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Speakers, Research Networks, Conferences

In addition to promoting research and supporting individual study, the Centre for Language and Communication Research (CEIR) has also been active in engaging with the broader academic community in the form of a regular visiting speakers programme, interdisciplinary research networks and international conferences.

Speakers programme

Since 1998, CEIR has hosted an programme of speakers, whose papers have dealt with bibliographical and intertextual issues relating to English studies. In developing its programme, CEIR makes a point of inviting both established international scholars and younger researchers in the early stages of their careers. Previous speakers have included Alan Dessen, Ina Ferris, Hans Walter Gabler, Warwick Gould, Harriet Guest, Rick Rylance, Kathryn Sutherland, William St Clair and Duncan Wu. Details of the current programme of speakers are on the Research Seminar Programme page and the CEIR blog.

Research networks

Over the last few years, CEIR has established a number of interdisciplinary research networks that focus on various aspects of the history of the book and material cultures. Networks, workshops and seminars hosted or co-hosted by the Centre include:


In addition to our visiting speakers and interdisciplinary research networks schemes, the Centre has hosted or co-organised three international conferences: