CFP for Late Summer Lectures 2014

Now in its fifth year, the popular Late Summer Lecture Series will return to Durham in 2014. This lecture series aims to showcase doctoral and postdoctoral research in the Department of English at Durham, Newcastle and York Universities. reading_summer

By participating in the series, research students have the opportunity to present and effectively communicate scholarly papers to a highly diverse academic and non-academic audience. This year’s series will select abstracts from English literature postgraduate researchers or postdoctoral students from Durham, Newcastle and York Universities only. (We are inviting papers from York University for the first time!) Proposals from AHRC-funded researchers are particularly welcome.

Lectures should be 45 minutes long. Joint lecture proposals of an hour’s duration are also welcome. A contributor ought to choose a topic within their expertise; this may include research concerning your thesis, a side project, or a personal literary pursuit. However, such material must be designed to provide an accessible introduction to non-specialists. In order to generate ongoing interest for our attendees, we are especially keen on topics with some element of popular appeal. Be creative! A catchy title can give a clear idea of the lecture’s contents whilst giving a new means to structure your presentation of scholarly work.

Our target audience reflects the nature of this lecture series as a public outreach project, aiming to inform and interact with those working outside of the university environment. This may include Durham/Newcastle/York postgraduates across all academic disciplines, Durham/Newcastle/York university staff, local book clubs and library users, local schools, the Centre for Lifelong Learning (Newcastle and Stockton), locally based Durham/Newcastle/York alumni, and local community members.

For more information about Late Summer Lectures 2014, please feel free to say hello at!

Dates and Venues

We will run the lectures this year ONLY at Ritson Hall, Alington House in Durham (4 North  Bailey Durham, DH1 3ET, United Kingdom). The first lecture will take place on Wednesday 13 August 2014; thereafter weekly until Wednesday 1 October 2014 at 7:00 PM. Transport to Durham will be arranged free of charge for all speakers.

Deadline for Proposals: Sunday 6 July 2014

Please submit your lecture proposal of 300 words maximum with a tentative title and your availability from 13 August to 1 October 2014 by the deadline above. (Please read the Privacy and Recording section below prior to submission.) Our e-mail is

We will select proposals in collaboration with members of staff and hope to issue a programme by late July. For updates on the series and event announcements, visit our social media outlets:

Privacy and Recording

In order to make the lectures viable for widespread access, the audio portion of your presentation will be recorded and uploaded to the internet with your consent. If you wish to opt out or have other concerns, please include a note with your proposal. We respect your privacy and will make all necessary accommodations for speakers and audience members.

You can listen to selected lectures from the 2012 and 2013 series on READ.

Once again, please feel free to contact the organisers with any questions or concerns.


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