The John Rylands Research Institute invites proposals for its 2017 conference on modern literary archives. Reflecting the strengths of the Special Collections at the John Rylands Library, the conference will focus in particular on archives related to postwar poetry in English.

‘Archival Afterlives’ will provide a forum for academic researchers, postgraduate students, curators, archivists, as well as poets to discuss their relationship with archival material, whether it be through creating, collecting or donating archives, or through using archival and material culture for inspiration, learning or research. The conference also takes place as part of a wider programme of activities at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library to facilitate the study of the holdings in modern and contemporary literature.

Submissions from researchers at any stage of their career, as well as from curators and archivists are welcome.

Proposals for 15-minute papers (250 words + affiliation) or panels should be submitted using the abstract submission form, and sent as attachments to by 20th February 2017.

Please visit the conference website for further information.