CFPs Postgraduate

CFP: English Graduate Conference – UCL, June 3

UCL will host an English Graduate Conference on the theme of “The Fragment” on Friday, June 3. 

Proposals for 20-minute papers are invited until May the 2nd.


*Featuring keynote papers from*
Katherine Angel (Kingston University) and Rob Turner (UCL)

*Poetry reading from *
New Faber Poet Crispin Best

*and two interactive workshops:*
“Editing Medieval Manuscript Fragments” (Prof. Winfried Rudolf, University of Göttingen) and “Early Modern Theatrical Improvisation Workshop”

About the event

“a heap of fragments is an organisation, though perhaps not a particularly organised-looking one”
– Sianne Ngai

Some of the most important thinkers, writers, and artists of the modern age have been drawn to a fragmentary style of composition. They have used the fragment as a metaphor for modernity, drawing attention to the whole from which it has been taken. In medieval and early modern studies, the fragmented materiality of texts continues to present a challenge to scholars.

Some of the questions that will be addressed over the course of the conference are: What does it mean for a text to be incomplete? What is the relationship between the fragment and the whole? What is the legacy of the modern fragment in contemporary culture? What challenges does the material fragmentation of texts present to scholars? How do new technologies ameliorate or exacerbate these issues? How should we approach texts which are the result of collaborative work?

Call for papers

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers on the theme of “The Fragment”.

The aim of this conference is to provide an opportunity for postgraduates working across the UK and internationally to present their work. Papers may address the topic of the fragment in any period of literary history and take any theoretical approach. In addition to the questions raised above, possible topics include, but are not limited to:

o the modernist fragment
o manuscript fragments and the fragmentary circulation of manuscript material, digitally and physically
o the Romantic fragment (the ruin, the “whole fragment”)
o psychoanalysis and the fragment
o fragment as narrative section, e.g. /The Canterbury Tales/ fragments
o the crop, the partial image, the photograph or still as fragment
o the contemporary fragment (new technology, media)
o the fragment as life narrative, autobiography or memoir
o the fragment as unfinished or processive art work
o problems in reading or editing unfinished, collaborative or fragmentary material
o fragment and gender
o fragmentation as breakage, disruption and loss
o the fragment in academic culture

How to submit

Abstracts of 300 words are invited for submission by Monday 2 May.

Please email abstracts to the conference committee at