School of English

Signpost - Events in the School of English

We welcome all to attend these events in the School of English, staff, students and external visitors.

See below for events for: ROLLS (Research on Languages and Linguistics); CEMMS (Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies); English Colloquium; Modernist Studies; 18th and 19th Century Seminars; Creative and Critical Thought; Photography and Visual Culture; American Studies; Hi-Zero Poetry; Sex Diss; and Drama and Performance.

Conferences, workshops and symposia may require advance registration, please check links and details.

Week One - 5th February - 11th February

ROLLS with English Colloquium

Wednesday 7th February
All ROLLS talks from 1:00 to 2:30 on Wednesdays, in Jubilee G36

Professor Darius Galasiński (University of Wolverhampton)

Discourse analysis and psychology

(This event is cross-listed with the English Colloquium, to take place in the ROLLS time slot)

Cognitive Brown Bag (Talk in School of Psychology)

Tuesday 6th February  - Jubilee G31 12 noon
Michael Jonik (School of English)
'Materiality and Consciousness'
Week Two - 12th February - 18th February

English Colloquium 

Wednesday 14 February, 5-7pm Jubilee 144

Helen Tyson (Sussex)

’“Monsters within and without”: Marion Milner Reads Virginia Woolf'

(Event co-sponsored by the Centre for Modernist Studies)


All talks from 1:00 to 2:30 on Wednesdays, in Jubilee G36
Wednesday 14th February

Dr Laura Bailey (University of Kent)

Let's Go Sussex: Null prepositions in Southeast England 

Week Three - 19th February - 25th February

English Colloquium

Wednesday 21 February, 5-7pm   

Jubilee 144

Sonia Massai (Kings London)

 'Standard Accents and Acoustic Diversity in (Radio) Shakespeare'

 Annual Shakespeare Lecture

 Event co-sponsored by the Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies (CEMMS)

CEMMS Spring Semester Speakers

21 February 5pm Jubilee 144  Annual Shakespeare Lecture

Sonia Massai (King’s, London),
Standard Accents and Acoustic Diversity in (Radio) Shakespeare

Drama and Performance

22 February 2018, 8pm
Augusto Corrieri, In Place of a Show + book launch

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA), University of Sussex

Queer Studies Reading Group

Tuesday 20 February, 6-7:30pm

Queer Studies Reading Group Session 1: New Queer Marxisms

Excerpts from 

Holly Lewis, The Politics of Everybody: Feminism, Queer Theory, and Marxism at the Intersection (2016)


Petrus Liu, Queer Marxism in Two Chinas (2015)

Arts B217

Week Four - 26th February - 4th March

Hi Zero 27th February 7:30pm
Hope and Ruin, Brighton


 28th February

All talks from 1:00 to 2:30 on Wednesdays, in Jubilee G36

Professor Gerlinde Mautner (Vienna University of Econ. and Bus.)
Sober as a judge: Professional identity through the discourse lens

Drama and Performance with English Colloquium

28 February 2018, 5-7pm
(The Famous) Lauren Barri Holstein, research seminar

Jubilee 144, University of Sussex

co-sponsored by Drama and English Colloquium 

Corpus Linguistics in the South

Saturday 3rd March 9-5pm - for more information and to sign up:

Week Five - 5th March - 11th March

No Colloquium this week

All talks from 1:00 to 2:30 on Wednesdays, in Jubilee G36

Wednesday 7th March

Dr Helen Ringrow (University of Portsmouth)

'Beautiful masterpieces': Metaphors of the female body in modest fashion blogs

Drama and Performance

9 March 2018 (time tbc)

Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste performance

The Rosehill, Brighton

(part of Toussaint-Baptiste’s artistic residency in Drama at Sussex)

Week Six - 12th March - 18th March

CEMMS Spring Term Speakers

12 March, 6pm in Arts B274

Emma Whipday (UCL)
'"I rest your pore troublesome sister": Sibling Bonds and Familial Roles on the Early Modern Stage'

English Colloquium with Sex Diss Queory

Wednesday 14 March, 5-7pm    

Jubilee 144

Benjamin Kahan (Louisiana State University)

'Anthropologia Sexualis and the Macro Environments of Sex'  

Event co-sponsored by the Centre for Modernist Studies and the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence

14th March

All talks from 1:00 to 2:30 on Wednesdays, in Jubilee G36

Wednesday 14th March

Dr Erez Levon (Queen Mary University London)

Stereotypes and the linguistic perception of sexuality among men in Britain

Masterclass on March 14,  in conjunction with the colloquium event with Benjamin Kahan. 
1 to 3 pm, in Arts B 217 given by Prof Sara Crangle.

Masterclass on the Transpacific Queer Aesthetics of José Garcia Villa.

Readings will be circulated in advance


Week Seven - 19th March - 25th March  [Easter break 26th March - 9th April

Hi Zero Poetry

March 27th (Tuesday) 7:30pm (tbc)

English Colloquium with American Studies

Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 5-7 pm

Jubilee 118

Eileen Myles (Poet and former presidential candidate)

Reading from Myles’ new novel Afterglow and poetry performance

(Event co-sponsored by American Studies)

Week Eight - 9th April - 15th April


Tuesday April 10th, 5 -7 pm

Queory with Dr. Kat Gupta (University of Sussex)

Title and location TBA


African Popular Cultures Workshop 10th and 11th April

Tuesday 10th April (14.00 until approx. 18.30

Fulton 103 2-3:30pm and Fulton 212 4:30 to 6:30pm 

Wednesday 11th April 10-12am Global Resources Center


English Colloquium 

Wednesday 11 April, 5-7pm Jubilee 144

Tim Gallagher (Sky News) & Adam Vaughan (The Guardian) 

‘Reporting Climate Change: America and the World’

(Event co-sponsored by American Studies and part of Sussex’s 2018 Critical Points week)

African Popular Cultures 10th and 11th April

Writer Jennife Makumbi (Kintu) in conversation with John Masterson.  Times and details to be confirmed.

Thursday 12 April at 5 pm - Location tbc

Climate Change and the Contemporary Novel.

This symposium is part of the ‘Critical Points’ week at the University.

We have three visiting speakers, all of whom are former Sussex English students, and all of whom have just published or are just about to publish remarkable novels:

Naomi Booth, Sealed
Abi Curtis, Water & Glass;
Alex Lockwood, The Chernobyl Privileges

Week Nine - 16th April - 22nd April

CEMMS Spring Term Speakers

16 April,  6pm Arts B274
Alice Equestri (Sussex)

Shakespeare's licensed fools and early modern 'idiocy'?

Doubting Thomas - Reading-Around Group

on Tuesday 17th April, 1-2pm - details to be confirmed

Thursday 19 April, 6-7:30 pm

Queer Studies Reading Group Session 2: Black/Trans Histories

Excerpts from

C. Riley Snorton, Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identities (2017): pp. 1-12, 55-96.

Arts B217


18th April

All talks from 1:00 to 2:30 on Wednesdays, in Jubilee G36
Wednesday 18th April

Dr Anna Judson (Cambridge)

Scribal spelling: Studying the orthography of the Linear B writing system

Drama and Performance with English Colloquium

18 April 2018, 5-7pm
Arabella Stanger, research seminar

Choreographing White Ideality at Black Mountain College

Jubilee 144, University of Sussex

co-sponsored by Drama and English Colloquium 

Week Ten - 23rd April - 29th April

Hi Zero Poetry

April 24th (Tuesday) 7:30pm (tbc)

ROLLS with English Colloquium

5pm Jubilee 144
Wednesday 25th April

Dr Evan Hazenberg (University of Sussex)

Revisiting community: Collective identities in sociolinguistics

This event is cross-listed with the English Colloquium, to take place in the EC time slot.

Thursday 26 April  - 5 pm, location tbc

Will Self will talk about and read from his new novel, Phone.

Week Eleven - 30th April - 6th May

English Colloquium

Tuesday, 1 May, 4-6 pm

Fulton 113
Branka Arsić (Columbia)

Coral Psyches: Melville on Minds and Islands

Event co-sponsored by American Studies and the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Research Series

Thurs 3 May - 4-6pm

Queory with Dr. Sita Balani

(King’s College London)
Title and location TBA

Week Twelve - 7th May - 13th May  

Saturday, May 12, 2-6pm.

Queory, special edition: Gender, Sexuality, and the Hostile Environment

This special event will bring together scholars and activists to discuss how the government policy to institute a “hostile environment” for migrants intersects gender, sexual, and racial oppression. As borders are increasingly inserted into the mechanisms of the social state, we will investigate the complex interweaving of the hostile environment with struggles around sex worker’s rights, asylum claims, reproductive justice, trans liberation, and free and accessible education. The day will feature panel discussions and workshops.

Location and participants TBA.

No Colloquium

Summer Term Events

Hi-Zero Poetry

May 29th (Tuesday)

Oceans and Giants
Reading the Virgin Islands with Richard Georges

5-7 p.m. on Monday 21st May Jubilee 144

Drama and Performance

21 – 23 June 2018

Disco! An Interdisciplinary Conference

Hosted by Drama, Film, and Music at the University of Sussex


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