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The Book as Cure: Bibliotherapy and Literary Caregiving from the First World War to the Present 14 September 2018, School of Advanced Study, Senate House, London CFP deadline: 4 May 2018 This one-day event, part of the annual programme of the History of Books and Reading (HOBAR) research collaboration at The Open University, explores in the centenary year of the war’s end the legacy of wartime bibliotherapy. It brings together early career researchers and advanced scholars with practitioners, policy makers, charities, and representatives from the culture and heritage industries to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue about the curative power of reading during and after the war. How is that curative power understood now? How was it understood in 1914? How has it been managed since in the voluntary sector and in institutions? In what ways does the legacy of First World War bibliotherapy remain active in contemporary policy-making in the charity sector, and in work with veterans and settled refugees? Led by three members of The Open University’s Department of English and Creative Writing, this event will contribute to and shape understanding of the therapeutic importance of books across disciplines and help to generate further focused research in the Humanities and beyond. Proposals of 300 words for 20-minute papers by Friday, 4 May 2018 are welcomed from PhD students, ECRs, and established scholars working in the field. There will be a dedicated PhD/ECR panel during the day. Topics include the healing book; creative and expressive writing interventions; reading, writing, and trauma; author-based studies on literary caregiving of any type; hospital, prison, and asylum reading/libraries and mental health/wellness; curating generative archives; documenting resilience and identifying outcomes. Proposals and enquiries may be sent to the conference organisers: Siobhán Campbell (Siobhan.Campbell@open.ac.uk), Sara Haslam (Sara.Haslam@open.ac.uk), and Edmund King (Edmund.King@open.ac.uk). School of Advanced Study

Watching the Transnational Detectives: Showcasing Identity and Internationalism on British Television 8–9 November 2018 CFP deadline: 8 June 2018 Organised by the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures of the University of Hull with support from the Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies project (part of the AHRC’s Open World Research Initiative). A recent article in the Evening Standard posed the question, ‘Is it a coincidence that just as governments are seeking to close their borders, television is opening them?’ (15 March 2017). Indeed, in postBrexit Britain, television viewers have access to an ever-increasing number of foreign language programmes. And ‘with the boom in streaming services, a single TV drama can cross borders like never before. Yet still, telling local stories appears to be the secret to international appeal’. But what is the relationship between the local, national, and transnational that is presented on screen? And how do these dramas influence viewers’ perceptions of the countries, nationalities, and languages that are depicted on screen? This conference will address these questions by focusing on popular global crime dramas that are available with English sub-titles to British viewers. Although work has been done on the crime genre in literature and on film in different language contexts, there is little work available on the reception of these television programmes in a transnational context. The conference will therefore explore the way in which ideas of national identity and nationhood are interrogated through crime drama series when watched in Britain and thus outside of their original national context. The conference will address, but not be limited to, the following areas and contexts:

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School of Advanced Study Events Brochure May-September 2018  

Hundreds of events highlighting the latest research across the humanities hosted by the School of Advanced Study

School of Advanced Study Events Brochure May-September 2018  

Hundreds of events highlighting the latest research across the humanities hosted by the School of Advanced Study

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