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Iris Murdoch: 20 Years On

Friday 8 February 10.30am - 12.30pm
Academic Building, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester.
All welcome, free event.

On the 8th February 2019, the Iris Murdoch Research Centre at the University of Chichester will be marking 20 years since Iris Murdoch’s’ passing (and the centenary of her birth) with a discussion led by the Centre’s academic staff – Margaret Guise, Miles Leeson, Anne Rowe and Frances White. They will be talking about the reception of Murdoch’s work since her death and the new ways in which her work is being appreciated.

All are welcome and no prior knowledge of Murdoch’s work is needed. Free entry – tea and cake provided. Sponsored by the Iris Murdoch society.

Iris Murdoch Centenary Conference

13 - 15 July 2019
St Anne’s College, Oxford

First Call for Papers – July 2018

2019 marks the centenary of the one of the twentieth century’s greatest thinkers and writers, Iris Murdoch. Born on the 15th July 1919, she would go on to have a long and internationally renowned career as a fiction writer, a professional philosopher, and a public intellectual.

The Iris Murdoch Research Centre at the University of Chichester, in association with St Anne’s and Somerville College Oxford, invite proposals for 20-minute papers, or panels of up to three papers, on any aspect of Murdoch’s career. For this centenary conference there is no theme as such, but we hope that many of the papers will reassess and celebrate Murdoch’s achievements in light of her centenary. It is hoped that a collection of essays will form from this conference.

The conference will be preceded by a public lecture at the Bodleian Library on the afternoon of the 12 July to be given by Professor Peter Garrard of St George’s Medical School, London.

Proposals of no more than 300 words (per paper) or 750 words (per panel) to be sent to the organising committee at by 1 March 2019.

For further information please contact the Director of the Iris Murdoch Research Centre, Miles Leeson, at



The Iris Murdoch Research Centre organises a variety of events each year focusing on Iris Murdoch, her milieu, and related academic areas at University of Chichester.

It also supports events connected to Murdoch both nationally and internationally. For the latest information on forthcoming events please follow the hyperlinks on the 'Links' page, or email: