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Conference plenary speakers

We are delighted to announce the four plenary speakers for the conference:

Alan Liu
The New Pragmatism [Abstract]
Jonathan Bate
Jonathan Bate is Professor at Warwick University. His publications include Shakespeare and the English Romantic Imagination, Shakespearean Constitutions, Shakespeare and Ovid, the Arden edition of Titus Andronicus, The Genius of Shakespeare, two influential works of ecocriticism, Romantic Ecology and The Song of the Earth and a novel about William Hazlitt, The Cure for Love. His biography of John Clare won Britain's two oldest literary awards, the Hawthornden Prize for Literature and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography. His most recent books are a new edition of Clare's Selected Poetry and a revision of the Penguin Classics edition of Andrew Marvell's Complete Poetry. He is on the Board of the Royal Shakespeare Company, for whom he is editing a new edition of Shakespeare's complete works, to be published in April 2007. A Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature, he broadcasts regularly for the BBC, writes for the Guardian, TLS and Sunday Telegraph, has held visiting posts at Harvard, Yale and UCLA, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen's 80th Birthday Honours for his services to literary study and higher education.


Alan Liu
Knowledge 2.0? – the University and Web 2.0 [Abstract]
Alan Liu
Alan Liu is Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Wordsworth: The Sense of History (Stanford Univ. Press, 1989); The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2004); and Local Transcendence: Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database (forthcoming, Univ. of Chicago Press). He is principal investigator of the UC Multi-campus Research Group, Transliteracies: Research in the Technological, Social, and Cultural Practices of Online Reading; principal investigator of the UCSB Transcriptions Project (Literature and the Culture of Information); and co-director of his English Department's undergraduate specialization on Literature and the Culture of Information. His other online projects include Voice of the Shuttle and (as general editor) The Agrippa Files. Liu was a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) from 2002-2007. He is Editor of the UC New Media directory.

Video: Watch Alan Liu's conference presentation on the Subject Centre's mediaplayer


Richard E. Miller
Reading in Slow Motion: The Humanities and the Work of the Moment [Abstract]
Richard E. Miller
Richard Miller is the author of As if Learning Mattered: Reforming Higher Education (Cornell UP, 1998) and Writing at the End of the World (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005). His articles have appeared in the journals College English, JAC: A Journal of Advanced Composition, WPA Journal, and Pedagogy, as well as in the collections Composition Studies in the 21st Century: Rereading the Past, Rewriting the Future, Teaching/Writing in the Late Age of Print, and Professing in the Contact Zone: Bringing Theory and Practice Together. He is also the co-editor, with Kurt Spellmeyer, of The New Humanities Reader (Hougton-Mifflin, 2002) and co-author of the web site newhum.com.

Video: Watch Richard Miller's presentation on the Subject Centre's media player


Andrew Motion
Andrew Motion read English at University College, Oxford and subsequently spent two years writing about the poetry of Edward Thomas for an M. Litt. From 1976 to 1980 he taught English at the University of Hull; from 1980 to 1982 he edited the Poetry Review and from 1982 to 1989 he was Editorial Director and Poetry Editor at Chatto & Windus. He has recently been appointed Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London.
Andrew Motion was appointed as Poet Laureate in May 1999 .


Elaine Showalter will be giving an opening address:

Elaine Showalter
Elaine Showalter is a teacher, author, and critic whose books include A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Brontë to Lessing; The Female Malady: Women, Madness, and Culture in England, 1830-1908; Hystories: Hysterical Epidemics and Modern Media; and Inventing Herself: Claiming a Feminist Intellectual Heritage.  In 2003 she published a guidebook entitled Teaching Literature and in her most recent book, Faculty Towers, Showalter takes a personal look at the ways novels about the academy have charted changes in the university and society.
A past president of the Modern Language Association, she is Professor Emeritus of English at Princeton University.

And Judy Simons will be welcoming delegates to the conference:

Judy Simons is Professor of English and Pro Vice Chancellor at De Montfort University, and she has been Chair of the Advisory Board of the English Subject Centre since its inception. Her books include Diaries and Journals of Literary Women, What Katy Read: Feminist Re-readings of Classic Stories for Girls, and critical studies of Fanny Burney, Rosamond Lehmann and Jane Austen. She has chaired a number of national academic bodies, including CCUE and the Council of University Deans of Arts and Humanities. She is currently on the Board of the Higher Education Academy and the Chair of Council. She is also on the HEFCE Strategic committee for Leadership, Governance and Management. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the English Association.