The Graduate Conference is an annual event for all MA/MRes/MPhil/PhD students in the Department of English Literature.
The conference is organised by a graduate student committee who are in charge of curating the theme and call for papers, putting together the programme, and managing a small budget to cater the event. The conference is attended by staff and students. The conference is a great opportunity for students to present their work, learn about one another’s research, and develop skills in team work, events organising, and public speaking.
Venue : Arts Building, University of Birmingham
9:30 - 10:00 Registration and Welcome
10:00 - 10:45 Dr. Jarad Zimbler (University of Birmingham) speaking on J. M. Coetzee
10:30 - 11:00 Tea and coffee
11:00 - 12:30 Panel 1 - Early Modern Literature and Conflict
William Green - Critiquing Religious Conflicts: John Fletcher, Henry VIII and The Island Princess
Molly Bridges - “Madness in Masquerade:” The Proximity of Creativity and Madness in Early Modern Literature
Annie Dickinson – John Marston and Poetic Satire
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:15 Guest Speaker Dr. Natasha Alden (University of Aberystwyth) speaking on Ian McEwan’s Atonement
14:15 - 15:15 Panel 2 – Contemporary/Modern Literature and Conflict
Jerome Wynter - What have the 1848-49 Revolutions in Europe and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Casa Guidi Windows and Poems before Congress to do with Postcolonialism?
Sarah Chatterley – speaking on George Orwell, Forster and Cary: Colonialism, Imperialism (?)
15:15 - 15:45 Coffee/Tea Break
15:45 - 17:15 Panel 3 – Early Modern Literature and Conflict
Judith Roads - 'Language and conflict in early Quaker writings: a corpus-based enquiry'
Lucy Rowland – Mapmindedness and Conflicting Worldviews: Landscape and Space in Three Shakespeare Plays
Elizabeth Cook – Shakespeare/Milton’s Paradise Lost (?)
17:15 - 18:00 Guest Speaker Dr. Rebecca Yearling from Keele University: 'Getting caught up in the action': Violent Spectacle and the Theatre Audience in Early Modern Drama
18:00 - 19:00 Wine Reception