Writing the Now: Conjuncture

The Writing the Now collective is pleased to be joined by four fantastic UK writers for the latest event in our Sadler Seminar Series.

Jemma Desai, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Lola Olufemi and Sita Balani will engage on our theme of 'conjuncture' in an online roundtable.

The question of how to capture the distinctiveness of our present moment animates our focus on conjuncture - in the UK facing a general election, and in more immediate terms, a moment of terrible imperial inaction, repression, and resistance in constellation; and simultaneous worldwide resistance in solidarity with Palestine.

We are keen to make space for this within our theme of the role of 'writing the now': How can writing handle complexity, confluence, conjuncture? How can writing hold modes of political conceptualisation that does not fall into tramlines of causality, of agency vs structure, of ideology vs affect, of big vs small, of particular vs general?

Session convenors: ally walsh and Jess Wright.

Booking information

This free online event takes place on Zoom.

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About Writing the Now

Writing the Now is focused on a key motivating question: ‘what writing do we need now?’. In particular, we are deeply interested in non-traditional academic form and engaging with leading writers, practitioners and publishers in the field of experimental academic writing.

The project consists of a public event series (open to all) and a monthly writing group (for University of Leeds staff and Postgraduate Researchers only).


ally walsh, Osmosis, 2016. Photo: Fenia Kotsopoulou.