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Call for Panel & Papers


English: Shared Futures 2020

Manchester/Salford June 26-28th 2020

www.englishsharedfutures.uk @EngSharedFuture



Celebrating and exploring the intellectual strength, diversity, and creativity of English language, literature, and creative writing in the UK and across the world

Following the great success of the first English: Shared Futures conference in Newcastle in 2017, we’re delighted to invite proposals from colleagues in the UK, Europe and around the world for the second conference.  We’re looking for panels and papers on all areas and periods of English literary studies, language studies and creative writing. Approaches may cover:

  • new research from any area of the discipline, including practice-based research;
  • learning, teaching and pedagogy;
  • aspects of professionalization (including precarity, mental health, employability, recruitment, gender and BAME imbalance).


For ESF 2020, we are especially interested in panels on:

  • inequalities: working-class literature, language and creative writing; regional differences; access to literature and social capital;
  • literature, language, creativity and music;
  • ‘applied’ English: how English language, literature and creative writing work in the world beyond universities and address local, national and global challenges;
  • refugees and displacement;
  • translation;
  • publishing and book history;
  • children’s literature.


In addition, as 2020 sees 75th anniversary of the 5th Pan African Congress on what is now Manchester Metropolitan University campus, we also welcome panels which discuss:

  • issues around decolonization, broadly understood, including decolonizing the profession and curriculum;
  • writing and social justice;
  • E. du Bois;
  • migrancy and borders.


We especially welcome panels that bring together colleagues from language, literature and creative writing and/or unite colleagues from Higher, Further and secondary education and/or mix colleagues from different career stages. Read more…