Call for Panels and Papers


Deadline extended to 21 October 2019


English: Shared Futures 2020

Manchester/Salford June 26-28th 2020 @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/practice as 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;
  • W. E. B. 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.



English: Shared Futures

English: Shared Futures promotes inclusivity and diversity. We encourage representation and participation from under-represented groups, and are proactively working to reduce physical, social, and economic barriers to participation. Our aim is to develop an environment rooted in equal respect for all.


In addition to the conventional three-papers-in-a-panel, we’re also keen to explore alternative forms of engagement, such as shared readings; pop-up workshops; zine-making; staged conversations; master-classes; salons; roundtables; interviews; dialogues; ‘research in progress’ sessions; ‘in situ’ events around Manchester; and any other new and rigorous scholarly approaches you may want to propose.


We aim to attract 750 attendees to Manchester/Salford. As in ESF2017, there will be a mentoring scheme; a strand of panels for, and organised by, early career academics; plenaries from English language, literature and creative writing; salons; sessions organised by learned societies; attendance by major academic publishers and small presses; workshops on digital skills and technologies; panels on writing grant applications; sessions for Heads and colleagues at all career stages.



Submitting a proposal

Each session will last 75 minutes. Your application must include the name, status, and institution (where applicable) of each speaker, and a brief description of the paper or panel/session’s focus and objectives. It must not exceed 600 words. Please email to by October 21st, 2019. Please feel free to use the English: Shared Futures Facebook page and tweet @EngSharedFuture to find potential partners for sessions.


For ECA Call for Papers 


English: Shared Futures 2020 is organised by The English Association, University English, the National Association of Writers in Education, the Institute of English Studies, and the National Association for the Teaching of English, and is hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Manchester, and the University of Salford.