We offer MA/PhD 'Research Methods' and PhD 'Work in Progress' seminars to all campus-based students, which ensures that there is a regular forum at which all our research students can meet, socialise and support one another. The students on the various taught MA courses in English Literature have, of course, opportunities to meet each other on their various modules, while PhD students can choose to meet at any of a large number of reading groups tailored to specific research areas. All of these things contribute to the formation of a supportive and tight-knit postgraduate community.
Our MA students organise their own summer conference each year. In 2015, ‘Reconfiguring Boundaries’ featured papers on topics as various as ‘The wounds become him’: seeing the soldier’s body in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus’, ‘Simulating Freaks in American Horror Story: Freak Show’ and ‘Hashtag Poetry: Poets of Colour and the Contemporary Age’.
Research students can present papers at our annual Gothic Study Day or one of the many conferences organised by PhD students themselves. Recently, these have included ‘Eating Otherwise’, ‘Fictions of Corporeal Diversity: A Symposium on Literary Disability Studies’ and ‘Locating Fantastika’.
In recent years, the Department has welcomed a series of distinguished international scholars to participate in postgraduate seminars, workshops, readings and symposia: Professor J. Hillis Miller (University of California at Irvine), Professor Simon Critchley (New School of Social Research, New York) and Mieke Bal (University of Amsterdam).