The Contemporary Fiction Seminar focuses on all aspects of contemporary fiction. Its aims are to discuss a diverse selection of contemporary fictions: from novels to comics, from TV and film to online works; and to consider these works critically, against a broad spectrum of contemporary cultural concerns. Although the focus is primarily for those working in the fields of literary and cultural studies, the group welcomes non-specialists with an interest in the area. Although we use the word fiction, we also like to talk about things that are not technically fiction.
The series has been running since 2009. For details of forthcoming and previous events please check our events page. Also take a look at our posters and podcasts of previous sessions, and resources for postgraduate and early career researchers from the workshop series Researching Contemporary Culture.
Over the course of the series we have had international academic panels and guest speakers; postgraduate forums; artists’ and authors’ talks; and stand alone conferences, workshops, and short series.
Please see our events page for details of forthcoming sessions.
The seminar is supported by the Centre for Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, the Department of English at the University of Birmingham, and the Institute of English Studies.
Convenors: Zara Dinnen (Birmingham) and Tony Venezia (Birkbeck).
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