Wednesday 5th - Friday 7th July 2017, Newcastle Civic Centre

The English Association, University English, the National Association of Writers in Education and the Institute of English Studies are joining together to host a major conference for the whole of the discipline of English.

This is the first ever conference for all of English language, literature and creative writing in the UK, and it will celebrate the discipline's intellectual strength, diversity and creativity, and explore its futures in the nations of the UK and across the world.  We are keen to encourage diverse forms of presentation and scholarly engagement. English: Shared Futures is a pioneering event, which will have a festival feel as well as demonstrating leading research and pedagogy. There will also be a programme of cultural fringe events drawing on the literary strengths of the North-East and the UK more broadly.

The conference venue is the stunning Newcastle Civic Centre, a wonderfully preserved 1967 building with excellent, iconic facilities and spaces:  see more about the venue.

Plenary speakers:

Deborah Cameron on Language and the Problem of Female Authority
Lemn Sissay, poet and Chancellor of the University of Manchester
Hermione Lee, Kathryn Hughes and Andrew Hadfield, a panel on literary biography


  • 15 learned societies from across the disciplines will run research-based panels and sessions.
  • We are encouraging papers and panels to experiment with new ways of presenting and engaging in conferences.
  • We have a strand on Politics and the Profession, with speakers from inside and outside the university sector, responding to government policy, Brexit and offering ‘horizon-scanning’.
  • We have a strand organised by and for Early Career Academics offering a Career Development Workshop, and sessions on the subjects affecting ECAs’ lives, including the REF for ECAs and PhDs, and roundtables on Careers Beyond Academia.
  • NAWE will host sessions on subjects including the Research Benchmark, CW in Schools, Contemporary Writing in Translation, Ethics in creative life writing and Diversity in publishing.
  • The HEA will be running sessions on the TEF and on the HEA Fellowship, and on approaches to teaching and on mentoring.
  • Major publishers will be attending, as well as many other organisations, small presses and groups invoked in English and Creative Writing.  
  • Our salon events will feature leading figures in the literary landscape of Britain, speaking about their lives in literature, and the literature in their lives.

The conference will include panels and papers on all areas and periods of English literary studies, language studies and creative writing; emerging, new or challenging research; pedagogy; aspects of professionalization; the challenges of funding, government, or institutional agendas to the shape and scope of English in Higher Education. In addition, as 2017 sees Newcastle commemorate Martin Luther King’s visit and the award of an honorary degree in 1967, the event will also feature panels which discuss issues around civil rights; anniversaries and centenaries; regionality, migrancy and borders.

For further information, please visit, Twitter @EngSharedFuture 

The School of Advanced Study is part of the central University of London. The School takes its responsibility to visitors with special needs very seriously and will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to its facilities in order to accommodate the needs of such visitors. If you have a particular requirement, please feel free to discuss it confidentially with the organiser in advance of the event taking place.

Enquiries: Events Officer, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU; Email: