The Institute of English Studies runs an active programme of lectures, seminars, conferences, symposia, reading groups and summer schools. Unless otherwise stated, events are free and open to the public. Use the calendar below to view upcoming events and to register for conferences and lectures.

Covid-19: The Institute of English Studies and the University of London are currently following the advice of Public Health England. On Friday 20 March, Senate House closed until at least the 20 April. We have taken the decision to postpone large gatherings scheduled to take place from now until the end of May in response to this evolving public health challenge. We will be issuing refunds to those who have registered. Please check individual events listed for more information. If there is any change in UK government advice we will notify all registered attendees immediately. 

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Liberty Lecture 2020
Liberty Lecture 2020

In conversation: Elif Shafak and Sarah Churchwell with Martha Spurrier

Institute of English Studies
Lecture
24 September
London Shakespeare Seminar
London Shakespeare Seminar

Editing, performing, printing
Andrea Stevens (University of Illinois): ‘Classifying, Editing, and Performing William Heminge’s The Fatal Contra...

Institute of English Studies
Seminar
5 October
London Shakespeare Seminar
London Shakespeare Seminar

Eco-criticism and animal studies
Todd Borlik (Univeristy of Huddersfield): 'Timon of Athens, The Scottish Gold Rush, and the Folio's Gold as Vibran...

Institute of English Studies
Seminar
2 November
London Shakespeare Seminar
London Shakespeare Seminar

Theatricality
Erika Lin (CUNY): ‘Festive Friars: Embodied Performance Beyond Drama’
Noemie Ndiaye (University of Chicago): ‘Scripts of Black...

Institute of English Studies
Seminar
14 December