Bas Aarts is Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Survey of English Usage at UCL. His research interest is in the field of syntax, more specifically verbal syntax. His recent publications include: Syntactic gradience (2007, OUP), Oxford modern English grammar (2011, OUP), The English verb phrase (2013, edited with J. Close, G. Leech and S. Wallis, CUP), Oxford dictionary of English grammar (2nd edition 2014; edited with S. Chalker and E. Weiner, OUP), as well as articles in books and journals. He is a founding editor of the journal English Language and Linguistics (CUP).
Lecture title: “Corpus Linguistics and the Teaching of English Grammar”
Chair: Dr Belén Méndez Naya
Eva Alcón Soler is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University Jaume I (Castelló) and leader of the competitive Research Group in Applied Linguistics to English Language Teaching. She has published widely on the acquisition of L2 pragmatics, the role of interaction in L2 learning, multilingualism and related issues, in international journals such as Communication and Cognition, International Review of Applied Linguistics, System, Intercultual Pragmatics, Multilingua, International Journal of Educational Research, International Review of Applied Linguistics, and authored, edited or coedited volumes published in Peter Lang, Springer, Multilingual Matters, Chapelle, C.A., SLA, Routledge and Cambridge University Press, among others.
Lecture title: “Learning Pragmatics: Insights from Instructional Contexts and Beyond”
Chair: Prof. Carmen Pérez-Llantada
Isabel Durán Giménez-Rico is Professor of American Literature and Vice-rector for International Affairs at the Complutense University of Madrid, and President of the Spanish Association for American Studies (SAAS). Her research and publication record on gender studies, literature, autobiography and ethnicity includes co-editing an eight-volume series on gender studies, and authoring over sixty articles and book chapters. Director of the UCM Research Group “Women’s Studies in the Anglophone Countries”, she has also been principal investigator of several national and international projects, and serves on the editorial board of numerous indexed journals in her field, both national and international. She has been a Fulbright grantee on two occasions.
Lecture title: “Life Writing and/as Criticism: the Transnational Spaces of Women’s Imagination.”
Chair: Prof. Francisco Collado-Rodríguez
Anne Whitehead is Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University. She has published the monographs Trauma Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2004) and Memory: New Critical Idiom (Routledge, 2009). She has also co-edited W. G. Sebald: A Critical Companion (Edinburgh University Press, 2004) and Theories of Memory: A Reader (Edinburgh University Press, 2007). She is currently co-editing The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities (to be published in June 2016) and working on her next monograph, Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction, which will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2017.
Lecture title: “The Medical Humanities and the Question of Empathy.”
Chair: Dr Bárbara Arizti
Anne Karpf is a writer, sociologist and award-winning journalist. A regular broadcaster for BBC Radio, she contributes columns and features to The Guardian and other British newspapers. Her four books of non-fiction include The War After: Living with the Holocaust (Faber), The Human Voice (Bloomsbury) and, most recently, How to Age (Pan Macmillan), published in the UK, USA, Brazil, China, Romania and (shortly) The Netherlands. A past recipient of a British Academy Thank-Offering to Britain Fellowship for her research, she is Reader in Professional Writing and Cultural Inquiry at London Metropolitan University.
Lecture title: “Writing Lives, Narrative Choices.”
Chair: Dr Silvia Pellicer-Ortín
Born in 1966 and educated up to his MA in a small town of India, Tabish Khair is the winner of the All India Poetry Prize. Khair’s novels have been shortlisted for the Encore Award (UK), Vodafone Crossword Award (India), Hindu Best Fiction Prize (India), Man Asian Literature Prize (Hong Kong/UK), DSC Prize for South Asia (UK/India), Aloa Prize (Denmark) and Prix de l’Inapercu (France). Having worked as a school teacher in Gaya and a staff reporter in Delhi, Khair completed a PhD from Copenhagen University and later a DPhil from Aarhus University, where he is an associate professor now. Khair’s last novel, How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position, was dubbed “unmissable” by the Times and “irreverent, intelligent, explosive” by Independent. It was a New Statesman book of the year and described as the ‘best’ post-9/11 novel by the New Republic. Khair’s latest study, The New Xenophobia, was published by Oxford University Press in January 2016 and new novel on jihadi brides will be published by Penguin and others in late 2016.
Lecture Title: “Fiction and Fact: Making Sense of the World in Literature”
Chair: Dr M. Dolores Herrero
Participation regrettably cancelled for personal reasons.
Round Table: “Shakespeare’s Afterlives”
Clara Calvo is Professor of English Studies at the University of Murcia, where she teaches on Shakespeare, Jane Austen and the Romantics. Her publications include Relations and Fool-Master Discourse in Shakespeare (1991) and with Jean-Jacques Weber, The Literature Workbook (1998). With Ton Hoenselaars, she has edited The Shakespearean International Yearbook, 8, (2008) and a special issue of Critical Survey on Shakespeare and the Cultures of Commemoration (2011). Her edition of The Spanish Tragedy, with Jesús Tronch, is part of the Arden Early Modern Series (Bloomsbury, 2013), With Coppélia Kahn, she has edited Celebrating Shakespeare: Commemoration and Cultural Memory (Cambridge University Press, 2015). She is currently the President of SEDERI.
ÁNGELES DE LA CONCHA
Ángeles de la Concha is Honorary Research Fellow at the Spanish National University of Distance Learning (UNED) in Madrid where she has taught early modern drama and contemporary fiction. Related to these subjects, she has co-authored English Literature in the Second Half of the 20 th Century (2006) and Ejes de la Literatura Inglesa Medieval y Renacentista (2010). On the subject of Shakespeare’s afterlives, she has edited and introduced the volume Shakespeare en la imaginación contemporánea. Revisiones y reescrituras de su obra (2004) contributing with chapters on Marina Warner’s Indigo and Robert Nye’s Falstaff; she has also published the articles “‘Crossing the lines, crossing the squares’. Marina Warner’s New Cartography of The Tempest” (2002), “The End of History. Or is it? Circularity versus progress in Caryl Phillips’ The Nature of Blood” (2000) where she explores Phillips’ prequel to Othello, and “Problemas de representación: Goneril y Regan se cambian de autor” where she analyses Jane Smiley’s brilliant rewriting of King Lear A Thousand Acres (1997). Other than this line of research, she has worked and published extensively in the field of feminist and gender studies, focusing on issues of gender violence, trauma and ethics.
Celestino Deleyto is Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Zaragoza. He is the author of The Secret Life of Romantic Comedy (Manchester U.P., 2009), as well as many articles on film genre and romantic comedy, and, with María del Mar Azcona, of Alejandro González Iñárritu (The University of Illinois Press, 2010). His book From Tinseltown to Bordertown: Los Angeles on Film is forthcoming from Wayne State U.P. (2017). Published articles on Shakespeare and cinema include “Men in Leather: Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing” (Cinema Journal:, 1997) and “The Construction of Space and the Monstrous-Feminine in the Welles-Text” (Critical Survey, 1998). He is currently researching on Transnational Cinema, Borders, and Cosmopolitan Cinema. His article “Looking from the Border: A Cosmopolitan Approach to Contemporary Cinema” is forthcoming from Transnational Cinemas (2017).
Douglas Lanier is Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. He has taught at Duke, UCLA, Allegheny College, and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, as well as the University of New Hampshire. Professor Lanier is widely recognized as a pioneer in the study of modern appropriations of Shakespeare in all media. His book, Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture (OUP, 2002), established the basic parameters of one of the most lively fields in Shakespeare studies today. He is currently at work on a study of the adaptation of Othello to the screen worldwide and a book on The Merchant of Venice for Arden’s Language & Writing series. He has been the recipient of several fellowships and awards and for 2016-7 he is the Fulbright Global Shakespeare Centre Distinguished Chair at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Warwick.
Chair: Prof. Clara Calvo