The School regularly hosts and co-hosts international English conferences, in addition to attracting visiting speakers to the university. The following are some of the conferences organised by staff:

Archive (old), University of Lincoln, 14-17 July 2014.

Following the success of our 2012 What Happens Now conference, this  international conference conference aims to identify new patterns and trends in contemporary writing. It is recognised for its contribution to the canon formation process, through which innovative writers and dramatists of the new millennium are discovered and discussed. Keynote speakers at the conference were internationally renowned scholars Professor Derek Attridge (University of York), Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London), Dr Imogen Tyler (University of Lancaster) and Dr Colette Conroy (University of Hull).

‌Rethinking Early Photography, University of Lincoln, 16 & 17 June, 2013

Historians, curators and photographic practitioners have begun to re-examine older forms of photography, yet many cultural studies of nineteenth-century photography have been overly reliant upon twentieth-century theoretical constructions. 

This multidisciplinary conference will move away from these models, exploring issues such as early photographic 'authorship' traditional technological narratives and the ideologies of photographic realism. 


Keynote Speakers: 

Professor Kate Flint (University of Southern California)
Professor Lindsay Smith (The Sussex Centre for the Visual, University of Sussex)
Dr. Kelley Wilder (Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University)

Court and Spark: An international symposium on the work of Joni Mitchell, University of Lincoln, 3 July 2015.

Joni Mitchell is widely recognised as an innovative, influential, much-loved and much-imitated artist. From her debut album Song to a Seagull to her most recent Shine, Mitchell’s music: her tunings, her lyrics, her scope has drawn critical and popular acclaim. And yet, scholarly attention to her work has been relatively limited. This symposium will attend to Mitchell as a figure worthy of sustained critical thought and appreciation.

Please see the link below for the call for papers and more information:

Telefantasy and Society, University of Lincoln, 6 May, 2015.

The role of science fiction as reflection and as critique of society is well documented in the areas of literature and film, and an increasing body of analysis indicates that this may be particularly true in the case of televised science fiction and fantasy, which has the power to reach a more diverse audience. Through a consideration of classic and contemporary telefantasy series, including but not limited to Doctor Who, Blake's 7, The Prisoner and Battlestar Galactica, we shall examine the ways in which such programmes not only reflect contemporary political and cultural discourses, but also reveal and explore unspoken social tensions. In doing so, these programmes contribute tacitly to social change, in both positive and negative ways.

Full day tickets available for £45 ( Student rate £25 ) ( includes lunch and refreshments ) from

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