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Writers and Intellectuals on Britain and Europe, 1918-2018: An International, Multi-disciplinary Conference


Northumbria University

‘Writers and Intellectuals on Britain and Europe, 1918-2018’ is an upcoming conference on writers’ and intellectuals’ contributions to debates around British relations to Europe between 1918 and the present. The conference will be held at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 1 and 2 November 2018 with generous support from UACES: The academic association for contemporary European studies and from Northumbria University’s Institute of Humanities.

The conference sessions will cover three main strands: (1) European debates of the inter-war years and the 1940s, (2) literary interventions in the wake of the 1975 United Kingdom European Communities membership referendum, and (3) present-day writers and intellectuals and the Brexit debate. The conference will offer a space to address any kinds of interventions, both for and against closer ties between Britain and Europe.

The Call for Papers is now closed, but the conference is open to non-speaking delegates. Registration for speakers and non-speakers will open shortly. Please check the conference website ( for details on the programme.

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Jason Harding (University of Durham)
  • Prof. Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Public events:

  • Adam Thorpe, poet, novelists and author of Missing Fay (2017) and Notes from the Cevennes: Half a Lifetime in Provincial France (2018), in conversation with Dr Kristian Shaw (University of Lincoln)
  • Round table on ‘Writers and Intellectuals on Britain and Europe NOW’, with Dr Fiona Shaw (author of young adult novel Outwalkers), Prof. Tanja Bueltmann (historian of migration and diaspora) and others

Conference fees (include lunch and refreshments on both days):

  • Waged delegates (regular): £100
  • Waged delegates (UACES members): £80
  • Unwaged delegates: £40

A selection of papers from this conference will be published as a Special Collection of the Open Library of Humanities.

Booking is open

Event Details

Northumbria University
Sandyford Building
Hedley Suite
Newcastle upon Tyne


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