Forthcoming events

Postgraduate Research Conference

  • 20 March 2018

Symposium: Corpus Approaches to Lexicogrammar

  • Saturday 16 June 2018 at Edge Hill University.

Previous events

Language and Linguistics Research Seminar

Wednesday 2 March 2016, 2 pm, W5

Dr Gabriel Ozon (University of Sheffield)

Building a corpus of an unwritten language:Methods and challenges

This talk tells about the adventures and achievements of a research group who are assembling a corpus of Kamtok, the English-lexifier pidgin of Cameroon in West Africa, which has millions of speakers but no written standard language.

Corpus studies at the lexis-grammar interface

  • Saturday 2 April 2016

Language and Linguistics Research Seminar

Wednesday 17 February 2016, 2 pm, B106:

Prof. Elena Lieven (University of Manchester): Developing a language

This talk gives a picture of how usage-based approaches look at language development and the role of input, frequency and meaning on children’s development and errors.

The Digital University: MOOCs and the Humanities

15 May 2014, at Edge Hill University

On 15 May 2014, Edge Hill University will host a conference on The Digital University: MOOCs and the Humanities. Organised by Dr Ben Brabon – convenor of the UK’s first undergraduate credit-bearing MOOC – the conference aims to explore the relationship between MOOCs and the Humanities in order to better understand the idea of the Digital University in the twenty-first century. In particular, the conference will ask what do MOOCs mean for the Humanities and what types of opportunities and challenges do they raise?

For more details please visit the conference website.


BYRON NOW: Second Annual Student Byron Conference

23 May 2012, at Edge Hill University

All conference papers were delivered by second and third year undergraduates, MA Students and first year PhD students.

The conference was opened by David McClay, curator of the John Murray archive at the National Library of Scotland. His paper was entitled ‘Byron in the 21st Century: an Archival Perspective’. Prof. Bernard Beatty closed the conference with his paper ‘Byron’s Moment and Byron’s Now’.

The annual Byron conference is an excellent opportunity for those students who might be interested in doing postgraduate work, as well as students who have a particular interest in Byron or Romanticism, to try out and develop their ‘Conference Skills’ i.e. writing abstracts, writing and delivering an academic paper. The conference is also an opportunity to hear keynote speakers who are international experts in this field.

Call For Papers

For details of next year’sconference, to be held in May 2013, please contact Dr Mary Hurst at

MAINSTREAMING CO-OPERATION: An Alternative for the 21st Century?

Tuesday 3 July 2012 – Thursday 5 July 2012, Manchester and Rochdale

The United Nations has declared 2012 to be the International Year of Co?operatives. In celebration, this major international forum will discuss how co-operatives in every sphere of social, economic, political and cultural life can emerge globally in the coming century as a participatory, democratic alternative to competitive, private, profit-driven, liberal market democracies.

The Co?operative College, University of Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan University, Liverpool John Moores University, Edge Hill University and the University of Central Lancashire are organising this major interdisciplinary conference, with support from the Co-operative Group.

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A SORT OF WISDOM: Exploring the Legacy of Primo Levi

Edge Hill University, 6th-7th July, 2012

An international conference commemorating the 25th anniversary of Primo Levi’s death is taking place at Edge Hill University on 6th-7th July, 2012. The conference will also host an exhibition of photographs taken of Primo Levi in 1986 by the award-winning photographer Jillian Edelstein.

Primo Levi (1919-1987) was born and lived his entire life in or near Turin, with the exception of the years 1944-45, when he was captured as an anti-fascist partisan, deported to Auschwitz, and then released into war-torn Europe. After liberation, with ‘a torrent of things to tell the civilised world’ and ‘the tattooed number on [his] arm burning like a sore’, he wrote a series of remarkable books, including If This is a Man, The Periodic Table, and The Drowned and the Saved. He is now viewed as not only one of the key literary figures of the twentieth century and one of the most important survivor-writers of the Holocaust, but for many he is an ethical writer of great depth and even a subtle and humane ‘political philosopher’.

Although he famously asked his readers not to treat him as a ‘prophet, oracle, or seer,’ Primo Levi also suspected that there was ‘a sort of wisdom that seeps through from my books which I don’t feel within myself.’ What sort of wisdom do we find in Levi and how can we critically appropriate his legacy without encouraging what Bryan Cheyette has called ‘reductive discourses which have engulfed Levi’s life and work’ and risk turning him into a ‘saint-like figure’?

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Norman Geras

  • ‘Hope, Shame and Resentment: Primo Levi and Jean Améry’
  • Norman Geras is Professor Emeritus, University of Manchester, and author of The Contract of Mutual Indifference: Political Philosophy After the Holocaust.

Robert S.C. Gordon

  • ‘Outrageous Fortune: Primo Levi, Luck and the Holocaust’
  • Robert Gordon is a Reader in Modern Italian Culture and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College University of Cambridge, and author of Primo Levi’s Ordinary Virtues: From Testimony to Ethics.

Anthony Rudolf

  • ‘Best Regards from Home to Home: Reading Primo Levi through his Letters to a UK Friend and Publisher’
  • Anthony Rudolf is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and author of At an Uncertain Hour: Primo Levi’s War against Oblivion.

Paul Salmons

  • ‘True Witnesses? Holocaust Education and the Legacy of Primo Levi’
  • Paul Salmons is Head of Curriculum and Development at the Holocaust Education Development Programme, Institute of Education.

Judith Woolf

  • ‘An Atom of Carbon: Primo Levi and Science’
  • Judith Woolf is Senior Lecturer in English and Italian at the University of York and author of The Memory of the Offence.




Call for Papers

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers or for conference panels on any aspect of Levi’s legacy and from any discipline – including literature, cultural studies, political philosophy, ethics, educational studies, social theory, history and Holocaust studies.

Topics are not limited to, but may include:

  • Levi and Ethics
  • Levi and Memory / Story-Telling / Witnessing
  • Levi and the Holocaust
  • Levi and the ‘Two Cultures’ of Science and Literature
  • Levi and Work
  • Levi and Friendship
  • Levi as Educator
  • Levi and Writing
  • Levi and Language
  • Levi and Violence and War
  • Levi and Humour
  • Levi and Political Philosophy after the Holocaust
  • Levi and Humanism
  • Representations and Receptions of Primo Levi

Please email a 500-word abstract (max) of your paper and a short CV by 9 March 2012 to:

The conference will be followed by a call for papers for an edited collection of essays on Levi’s work.

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