry.

Please see the Publishing Futures page for more information.

Occult in Modern and Postmodern Culture

Date: Saturday 14 November 2009
Time: 9.00 - 18.00
Venue: Helmore 201

This conference explored the more recent aspects of the afterlife of the Renaissance Occult.

For more information please see the conference webpage.

Darwin, Tennyson and their Readers: A Bicentenary Celebration, 1809 - 2009

A one-day conference held in Cambridge, Saturday 17 October 2009, 10.00am - 6.00pm.

Please see the Darwin, Tennyson and their Readers Conference page for further details.

Extreme: Visual Representation and the Body

This event comprised the 12-hour durational performance 'Mapping Maternity' and the inaugural symposium of the Representation, Identity and the Body research centre.

Dates: Thursday 25 June 2009 (Performance) / Friday 26 June 2009 (Symposium)
Venue: Covent Garden Drama Studio, Cambridge (Performance) / Recital Hall, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge (Symposium)

More information available on the Music and Performing Arts website.

The New Extremism: Contemporary European Cinema

Date: 24-25 April 2009
Venue: Anglia Ruskin University

Please see the New Extremism Conference page for further details.

Rosamond Lehmann (1901-1990) - a One-day Colloquium in Cambridge

Date: Saturday 25 April 2009
Venue: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Convenors: Professor Mary Joannou, Anglia Ruskin University and Professor Claire Hanson, Southampton University.

Please see the Rosamond Lehmann colloquium page for more information.

SCAENA Conference 2008

Shakespeare and His Contemporaries: Performance and Adaptation

Date: 18-20 July 2008
Venue: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Please see the SCAENA Conference 2008 page for more information.

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