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First held in 2002, the Literary London conference was held at a different venue each year until 2009. In 2010, we moved to a permanent venue at the Institute of English Studies, University of London. Programmes of previous conferences are accessible below.

2013 Conference Programme

2012 Conference Programme

2011 Conference Programme

2010 Conference Programme

2009 Conference Programme (QMUL)

2008 Conference Programme (Brunel)

2007 Conference Programme (Westminster)

2006 Conference Programme (Greenwich)

2005 Conference Programme (Kingston)

2004 Conference Programme (IES)

2003 Conference Programme (Goldsmiths)

2002 Conference Programme (Goldsmiths)

  Literary London 23–25 July 2014

Plenary Speakers: Bernardine Evaristo (Brunel), Mark Ford (UCL), Lynne Segal (Birkbeck), and David Skilton (Cardiff).

The Draft Conference Programme is now available (PDF. Please note, this early draft is still subject to change.)

The annual conference of the Literary London Society hears papers, comprised panels, and roundtables that consider every period and genre of literature about, set in, inspired by, or alluding to central and suburban London and its environs, from the city's roots in pre-Roman times to its imagined futures.

The main focus of the conference is literary text and representation, but we actively encourage interdisciplinary contributions relating film, architecture, geography, theories of urban space, etc., to literary representations of London. Papers from postgraduate students are particularly welcome for consideration.

While papers on all areas of literary London are welcomed, the conference theme in 2014 is 'Ages of London'. Topics that are addressed are:

  • London life writing: diaries, auto/biographies, memoirs
  • Institutionalised memory: museums, memorials, heritage - and their discontents
  • Life stages: youth, adulthood and old age in the capital
  • Intergenerational relations: education, inheritance, conflict
  • Historical and neohistorical fiction
  • Archaeological, historiographical and mythical accounts of London and its locales
  • Time travel and futurological visions
  • Growth and decline; dereliction and regeneration
  • Technological, economic and demographic change
  • Rethinking literary, historical and architectural periodization
The call for papers is now closed for this year, but you are still welcome to attend the conference without giving a paper. The conference is held at the Institute of English Studies, University of London. For more information about the institute, please go to http://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/

For further information please contact Dr Martin Dines at conference@literarylondon.org.uk

This page is at http://www.literarylondon.org.
It was last updated on 22 May 2014
© The Literary London Society, 2011-2014
Main conference pages

Register, Travel, Accommodation (opens in a new window)

Draft Conference Programme (PDF)

Full CFP (PDF)

Propose a paper (now closed)

Propose a panel (now closed)

Propose a roundtable (now closed)