About the Conference

UPDATE: Extended Deadline for Essays now 27th December. Extended Deadline for Abstracts 3rd January 2017.


Since 2015, the English Literature Department at the University of Edinburgh has hosted the annual Edinburgh Undergraduate Literature Conference. This conference is a unique event in that it welcomes papers from undergraduate students in literary studies from around the world, who come together at the conference to present their original research. The purpose of the Conference is to serve as a platform for undergraduate research, encouraging independent research amongst students, recognising the best and brightest students from around the world, and also giving undergraduate students who may be aspiring for careers in postgraduate study and academia the experience of presenting research in a rigorous conference setting.

The Conference is entirely organised, led and peer-reviewed by undergraduate students at the University of Edinburgh. This conference is also a unique opportunity for students to meet and interact with fellow, like-minded undergraduates from different universities, fostering a sense of community and collaboration in developing new ideas within a global academic community.

The Conference has prided itself on its diversity, international reach, interdisciplinarity, the quality of research presented and, above all, the supportive environment it has provided students in developing their sense of who they are as budding researchers and scholars. We have welcomed students in the past from as far away as America and Singapore. Papers presented at the conference have been on a range of subjects, from theatre studies, television, the Medical Humanities, translation studies, et cetera. Above all, the Conference has also enjoyed the support of faculty and postgraduate students at the University of Edinburgh who have always been present to share with the undergraduates attending and presenting at the conference the benefit of their expertise and experience.

The Conference also hosts the Charity McAdams Essay Prize, a prize judged by the board of peer reviewers for the Conference awarded to the best completed paper submitted to the Conference itself. The prize seeks to recognise promising research work amongst undergraduate students.

The 2017 Conference

We are pleased to announce that the Third Annual Edinburgh Undergraduate Literature Conference, 2017, will be held on Monday, 20 February 2017, as part of the University of Edinburgh’s Festival of Creative Learning.

Further details, such as the Call for Papers, submission procedures, et cetera, will be posted to this web site in due course.

Please watch this space.