Author Archives: Dr Rod Rosenquist

Postgraduate Research Conference in Arts and Humanities subjects – programme now available

What has previously been called the School of the Arts Annual Postgraduate Research Conference is taking place one last time on Thursday and Friday, 15 and 16 September 2016, including students across two new faculties delivering papers:  the Faculty of Education and Humanities and the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology.

The full programme is now available – click link below to download the pdf file.


All events will be held in MY120 at Avenue Campus.  For further information, please contact Dr Rod Rosenquist at

Transfer Seminars in SOTA this Wednesday

You are cordially invited to the transfer seminars of two School of the Arts students on Weds 8th June starting at 2pm in MR34, Maidwell Building, Avenue Campus.

 Meriem Lamara, ‘A Study of the Gothic in Twenty-first Century Young Adult Fiction‘ at 2pm

 Meghann Hillier-Broadley, ‘Analysing Post-War Children’s Fantasy Literature Through the Evolving Narrative of the Anthropocene’ at 3pm

 The event will finish at 4pm.

‘Katherine Mansfield and the Art of the Short Story’

Gerri Kimber, Visiting Professor, and Janet Wilson, Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies, in the Department of English and Creative Writing, are finalising preparations for an important international conference being held in Bandol on the French Riviera from 10-12 June and sponsored by the University of Northampton: ‘Katherine Mansfield and the Art of the Short Story’.

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Conference: ‘All That Glitters Is Not Gold’: Critiques of Globalization in New Zealand and the Pacific

July 8July 9, Regents University, London

Supported by the University of Northampton and The New Zealand Studies Network


With the 2008 Financial Crisis and austerity, protest over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the refugee crisis in Europe and the spotlight on Australia’s inhuman treatment of asylum seekers, the rise of ISIS, the concerted turn to nationalism in the EU, scholarship and public discourse around globalization is increasingly turning away from celebration of global flows, interconnectivity, the transnational citizen and the transcultural happy hybrid.

While the internet, social media, and global networks and cultures have transformed the
marketplace, enabled new forms of cultural and individual identity construction and new types of movement, settlement and citizenship, the long-term benefits are not always as visible or productive as the short term gains. In this transformative era (2008-2016) the impact of globalization upon every sphere of life calls out for revaluation.

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to interrogate and criticize conceptions and constructions of globalization. We welcome scholars from across the social sciences and humanities, with a particular focus on artistic and cultural expressions from the Pacific region, including Pacific Rim nations.

Dates and times:

Friday 8 July 2016, 10am – 9pm

Saturday 9 July 2016, 10am – 3pm

Tickets available here:

Registration: £80 waged, £65 unwaged

Day fee for visitors on application

Organisers:  Melissa Kennedy (
Janet Wilson (

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Fleur Adcock: A Symposium

Saturday 21 May 2016, 10am – 5pm

Stripe Lecture Theatre, University of Winchester

Fleur Adcock was born in New Zealand but has lived in London since 1963. She is one of Britain’s best loved poets, celebrated her 80th birthday in 2014 and her most recent book The Land Ballot was published by Bloodaxe in 2015.  Her Poems 1960-2000 was published in 2000.  In 1996 she was given an OBE; in 2006 was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and in 2008 was named Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature.

The University of Winchester is co-hosting with the University of Northampton the Fleur Adcock Symposium in honour of one of our best known contemporary  poets. The organisers are Julian Stannard and Janet Wilson, and Fleur Adcock will be at the symposium in person! Read the rest of this entry

Final Registration: Katherine Mansfield and the Art of the Short Story

Bandol, France, 10-12 June 2016
An international conference, celebrating the centenary of Katherine Mansfield’s visit to Bandol, where the first draft of ‘Prelude’ was written, Jan-March 1916.

Professor Enda Duffy, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Professor Ailsa Cox, Edge Hill University, UK

Organised by the Katherine Mansfield Society, primarily Dr Gerri Kimber and Professor Janet Wilson, University of Northampton
Hosted by the town of Bandol, France
Supported by the New Zealand Embassy, Paris, and the University of Northampton, UK

For further information or to register (before 30 April), please visit:  Katherine Mansfield Society website

or write to:

Dr Charles Bennett’s ‘The Voyage’ in Oxford/Reading this weekend

Dr Charles Bennett has been commissioned as librettist in collaboration with composer Bob Chilcott by Age UK (Oxfordshire) for a major choral work called ‘The Voyage’.  It will be performed by a group of choirs, including youth choirs and a ‘choir of elders’, at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford on Friday 18 March and at Reading Concert Hall on Saturday 19 March.  The project’s website, from which tickets can be purchased, is here.

See the full write-up, including quotes about composing the lyrics, at the University main page here.

School of the Arts – Spring Research Seminar Series

The Research Seminar Series within the School of the Arts is now well under way, with new events still being added – click through to see the full list.

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CFP: Trans- States: The Art of Crossing Over

University of Northampton, 9 & 10th September, 2016

This is a transdisciplinary conference that will explore representations in contemporary visual culture of boundary crossing, liminality and queerification with specific reference to occultism, mysticism, shamanism and other esoteric and spiritual practices.

Confirmed Keynotes:

We are pleased to announce that we have two very exciting keynote speakers confirmed.


  • Alan Moore – World-renowned author and artist (titles include Watchmen, From Hell, Promethea and co-authorship of the upcoming The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic)
  • Dr Richard Kaczynksi – Author and research affiliate, Yale University. Dr Kaczynksi is an expert in social psychology, metaphysical beliefs and new religious movements, and is widely known for his biography Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley.

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CFP: Bowie’s Books: David Bowie, Literature and Language

David Bowie is… coming to Northampton

English and Creative Writing at the University of Northampton is proud to announce a commemorative conference, to be held on Friday 13 January 2017, and entitled Bowie’s Books: David Bowie, Literature and Language.

We’re asking what Bowie read, when and why; how it changed how he thought, created and performed; and how in turn he has influenced writers, writing and the global written word.

Speakers include the University’s Subject Leader for Popular Music, Dr Nathan Wiseman-Trowse; Professor Richard Canning, who leads the ECW subject area, and reviewed the David Bowie Is exhibition; and Dr Sam Reese, the conference organiser, an expert in twentieth-century fiction and music.

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