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10 July 2018 - 12 July 2018

British Association of Contemporary Literary Studies Biennial Conference

About this event

Featuring 140 researchers from national and international universities, What Happens Now is the inaugural conference of The British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies (BACLS) and will take place in the School from 10 to 12 July.

The conference will include three plenary sessions, one of which will be Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey in conversation with Dr Kaye Mitchell (University of Manchester). Baroness Young was the chair of the 2017 Man Booker prize for literature, won by George Saunders for Lincoln in the Bardo, and DrMitchell interviewed Saunders on his recent book tour. Drs Young and Mitchell will discuss the Man Booker, prize culture’s impact on contemporary literature, and the challenges and opportunities for contemporary literature and its publishers in the current cultural climate.

Baroness Young is joined by keynote speakers Dr Sandeep Parmar (University of Liverpool), who will present ‘Still not a British subject: Race and UK Poetry’ and Professor Alison Phipps (University of Sussex), presenting ‘MeToo, but he’s worth more than you: markets, harassment and violence’.

For further details, please contact Dr Jennifer Cooke.

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