Many thanks to all those who contributed their time, enthusiasm and ideas to making 'Renewals' such a successful conference.
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Conference plenary speakers :
English (Literature, Language, and Creative Writing) is a self-renewing and ever-changing subject. One axis of change derives from interaction with adjacent subjects – drama, philosophy, history, media studies, and so on. Another comes from the shifting relations between teacher scholars and their students. In few subjects do the cultures of teaching and of scholarship have such a potentially transformative reciprocal influence. The object of this Conference is to understand, through the lens of teaching, how English is being, and might be, refigured in higher education.
This second English Subject Centre international conference will address the matter of the discipline through performance, writing, rehearsal, technologies, pedagogy – all the ways in which students and scholars ‘do’ their subject. Sessions will be grouped within the following broad strands or themes:
Given this orientation towards practice, the conference will emphasise structured reflective activity. There will of course be plenary presentations, but the conference will also create a dialogue between presentation and practical ‘hands on’ exploration in smaller groups. Evening readings and performances will complement the daytime programme.
The Conference will begin at lunchtime on Thursday 5 July, and close shortly after midday on Saturday 7 July.