Literature and
Public Conference

Date and time
Wednesday, 31 May 2023
09.15 - 16.45

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

About the conference

As a part of their degree, second-year Literature and History students take part in an annual public conference, where they present a series of papers based around a central theme.

2023 conference theme: Rivers, Lakes and Seas

In 2023 the theme is Rivers, Lakes and Seas. The papers cover a wide range of topics, including representations of sea monsters and water nymphs, the economic and political impact of maritime networks, and the role of water in shaping national and regional identities. Students have also researched the significance of bodies of water in works by Virginia Woolf, J.G. Ballard and Herman Melville.

Who is the conference for?

Everyone is very welcome to join us for a day of exciting and engaging presentations that explore how Rivers, Lakes and Seas have shaped politics, culture and society.

If you have any questions about the day please contact the conference organisers, Dr Ruth Larsen, Dr Robin Sims and Professor Ian Whitehead.

Conference Agenda

Time Session
9.15am Registration
9.30am Welcome and panel 1: Sea Monsters
10.45am Break
11:05am Panel 2: Modernist Waters: Ballard and Woolf
12.05pm Break
12.20pm Panel 3: Water and Collective Identities
1.20pm Lunch
2.20pm Panel 4: Water Nymphs and Whales
3.10pm Break
3.30pm Panel 5: The Politics of the Seas in the Near East
4.30pm Concluding Address
4.45pm Closing remarks

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