Event: The Critical Heritage of Sherlock Holmes at UCL


Arthur Conan Doyle c.1914

Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following event:

UCL Explores: The Critical Heritage of Sherlock Holmes

From April to June 2013, UCL will bring together academics, enthusiasts, creative practitioners, and popular writers to explore Sherlock Holmes’ critical heritage from all kinds of perspectives and across a number of events.

Starting on April 24, from 6-8PM, Dr Benjamin Poore (York) and Tom Ue (UCL; Birkbeck) will discuss BBC One’s TV drama Sherlock as part of George Potts (UCL) and Marc Farrant (Kingston)’s seminar series ‘Complex TV,’ which focuses on a range of TV programmes that have significantly shaped the medium in the twenty-first century. Poore and Ue will be looking at Moriarty as the series’ super villain, and technology both as a theme and an informing presence on its narrative structure. This meeting will take place at Foster Court 130.

The UCL Festival of the Arts (May 7-17) will launch an interactive display on Holmes’ textual history by Dr Jon Cranfield (Liverpool John Moores) and Ue. On May 11 and 12, three workshops, part of ‘Something Else for the Weekend,’ will provide festivalgoers with the opportunity to get up close and personal with UCL research. The meetings will take place at Roberts 110 on May 11 from 2PM-3PM and May 12 from 1PM-2PM and at Roberts 106 on May 11 from 3PM-4PM

June 8 will see The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate IV, featuring leading experts on Holmes and reaching tens of millions of readers internationally. This meeting will take place at Cruciform B404-LT2 (Time TBD).

The conversations that emerge from all these events will converge at the Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present conference, jointly organised by Cranfield, Ue and Marlies Gabriele Prinzl (UCL), and it will be held at Senate House on June 21-22. Independent scholars and researchers from numerous institutions around the world, including Dr David Grylls (Oxford), Professor Douglas Kerr (Hong Kong), and Professor John Mullan (UCL), will share their insights on Holmes.

For more information, including details on registration, please refer to the official conference website. Updates for all events are also available via our Facebook page and/or Twitter (@SHolmesPastPres).

UCL Explores: The Critical Heritage of Sherlock Holmes is generously supported by Blackwell’s Charing Cross Road; Intellect Books; MX Publishing; UCL Arts and Humanities, including the Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies; UCL English; UCL European Institute; and the UCL Public Engagement Unit. We look forward to welcoming you at one or more of these events.

For more information, please contact: shpastpresent@gmail.com

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