Monthly Archives: September 2015

A conversation with Caroline Criado-Perez OBE


A conversation with Caroline Criado-Perez OBE

Hosted by the Gender and Society Research Hub, Northumbria University


Caroline Criado-Perez is a freelance journalist, broadcaster and feminist campaigner. She is co-founder of The Women’s Room, a database of women experts set up to counter the small number of women selected to appear in the media as experts. In 2013, Caroline led a successful campaign for the Bank of England to keep a woman on English banknotes, resulting in the Bank changing its selection processes.  Both of these campaigns attest to the power of social media as a tool for social change.  The onslaught of abuse Caroline was subjected to, as a woman speaking out on feminist issues, highlighted the violence – physical and symbolic – that women face for being women every day, demonstrating the ongoing necessity of feminist work.

Caroline won the Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year Award in 2013 and featured in The Independent on Sunday’s ‘Happy List’ that same year.  Her first book, Do It Like A Woman…. And Change the World, was published by Portobello Books in May 2015 and comprises inspirational accounts of women pioneers from around the world.  In June 2015 Caroline was appointed OBE for her services to Equality and Diversity particularly in the media.  In response to congratulations regarding the OBE on Twitter, she tweeted “We’re taking feminism all the way to the queen”.

Event Details:

Monday 12th October 2015

6.30-7.30pm (drinks from 6pm)

City Campus East, Business and Law Building, Northumbria University
(No. 17 on the City Campus map available to download here:

This is a FREE public event but please RESERVE YOUR PLACE HERE:

For enquiries please contact:

Dr Julie Scanlon

Senior Lecturer in English Literature
Dept of Humanities
Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

Lipman 406
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST
T: 0191 2437327

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ESSE 2016 Panel on Literature and Medical Discourse in 20th and 21st Centuries.


ESSE 2016, Galway, 22nd – 26th August

Further details of ESSE at

CFP: In her 1930 essay ‘On Being Ill’ Woolf noted how “strange” it was “that illness ha[d] not taken its place with love and battle and jealousy among the prime themes of literature.” Does  Woolf’s comment still hold? A number of scholars have recently explored the symbolic value of illness in literature but how far can or should literature go beyond metaphor in representing the experience of illness? How far does Rita Charon’s concept of ‘narrative medicine’ capture the distinctiveness of literature as an alternative to medical discourse? We invite papers on the interconnections between literature and medical discourse in 20th and 21st century British literature.


Dr. Nicolas Pierre Boileau EA853, LERMA
Faculté des lettres, Université d’Aix-Marseille
29 avenue R. Schuman 13161 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1 France

Professor Clare Hanson
Faculty of Humanities
, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus 
SO17 1BJ 
United Kingdom

23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christie and Her Work


23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christie and Her Work
5-6 April 2016
METU Culture and Convention Centre
Ankara, Turkey

Department of Foreign Language Education,
Middle East Technical University,
Ankara, Turkey

Contact person: Asst. Prof. Dr. Dürrin Alpakın Martinez-Caro
Contact email:

“23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christieand Her Work” is a two-day conference organized by the Department of Foreign Language Education, Middle East Technical University, 5-6 April 2016. We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations on any aspect of Agatha Christie’s life and work.

We encourage submissions from a variety of disciplines, theoretical perspectives and genres. Comparative approaches focusing on the work of Agatha Christie within contexts such as media, performance and adaptation studies are also welcome.

Possible themes include, but are by no means limited to:
— Genre studies and crime fiction
— Agatha Christie and non-fiction (autobiography, travel writing, etc.)
— Agatha Christie in the Turkish context
— Agatha Christie and world literature
— Agatha Christie and feminism
— Agatha Christie and translation studies
— Theatre, film, radio, TV adaptations of Christie’s fiction
— Agatha Christie’s influence on other crime fiction writers
— Teaching Christie’s fiction

Please email an abstract of 250 words with 4-5 keywords and a short academic bio to by 1 December 2015.
Please include your name, institutional affiliation and contact information (e-mail and postal address) in your submission.

Further information about the conference and its venue can be found at