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Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present

Start: Jun 21, 2013 10:00 AM
End: Jun 22, 2013 05:30 PM

Location: Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

This shared discussion about the cultural legacy of Sherlock Holmes brings together academics, enthusiasts, creative practitioners and popular writers to examine the historical intricacies of Holmesian fandom and offer a wide variety of perspectives upon its newest manifestations.

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The Strand Magazine and the Sherlock Holmes stories contribute one of the most enduring paradigms for the production and consumption of popular culture in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The national and international relations that Holmes, his creator, and their contemporary readers witness, and the permutations of these concepts in adaptations make Holmes as a case study particularly important and timely for our understanding of the historical and contemporary issues relating to Europe and the European Union.

Preceding Holmes’ 160th birthday in 2014, the event celebrates Conan Doyle’s achievements, explores the reasons behind Holmes’ enduring popularity across different cultures, media, and geographical spaces, and investigates new directions in Holmes’ afterlife.

The conference will also showcase work from a new volume of essays on Holmes co-edited by Dr Cranfield and Ue.

UCL students and scholars and readers in London and abroad with interests in late-Victorian and Edwardian writing, European history, comparative literature, and/or cultural studies are encouraged to participate.

Speakers and Organisers

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr David Grylls (Oxford)
  • Professor Douglas Kerr (Hong Kong)

Principal organisers:

  • Dr Jonathan Cranfield (Liverpool John Moores)
  • Tom Ue (PhD Candidate, Department of English Language and Literature; Administrative Assistant, The Bentham Project, Faculty of Laws; Editor, Opticon1826)
  • Marlies Gabriele Prinzl (PhD Candidate, Centre for Intercultural Studies; Editor-in-Chief, Opticon1826)


£30 Standard
£20 Speakers/Concessions/IES Members

Additional Events

Additional events relating to the conference are also advertised online via Eventbrite.

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