Literary London 2014: Ages of London

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Literary London 2014: 'Ages of London'

Representations of London in Literature: An Interdisciplinary Conference

Hosted by: the Institute of English Studies, University of London

Organised by: The Literary London Society

23-25 July 2014

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.

Confirmed plenary speakers:
Mark Ford (UCL)
Lynne Segal (Birkbeck)

While papers on all areas of literary London are welcomed, the conference theme in 2014 is 'Ages of London'. Topics that might be addressed are:

• London life writing: diaries, auto/biographies, memoirs
• Institutionalised memory: museums, memorials, heritage – and
their discontents
• Life stages: youth, adulthood and old age in the capital
• Intergenerational relations: education, inheritance, conflict
• Historical and neohistorical fiction
• Archaeological, historiographical and mythical accounts of
London and its locales
• Time travel and futurological visions
• Growth and decline; dereliction and regeneration
• Technological, economic and demographic change
• Rethinking literary, historical and architectural

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

Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2014

For further information please contact Dr Martin Dines at