2019 Conference

Gender and Aliens

Durham University
7th – 10th January 2019


Registration is now open. Please reserve your space for the conference by booking here.

Registration costs £55 for waged scholars and £45 for unwaged scholars (including postgraduates, unaffiliated and non-stipendiary ECRs, etc.). These charges are intended only to cover the costs of delegates’ catering and the visit to the Oriental Museum.


Our full programme is available here.

We have three keynote lectures:

Dr Halle O’Neal (Edinburgh College of Art), ‘Life and Death on the Margins: How Women Wrote Salvation in Medieval Japan’
Dr Adam Talib (Durham University), ‘Rape and the Reader: Classic Arabic Poetry Comes to Light’
Dr Amy Burge (University of Birmingham), ‘Displacement, gender, and precarity, from medieval romance to the modern academy’. Continuing the tradition initiated at GMS in Oxford last year, Amy Burge will be giving our Early Career Researcher keynote lecture.

Halle O’Neal and Adam Talib’s lectures will be open to the public, but delegates do not need to reserve spaces for these separately.

We also have a performance by Dr Daisy Black (University of Wolverhampton), of her storytelling show ‘Broken Shells’ (a retelling of the Man of Law’s Tale) and a visit to Durham University’s Oriental Museum.

Conference Dinner

Our conference dinner will be held in Zizzi’s restaurant, in Durham city centre, on the evening of Tuesday 8th January. You need to sign up for the dinner in advance on the booking site. This will be at a cost of £17.50, which includes a three course meal and a service charge. Delegates will need to pay for their own drinks on the night. If your dietary requirements are not accommodated by the choices on the booking site there will be alternative options available, so do not worry!


We are offering a limited number of rooms in Collingwood College (not far from the main conference venue) through the booking site. These will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, at the cost of £41.66 per night. If you wish to book your own accommodation, a list of options is available here.

Location and Access

All panel sessions will be held in the Chemistry Department, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE. Keynote lectures will be held a 15 minute walk from this, in Palace Green Library Learning Centre. The conference dinner will be held in Zizzi’s, a short walk from Palace Green Library, in the centre of Durham. We will also be visiting the Oriental Museum, which is 15 minutes away from the Chemistry Department (away from the town centre). Durham is a small but hilly city. Most locations are walkable, but if you have any mobility issues you may wish to make alternative arrangements. Most of the conference venues are accessible, with the exception of the History department seminar room where the postgraduate workshop is being held. If you have any access requirements, please email gmsconference2019@gmail.com or hannah.e.piercy@durham.ac.uk so that we can discuss your needs.

Postgraduate Workshop

We are holding a postgraduate workshop from 2.30-4.30 on Monday 7th January. If you would like to attend this workshop, please book a place in advance by emailing gmsconference2019@gmail.com or hannah.e.piercy@durham.ac.uk. The workshop is open to postgraduates and interested ECRs, and should provide a more relaxed way of getting to know other PGs and ECRs before the official opening of the conference.


Some travel bursaries will be available for students and unwaged delegates to attend this conference.

Contact Details

Please contact gmsconference2019@gmail.com if you have any further queries.