The theme of the conference is “Opening Up”. We will likely not have seen many of our friends and colleagues for a sustained period of time. As such, the symposium aims to let everyone open up: about new projects, about plans abandoned then refound, about speculative scraps that might benefit from peer discussion, and about research trajectories over the past two years.
Our preference is for fully formed panels to be submitted, but if you are struggling to find interlocutors then get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you find someone (you might also consult the list here: http://www.branca.org.uk/members.html) Panels should last 90 minutes but you are free to play fast and loose with the panel format, if you wish to.
The more conventional conference element of the symposium will take place on the Saturday afternoon. On Friday afternoon we will be hosting a reading group and a workshop. These reading groups were previously a staple of BrANCA but have, of course, been hard to run recently. During these we discuss, close read, and theorise about a single text that seems particularly significant for whoever leads the session. If you would like to lead the reading group, then please get in touch with suggestions for your text and what you would like to do with it.
The deadline for submissions is April 1. Please send no more than 200 words about your panel, and no more than 200 words about each paper, along with names and contact details of panellists to Ed Sugden (email@example.com) who will distribute them to the rest of the steering committee. Any questions please do get in touch.