(28th March 2020)

The conference has been postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic.

It will now take place on the 24-26th June 2021. An updated programme and social events calendar will be provided nearer the time.

If you have any questions, please email: emwords2020@gmail.com


ow to do Things

with Early Modern Words:

E-Abida will host a three-day, interdisciplinary conference ‘How to do things with Early Modern words: Interdisciplinary opportunities, dialogues and methodologies’ at Loughborough University, UK.

Our keynote speakers, representing the breadth of current early modern scholarship, are:



Conference Venue

The conference will take place in Martin Hall, the home of the School of English, Drama and Publishing.

map of martin hall

For a campus map, please see here


Getting to Loughborough

Loughborough University (East Midlands campus) is easily accessible from London (1hr15 by train) and Birmingham (1hr), both of which have major airports, as well as being only 15 mins from the M1.

For more travel information, see the Loughborough University website: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/about/find-us/

  • The SatNav postcode is: LE11 3TT
  • The nearest train station is Loughborough; take the connecting Kinchbus Number 7 shuttle bus to the main campus.

Advice on Accommodation and Restaurants

Loughborough University is situated a few miles from the train station and city centre. There are several hotels and B&Bs on or near to campus:

Burleigh Court Conference Centre and Hotel: 4* hotel, on campus. It is also the venue for the conference dinner.

Elite Athlete Hotel: on-campus fitness-oriented hotel.

University Lodge: university-run accommodation on campus with breakfast and evening-meal options.

The Link hotel: 3* hotel, 1.5 miles (walkable in terms of pavements/footways) from the conference venue.

Acommodation towards the city centre includes:

Premier Inn Loughborough: approx. 1 mile from campus and < 1 mile from the train station.

Holywell Guest House: approx. 1.2 miles from campus.

Travel Lodge Loughborough: approx. 1 mile from campus and < 1 mile from the train station.


There are a range of eateries on campus, including a bar and restaurant at Burleigh Court hotel.

Loughborough town centre also offers a selection of affordable restaurants. Some of these include:

Centro Lounge: informal dining, with gluten-free and vegan menus at reasonable prices. Town centre.

The Priory Pub, Nanpantan: spacious pub with good food, 2 miles from campus (not in town centre).

Laughing Buddha: Cantonese and Peking-style food, eat-in restaurant and takeaway. Town centre.

Goodliffes: British seasonal food, with a cocktail list. Town centre.

Peter’s Pizzeria: Top-notch pizzas. Town centre.

La Favorita: Good Italian fare in a pleasant environment. Town centre.

The Basin: Chinese, Japanese and Thai food, with an open kitchen and extensive bar/cocktails.