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School conferences May-June 2018

14 June 2018

On Friday 11 May, the School of English and the Theoria Research Group organised a one-day symposium on 'Critical Theory and Marxism'. Professor Esther Leslie from Birkbeck, University of London and Dr Drew Milne from the University of Cambridge were keynote speakers. Colleagues from the School of English and the School of Modern Languages also spoke. The talks and discussion focussed on Marxism and ecology, avant-garde theatre, performance of emergencies, popular television and literary resistance.

On Friday 11 and Saturday 12 May, the School hosted 'John Keats in Scotland' to celebrate the bicentenary of Keats' epic walking tour of Scotland in the summer of 1818. Speakers included Professors John Barnard, John Cox, Nigel Leask, Nicholas Roe and Sarah Wootton, as well as Dr Katie Garner.

On Friday 22 June, the School will host 'Man of the House: Masculinity and domesticity from 1800 until the present day', an interdisciplinary conference examining the relationship between masculinity and the domestic sphere. Opening with a keynote lecture by Professor Gill Plain, the day will include a number of panels exploring the interconnections of art, literature, history, and sociology from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, and a roundtable discussion about what masculinity means in relation to the home. This will be followed by an evening event at Martyrs Kirk featuring an exhibition of items from the University's Special Collections and a poetry reading by Professor Robert Crawford. For further information please contact the conference organisers at or download the poster.