14-15 September 2012
The Centre for Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck co-hosted a 2-day academic conference dedicated to the writing of China Miéville, called "Weird Council: An International Conference on the Writing of China Miéville." The conference was co-supported by the University of Lincoln's English Department, Birkbeck's School of Arts, the Institute of English Studies (IES) at Senate House, and Gylphi: Arts & Humanities Publisher.
Speakers and delegates included China Miéville, Professor Sherryl Vint (University of California, Riverside), Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck), Professor Neil Easterbook (Texas Christian University), Professor John Rieder (University of Hawai'i at Manoa), Professor Farah Mendelsohn (Anglia Ruskin University), Dr Andrew M. Butler (Canterbury Christ Church University), Dr Paul March-Russell (University of Kent), Dr Joe Sutliff Sanders (Kansas State University) and Damien Walter (The Guardian).
In his Guardian article on the conference, Damien Walter wrote that "Weird Council was remarkable for many reasons," and offered "an excellent start" in rethinking the literary movement of the weird. The conference co-organisers, Dr Caroline Edwards and Dr Tony Venezia will edit a collection of selected articles from the conference in the forthcoming book China Miéville: Critical Essays (Gylphi, 2014).
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