Conference: 13th & 14th May 2016

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European Network for Short Fiction Research (ENSFR) Conference

Edge Hill University, UK, 13-14 May, 2016

Writing in 1936, Elizabeth Bowen said: ‘The short story is a young art; as we now know it, it is the child of this century. Poetic tautness and clarity are so essential to it that it may be said to stand at the edge of prose; in its use of action it is nearer to drama than to the novel. The cinema, itself busy with a technique, is of the same generation; in the last thirty years the two arts have been accelerating together.’

The child of the 20th century is still growing and developing in the 21st century, alongside an equally rapid acceleration in new media. Through discussions, presentations and performances, this conference will explore the generic affinities between short fiction and other art forms; intermedial transformations; and migrations of the form. This includes the impact of changing technologies on its writing and transmission, historically and at the present moment.

This ENSFR event has been organised by the English, History and Creative Writing Department, and is supported by the Institute for Creative Enterprise at Edge Hill University. The event will take place at Edge Hill’s Ormskirk Campus.

Keynote Speaker: Nicholas Royle

royle_nicholas_3Nicholas Royle is the author of First Novel, as well as six earlier novels, and a short story collection, Mortality. He has edited nineteen anthologies and is series editor of Best British Short Stories (Salt). A senior lecturer in creative writing at the Manchester Writing School at MMU, he also runs Nightjar Press and is an editor at Salt Publishing. His latest publication is In Camera (Negative Press London), with artist David Gledhill.

The Conference Programme is available to download. (schedule is subject to change)

Venue: Business School at Edge Hill University (Directions)

Conference Fee:
£50 (incl. VAT) Standard fee
£30 (incl. VAT) Student / Unwaged fee

Registration: closed.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Amanda Bigler (Loughborough University, UK)
  • Lisa Blower (independent scholar, UK)
  • Ingrid Cuypers (KU Leuven, Belgium)
  • Elke D’hoker (University of Leuven, Belgium)
  • Karen D’Souza (Edge Hill University, UK)
  • Erika Fülöp (Lancaster University, UK)
  • George Green (Lancaster University, UK)
  • Thomas Gurke (Heinrich-Heine-University, Du?sseldorf, Germany)
  • Philippa Holloway (Edge Hill University, UK)
  • Bettina Jansen (TU Dresden, Germany)
  • Sophia Kier-Byfield (University of Aarhus, Denmark)
  • Esin Korkut (Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey)
  • Emma Liggins (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
  • Laura Lojo-Rodríguez (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
  • Micaela Maftei (Camosun College, Canada)
  • Anna Metcalfe (University of East Anglia, UK)
  • Kerry Myler (Newman University, UK)
  • Mercedes Peñalba (University of Salamanca, Spain)
  • Susan Poznar (Arkansas Tech University, USA)
  • Gerald Preher (Lille Catholic University, France)
  • Eleonora Rao (University of Salerno, Italy)
  • Christine Reynier (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier, France)
  • Michelle Ryan-Sautour (Université d’Angers, France)
  • Jorge Sacido-Romero (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
  • Emma Segar (Edge Hill University, UK)
  • Simon Stevenson (University Centre Doncaster, UK)
  • Julie Tanner (independent scholar, UK)
  • Laura Tansley (University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Aleix Tura Vecino (University of Stirling, UK)
  • Minna Vuohelainen (Edge Hill University, UK)
  • Mi?osz Wojtyna (University of Gda?sk, Poland)
  • Manuela Zehnter (University of Bonn, Germany)
  • Roksana Zgierska (University of Gdansk, Poland)

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