Friday, 18 January 2019, 10:00 - 16:00, Senate House

A One-Day Colloquium on the Work of English Studies

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There has never been a more exciting time to reach out beyond disciplinary boundaries, to discover new ways of working, and to enrich teaching and learning through partnerships both inside and outside Higher Education. Many of us have been working in this way for many years. How, then, is English Studies now perceived by those who work inside and outside the field and inside and outside HE?  What more might English Studies learn from alternative perspectives, and what do we still need to think about?

The first in a series of colloquia on English in the World, this event examines how English Studies looks at what we do and how we do it from different perspectives outside the field. We aim to explore common ground and identify the challenges of working together. We wish to learn from existing partnerships and explore collaborative opportunities for the future.

Panel One, Working Together: The Digital World and English Studies

What does the process of collaborating with English Studies look like from the perspective of Computing Science? What can be learned from research that works at the interface of Computing Science and English? What are the challenges for those who work with ‘distant cousins’?

Barbara McGillivray, The Alan Turing Institute/Cambridge, Tiago Sousa Garcia, Newcastle, and Alan Blackwell, Cambridge, Jenny Richards, Newcastle (Chair)

Panel Two, Overlapping Methodologies? English Studies and the Social World

What can English Studies contribute to the understanding of major contemporary social issues? How do the methodologies, knowledges and practices characteristic of the social sciences and the humanities intersect and interact? What are the more practical barriers to working together?

Vicky Lebeau, Sussex, Alan Finlayson, UEA, Nicky Marsh, Southampton. Alex Thomson, Edinburgh (Chair)

Panel Three, Outside Higher Education: Business and English

How does Business see English Studies?  What particular objectives and goals are shared between these two communities? How might Business and English Studies work together to support shared projects and interests?

David Docherty, CEO National Centre for Universities and Business, Rick Rylance, CEO and Dean, SAS.


English Studies, from the Outside is organised by the Institute for English Studies with the English Association and University English. This series is one of a number of events promoting English Studies co-sponsored by the English Association, the Institute for English Studies and University English, following the shared organisation of English: Shared Futures (Newcastle 2017) – the first major conference across the discipline in the UK. Other events include Thinking Big (January 2018), and forthcoming: Action on Recruitment for University English (November 2018), Early Career English (2019), and English Studies: Shared Futures 2, planned for the summer of 2020.



£30 Standard

£25 Concession (student/unwaged/retired)