THE STUDY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE, LANGUAGE AND CREATIVE WRITING IS AN IMPORTANT AND DYNAMIC ENTERPRISE.

We will celebrate the discipline’s intellectual strength, diversity and creativity and explore its futures in the nations of the UK and across the world.

An academic conference with a festival feel English: Shared Futures is the largest event for academics in English literature, language and creative writing. It is run by the major organisations of the discipline: The English Association and University English, and supported by the National Association of Writers in Education with Institute of English Studies and National Association for the Teaching of English.

The first English: Shared Futures conference in Newcastle in 2017 had 600 attendees drawn from nearly every Department of English in the UK, over 150 panel sessions, with sessions from sixteen scholarly societies, and a vibrant cultural fringe (including readings from three poets laureate).  Stefan Collini wrote that the event “contributed to a real lift in morale”; Amanda Anderson praised the “extremely rich and important array of talks and sessions”; others found it a “field-defining event of huge significance at this political moment”.

English: Shared Futures fosters inclusivity and diversity. We encourage representation and participation from minorities, and are proactively working to reduce physical, social, and economic barriers to participation, and to develop an environment rooted in equal respect for all.

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