Regular conferences and seminars Regular conferences and seminars

The School hosts two regular Research Seminar series and is home to the Spring Literary Festival. Staff and students regularly organise conferences and seminar series.
Details of current and future seminars are below and include the Humanities and Human Rights Residential weekend (AHRC funded) and the Spring 2014 Leverhulme Public Lecture series Why Compare?  which features visiting Professor David Ferris. 

LDC Research Seminar

The LDC Research Seminar is organised by David Nowell-Smith ( and Bharat Tandon (

Programme Spring 2015 (All seminars held at 5.15pm)

  • 22 January: Professor Martin Crowley (Cambridge) 'A political ecology of things of the mind' - Arts 2.07
  • 12 February: Dr Duncan Large (UEA) '‘A Perpetual Contest of Genius’: Translation as Conflict' - Arts 2.07
  • 19 February: Professor David Trotter (Cambridge) 'Becoming Media: Modernist Writing, Hollywood Cinema, and the Scene of Female Toilette' - Arts 2.14
  • 05 March: Dr Jarad Zimbler (Birmingham) '‘All the formative forces’: Guy Butler's Poetry and Poetics Reconsidered' - Arts 2.85
  • 19 March: Dr Adrienne Janus (Aberdeen) 'A coincidence of contraries: Beckett, Stockhausen and the Materialities of Sound on and around May '68.' - Arts 2.07
Programme Autumn 2014 (All seminars held at 5.15 in Arts 2.07)
  • 02 October: Dr Johann Gregory (UEA) ‘The Publicity of John Taylor the Water-Poet 1578-1653'
  • 09 October: Dr Lise Jaillant (UEA) ‘Professing Creative Writing: Exploring the History of Writers and Scholars in Anglophone Universities'
  • 23 October: Professor Matthew Campbell (University of York) ‘The Irish Longing for Rhyme: cover versions, form, and sound in the recent Irish lyric'
  • 06 November: Dr Sarah Wood (University of Kent) ‘Experiences of Conversion'
  • 13 November: Professor Simon Jarvis (University of Cambridge) ‘Philosophical Foundations of Scansion'
  • 27 November: Dr Kevin Jackson (Writer and filmmaker) ‘‘… ill-adventured youth': Romanticism and Shipwreck'

Programme Spring 2014 (All seminars held at 5.15 in Arts 2.07)

  • 23 January: Dr Lucy Razzall (University of Cambridge) 'Thinking Inside the Box in Early Modern England'
  • 06 February: Professor Matthew Campbell (University of York) 'The Irish Longing for Rhyme: cover versions, form, and sound in the recent Irish lyric'
  • 20 February: Dr Deborah Bowman (University of Cambridge) 'Philip Larkin in the Maison Domino: vers libre, plan libre, and post-war stanzaic reconstruction'
  • 06 March: Dr Jonathan Morton (University of Oxford) 'The Pleasures of Textual Animals: Illumination, Performance, and Material Manuduction in the Bestiary Tradition'
  • 13 March: Dr Jennifer Cooke (Loughborough University) 'Life Writing and Rape'
Programme Autumn 2013 (All seminars held at 5.15 in Arts 2.05)
  • 3 October: Dr Katherine Hunt (UEA), ‘Ringing the Changes: church bells as sound and metaphor in seventeenth-century writing'.
  • 17 October: Dr James Wilkes (UEA), ‘Atmospheric poetics: reflections on a poetry residence at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience'. 
  • 7 November: Rev. Alice Goodman (Rector of Fulbourn and the Wilbrahams in the Diocese of Ely, and the author of the libretti of the operas ‘Nixon in China', and ‘The Death of Klinghoffer', ‘Notes on Words: Poetry and Music'. 
  • 14 November: Dr Ben Etherington (University of Western Sydney), ‘Cellular Scansion: creolisation as poetic practice in Brathwaite's Rights of Passage'. 
  • 28 November: Prof Matthew Campbell (York), ‘The Irish Longing for Rhyme: cover versions, form, and sound in recent Irish lyric'. 
Medieval and Early Modern Research Seminar
The Medieval Research Seminar is organised by Karen Smyth (
Programme Spring 2014 (Includes seminars and archive visits. All seminars held from 2.30-4pm in Arts 4.16. For visits to the Archives please contact Karen to book a place)
  • 31 January, Dr Clive Wilkins Jones, Venue: Norfolk Heritage Collection. 
  • 5 February: Dr Matthew Sillence and Dr Tim Pestell, Venue: Castle Museum - seals. (Wednesday 2-5 pm)
  • 14 February: Sophie Sawicka-Sykes, ‘Choirs and Ascestic literature'. 
  • 21 February: Gudrun Warren, Venue: Norwich Cathedral Library' (Friday 3-4 pm)
  • 7 March, Elizabeth McDonald, ‘The Pastons' reading habits
  • 21 March, Dr Katherine Hunt, ‘Shuffle and play, read and learn: early modern English didactic playing cards'. 
  • 4 April, Emma Mills, Emotions and Disability in fifteenth century literature'. 
Programme Autumn 2013 (All seminars held from 2.30-4pm in Arts 2.01)
  • 4 October: Dr Karen Smith (UEA), ‘The Poet with Nine Lives: John Lydgate'.
  • 18 October: Dr Rebecca Pinner (UEA), ‘Testing the Limits of Genre: St Edmund, "Martyr Mayde and Kynge', and Midwife?'
  • 8 November, Dr Tom Roebuck (UEA), ‘"That great treasury of English history and antiquity": Thomas Smith (1638-1710) and Early-Modern Antiquarianism'.
  • 22 November, Dr Will Rossiter (UEA), ‘Wyatt's Penitential Psalms and the Diplomacy of Salvation, or Why I spend My Nights with Italian Men'.
  • 6 December, Dr Sarah Salih (King's College London), title tbc. 
Literary Festival
5-6 October: The Humanities in Human Rights Residential weekend is AHRC-funded. 

Why Compare?

Spring 2014: Visiting Leverhulme Professor David Ferris (University of Colorado) will give a series of lectures and seminars on the subject of Why Compare? 

Public Lectures

  • 12 February: Postmodern Mimesis: Distortions of Figure in Francis Bacon. Respondent: Professor Howard Caygill, Kingston University and Paris 8 - Thomas Paine Study Centre Lecture Theatre
  • 19 March: Comparative Places: Translating Istanbul/Tasking Translation. Respondent: Professor Clive Scott, UEA, BCLT, and Writers' Centre Norwich - Thomas Paine Study Centre Lecture Theatre
  • 7 May: The New Humanities: Tradition Anew?  Respondent: Professor Peter de Bolla, Cambridge University - Thomas Paine Study Centre Lecture Theatre