Registration open for Reading in conflict seminar, 24 June

Reading in conflict: an interdisciplinary seminar

The Open University,Milton Keynes

Christodoulou Meeting Room 01

24th June 2013


The commonplace understanding of reading as an essentially private activity is challenged not only by the very vocal kinds of reading carried out in classrooms, literary festivals, or reading groups book clubs but also by the important role it has played in social and political conflict.

This interdisciplinary seminar will bring researchers together to explore the question of how reading is implicated in diverse forms of conflict, including class conflict, military conflict, and conflict over political questions such as race and immigration. Presentations of cutting edge research on reading from the 19th century to the present day will be followed by group discussion of current knowledge and future directions for research and publication.

Speakers include Dr. Rosalind Crone and Dr. Edmund King, Reading Experience Database team members (; Dr. Daniel Allington, Lecturer in Language and Communication (; Dr. Catherine Feely, University of Sheffield, History; Vincent Trott, The Open University, History; Alex Laffer, The Open University, Language and Communication.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Attendance is free but places are limited. Please email Alex Laffer ( to book a place.

Follow this link to download the full seminar programme: Reading_in_Conflict_programme

This event is made possible by funding from the Open University Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET).

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