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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 

#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. 

#PotW Music Literature, Historiography and Aesthetics


shutterstock_101040352Though the relationship between music and words has occupied a prominent position in philosophical and aesthetic discourse on the arts since antiquity, the historiography of this relationship have received far less attention, and the broad area of ‘words about music’ or music literature generally, remains understudied. Significant recent scholarship however, has signalled the emerging importance of this area of study, and the conference aims to provide a forum for consolidated interdisciplinary discussion in this area, and to highlight and focus its innovative methodological potential that can be applied more broadly within musicology and literary and historical studies.

Convened by:

Dr Paul Watt (Monash University)

Dr Sarah Collins (University of New South Wales)

Dr Michael Allis (University of Leeds)

Find out more on the Institute of Musical Research event pages 

Venue: Senate House (various rooms)

Date: 17 July -18 July

Register here

#PotW – Non-traditional Slaveholding in the Atlantic World 11-12 July



Old illustration of slaves in Unyamwezi region, Tanzania. 1864.

Studies of slaveholding in the Atlantic World traditionally imagine a particular type of slave holder – a wealthy landowning white man who has extensive political and cultural power, his status in the community defined by or at least enhanced by his slaveholding. He has a set of attitudes towards his slaves and their economic and cultural work that he shares with others of his class. This conference sets out to challenge these preconceptions by bringing together scholars working on different regions of the Atlantic world to discuss a hitherto neglected area of the study of African American slavery: non-traditional slaveholding.

Convenor: Dr Catherine Armstrong, Manchester Metropolitan University

Conference Organisers:
Lawrence Aje (University of Montpellier)
Catherine Armstrong (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Lydia Plath (Canterbury Christ Church University).

Find out more on the  Institute of Latin American Studies website

Full programme

Date and time: 11-12 July 2014
Venue: Room G22/26 (Ground Floor), Senate House, London WC1E 7HU
Register here.

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