CFP: English: Shared Futures, Newcastle 5-7 July 2017

The major conference next year across the entire field of English studies (literature, language, creative writing), English: Shared Futures, will be held in Newcastle on 5-7 July, 2017. Although the organisers have had a lot of interest, there is an apparent gap in Early Modern/Renaissance and Shakespeare submissions.

Below is a CFP for the conference, check it out!



Dear Colleague,

You may already be aware of the very large English: Shared Futures conference to be held in Newcastle Civic Centre, 5-7th July, 2017

From the CFP, we have had over 120 panel submissions to date and we are especially encouraging further submissions from scholars of the Renaissance, Victorian and Romantic periods, and all areas of language.

This is the first ever conference for all of English language, literature and creative writing in the UK, and it will celebrate the discipline’s intellectual strength, diversity and creativity, and explore its futures in the nations of the UK and across the world.  We are keen to encourage diverse forms of presentation and scholarly engagement. English: Shared Futures is a pioneering event, which will have a festival feel as well as demonstrating leading research and pedagogy. There will also be a programme of cultural fringe events drawing on the literary strengths of the North-East and the UK more broadly.

The plenary speakers are:

Deborah Cameron on Language and the Problem of Female Authority
Lemn Sissay, poet and Chancellor of the University of Manchester
Hermione Lee, Kathryn Hughes and Andrew Hadfield, a panel on literary biography

Special University English Panel:
Amanda Anderson, Stefan Collini, Chris Newfield, Helen Small

Literary Salon, ‘Their lives in literature and the literature in their lives’:
Elleke Boehmer, Dinah Birch, Bernadine Evaristo, John Mullen, Marina Warner

  • The conference venue is the stunning Newcastle Civic Centre: if you don’t know it, you can find out more about it here: It’s a wonderfully preserved 1967 building with excellent facilities and beautiful, iconic spaces.
  • Learned societies from across the disciplines will run research-based panels and sessions.
  • We are encouraging papers and panels to experiment with new ways of presenting and engaging in conferences.
  • We have a strand on Politics and the Profession, with speakers from inside and outside the university sector, responding to government policy, Brexit and offering ‘horizon-scanning’.
  • We have a strand organised by and for Early Career Academics offering a Career Development Workshop, and sessions on the subjects affecting ECAs’ lives, including the REF for ECAs and PhDs, and roundtables on Careers Beyond Academia.
  • NAWE will host sessions on subjects including the Research Benchmark, CW in Schools, Contemporary Writing in Translation, Ethics in creative life writing and Diversity in publishing.
  • The HEA will be running sessions on the TEF and on the HEA Fellowship, and on approaches to teaching and on mentoring.
  • Major publishers will be attending, as well as many other organisations, small presses and groups invoked in English and Creative Writing.
  • Our salon events will feature leading figures in the literary landscape of Britain, speaking about their lives in literature, and the literature in their lives.

The conference was called and is run by the English Association, University English, and the National Association of Writers in Education with the support of the Institute of English Studies and the Higher Education Academy in order to bring together and strengthen our often fissiparous discipline.

We invite panels and papers on all areas and periods of English literary studies, language studies and creative writing; emerging, new or challenging research; pedagogy; aspects of professionalization; the challenges of funding, government, or institutional agendas to the shape and scope of English in Higher Education. In addition, as 2017 sees Newcastle commemorate Martin Luther King’s visit and the award of an honorary degree in 1967, we also welcome panels which discuss issues around civil rights; anniversaries and centenaries; regionality, migrancy and borders.

We are keen on experimenting with new ways of presenting and engaging in conferences. Each session will last 75 minutes. Your application must include contact details and a brief description of the panel/session’s focus and objectives. It must not exceed 600 words.

Submissions, by attached document or by pdf, to be sent as soon as possible to:

Gail Marshall (Leicester) (University English, co-organiser of E:SF)
Bob Eaglestone (RHUL) (English Association, co-organiser of E:SF)

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