Literary London 2013

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Literary London 2013
Representations of London in Literature
An Interdisciplinary Conference

Hosted by: the Institute of English Studies, University of London
Organised by: The Literary London Society
17–19 July 2013

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Vic Gatrell (Cambridge); Matthew Rubery (QMUL)

Proposals are invited for papers, comprised panels, and roundtable sessions, which consider any period or genre of literature about, set in, inspired by, or alluding to central and suburban London and its environs, from the city's roots in pre-Roman times to its imagined futures. While the main focus of the conference will be on literary texts, we actively encourage interdisciplinary contributions relating film, architecture, geography, theories of urban space, etc., to literary representations of London. Papers from postgraduate students are particularly welcome for consideration. While papers on all areas of literary London are welcomed, the conference theme in 2013 is 'London in Crisis and Disorder'. Topics that might be addressed are:

• Civil disorder: riots, protest, and disobedience
• Industrial unrest
• Political intrigue and corruption
• Plague, Fire, Blitz
• Criminality and vice;
• Justice, injustice, punishment
• Policing, detection, investigation
• Housing, financial, and environmental crises
• Unruly sites: docks, markets, fairs
• Night-time London
• Sexual deviance and dissidence

Please submit all proposals for 20-minute papers, comprised panels, and roundtable sessions through the Literary London Society website (

Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2013

For further information please contact Dr Martin Dines at