Scholarship on the contemporary has a unique relationship to questions of canonicity and value. What values shape the choices made in research and teaching on the contemporary? What canons does this work produce? And how do these values and canons relate to those produced in education and the publishing and cultural industries?
This one-day symposium will debate the ideas of canonicity and cultural value that inform research and teaching in contemporary literary studies. It aims to enable researchers at all levels, and working in all areas of contemporary literary studies, to theorise, articulate, and critique the role played by canons and values in their teaching and research, and to develop strategies for engaging with debates about canonicity and value beyond academia.
This event is supported by the British Association of Contemporary Literary Studies, who have generously provided support for a number of travel awards to enable the participation of PGRs and ECRs working without institutional support. Please see the Call for Participants page for details on how to apply.
This event is organised by Contemporary Studies Network (Rachel Sykes [University of Birmingham], Diletta De Cristofaro [University of Birmingham], Arin Keeble [Edinburgh Napier University]) in collaboration with Kevin Brazil (University of Southampton) and Andrew Dean (UCL).