Teaching Orwell: George Orwell Studies Conference 2017

A Message from Professor Tim Crook

Teaching Orwell Conference Friday 2nd June 2017 Brochure


10 a.m. Conference opened by Professor Richard Keeble, distinguished Orwell scholar and Chair of the Orwell Society and Professor Mark D’Inverno, Pro-Warden for International Engagement at the University at Goldsmiths, University of London and Professor of Computer Science.

10.10. Keynote. Professor Tim Luckhurst, founding Head of the Centre for Journalism, University of Kent.  Inspiring critical and ethical Journalism.

11.00. Professor Sean Cubitt Professor of Film and Television, Goldsmiths, University of London. Why 1984 Was Like 1984.

12.00. Maggie Pitfield, Head of MA in Children’s Literature & Head of Department of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths, and Dr. Francis Gilbert , Educational Studies, Goldsmiths. Teaching George Orwell in the contemporary surveillance culture of English secondary schools

1 p.m.  Lunch.

2 p.m. Dr. Jon Preston, English and Media teacher, the Brit School, Croydon. The children of Orwell: fighting for Voice.

2.45. Mary Claire Halvorson. Director of Professional Development, Teaching and Learning Innovation Centre, Goldsmiths. Rhizomatic Learning and Teaching Orwell

3.15. Philip Palmer. Senior Lecturer, Author, playwright and scriptwriting dramaturg from Goldsmiths, University of London. The Rhetoric of Doublethink

4 p.m. Professor Tim Crook.  Head of Radio & Media Law and Ethics at Goldsmiths and Orwell Society Committee representative on Education. Orwell the Teacher: Such, Such Were The Joys.

4.30. Conference closes. Thanks from Richard Keeble and Richard Blair.


This is the second George Orwell Studies conference. Presentations and papers on the theme ‘Teaching Orwell’ will be considered for a special issue of the George Orwell Studies Journal.

Relevant websites and resources.

Orwell Society: (temporarily: https://orwellsocietyblog.wordpress.com/)

George Orwell Studies Journal: http://www.abramis.co.uk/george-orwell-studies/

Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London: http://www.gold.ac.uk/media-communications/


Teaching Orwell: George Orwell Studies Conference 2017

Friday, 2 June 2017 from 10:00 to 17:00 (BST)
date LG02, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths, University of London
8 Lewisham Way
SE14 6NW London
United Kingdom
Organised by Professor Tim Crook
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