The Centre for Contemporary Literature and Culture brings together scholars at the University of Birmingham with an interest in how the literary and related arts are produced and experienced in the late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries.

Contemporary Studies Network (2016 - present)

Contemporary Studies Network (CSN) provides a platform for discussion of emerging research and supports networking amongst scholars with an interest in contemporary literature, culture, politics, and critical theory, who are based in the Midlands and North of the United Kingdom. Organised by Dr Rachel Sykes (University of Birmingham), Dr Diletta De Cristofaro (University of Birmingham), and Dr Arin Keeble (Edinburgh Napier), CSN hold bi-monthly reading group sessions  and regular public engagement events  throughout the year.

Ambient Literature

Ambient Literature is a two-year collaboration between the University of West England, Bath Spa University, the University of Birmingham (Dr Matt Hayler, CO-I), and development partners Calvium Ltd. established to investigate the locational and technological future of the book. Funded through a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the project is focused on the study of emergent forms of literature that make use of novel technologies and social practices in order to create robust and evocative experiences for readers.

Graphic Reading

Dr Angus Connell Brown (University of Birmingham) and Dr Charlotta Salmi (Queen Mary University of London) secured funding from the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy to host a one-day symposium for early career researchers and postgraduate students to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to questions of reading in film, graphic novels, digital media, and world literature. Graphic Reading (2017) took place on Friday 19 May, 2017.

Queer and Now (2017-Present)

Dr Angus Connell Brown (University of Birmingham) convenes “Queer and Now” a reading group that meets each term to discuss new developments in queer theory and gender studies.