Confirmed Plenary Speakers: Lynne Segal (Birkbeck), Mark Ford (UCL)

Call for Papers

For our 2014 conference, proposals are invited for papers, comprised panels, and roundtable sessions, which consider any period or genre of literature about, set in, inspired by, or alluding to central and suburban London and its environs, from the city’s roots in pre-Roman times to its imagined futures.

The main focus of the conference is literary text and representation, but we actively encourage interdisciplinary contributions relating film, architecture, geography, theories of urban space, etc., to literary representations of London. Papers from postgraduate students are particularly welcome for consideration.

While papers on all areas of literary London are welcomed, the conference theme in 2014 is ‘Ages of London’. Topics that might be addressed are:

  • London life writing: diaries, auto/biographies, memoirs
  • Institutionalised memory: museums, memorials, heritage – and their discontents
  • Life stages: youth, adulthood and old age in the capital
  • Intergenerational relations: education, inheritance, conflict
  • Historical and neohistorical fiction
  • Archaeological, historiographical and mythical accounts of London and its locales
  • Time travel and futurological visions
  • Growth and decline; dereliction and regeneration
  • Technological, economic and demographic change
  • Rethinking literary, historical and architectural periodization

Follow the links to the right to submit proposals for 20-minute papers, comprised panels, and roundtable sessions. The deadline for submissions is 1 March 2014

For further information please contact Dr Martin Dines at

If you are interested in organising a panel on a particular related topic, you may also contact Tatiana Pogossian.