Literary London Society Annual Conference

Literary London Society Annual Conference
13 Jul 2017, 10:00 to 14 Jul 2017, 18:00
Conference / Symposium
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

The conference will focus on periods and genres of literature about, set in, inspired by, or alluding to central and suburban London and its environs, from the city's roots in pre-Roman times to its imagined futures. While the main focus of the conference will be on literary texts, we actively encourage interdisciplinary contributions relating to film, architecture, visual arts, topography and theories of urban space. Papers from postgraduate students are particularly welcome for consideration. Indicative topics and writers who might be addressed include:

  • Gaslight romance, the urban gothic, London noir, steampunk and speculative poetry
  • Future catastrophes, technological dystopias, nightmares of policing and surveillance
  • Forms of fictional flight into alternate ontologies of nationhood and urban belonging
  • Architectural caprice, replication and ruin in the development of the built environment
  • Stories of financial catastrophe, uncertain inheritance and precarious fortune
  • The search for ontological wholeness in a divided, doubled or allotropic city
  • The uncanny, arabesque and magical excrescences of the urban everyday
  • Dramatizing the life of hidden underworlds, anti-worlds and allegorical environments
  • The Weird: H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Machen, Lord Dusany and M. John Harrison
  • 'Elsewheres': Doris Lessing, William Morris, J.G. Ballard, Jean Rhys, Anthony Burgess
  • Urban Gothic: Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Thomas De Quincey, Charles Dickens
  • Underworlds: Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, Michael Moorcock, Michèle Roberts
  • Make-believe: J/M. Barrie, Cassandra Clare, Phillip Reeve, Christina Rossetti, John Clute

The Literary London Society will offer three bursaries of £100 each which will be awarded to the writer of the best proposal for the conference by a current graduate student. The bursary will be paid to the delegate after the conference on the condition that they have attended and delivered their paper. Bursary winners are expected to produce a short response (e.g. a critical review or a blog entry) to some aspect of the conference, which will be considered for publication in the Literary London Journal. For further information, please contact

      £80 Standard rate (without dinner)
    £105 Standard rate (with dinner)
    £60 Concessions (Students / unwaged / retirees; without dinner)
    £85 Concessions (Students / unwaged / retirees; with dinner)

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