Margins, centres and the movements between them shape and inform many different approaches within literary studies. The Oxford English Faculty’s 2014 graduate conference calls for papers that explore this theme in exciting new ways. Possible topics could include: the idea of the margin; new work on writers perceived as ‘marginal’ or ‘central’; bibliographic margins, including marginalia and editorial apparatus; margins/centres in mise-en-page; particular centres of literary activity (geographic, institutional or otherwise); the literary canon and canon formation; movements between margin and centre, physical or otherwise (translation/migration/dissemination); transgression and normativity. Ideas that explore this theme in other ways are also most welcome.

Proposals are invited for twenty-minute papers, to be delivered as part of panels of three. Individual proposals (of 250 words) are accepted, but panel proposals (of 500 words) from three speakers, for three papers that interact under a common theme, are also strongly encouraged. Please send proposals to

There is no registration fee for speakers from the University of Oxford; outside speakers are charged a fee of £20.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 28 February 2014. The one-day conference will take place on Friday 6 June 2014.