Founded in 2015, the Centre for Contemporary Literature and Culture provides a home for staff and students working on late twentieth to early twenty-first-century literature, film, TV, theory, and popular culture. Based at the University of Birmingham, CCLC regularly hosts visiting speakers, public lectures, conferences and symposia, as well as reading groups, workshops, and other public events
Our understanding of ‘literature’ and ‘culture’ is expansive and inclusive and our central aims are to develop critical methods that facilitate productive encounters with contemporary literature, culture, and the city around us. We therefore welcome inquiries about collaboration on future projects and events, particularly from other institutions, local writers, artists, and activists, as well as non-academic organisations.
Current research undertaken by centre members include: the state sponsorship of British literature, quietness and noise in contemporary American culture, Islamophobia and anti-Muslim prejudice in the novel, the role of affect in contemporary reading practices, forms of self-representation online, and the politics of resource scarcity in contemporary world literature.
2018-19 is our fourth year of activity and our strategy is to build on the local connections established in previous years. We aim to:
- Represent the vibrant and diverse research conducted on contemporary literatures and cultures across EDACS
- Develop further connections with local artists and venues, increasingly taking our events beyond the university campus
- Showcase and share new projects and intellectual work within the School while also developing skills and meeting the training needs of members
- Extend further support for PGRs and ECRs, providing the opportunity to develop and present their research through seminar slots, workshops, and peer review
- Work with other research centres (both internal and external), using members’ existing networks to connect cross-institutionally
- Cultivate research excellence in line with the aspirations of the Department of English Literature.