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Medway Campus hosts Dickens celebration

07 February 2012

Canterbury Christ Church University's Medway Campus welcomed academics from across the world yesterday (6 February 2012), for a celebration of Charles Dickens.

The delegates gathered at the Campus, on the eve of Dickens’ birthday, as part of a special travelling Dickens conference - ‘A Tale of Four Cities’- which was visiting Chatham and Rochester after stops in Paris and near Boulogne. The conference will culminate at the Museum of London tomorrow (8 February 2012).

Dickens experts from the University participated in sessions which addressed the conference’s leading theme, the idea of ‘the Dickensian’ today.  Following a tour of scenes well known to Dickens himself as a young boy throughout Rochester and Chatham, the delegates were then part of various sessions that paid particular attention to the author’s representation of childhood.

Peter Merchant, Principal Lecturer in English and Language Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We are delighted that the University was given a key role in the hosting of this major international conference, and indebted both to our partners and to our own Medway Campus staff for taking on such an ambitious conference that welcomed delegates from all over the world.

“Dickens’ memories of Chatham and Rochester are well documented and the opportunity to celebrate his Birthday here in this special 200th anniversary year meant that we were able to offer delegates an appealing closeness to locations which are fraught with ‘Dickensian’ significance.”

For more information about the contributions made to the conference by Dickens experts at Canterbury Christ Church University, visit www.youtube.com/christchurchuni for short video clips.

The Medway stage of the conference was co-hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University and The University of Kent.

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Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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