The Iris Murdoch Research Centre
The Iris Murdoch Research Centre supports and develops work into this major twentieth century writer. Staff disseminate expertise on Murdoch's work via published work, major conferences, and more widely via the media. The Centre is the hub for international research, edits and publishes the Iris Murdoch Review journal and other publications, and convenes the Iris Murdoch Society.
The Centre's primary role is to support and develop research, from undergraduate work to world-leading publications.
We fully support the University's core vision for all research to be filtered into teaching and we see students as co-workers in this venture; Murdoch's fictional work is taught throughout the undergraduate and postgraduate programme in English.
The research events, seminars, and conferences the centre organises, both at Chichester and beyond, are open to all and our aim is to involve as many as possible, including the general public, in our work. More details of these can be found on our 'Events' page.
At present the Centre is involved with preparations for Murdoch's centenary in 2019. Activities include a major conference in Oxford in July of 2019, public lectures, seminars, and the publication of new materials. We are also working on funding bids to external agencies to support or work.
If you are interested in MPhil or PhD study please contact the Centre Director, Miles Leeson (email@example.com), in the first instance.
We have a thriving postgraduate cohort - details can be found on the 'People' page - and we always welcome applications to study.
After initial informal contact you will need to complete the University's application form.
The Iris Murdoch Society
The Iris Murdoch Society was inaugurated in New York in 1986. Barbara Stevens Heusel, then a faculty member at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, organised and chaired the inaugural meeting, on December 29, 1986 in New York City, as a special session at the Modern Language Association’s annual conference. It was based at Kingston University until 2016 when it came to the University of Chichester, and is now run by the Research Centre. It has members across the world: academics, general readers and enthusiasts, and those personally connected to Iris Murdoch. It exists to promote her work, further her philosophical vision, and enhance and extend knowledge. There is an active online community connected to the society on Facebook.
The Society originally produced the Iris Murdoch News Letter (up until 2007) and now publishes the peer-reviewed journal Iris Murdoch Review, offering a forum for articles, reviews and notices, and which keeps members of the society informed of new publications, symposia and other news that has a bearing on the life and work of Iris Murdoch and her milieu.
Join the Iris Murdoch Society to:
- Receive the Iris Murdoch Review on publication
- Keep up to date with scholarship, new publications, symposia and other information
- Be entitled to reduced rates for the biennial Iris Murdoch Conferences at Chichester University
Our annual renewal prices remain £20 for UK members, £25 for non-UK members, and £10 for students (anywhere in the world). To become a member please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Iris Murdoch Society will keep personal data that you have submitted for 18 months. We use the data to send you your journal subscription, to tell you about events and publications that might interest you and to send up to two reminders once your membership has elapsed. We will never share your information with a third party. You can request to check what data we are holding about you, and request to be removed from our records entirely, at any time.
If you wish to complain about any aspect of our information rights practice you may do so by contacting the Information Commissioner’s Office. The University of Chichester’s data protection policies can be found on our Policies page.
The Iris Murdoch Review
The Iris Murdoch Review (Kingston University Press) publishes articles on the life and work of Iris Murdoch and her milieu on a yearly basis. The Review aims to represent the breadth and eclecticism of contemporary critical approaches to Murdoch, and particularly welcomes new perspectives and lines of inquiry.
We are always interested in receiving expression of interest regarding new material for publication. Please email the Lead Editor with your ideas. View our Formatting Guidelines.