Call for Presenters: Late Summer Public Lectures 2017

A woman lying in lush green grass reading a bookOur popular annual public lecture series, Late Summer Lectures, is making its comeback in Durham from August 2017. If you are a postgraduate or early-career researcher looking at any area of literature, and you want to share your exciting discoveries with a wide audience, this is for you.

We are pleased to announce that the Department of English Studies’ annual Late Summer Lecture Series will return this summer. We invite postgraduates and early career researchers from all disciplines to submit abstracts for consideration. The Series gives researchers an opportunity to present their work as an accessible public lecture, open to academic and non-academic audiences alike.

This year’s theme is Change and proposals are welcomed on any focus relating to this topic. We invite proposals from any area of literature including those with an interdisciplinary approach. Lectures from the previous series have included post-apocalyptic fiction, death and the seaside, Dickensian steampunk, counter culture and medieval dragons.

Proposals linked to County Durham and the North East are particularly encouraged. In recent years joint presentations have proved successful and we would be pleased to receive applications from groups of two or three researchers alongside individual applications. We are also interested in putting groups of shorter presentations together – please indicate on your proposal whether you would be happy to speak on a panel.

Speakers will be given the opportunity to have their work recorded and uploaded as a podcast to the Department’s READ (Research in English At Durham) website, with the permission of the speaker.

The Series will be held at Alington House in Durham every Wednesday evening from 16 August to 4 October 2017. Lectures should be approximately 20 minutes long if presenting on a panel, or 45 minutes for solo papers, with an additional 10-15 minutes for questions. Abstracts of 250-300 words accompanied by a 100 word bio should be sent to by 1 June 2017. For further information and updates about the Series, find us on Facebook (Late Summer Lectures), follow us on Twitter (@Late_Summer2017), or visit us at We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Natalie Riley, Rachel Fennell and Arya Aryan (2017 Late Summer Lecture Series Convenors).

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