Reading In Conflict: an Interdisciplinary Seminar

The Open University, Milton Keynes
Christodoulou Meeting Room 01
24th June 2013
10:00-16:00

The commonplace understanding of reading as an essentially private activity is challenged not only by the very vocal kinds of reading carried out in classrooms, literary festivals or book clubs but also by the important role it has played in social and political conflict.

This interdisciplinary seminar brings researchers together to explore the question of how reading is implicated in diverse forms of conflict, including class conflict, military conflict, and conflict over political questions such as race and immigration. Presentations of cutting edge research on reading from the 19th century to the present day will be followed by group discussion of current knowledge and future directions for research and publication.

Lunch will be provided. Attendance is free but places are limited.

Please email Alex Laffer (a.laffer@open.ac.uk) to book a place.

Full program of presentations attached.
Speakers:
Dr. Rosalind Crone, The Open University, History
Dr. Edmund King, The Open University, English
Dr. Catherine Feely, University of Sheffield, History
Dr. Daniel Allington, The Open University, Language and Communication
Vincent Trott, The Open University, History
Alex Laffer, The Open University, Language and Communication

This event is made possible by funding from the Open University Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET).

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