We are delighted to announce that the seventeenth annual conference will take place at Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester, UK, from Thursday 7 April until Saturday 9 April 2022. This event is organised as a partnership between the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Plenaries: Susan M. Gaines (University of Bremen); Shital Pravinchandra (Queen Mary, University of London); Leah Knight (Brock University)
Call for papers
We invite proposals for 20-minute papers, panels of three papers, or special roundtables on subjects within the field of literature (broadly defined to include theatre, film, and television) and science (including medicine and technology). To propose a paper please submit a 200-word abstract with a short biographical note by 5 November 2021 to BSLS2022Manchester@gmail.com. Panel and roundtable submissions should consist of a 1200-word outline of the session’s purpose and the contributions of each speaker, sent by 5 November 2021 to BSLS2022Manchester@gmail.com.
The conference programme will be confirmed in December to allow you to plan your travel early. Registration will take place between December and February.
About the conference
All talks and plenaries are to take place in person in the Friends’ Meeting House, with extra activities at Manchester Central Library and the International Anthony Burgess Centre. We will observe any social distancing advice in place at the time of the conference.
There will be two free reception events and a conference banquet (for an extra fee). Cost will be around £120 for unwaged, around £200 for waged. Vegetarian and vegan food will be standard and other dietary requirements can be accommodated.
There will be an online package consisting of access to the plenaries and limited other content for delegates who are unable to travel, at a reduced cost, but the conference is designed to be in-person and we hope to welcome as many delegates to Manchester as possible. If you would like to discuss contributing without attendance, please contact us directly on the above email. We may move the conference online with several months’ notice if the pandemic situation dictates it.
The conference fee will be waived for two graduate students in exchange for written reports on the conference, to be published in the BSLS Newsletter. If you are interested in being selected for one of these awards, please mention this when sending in your proposal. To qualify you will need to be registered for a postgraduate degree at the time of the conference.
Conference delegates will need to register/renew as members of the BSLS (annual membership: £25 waged / £10 unwaged).
About the venue
Friends’ Meeting House is a Quaker space that dates from 1795; a wall on the site is the only fragment of building left that was standing during the Peterloo massacre, which took place in this area of central Manchester, https://meetinghousemanchester.co.uk/
Manchester has a number of hotels, B&Bs and Airbnb accommodation suited to every budget. We will be circulating a list of hotels close to the central location.
Each venue has good access, and we will circulate details closer to the conference date.
Local organising committee
Jerome de Groot, Amy Chambers, James Sumner, Noelle Gallagher