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Registration Open: Literature and the Humanities in an Age of Autocracy, University of Bristol, 24 March 2017

Literature and the Humanities in an Age of Autocracy
University of Bristol
24 March 2017
10am – 6pm
This third and final workshop in the ‘Ethics, Affect and Responsiblity: Global Citizenship and the Act of Reading’ will take place on 24 March 2017 at the University of Bristol. With the theme ‘Literature and the Humanities in the Age of Autocracy’, sessions will focus on literature as a site of resistance; affect, empathy and social justice under a state of emergency; authoritarianism and revolutionary thought; and literary activism through publishing.
We are particularly delighted that Professor Derek Attridge (York) will be giving a keynote lecture on the writing of J.M. Coetzee and challenges to philosophical ethics. Other confirmed speakers include Dr Carolyn Pedwell (Kent), Professor Radhika Mohanram (Cardiff), Dr Joe Ford (Durham), Dr Charlotta Salmi (Birmingham) and Dr Micheal Burns (UWE), and Annie Webster (SOAS). The event will conclude with a public poetry reading.
The workshop is free and open to all. To register, please email Dr Madhu Krishnan ( with your name and any access or dietary requirements by 17 March 2017.

Workshop 2: World Literatures and Global Conflict advance information

All of the day’s events will take place in the Arts Complex at the University of Bristol, 3-5 Woodland Road, BS8 1TB. Please go to the main entrance at 3-5 to access the building. The morning sessions will be held in Lecture Room 1, which is clearly marked with signs from the entrance. To get there, you will follow a long corridor and will find the room, labelled LR1, on your right. In the afternoon, we will have reading group sessions in seminar rooms in the building, which I will guide you to on the day. The final session, a reading and discussion with Billy Kahora and Selma Dabbagh, will take place back in LR1. Tea, coffee and lunch will all take place in the Humanities Common Room, just down the hall from LR1.

You can find a map of the University campus here:,-2.6027410000000373&t=0&h=1

If you are coming from out of town, the University is about a 30 minute uphill walk from the main station, Temple Meads, or a 10 minute taxi ride, which usually costs about £10. Buses 8 and 9 from Temple Meads can also take you to the University, there is a small train that runs infrequently between Temple Meads and Clifton Down Station, which is a 10 minute walk from campus. Services run from Temple Meads at 9:16, 10:03 and 10:34 and it is about a 15 minute ride. The University is also a 15 minute walk from the main bus station in town. When you arrive at 3-5, hit the disability access button on the right of the main door to gain entry. There will also be porters on duty all day.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

tea and coffee available from 10:30 am

11:00 am welcome and introductions

11:30 am – 1:00 pm panel discussion on teaching world literatures and global conflict in the UK university with Drs Zoe Norridge, Florian Stadler, Brendon Nicholls and Anna Bernard

1:00 – 2:00 pm lunch

2:00 – 2:45 pm reading group sessions 1

3:00 – 3:45 pm reading group sessions 2

4:00 – 6:00 pm readings and discussion with Billy Kahora and Selma Dabbagh, including wine reception.

If you’d like to attend and have not registered, please email for advance reading or more details!

Workshop 2: Global Conflict and World Literatures, 20 January 2017, University of Bristol – Registration now open!

We are pleased to announce that registration is open for the second workshop in the series ‘Ethics, Affect and Responsibility: Global Citizenship and the Act of Reading’. The workshop will take place from 10:30 am – 5 pm on 20 January 2017 at the University of Bristol.
The theme for the second workshop is ‘Global Conflict and World Literatures’. Confirmed academic guest speakers include Dr Zoe Norridge (KCL), Dr Anna Bernard (KCL), Dr Florian Stadtler (Exeter) and Dr Brendon Nicholls (Leeds). Confirmed writers include Billy Kahora (Kwani Trust) and Selma Dabbagh (author of Out of It).
The workshop will include a panel on teaching world literatures and global conflict; reading group sessions; and literary readings and discussion around writing and publishing.
Registration is free but essential. Please email Madhu Krishnan ( by 10 January 2017 to register, listing any dietary requirements.
More information can be found at
We’d very much appreciate if you could circulate this message widely to your networks!

Workshop one: reading and activism in local, regional and national contexts

The first workshop, which will take place at The University of Bristol on 17 September 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm will focus on how literature might be used to promote activist causes at the local and regional levels. Featuring a keynote address by Dr Keon West (Goldsmiths), the workshop will feature a selection of master classes addressing topics including literature and race, bibliotherapy and refugee communities, and the possibilities of structured reading for disadvantaged youth. Master classes will be led by expert academics with experience putting their theoretical work into practice, and will be interactive in nature. Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided free of charge to all participants.

This workshop is free and open to all, though places are limited and pre-booking is essential. To register your interest, please email Dr Madhu Krishnan ( by 21 August 2016 with the subject heading ‘Affect, Empathy and Responsibility’, listening any dietary or special requirements.

Following events will take place in January 2017 and March 2017 (watch this space for details), and will focus on international activist contexts. We are grateful to the British Academy for the humanities and social sciences for their generous support.