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‘When we read a book from the past we are in fact reading a book and a context, but in reading a book from the present we are the context.’ – Tony Tanner

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Theaster Gates, My Labor is My Protest (2012)

Welcome to Contemporaries: a research group run by the Faculty of English at Cambridge University. Contemporaries is a space for those with a lively interest in texts of all kinds from the present and recent past. Together we attempt to explore the opportunities, challenges and pleasures presented by ‘being the context’ of new writing.

This site offers information on our members; showcases upcoming events; presents debates, research, and the discussions of our reading group; and connects to aligned organisations, scholars and websites.

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