'Voice & Vulnerability': 4th annual MML Graduate Network Conference

5 February 2021 to 6 February 2021
Friday 5 - Saturday 6 February 2021
Virtual Conference

Oxford University’s Medieval & Modern Languages Graduate Network is pleased to finally announce its 4th annual Graduate Conference. Originally planned for this year’s Trinity Term in June, our conference had to be postponed due to the pandemic. We now came up with a virtual format to involve all members from our Graduate Community regardless of their current and future location and timezone: 


Theme and Dates

The theme of this year, as chosen by the graduate students of the Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty, is Voice and Vulnerability.

Voices appear; they are articulated and enunciated across texts of all genres, media, languages, cultures and time periods. But voices can also be misheard, misunderstood and ignored; some voices speak more loudly than others, while other voices are not heard at all, or never given the chance to speak. The vulnerability of voice can result from qualities intrinsic to the voice itself, as well as from externally determined social, political, and economic factors. Yet these voices of the vulnerable constitute a subversive potential that can be explored across (and through) the margins of literature, language and art. This conference seeks to investigate the relationship between, and intersections of, voice and vulnerability. Find attached our CfP with further details about the topic and thematic questions. 

The Conference will take place in two virtual half-day sessions on the 5th and 6th February 2021 (Wk 3 HT). We welcome submissions to be held in English from all graduate students working in the field of Medieval & Modern Languages. The deadline for submissions of proposals (250-word abstract and short bio) is November 15th 2020 (Wk 6 MT) to ml-grad-net@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk.

We are also excited to announce already our confirmed Keynote Speakers for this year’s conference, Prof Galin Tihanov (Queen Mary) in Modern and Comparative Studies and Dr Alicia Spencer-Hall (Queen Mary) in Medieval and Media Studies. 

For any further questions, contact us directly or our current Academic Events Officer Sophia Buck (sophia.buck@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk).

Subscribe to Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages