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EXTENDED DEADLINE: Bad habits of expectancy: towards Larkin 200

Organization: The Philip Larkin Society
Categories: Comparative, Lingustics, Pedagogy, Popular Culture, Literary Theory, 20th & 21st Century, Poetry, Film, TV, & Media
Event Date: 2022-12-08 to 2022-12-09 Abstract Due: 2022-10-09

In the last five years, renewed focus has been on Philip Larkin.

Beginning with Hull’s tenure as UK City of Culture 2017, the baton was passed from his adult home to his birthplace for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021; this has culminated in 2022 with Larkin100, a nationwide programme to celebrate 100 years since the poet’s birth. Of course, this has not been half a decade of continuous celebration: this time has been fraught with social, cultural and political crises and controversies on a worldwide scale. As Larkin’s Centenary year draws to a close, this conference will consider the future of Larkin studies. We invite emerging and established researchers, performers, writers, teachers, artists, culture and heritage professionals, and others with an interest in Larkin to Hull to look towards the year 2122 together.

With a wide focus spanning research, teaching, journalism, and the arts we ask the question, how do you approach Larkin and his contemporaries in 2022, and what will the next 100 years look like for Larkin in your field?

We invite submissions of papers, panels, roundtables and performance proposals on (but by no means limited to) the following topics:

Researching Larkin in the 21st century
Teaching Larkin in the 21st century
Performing Larkin in the 21st century
Presenting Larkin to the public (podcasts, radio, tv, film, drama, archives, exhibitions)
Stewardship of the Larkin legacy
Larkin and politics
Larkin and cancel culture
Larkin and biography
Larkin and placemaking
Local Larkins
Exhibiting and archiving Larkin
Larkin and heritage
Larkin and his contemporaries
Larkin and psychology
Larkin and sociology

Proposals (up to 300 words) should be submitted to larkinconference@gmail.com by 9th October 2022.

Not presented before or have any questions? Drop us an email and we'll schedule a chat. 


Kyra Piperides