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May 13

Conference: Tobias Smollett at 300: the work of writing

Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 09:00 to Friday, May 14, 2021 - 20:00

Online, via Zoom

This year marks the three-hundredth anniversary of the birth of the Scottish writer Tobias Smollett (1721–1771). The conference will be hosted by the Institute for English Studies, online via Zoom, in two sessions on 13 and 14 May 2021. The event is free to attend but you will need to register. For full details about the programme, including paper abstracts and speaker biographies, see the conference website

To register, follow the link to the IES booking form.

Apr 20

Economics Seminar Series: Financial Inclusion: The Way Forward

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 12:30 to 14:00

Online via Teams

This presentation, led by Dr Rajiv Prabhakar, will be of interest to anyone engaged in problems of financial planning and management, social inclusion and deprivation, and strategies for recovery.

Mar 18

Conference: ‘The Reader in the Book: Books, Reading and Libraries in Fiction’

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 09:30 to Friday, March 26, 2021 - 16:30

Online, via Zoom

OU English researchers will participate in an online conference, ‘The Reader in the Book: Books, Reading and Libraries in Fiction’, organised by the Institute of English Studies, Senate House London, and hosted via Zoom on 18, 19, 25 and 26 March 2021

Feb 23

Time to Think: Open University Journeys in British and Irish prisons, 1972–2000

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 14:30 to 16:00


Drawing upon the archive’s visual and audio materials, this presentation will discuss the importance of the project in capturing educational journeys and stories of the past which highlight contested spaces and political identities, as well as illustrating that the collection provides an important resource in the present and future.

Speaker: Philip O’Sullivan and Gabi Kent (Open University)

Jan 26

Stuart Hood: Twentieth-Century Partisan

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 17:30 to 19:00

Online, via Zoom

You are invited to a discussion of the life and work of Stuart Hood (1915-2011). Highlighting Hood’s experiences fighting with the Italian Resistance in the Second World War, contributors discuss Hood’s multi-faceted post-war achievements: as a broadcaster who presided over a period of unprecedented creativity at the BBC; as one of the founding figures of media studies; as the translator of over 40 works from Italian, German, French and Russian; and as the author of the acclaimed war memoir, Pebbles from my Skull, as well as eight well-received novels.

Nov 19

An Introduction to the Arctic – A British Museum collaboration

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 17:30 to 19:45

Online, via Zoom

Join the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) for a free event on November 19th in collaboration with the British Museum; the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge; and the Natural Environment Research Council Arctic Office.

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