Centre for Studies in Literature

Literature events

The Centre for Studies in Literature supports and encourages a range of research activities, including seminar programmes, an annual symposium, and major conferences.


Annual Lecture

Prof Michael Gardiner, University of Warwick, will speak on 'British Patriotism and an Ecocritical Dilemma'

Wednesday 27 March 2019 3:00-5.00pm, Milldam LE1.03


Our interdisciplinary 2017 Conference, Britain in Europe, Europe in Britain, was held on 22 and 23 June 2017, and aimed to look at the social and cultural repercussions of the Brexit vote, assessing the future of Britain within the EU, as well as the future of Europeans within Britain.

Our Postgraduate Conference 2018 was titled Post-Truth: An Interdisciplinary Exploration, looking at new language, new technology and new media making a post-truth environment. Read more: Postgraduate Conference 2018


Our 2019 Symposium, Poles in Britain, will be held on 12 July. This one-day, interdisciplinary symposium is designed to bring together scholars whose work is concerned with aspects of the Polish presence in Britain from c. 1750 to the present, and will be preceded by a reading from the authors Agnieszka Dale and Wioletta Greg. Read more, and book your place.

Our 2018 Symposia, Victorian Animal Encounters and Death and Celebrity, were held on 4th May and 6th June respectively. Orphan Identities, our 2016 Symposium considered the roles played by literary orphans in their contemporaneous cultures.

Seminar Series

The seminar series provides a forum for new research in literature, and speakers include both those working within the Centre and guests from other institutions.


The second CSL Modernity and the European Mind Colloquium was part of the 2016 Conference hosted at the University of Portsmouth on the 16-17 June 2016. Read more: Conference 2016: Modernity & the European Mind: Writing the Past, Constructing Identities

Our first, held in 2015, may be viewed here: Modernity and the European Mind 2015.

Much Ado about Portsmouth

The Much Ado About Portsmouth festival (co-organized by CSL's Rosie Paice) marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, from 18th to 23rd April 2016. The emphasis of the festival is on celebrating Shakespeare's legacy creativity, drawing on scholarly and popular responses to the bard. The festival will feature a variety of interdisciplinary projects involving University of Portsmouth researchers and students, and collaborative ventures that will develop links between the University and local community groups and organizations. For more information, visit http://maap.port.ac.uk

Research Archive

Among the events which have taken place recently within the Centre are: