The English Showcase celebrates the research produced by final year Undergraduates and Masters students. Students from all disciplines in the School are invited to present any aspect of their work, ranging from dissertations to essays and creative writing.
Following the success of the first Showcase in February 2015, the School has made it an annual event.
In participating in the Showcase, students have the opportunity to:
This year's Showcase took place on Friday 7th April 2017.
Bigger than ever before, the full-day event included a diverse range of papers from fourteen speakers who were either Masters students or in their final year of Undergraduate study. Panel topics ranged from Shakespearen 'Filmic Legacies' and 'Character Interactions' to 'The Politics of Space and Things', 'The Use and Abuse of Language', and 'Religion, Science, and the Gothic'. Professor Josephine Guy, the Head of School, gave a fantastic welcome talk on the importance of public speaking both inside and outside of academia. Presentations were then followed by an informal wine reception, which provided participants with a chance to network, reflect on the day's events, and celebrate the end of term.
Highlights from the event are captured in our StorifyPhotos and videos can be viewed in our Media Gallery
Download the The English Showcase 2017 Programme
Abstracts for all of the talks can be found in the conference booklet.
Download the Conference Booklet
For more information, please email:
Call for PapersApplication FormWriting an AbstractShowcase PosterMedia GalleryStorifySchool of English Showcase@EnglishShowcase
Find out more about what went on
The English Showcase 2016 took place on the 10th February 2016, showing off a great variety of projects and research. The event included an introductory talk by a special guest speaker, award-winning novelist (and School of English alumna) Clare Harvey, who revealed how she turned her University of Nottingham Masters submissions into a two-book publishing deal.
Eleven student speakers discussed the projects that they were most proud of, covering a range of topics including theatre, creative writing, literature and language. The presentations then closed with a discussion from Associate Professor of Viking Studies, Dr Christina Lee, on the various routes English research offers.
Please see the Showcase resources, produced by the student committee, for more information on the 2016 English Showcase.
Conference BookletSee what happened on StorifyListen to some of the presentationsRead Thomas Legendre's blog about Clare's keynote lecture
The English Showcase 2015 was the first of its kind for the School of English.
It was authoritative, consistently interesting, and full of enthusiasm. Speaking in public can be very difficult, and speaking about your work in front of peers and academic staff even more so, but the students handled that side of things with aplomb. Throughout, in fact, the Showcase felt like a professional academic conference – confirming the evident care with which it had been planned and structured. Well done!
- Dr Nathan Waddell, Assistant Professor of Literary Modernism, discussing the first English Showcase in 2015
Please see the video below to hear from some of the participants and organisers of the 2015 English Showcase.
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