The Institute of English studies runs a full and diverse programme of events throughout the year. During the summer, our activities increase tenfold, when in addition to conferences, seminars and lectures, we run a series of intensive research training programmes.
Throughout the period from 17 June to 14 July, we welcome a number of students, professionals and other participants from across the world to participate in our annual summer schools: The London Palaeography Summer School, The London Rare Books School, and the T.S. Eliot International Summer School. Each of the summer schools is distinct in form and content but all aim to provide subject specific training and research across its particular field.
The summer school season opens with the London Palaeography Summer School from 17 – 21 June 2013. This is a series of intensive courses in Palaeography and Diplomatic, ranging from half to two days’ duration. With over twenty different titles to choose from, given by eighteen different experts from the London Palaeography Teachers Group, this year’s programme offers the widest selection of courses for this event to date.
This is followed by the London Rare Books School (LRBS), which takes place for two consecutive weeks from 24 – 28 June and 1 – 5 July 2013. The LRBS is a series of five-day intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects, ranging from ‘The Book in the Ancient World’ to ‘Modern First Editions’. This year we are introducing a new course on ‘The History of Libraries from the Middle Ages to the Present’.
Finally, the T.S. Eliot International summer School runs from 6 – 14 July 2013. This is a week-long celebration of the life and writing of one of the greatest modern English poets. It offers lectures and seminars, social evenings, excursions to Burnt Norton, Little Gidding and East Coker, and a poetry reading by Christopher Reid, winner of the 2009 Costa Book of the Year Award.
All programmes are led by internationally renowned experts in their subject field and use the unrivalled resources of London and its surroundings.
In addition to the strong academic focus, we aim to create a friendly community of students and tutors here at the Institute throughout the Schools. All are suitable for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD students and are also open to professional and other participants. We aim to maximise the opportunities for social interaction and intellectual exchange within a convivial and scholarly environment.
If you would like to find out more about these events, please visit research training and summer schools.