Current Conference

The 2019 Sir Robert Taylor Society Conference will be held on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September 2019 at Somerville College. Please see below for the programme. Booking for this event is now closed. If you have any queries, please contact the organisers at


Friday 27th September 

4pm onwards      Arrival & registration, Brittain Williams Room

4:45                      Welcome from Prof. Julie Curtis, Director of Outreach, Flora Anderson Hall

4:50                     Roundtable on ‘Languages in Performance’: Prof. Wes Williams (French); Dr Alex Lloyd (German); Dr Noah Birksted-Breen (Russian); Portuguese representative TBC.

6:00                      Talk on ‘Marie Antoinette and Objects’, Prof. Catriona Seth, Flora Anderson Hall

7:00                      Drinks reception, Brittain Williams Room

7:30                      Seating for dinner

7:45                      Dinner, followed by after-dinner address, Dining Hall

9pm onwards      Bar open (cash only)

Saturday 28th September

9:00am                Literature Circus: ‘Points of View’: Dr Jennifer Yee on No et moi (French); Ms Karolina Watroba on Der Besuch der alten Dame (German); Dr Olivia Vázquez-Medina, (La casa de los espíritus) (Spanish); Prof. Giuseppe Stellardi on Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore (Italian), Flora Anderson Hall

10:30                    Coffee break, Brittain Williams Room

11:00                    Building Bridges: The Creative Classroom, with guest speaker Prof. Suzanne Graham (University of Reading), Flora Anderson Hall

12:00                    Admissions 101: An introduction to admissions, Prof. Julie Curtis; a mock interview; followed by Q&A. Flora Anderson Hall

1pm                     Lunch, Dining Hall

End of conference

Optional extra: workshop on Creative Translation with the Queen’s Translation Exchange.