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Philosophy and Literature Graduate Conference

26 May 2009

Social Studies 0.20


The Department of Philosophy and the Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts are pleased to announce their second Graduate Conference in Philosophy & Literature. The conference aims to bring together a range of current research on topics linking philosophy and literature, to foster conversation across disciplines and traditions. The graduate papers will be followed by a keynote lecture by John Ferrari, Professor of Classics at the University of California at Berkeley. His lecture will be on 'The Messages We Send' (abstract).


10:00-10:45 Geoff Stevenson (Manchester): ‘Advancing an Ontology of Stories: Smuts’ Dilemma’ / Commentator: Eileen John (Warwick)

10:45-11:30 Rebecca Schuman (UC-Irvine): ‘Gregor Samsa Is Not a Chicken: A “Resolute” Reading of The Metamorphosis’ / Commentator: David Egan (Oxford)

11:30-11:45 Coffee 

11:45-12:30 Andrew Rayment (Aberystwyth): ‘The Manifestations of Belief in Our Time: A Dialogue between Terry Pratchett and Slavoj Zizek’ / Commentator: Charlotte Mahoney (Warwick)

12:30-13:15 Paul Morrow (Vanderbilt): ‘Deeming Translation Literary: Lessons from a Threshold Field of Cultural Production’ / Commentator: Peter Shum (Warwick)

13:15-14:15 Lunch 

14:15-15:00 Kamila Pacovská (Charles University/Prague): ‘Banker Bulstrode: Study of a Wrongdoing’ / Commentator: Merten Reglitz (Warwick)

15:00-15:45 Sophie Djigo (Université Picardie Jules Verne/Amiens): ‘Musil’s Satire: Sobering Up Moral Thoughts’ / Commentator: Peter Poellner (Warwick)

15:45-16:00 Coffee

16:00-18:00 Keynote Lecture: John Ferrari, 'The Messages We Send'

See the conference call for papers here.

There is no conference fee, but we ask that you register using this form, so that we can estimate attendance and catering needs. The conference dinner will be held on campus. The cost is £20 and can be paid on the day, but we need to know if you are planning to attend the dinner by 19 May.

Travel and location information:

Here are links to the campus map (the Social Studies building is number 53 on the map), and to information on directions to campus. If you are traveling by rail (National Rail), the nearest stations are Coventry and Leamington Spa, and each is served by bus routes to campus, involving in each case a short walk from the station to the bus stop (the U1 and 12 routes come from Leamington to campus, and the 12 route comes from Coventry to campus--have coins on hand for the 12, which does not give change). Details on reaching the 12 bus stop from Coventry train station here. A taxi from Coventry train station is about £10, and from Leamington station it's about £20. Here is a map of parking available on campus. Lots 8, 9, 10, and 15 would be most convenient for the Social Studies building. There is some free parking available as well, but it is hard to get. Parking for the day costs £2.20.

Here is a link to the university's information on travel and accommodation. Here are links to two B&B's that are within walking distance to campus: Westwood Cottage and Lodge Farm House. Here is a link to accommodation in Leamington Spa (check for locations that are near the U1 and 12 bus routes, if you need public transport to campus). Here is a link to accommodation in Kenilworth (of the lower-priced ones, the Abbey, Hollyhurst, Ferndale, and The Cottage are very convenient for the 12 bus to campus). Kenilworth and Leamington Spa are about a 15 minute ride away from campus. Here is a link to accommodation in Coventry. The latter site covers a lot of territory, so again, check for ease of access to campus. Note that the University of Warwick is not in the town of Warwick (there is accommodation available in the town of Warwick as well, but it is slightly farther away and bus service to campus, the 16 bus, is not very frequent).

Please contact Eileen John ( for further information.

We thank the British Society of Aesthetics and the Warwick Humanities Research Centre for their generous support of this event.

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