Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


What is the Creative-Critical?

24 September 2022, 10:00 am–5:30 pm


Join us for an active discussion around the relation between the 'creative' and the 'critical' and the launch of the website creativecritical.net

This event is free.

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Institute of Advanced Studies


IAS Common Ground
G11 Ground Floor, South Wing, UCL

The twenty-first century has seen the erosion of any sharp distinction between the ‘creative’ and the ‘critical’. Can criticism itself aspire to being creative? Does creative writing have a critical force? Or should we dispense with these terms altogether? Such questions come to the fore as creative writing embeds itself in the academy, demanding fresh thought about the forms and languages of criticism, and new kinds of literature more attentive to their own critical force. creativecritical.net is a new website devoted to exploring all such forms of writing, thinking, and teaching.

On September 24th, the website will be launched with a workshop at which members of the editorial board will be speaking on and discussing the question 'What is the relation between the creative and the critical?' Anyone interested is warmly welcome to come and is encouraged to participate actively. 

Please aim to arrive some time between 9:30 and 9:45. The talks will begin at 10:00 sharp. At the end of the event at 17:30 all attendees will be invited to join us at a nearby pub to carry on the discussion.


9:30 - 10:00 - Attendees arrive. Please be there by 9:45

10:00 - 10:15 - Gabriel Flynn and Thomas Karshan (University of East Anglia) welcome and introduction

10:15 - 11:35 - Panel 1: Robert Hampson (Royal Holloway), Mathelinda Nabugodi (University of Cambridge) and Gregory Leadbetter (Birmingham City University)

11:35 - 12:00 - Coffee break

12:00 - 13:00 - Panel 2: Redell Olsen (Royal Holloway) and Emily Orley (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)

13:00 - 14:15 - Lunch break

14:15 - 15:35 - Panel 3: Thomas KarshanKatja Hilevaara (Goldsmiths) and Sam Buchan-Watts (University of Newcastle)

15:35 - 16:00 - Coffee break

16:00 - 17:00 - Panel 4: Irina Dumitrescu (University of Bonn) and Tim Beasley-Murray (UCL)

17:00 - 17:30 - Final plenary discussion and farewell

17:30 - 19:00 - Drinks at a local pub


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