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#PotW Language, Culture and Society in Russian/English Studies: 5th Conference 5-6 August


HerbelsteinOrganised and sponsored by the Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Linguistics and The Journal of Philology. The conference is devoted to the development of English and Russian studies, lexicography, sociolinguistics, English teaching in Russia, and the History of the Book.






The Organising Committee welcomes presentations for the following research fields:

  • English and Russian Studies (Lexicography, English Studies, Russia Studies)
  • Theoretical Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • English and Russian Literature
  • Language Teaching
  • Medieval Studies
  • The History of the Book: Past and Present
  • Society Studies

Venue: Senate House, Institute of English Studies

Date and time:  5-6 August (10:00 – 18:45)

For more information visit the Institute of English Studies website

The draft programme can be viewed here

Click here for online registration 

A Day in the Life of a Journal Editor – A Postgraduate Perspective


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Ronan Cormacain

It is hard to define what a typical day in the life of magazine, newspaper or journal editor is like. Here, after a year with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Student Law Review, Ronan Cormacain gives his views. 

My name is Ronan Cormacain and I am the Editor in Chief of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Student Law Review. The Review is an open-access peer-reviewed law journal run by PhD legal research students, which publishes articles written by students, academics and practitioners. It was established in 2013 and we are currently editing materials for our third issue – a special issue on reforming the law on mandatory reporting of child abuse.

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#PotW Literary London annual lecture 23 July


LitLonLogo(1)Bernardine Evaristo: ‘London, Londinium, Londolo: The Endless Possibilities of Re-Imagining London’

My fiction, verse fiction and poetry are strongly rooted in various imaginings of London, from the pre-historical settlement of early man in my poem, Routes, to the escapades of a black Roman girl living it up in Londinium in my verse novel, The Emperor’s Babe. In the parallel universe of my novel, Blonde Roots, London becomes the African city of Londolo; the semi-autobiographical verse novel Lara,spans 150 years of my family’s migrations; in Hello Mum, London is seen through the eyes of a fourteen year old boy living on a housing estate; and Mr Loverman, is the story of a 74 year old black gay man who has lived in the city for fifty years. This talk will dig deep into the city as source of inspiration with illustrative readings from the books.

Award-winning author Bernardine Evaristo’s seven books of fiction and verse fiction include Mr Loverman (Penguin 2013), Lara (Bloodaxe 2009), Blonde Roots (Penguin 2008) and The Emperor’s Babe (Penguin 2001). Two of her novels have been adapted into BBC R4 plays since 2012.  She is a literary critic, editor, writer for radio and has judged many literary prizes. She is Reader in Creative Writing at Brunel University, London and teaches the UEA-Guardian How to Tell a Story course. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and the Royal Society of Arts, and she was made an MBE in 2009. 

Venue: Senate House

Date and time: 23 July 2014, 18:15 – 19:30

Find out more on the Institute of English Studies website

Lecture attendance free.  For more information on the Literacy London full conference click here. 

Hail fellow well met! Frédérique Woerther shares her experiences


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Frédérique Woerther

Every year the School of Advanced Study (SAS) welcomes more than 800 research fellows and associates, this year Frédérique Woerther, an international expert in ancient Greek rhetorical theories and their Medieval Arabic interpretations, was one of them.

By Frédérique Woerther

The visiting fellowship and the chance to spend a month at the School of Advanced Study’s Warburg Institute, represented many opportunities for me. Not only would I meet with colleagues from universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick, Leeds and University College London, and to present my work to specialists in my field – Ancient Greek Rhetorical theories; Arabic commentaries on Aristotle – it meant being able to exchange ideas with, and receive criticism from some of the best academics in the world who reside and work in Great Britain. Continue reading →

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