Hidden Narratives conference, 11th July 2017

Thank you to everyone who supported our conference on 11th July by presenting research, attending, asking questions, offering help and advice, booking and preparing rooms and providing food and drink.  We have had very encouraging feedback that suggests people had an enjoyable and interesting day, and have shared a few photos below.Conference photo collage 2


“Stories in the background” – Dr Kayleigh Moore talks about her presentation for the Hidden Narratives conference

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With just three days to go to our conference, Dr Kayleigh Moore talked to Dr Duncan Dicks about her presentation, Creative Transgression.   In this short video, you can listen to Kayleigh talking about her interpretation of the Hidden Narratives theme of the conference, the relevance of her own experience of doing a PhD, and the other talks she is most looking forward to on Tuesday.

The last few tickets for the conference will be available free from Eventbrite until Sunday evening.

“Make space for Shakespeare” – Dr Paul Innes discusses his talk for the Hidden Narratives conference

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Our one-day mini conference titled Being Human: How Hidden Narratives Challenge Authority is just a few days away.   The day will include two keynote speakers, nine short presentations from researchers and opportunities for questions.

In this short video, you can hear Dr Paul Innes chatting to one of the conference organisers about his talk.  His presentation will consider how Shakespeare attained the status of national poet, and the implications for some of the other great poets who were marginalised to make way for Shakespeare.

We have made additional tickets available for the conference, but please book soon to be sure of a place.  Tickets can be ordered free of charge from Eventbrite, and include refreshments and lunch.

#ResistResilience – a talk by Dave Webster and Nikki Rivers at the Hidden Narratives conference

sk2Duncan Dicks met up with two of our presenters for the Hidden Narratives conference on 11th July, to find out how they are planning to challenge the current enthusiasm for “resilience” in education and life.



Who are you?

Dave Webster – I teach Religion, Philosophy & Ethics, as well as working for the Academic Development Unit, where I am interested in the interplay between what and how we teach.

 Nikki Rivers – I teach English Literature. My main areas of interest are contemporary literature, popular culture and feminist theory.

What are you going to be talking about?

We hope to introduce a note of much-needed scepticism into conversations around ‘resilience’, and ‘grit,’ particularly with regard to the assumption that these are characteristics we should be instilling in our students and ourselves. Instead we want to look more broadly at external factors that might contribute to the need for resilience.

What other talks at the conference are you looking forward to (and why)?

Martin’s Anarchy is guaranteed to be good value…

What single thing would you like the audience to take away with them from your talk?

#ResistResilience – don’t be seduced by neoliberal assertions that you need ‘grit’, and that your struggles are your fault, when what is needed is systemic change.

Creativity in a totalitarian society – a talk by Senja Andrejevic-Bullock at the Hidden Narratives conference

Organiser Duncan Dicks recently met up with one of our presenters to find out more about her conference talk planned for 11th July.

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Who are you?

I’m Senja Andrejevic-Bullock, writer and playwright, Lecturer in Dramatic Writing.

What are you going to be talking about?

I’ll be talking about what effect the regime of a totalitarian society might have on the citizen’s creativity.

What other talks at the conference are you looking forward to (and why)?

Very much looking forward to Martin Randall’s ‘Anarchy’ (because it’s such an interesting topic and I love it’s relationship to the whole idea of a hidden narrative). But also, virtually, all of the rest. All the talks sound fascinating and it’s going to be a mega-interesting day.

What single thing would you like the audience to take away with them from your talk?

Former Yugoslavia was a very unique country, in both its best and worst aspects. I don’t think there’ll ever again be a place quite like it. It’s greatest strength, however, were its citizens, who always had the most remarkable spirit of resistance not just against a foreign occupier (Germany) but also against its own internal repressive forces.