UCL English



Professor Helen Hackett Book Launch

This event will be part of the book launch programme of the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, in collaboration with the UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges. It will be at 5-7pm on Wednesday 19th October, in the IAS Common Ground (G11, ground floor, South Wing, UCL), and will be called 'Early Modern Minds'. It will be a panel discussion: Helen Hackett will be joined by two distinguished guest speakers, Prof Kate Hodgkin (University of East London) and Prof Raphael Lyne (Murray Edwards College, Cambridge). The discussion will be chaired by Shani Bans (PhD candidate, UCL English Department), who conceived the event, and will be followed by drinks and an opportunity to buy The Elizabethan Mind.

This event is open to all, and booking is required. It can be attended in person or online. 

Radio 4 Extra Broadcast Monday 20th June

The 3rd Degree: Listen to our students take on their professors on Monday 20 June at 3pm. John Mullan (UCL English) representing A&H faces off against student, Nashwa Shah (English Literature). This will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra and then available on the 3rd Degree webpage.

UCL Graduate Conference Friday 10th June

The UCL English Graduate Conference 2022, Manufacture will be taking place on campus this year on June 10 

Race, Power, and Poetics Seminar Series Spring and Summer 2022 

Race, Power, and Poetics is a series of events coordinated by Dr Lara Choksey, and Dr Rachel E. Holmes, and Dr Xine Yao. A cross-period examination of the inextricability of its central terms, Race, Power, and Poetics considers the implication of poetic practices and shaping role in racial and ideological dynamics. 

*****  Seminar 4: Thursday 19th May, 4.00 - 5.30pm (PLEASE NOTE DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED) **** 

Fools cap World Map

Natalya Din-Kariuki (University of Warwick): Worldling, Stranger, Citizen: Cosmopolitanism and Migration in Early Modern England

The seventeenth-century writer James Howell claimed to have ‘come tumbling out into the World…a Cosmopolite’. This paper examines how early modern writers drew on the language and ideas of cosmopolitanism, shaped by Stoic and Cynic philosophies and their early Christian afterlives, to engage with debates about travel, migration, and citizenship.    

Previous events in series: 

Amber Lascelles (University of Bristol): “The Dancing Women Move Forward”: Embodied Black Feminist Resistance to Neoliberalism in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s This Mournable Body
Amber Lascelles

In Tsitsi Dangarembga’s acclaimed 2018 novel This Mournable Body, representations of Black women’s bodies lay bare neoliberal myths of racial equality and economic progress. Set in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare in the 2000s, the novel explores narrator Tambudzai Sigauke’s experiences of misogynoir, poverty and poor mental health. This talk argues that in addition to revealing the difficulties of agency, Dangarembga imagines embodied forms of resistance, positioning the solidarity of community as an empowering alternative to neoliberal individualism. This talk is based on a chapter of a monograph-in-progress that traces how writers including Dangarembga, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dionne Brand and Bernardine Evaristo shape global conversations about Black feminism and use their fiction to reimagine the possibilities of solidarity.

Penelope Geng (Macalester College): Cripping Benefits in Timon of Athens
Penelope Geng

 In act 1, Timon declares “we are born to do benefits” only to discover that in an ablenationalist state like Athens, benefits are available to the exceptional few. What lessons might we draw from the play’s bold depiction of nonnormative and nonproductive embodiment? How have recent productions (staged in this current age of ablenationalism) used casting, costume, music, and design to foreground the text’s representation of disability, race, and civic belonging?

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