South of the River Conference 17 & 18 May

London has always inspired the production of literature, art, music and film. In turn, there is critical interest in London’s cultural and literary production and the ways in which, for example, diasporic consciousness, urban development, architecture and space are formed and informed by writers, musicians and film makers. There are now established academic discourses on London’s literature that draw on Empire and the postcolonial, urban studies and psychoanalytical theory – discourses employed for the examination of texts from London’s earliest history to the present day.

The conference at the University of Greenwich, ‘South of the River’, has its focus on the ‘bastard side of Old Father Thames’ (Angela Carter Wise Children, 1991) as a space for the imagination and aims to make visible the unique qualities of cultural productions and representations emanating from the sprawling diversity that exists south of the Thames and beyond into suburbia.

Call for papers

Topics may include, but are not restricted to:

  • What makes South London distinctive
  • Borders and borderlessness South of the River
  • Cultural representations of South London
  • Works and writers that challenge conventional attitudes to ‘South of the River’
  • How artists contribute to images of South London
  • The relevance of walking and spectatorship South of the River
  • South of the River in relation to fiction, poetry, drama, autobiography, cinema and social media

Please send abstracts (2-300 words), accompanied by biographies (100 words), for 30-minute papers to Justine Baillie, SRG Leader, University of Greenwich ( before 1st March 2018.

Notification of decision: 1st April 2018.



About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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