South of the River South of the River

The conference aims to make visible the unique qualities of cultural productions and representations emanating from the sprawling diversity that exists south of the Thames and beyond into suburbia.


London has always inspired the production of literature, art, music and film. In turn, there is critical interest in London's cultural and literary production and the ways in which, for example, diasporic consciousness, urban development, architecture and space are formed and informed by writers, musicians and film makers. There are now established academic discourses on London's literature that draw on Empire and the postcolonial, urban studies and psychoanalytical theory – discourses employed for the examination of texts from London's earliest history to the present day.

The conference, 'South of the River', has its focus on the 'bastard side of Old Father Thames' (Angela Carter Wise Children, 1991) as a space for the imagination and aims to make visible the unique qualities of cultural productions and representations emanating from the sprawling diversity that exists south of the Thames and beyond into suburbia.

'Calls for paper'

Topics may include, but are not restricted to:

  • What makes South London distinctive
  • Borders and borderlessness South of the River
  • Cultural representations of South London
  • Works and writers that challenge conventional attitudes to 'South of the River'
  • How artists contribute to images of South London
  • The relevance of walking and spectatorship South of the River
  • South of the River in relation to fiction, poetry, drama, autobiography, cinema and social media

Please send abstracts (2-300 words), accompanied by biographies (100 words), for 30-minute papers to Justine Baillie, SRG Leader, University of Greenwich (j.j.baillie@gre.ac.uk) before 1st March 2018. Notification of decision: 1st April 2018.

For further information please contact lltevents@gre.ac.uk.

South of the River is hosted by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Greenwich.