We never thought we'd have to spell this out...

…but we LOVE The Archers, despite what a certain national Sunday newspaper said today.

Academic Archers exists to provide a place for us to share our mutual love of The Archers. The new book, whilst gathering together papers which explore feminist perspectives, is in no way hostile to the show. It is a long love letter to The Archers, as is everything we do.

Our values of generosity, curiosity and joyfulness inform our books and conferences and we are heartbroken that anyone could see us in opposition to the show.

2019 conference schedule announced!

We are delighted to announce the schedule for the fourth Academic Archers conference! 

Topics cover cradle to grave themes and everything in between. Former pregnancy services worker Carolynne Henshaw talks birth rates and attitudes to pregnancy in Ambridge, and writer and journalist, Rob Stepney answers a common listener question of why are so many of The Archers still around to annoy us, with his paper ‘A series of unfortunate events? Mortality and medical incident in a small Borsetshire village.’

We’ll be looking at childhood, particularly that of Henry Archer, in ‘‘We Should have called him Damien.’ A discussion of the impact of Henry Archer’s early years on potential crimes of the future’, by Nicola Maxfield, Curriculum Manager for Health, Public Services and Education, Alton College, and the quandaries of middle age, through the prism of Shula and Reader in philosophy, St. Mary’s University, Hannah Marije Altorf’s paper, ‘This isn’t about curry, Alistair’: Shula Hebden-Lloyd and Iris Murdoch on Love.’

Brian will be pleased to know that farming business gets its own strand this year. But maybe not so pleased with two of the papers, ‘What to do when you’re no longer Borsetshire’s Business Person of the Year or How to handle a scandal’, from Olivia Vandyk, Communications Strategist, and ‘Borsetshire Businessman or Feckless Farmer?’ from Armchair Soil Scientist, Christine Narramore.

This year also sees strands on Ambridge and rural identities and the demographic composition of Ambridge, and three papers will be queering the village and its residents. Hit of the 2018 conference, NATO advisor James Armstrong is back, with a podcast satire on counterinsurgency in Borsetshire.

The full schedule can be found on the 2019 conference page, and box office is open

2019 conference box office now open!

Ta-da! The box office for the fourth Academic Archers is live!

You’re the first to know of course – you’re welcome to share this post as you wish, but we won’t be posting this news to other Archers sites or groups for another month so you have the chance to get in first!

The 2019 conference is taking place over the weekend of 6th and 7th April, at The Edge, University of Sheffield’s conference venue.

We start with the offer of a dinner for those of you travelling up on the Friday – 90 tickets for this available. The conference itself will be over the Saturday and Sunday, with an optional conference dinner on the Saturday night – a total of 300 tickets available for the conference and also for the dinner.

As ever, we have the cost of this at the forefront of our minds. Half the allocation of all the tickets are offered at an Early Bird rate (until 31st October or until all sell out, whichever comes first) and we have kept both the Early Bird and Standard ticket rates as low as possible. There is also a limited run Saturday-only ticket option.

All the tickets (the dinners, the conference options, Early Bird and Standard) are found on the one box office page but can be bought at different times so you can purchase to suit your budget and cash flow. Please note, the Friday night dinner has a 90 capacity, so you may want to book for that sooner rather than later if you are staying on the Friday night and please note that if you pay for one ticket at the Early Bird rate, you may end up paying the Standard rate for subsequent tickets.

Sheffield University has three on-site options for accommodation (though it may not be able to accommodate all of us) and we will send on details of that to those with a conference ticket from September. There are also lots of hotel, B+B and AirBnB options locally.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/academic-archers-2019-in-sheffield-tickets-46680949978