EXTENDED DEADLINE! 'Bad habits of expectancy': towards Larkin 200

deadline for submissions: 
October 9, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
The Philip Larkin Society

Hull (UK), 8th - 9th December 2022

In the last five years, renewed focus has been on Philip Larkin.

Beginning with Hull’s tenure as UK City of Culture 2017, the baton was passed from his adult home to his birthplace for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021; this has culminated in 2022 with Larkin100, a nationwide programme to celebrate 100 years since the poet’s birth. Of course, this has not been half a decade of continuous celebration: this time has been fraught with social, cultural and political crises and controversies on a worldwide scale. As Larkin’s Centenary year draws to a close, this conference will consider the future of Larkin studies. We invite emerging and established researchers, performers, writers, teachers, artists, culture and heritage professionals, and others with an interest in Larkin to Hull to look towards the year 2122 together.

With a wide focus spanning research, teaching, journalism, and the arts we ask the question, how do you approach Larkin in 2022, and what will the next 100 years look like for Larkin in your field?

We invite submissions of papers, panels, roundtables and performance proposals on (but by no means limited to) the following topics:

  • Researching Larkin in the 21st century
  • Teaching Larkin in the 21st century
  • Performing Larkin in the 21st century
  • Stewardship of the Larkin legacy
  • Larkin and politics
  • Larkin and cancel culture
  • Larkin and biography
  • Larkin and placemaking
  • Local Larkins
  • Exhibiting and archiving Larkin
  • Larkin and heritage
  • Larkin’s contemporaries

Proposals (up to 300 words) should be submitted to larkinconference@gmail.com by 31st July 2022.