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Figuring out Feeling is a postgraduate-led conference.

Meet the three PhD researchers who will be working with you

to make it all happen:

Cécile Varry 


Cécile Varry is a PhD student working on emotions in the poetry of T. S. Eliot at Université de Paris. Her research focuses on the ambivalent expression of emotional attachment, with an emphasis on intimacy, belonging, touching and holding, and the feeling of being at home. She spends a lot of time tweeting about poetry.


Polly Hember


Polly Hember is a PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her thesis focuses on modernism, visual culture and affective networks, exploring the work of the POOL group. Her interests include affect studies, queer theory, technology, cinemacity  and modernity. She has a lot of feelings. 


Constance Robert-Murail


Constance Robert-Murail is writing a PhD thesis at Université Gustave Eiffel within the LISAA lab on 21st-century coming-of-age narratives, with a specific focus on the representation of African-American adolescence in verse novels and films. Her interests include young adult fiction, African-American poetry, sociolinguistics, and songwriting.


Scientific Committee

Cécile Varry (Université de Paris)

Polly Hember (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Constance Robert-Murail (Université Paris-Est)

Emma Brodzinski (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Mathieu Duplay (Université de Paris)

Abbie Garrington (Durham University)

Xavier Lemoine (Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée)

Nicholas Manning (Université Grenoble-Alpes)

Laura Marcus (University of Oxford)

Françoise Palleau-Papin (Université Paris 13)

Janine Utell (Widener University)


How to apply

Papers: ​individual papers should be 15 minutes long. To apply, please send an abstract of no more than 300 words along with a short bio (max. 100 words) to f​​ ​by 31st January ​2020​.


Panels and roundtables​: panels should consist of three 15-min paper presentations. To apply, please send a proposal of no more than 400 words along with short bios of participants (max. 100 words) to​ ​by 31st January​ 2020​.

Non-traditional formats (​performance, screening, small exhibition, workshop): please feel free to contact us ahead of the deadline (​31st January 2020)​ with any thoughts or initial enquiries.

Paper guidelines

Papers should be written ​in English,​ with oral delivery in mind, in a clear, easily digestible style. The approximate length of a 15-min paper is 6 to 8 pages (double spaced), or about 2,000-400 words. If you would like to see examples of successful abstracts, check out the Modernist Review's Community Resource Pack. We look forward to reading your work!

Attendance and fees

We welcome contributions from all: students, researchers, artists, activists, academics, and enthusiasts!


Fees for the conference, and details of how to pay, will appear shortly.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us or tweet at us @f​iguringfeeling​.

We look forward to hearing from you!

With feeling,

Cécile, Polly & Constance

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