‘Time, Freedom and Narrative’ – An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, 3rd July

Registration is now open for ‘Time, Freedom and Narrative’, an interdisciplinary postgraduate conference hosted by doctoral students in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester. This one-day event to be held on July 3rd 2015 will explore the complex relations between time, freedom and narrative across a variety of disciplines, from contemporary literature and translation studies to politics, music and museum studies. Our keynote speaker will be Prof. Mark Currie (Queen Mary, University of London). Please register via our website: http://www.timefreedomnarrative.wordpress.com/

In conjunction with our daytime academic conference, we will be hosting a FREE open event with acclaimed novelist Susan Barker, whose work deals with a number of themes related to time and freedom. She will be reading from her latest book, The Incarnations, and answering questions from the audience. This will be held at the John Rylands Library in Manchester city centre from 6.30pm to 8pm. No booking is required.

The Incarnations (Doubleday, 2014) is the story of a taxi driver in contemporary Beijing, interwoven with tales from the Tang Dynasty, the invasion of Genghis Khan, the Ming Dynasty, the Opium War, and the Cultural Revolution. While writing The Incarnations Barker spent several years living in Beijing, researching modern and imperial China. In addition to The Incarnations, Barker is also the author of the novels Sayonara Bar (2005) and The Orientalist and the Ghost (2008), both published by Doubleday (UK) and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize; she has received grants from the Arts Council England and the Society of Authors, and has been an artist in resident at the Corporation of Yaddo, Hawthornden International Writers’ Retreat and the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing. In 2010- 2012 she was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Leeds Trinity University, and in 2015, she was a Writing Fellow at The University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing.

To find out more about Susan Barker’s work, please visit her website at http://susanbarker.co.uk/

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