Society for Novel Studies

The entrance to St. John's College from St. Giles'

Call for papers

The conference theme of “The Novel’s New Worlds” invites a broad approach that explores the theory of the novel as it enters into different geographies and forms.

Proposals may address one or more of these themes, but need not be limited to them:

  • The beginnings and endings of novels
  • The novel in Europe
  • Travels to and from the New World
  • Fictional new worlds
  • New theories of the novel
  • Old novels made new

Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent to

Proposals for complete panels of 3-4 papers are welcome. All panels should last 90 minutes.

PhD students whose proposals are accepted will be offered free or low-cost single-bedroom college accommodation, subject to availability.

Deadline for proposals: 1 November 2019

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St John’s College aims to provide a good degree of accessibility for visitors.  The main entrance is via the Porters’ Lodge on St Giles.  This entrance is not currently wheelchair accessible, but a bell push is available to summon assistance from the porters.  The Front Quad, Canterbury Quad, the Chapel and the Kendrew Quad have level thresholds, all making for easy access.

Maps and a wheelchair for loan are available for visitors from the Lodge.
Further information about accessibility of facilities at St John’s can be found here.

Maps and directions

Oxford is about 60 miles from London. It is easy to get to by car, coach or train from all directions.

St John's College is in the heart of Oxford, 10 minutes' walk from the train station and 5 minutes' walk from the coach station. The main entrance is on the east side of St Giles in the city centre. 

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Parking and transport

Oxford is an historic, pedestrian-friendly city which is best explored on foot. Parking is extremely limited in the city centre. A limited amount of short-stay, Pay and Display parking is available on St Giles, but visitors are encouraged to use our excellent Park and Ride bus facilities on the outskirts of the city. 

Oxford Park and Ride
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