Contemporary Fiction Research Seminar

The Contemporary Fiction Research Seminar was a seminar and lecture series running from 2009 until 2015. It focused on all aspects of contemporary fiction, aiming to discuss a diverse selection of contemporary fictions: from novels to comics, from TV and film to online works; and to consider these works critically, against a broad spectrum of contemporary cultural concerns. Although the focus was primarily for those working in the fields of literary and cultural studies, the group welcomed non-specialists with an interest in the area. Although we used the word fiction, we also liked to talk about things that are not technically fiction. 

This website is the archive of events, and materials generated by the Contemporary Fiction Research Seminar. Take a look at our posters and podcasts of sessions, and resources for postgraduate and early career researchers from the 2014 workshop series Researching Contemporary Culture.

The seminar was supported by the Centre for Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, the Department of English at the University of Birmingham, and the Institute of English Studies.

Convenors: Zara Dinnen (Birmingham) and Tony Venezia (Birkbeck).

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the project. The work of thinking about contemporary literature and culture that was started here go on through the following networks: the Transitions Symposia, the Centre for Contemporary Literature Birkbeck, University of London, the Centre for Contemporary Literature and Culture at University of Birmingham, and the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies (BACLS).