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Sixth International Iris Murdoch Conference

Date:14 September 2012 to
15 September 2012
Location:Kingston University, London, UK

Baggy Monsters - The Late Works of Iris Murdoch
International Conference
14th-15th September 2012

Kingston University is pleased to announce its sixth International Conference on Iris Murdoch in 2012. Panels will focus primarily on Iris Murdoch’s later works of fiction and philosophy (post 1980) which have received less critical attention than earlier works. They will also include papers on the relationship between Murdoch’s early and late works and will also engage with interest in how her work has been renewed by changes in critical approaches. Considerations of her work alongside that of other novelists and philosophers and/or studies of her contemporary significance in the fields of English Literature, Theology and Philosophy are also welcome. We would be particularly interested in papers informed by research in the Murdoch Archives in the Special Collections at Kingston University.

Plenary speakers

  • Professor Charles Lock, University of Copenhagen
  • Anne Chisholm, Chair of the Royal Society of Literature
  • Dr Sabina Lovibond, Worcester College, Oxford
  • Professor Philip Hensher, University of Exeter

Iris Murdoch poster

The conference will include an exhibition of new acquisitions to the Murdoch archives, most significantly letters from Iris Murdoch to the artist Harry Weinberger, and Dr Anne Rowe will give an illustrated talk on ‘Iris Murdoch’s letters to Harry Weinberger’ at 7 p.m. on Thursday 13th September at Kingston Library.

The Murdoch Archives will be open for the duration of the conference. A London Walk will be organised for Sunday 16th September.




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