This two-day multidisciplinary conference will consider Orwell’s place in contemporary academia, politics, and popular culture. Is he the “wintry conscience” of each generation, or the product of a society whose approach to gender, race, and sexuality is unacceptably narrow? Does his criticism remain politically potent, or has his absorption into everyday discourse dulled his social efficacy? Does a focus on his politics obscure his art? What do we talk about when we talk about George Orwell?
The conference seeks to bring together academics, activists, and journalists, as well as the organizations, like UCL’s Orwell Archive, the Orwell Foundation, and the Orwell Society, that have a stake in the writer’s literature and legacy.
The programme will include keynote addresses from Dr. John Rodden, and Professor Jean Seaton, Director of the Orwell Foundation, as well as a presentation from staff at the Orwell Archive. The conference will take place at University College London (UCL), and is open to the public.
**While attendance at both days of the conference is encouraged, it is not required. A speaker list will be available after March 2019.**
Norman Bissell, author of Barnhill, will be speaking on a panel and chairing an event across both days.
Admission is free and all are welcome. Please reserve your ticket via Eventbrite here.