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“Distance & Proximity” Conference 2014

The Society for Comparative Cultural Inquiry is holding its third interdisciplinary postgraduate conference this June, the 26th and 27th. This year’s conference invites postgraduates from a wide spectrum of disciplines to consider the theme(s) of “Distance and Proximity”.

Selected contributions to this year’s conference will be published in the Society’s new journal Tropos, the first issue of which will be published this Spring.

After the success of last year’s “Unity/Disunity” conference, which attracted scholars and postgraduates from all over the UK and Europe, we very much look forward to this year’s conference.

For the full Call for Papers, click here.

Unity/Disunity Conference 2013 & Forthcoming Journal

The 2013 Thoughtsforward UCL Graduate Conference took place on the 27th and 28th of June and was, by all accounts, a great success.

All of the Thoughtsforward team and the SELCS Graduate Society would like to thank all of the people who contributed to making this year’s conference such a productive event. Therefore, we would first of all like to thank the speakers for their diverse, challenging, and thought-provoking presentations, which were of an exceptionally high quality and which generated much debate and discussion. It is not only edifying to see delegates put a high level of work into their papers for our conference but, more than that, it is heartening to see the excellent research that is being carried out amongst emerging scholars in the Arts & Humanities and beyond, in UCL and further afield.

Secondly, we would like to thank everybody that attended the conference over the two days and contributed so much to the Q&A’s and the discussions; the conference was well attended over both days and the contributions made by the audience was, of course, vital in making the the conference a stimulating and such an intellectually febrile environment.

We owe our sincerest gratitude also to our exceptional keynote speakers, Prof Charles Lock of the University of Copenhagen and Dr Tim Beasley-Murray of University College London, whose talks framed and explored the central concerns of the conference so well. Prof Lock’s exploration of the Plato’s Parmenides and Dr Beasley-Murray’s aesthetico-political interrogation of the very dynamics of Unity and Disunity complimented the theme and tone of the conference and were themselves further catalysts to the debate and discussion which we hoped to generate throughout the two days.  Their excellent contributions and their support for this endeavour is greatly appreciated.

We also need to extend our gratitude to the various sources of funding, without which no conference would exist. Funding came from the European Institute, The Faculty Institute for Graduate Studies, and the UCL Graduate School and we would like to thank each of these groups for their generous support.

Lastly, we should of course thanks SEESS for very kindly providing us with the Masaryk Room which so ably provided for all our needs.

We hope that everybody who attended the conference will stay abreast of all the events organised by Thoughtsforward and the SELCS Graduate Society in the future. Catch us on Twitter and keep in touch via email at

Now, to other business, and to the future.

The Journal of European Languages, Culture, and Society (JELCS) is a forthcoming peer-reviewed journal set up by the SELCS Graduate Society and will invite submissions on all forms of European cultural study. The inaugural issue, to be published online in the Autumn, will be comprised of the proceedings of this year’s Unity/Disunity. All of our presenters have been invited to submit written versions of their conference presentations for peer-review and this process is now underway.

To join the editorial team or to enquire about submissions, please contact us via the SELCS Graduate Society’ email address.

Hello and Welcome

This being the very first post of the brand new website and blog of the recently formed Graduate Society for the UCL School of European Language, Culture, and Society, we would first of all like to welcome all SELCS Graduate Students to our website and blog, in which you will find details of all of the activities which come under the organisational and promotional aegis of the SELCS Graduate Society.

The purpose of this website is simply to collate, promote, and reflect on as much of the varied and innovative research work that is being carried out in UCL SELCS, but which may not be immediately visible to Graduate Students and the wider UCL research community. We hope that in doing this, we will bolster the already extensive activities of Graduate Students carrying out work related to European languages, society, and culture. The three main activities which are supported and organised by the Society are as follows:

  • An annual interdisciplinary graduate conference organised by UCL’s Thoughtsforward group – more information here.
  • A fortnightly seminar group in which graduate students are invited to present aspects of ongoing research in an informal setting. Nibbles and refreshments are kindly provided by FIGS.
  • The Journal of European Language, Culture, and Society (JELCS) – a forthcoming open-source, peer-reviewed, graduate journal. We will be inviting submissions on an ongoing basis, as well as inviting graduate students to join the editorial committee.

As our Graduate Society is still in its infancy, we are always looking for more people to get involved in any capacity. If you wish to inform us of any event or activity that in any way relates to or comes under the remit of SELCS, please do contact us.