The English Department is pleased to announce that its annual graduate conference is to be held on Friday 14 June.
We welcome proposals from Masters students, PhD students and recent graduates working on all periods on the theme of synaesthesia. What is the relationship between literature and the senses? And what kinds of unorthodox sensory experience can texts yield? How does written and oral language render or disturb the categories of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch? And how do material texts become stimuli for synaesthetic experiences through their interaction with the physical bodies of writers and readers? In what ways does the process of reading engage bodily faculties as well as mental ones? How does the body perceive and apprehend a literary work?
Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
The haptic and theories of affect
The medical humanities
Mystic or ecstatic experience
Musicality and poetic rhythm
Technology and posthumanism
We are excited to have two brilliant keynote speakers: Professor Catherine Maxwell (QMUL) and Dr Sophie Read (Christ’s College, Cambridge).
Papers must be no longer than 20 minutes. Please send an abstract of 200-300 words along with a title and short biography to email@example.com by 5 April.