Attention and Distraction: A Graduate Conference

Event Date: 
20 Apr 2018


University of Cambridge

Proposals are invited from MA students, PhD students, and recent graduates for papers on the theme of “Attention and Distraction.” For pre-modern readers, what did it mean to “attend” (or fail to attend) to a text? What roles do boredom and distraction have to play in the reading process? How do we attend to pre-modern literature in our moment of supposedly short attention spans? Proposals are due 31 January 2018. They should include a title, brief abstract (200 words), and a short biography including your university and department affiliation. Speakers will present for 15 minutes, with time for questions at the end. Travel grants for speakers are available, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please direct proposals and questions to For more information, please visit our website at

Submission date for papers: 
31 Jan 2018