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Research and Impact

The department of English Studies is one of Europe’s leading centres for research in literary studies. It fosters important and influential research by staff, post-doctoral fellows and postgraduates across historical, cultural, generic and thematic ranges.
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Research Culture 

We work collaboratively along particular themes and periods, while we are also involved in a number of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research centres and institutes. A number of visiting academics and other external partners contribute to the research environment of the Department, sometimes as Fellows of the Institute of Advanced Study. 

Our department regularly hosts international conferences, workshops, and public lecture series. Typically, in any one year we organise or co-organise around 80 different events. 

Recent conferences have ranged from Humour and Satire in British Romanticism to Consent: Histories, Representations, and Frameworks for the Future to Thatcher and Thatcherism. We organise research seminars for all staff and postgraduates to engage with visiting speakers, as well as a variety of regular reading groups. Our Late Summer Lectures Series brings the best of postgraduate research to a public audience each year. 

Our department hosts one of the longest-running online postgraduate journals in literary studies, Postgraduate English, which is edited by two PhD students each year. 

 

Upcoming events

Ok, goats closer: Film screening and talk

Wednesday 18 May 2022 - Wednesday 18 May 2022
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Elvet Riverside 142 and online
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The Age of World Literature and the Novel: Some Narratological Considerations

Thursday 19 May 2022 - Thursday 19 May 2022
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Online
A globe in the shape of a brain, surrounded by wires

Lafcadio Hearn and the Global Imagination at the Fin de Siècle

Wednesday 29 June 2022 - Friday 1 July 2022
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Online (via Zoom)
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  • Recognition for the Department’s Research Excellence

    Our outstanding research environment and our impact on public life, community, and culture have been recognised in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
    Photograph of a castle standing above a river. The text REF20201 Research Excellence Framework is on the front of the image.
  • Lumiere 2021 – In conversation with Kayo Chingonyi

    For this year’s biennial Lumiere light festival Durham University have brought together the producers, Artichoke, and regional writing development agency New Writing North, on an exciting collaboration that will see new works from some of the UK’s leading poets light up Durham Castle. Among them is prize winning writer Kayo Chingonyi, an Assistant Professor in our Department. Here Kayo talks about his involvement and how poetry has been a central part of his life.
    Image of Kayo Chingonyi

Lumiere 2021 – In conversation with Kayo Chingonyi

For this year’s biennial Lumiere light festival Durham University have brought together the producers, Artichoke, and regional writing development agency New Writing North, on an exciting collaboration that will see new works from some of the UK’s leading poets light up Durham Castle. Among them is prize winning writer Kayo Chingonyi, an Assistant Professor in our Department. Here Kayo talks about his involvement and how poetry has been a central part of his life.
Image of Kayo Chingonyi
  • Recognition for the Department’s Research Excellence

    Our outstanding research environment and our impact on public life, community, and culture have been recognised in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
    Photograph of a castle standing above a river. The text REF20201 Research Excellence Framework is on the front of the image.
  • New issue of our Postgraduate English journal

    We’re delighted to announce the publication of volume 43 of Postgraduate English, our groundbreaking journal which has been publishing worldwide early-career literature scholars since 2000.
    Word cloud of keywords used in this issue of Postgraduate English. literature 0th-century Charlotte Dacre gender Irish Jean Rhys Marina Carr Norman Nicholson Shakespeare 9th-century classical reception colonialism contagion Cumbria desire exile Greek landscape moral neo-Victorian place poetry political power race spatial Tempest theatre tragedy
  • Lumiere 2021 – In conversation with Kayo Chingonyi

    For this year’s biennial Lumiere light festival Durham University have brought together the producers, Artichoke, and regional writing development agency New Writing North, on an exciting collaboration that will see new works from some of the UK’s leading poets light up Durham Castle. Among them is prize winning writer Kayo Chingonyi, an Assistant Professor in our Department. Here Kayo talks about his involvement and how poetry has been a central part of his life.
    Image of Kayo Chingonyi

New issue of our Postgraduate English journal

We’re delighted to announce the publication of volume 43 of Postgraduate English, our groundbreaking journal which has been publishing worldwide early-career literature scholars since 2000.
Word cloud of keywords used in this issue of Postgraduate English. literature 0th-century Charlotte Dacre gender Irish Jean Rhys Marina Carr Norman Nicholson Shakespeare 9th-century classical reception colonialism contagion Cumbria desire exile Greek landscape moral neo-Victorian place poetry political power race spatial Tempest theatre tragedy

Lumiere 2021 – In conversation with Kayo Chingonyi

For this year’s biennial Lumiere light festival Durham University have brought together the producers, Artichoke, and regional writing development agency New Writing North, on an exciting collaboration that will see new works from some of the UK’s leading poets light up Durham Castle. Among them is prize winning writer Kayo Chingonyi, an Assistant Professor in our Department. Here Kayo talks about his involvement and how poetry has been a central part of his life.
Image of Kayo Chingonyi