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About the Symposium

'Calling All Agents: A symposium on the work of Tom McCarthy' is the first academic symposium on the work of British novelist Tom McCarthy. This event will feature papers on McCarthy's three novels, Remainder (2005), Men in Space (2007) and C (2010), as well as his role as General Secretary of the International Necronautical Society, and his relationship with the Tintin series. The day will conclude with a reading by and Q&A session with McCarthy.
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Timetable of Events

Friday 22 July 2011

18:00–19:00 Reception: Gylphi launch of Contemporary Writers series and David Mitchell: Critical Essays (Keynes Library, Birkbeck)
19:30–21:00 Film: Double Take (Birkbeck Cinema)

Saturday 23 July 2011

09:00–09:30: Registration

09:30–11:15: Panel 1
Holly Pester (Birkbeck)
Henderson Downing (Birkbeck)
Dr Jane Lewty (University of Amsterdam)

11:15–11:30: Coffee

11:30–13:15: Panel 2
Dr Julia Jordan (Sussex)
Dr Gill Partington (Birkbeck)
Mark Blacklock (Birkbeck)

13:15–14:00: Lunch (own arrangements)

14:00–15:45: Panel 3
Dr Eric Langley (UCL)
Dr Laura Salisbury (Birkbeck)
Prof Andrew Gibson (Royal Holloway)

15:45–16:15: Coffee

16:15–17:00: Panel 4: “In Conversation”
Dr Daniel Lea (Oxford Brookes)
Prof Peter Boxall (Sussex)
Prof Simon Critchley (New School)

17:00–18:00: Tom McCarthy: Reading & Q&A

18:00–19:00: Wine

Conference Speakers

Simon Critchley (New School, NY)
Andrew Gibson (Royal Holloway)
Peter Boxall (Sussex)
Laura Salisbury (Birkbeck)
Julia Jordan (Sussex)
Eric Langley (UCL)
Daniel Lea (Oxford Brookes)
Gill Partington (Birkbeck)
Jane Lewty (University of Amsterdam)
Holly Pester (Birkbeck)
Henderson Downing (Birkbeck)
Mark Blacklock (Birkbeck)


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Friday 22 July 2011

Launch of David Mitchell: Critical Essays and screening of 'Double Take'. These will both take place in Birkbeck’s School of Arts, which is at 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD. There will be signs to direct you to the Keynes Library on the First Floor where the book launch will be taking place at 18:00. The Cinema is on the Ground Floor, just past Reception. The screening will start at 19:30 with Tom McCarthy introducing the film.

Saturday 23 July 2011

The symposium will take place in the main Birkbeck building at Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX. Access to the building is no longer from Malet Street but via Torrington Square. See the map for details. It is in Room B35, one of the basement lecture theatres.

How to Register

There is no registration fee for this event, to register send an email to Dennis Duncan at indicating whether you will be attending the Gylphi Contemporary Writers Series launch and film screening (22 July) and/or the conference (23 July).

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