Facebook Group: Historical Fictions Research Network
18th-20th February 2022 (online)
How communities construct their own pasts; how communities challenge the narratives that have been foisted upon them or are used to oppress and discriminate; how communities challenge their own consensual understandings of their past.
Our Programme is out now.
Conference Registration Fee for this year is £ 75 for regulars and £ 40 for concessions (PhD students, low-income). Please register here: Tickets.
The registration deadline for speakers is 1 February 2022. Guests are welcome to register until 15 February 2022.
All 20-minute papers will be delivered live, followed by a discussion.
Our Keynote Speakers
Sarah Garrod from The George Padmore Institute: Sarah Garrod has over twenty years’ experience as a professional archivist, including former posts in collections management and public services at the London Metropolitan Archives and the Hampshire Record Office. Sarah joined the George Padmore Institute (GPI) in 2003 and has been central to the development of the GPI Archives from its infancy, as well as managing staff and the GPI volunteer team. She is committed to the sharing of knowledge and making archives as accessible as possible through delivering workshops, managing creative residencies and exhibition work.
The George Padmore Institute is an archive, educational resource and research centre housing materials relating to the black community of Caribbean, African and Asian descent in Britain and continental Europe.
Amy Tooth Murphy: Amy Tooth Murphy is a lecturer in oral history at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research interests include queer oral history, particularly lesbian histories of post-war Britain; oral history theory and method; butch/femme cultures and identities; and lesbian literature. She has published on topics including lesbian narratives of domesticity, middlebrow lesbian reading culture in the 1960s, and insider/outsider research in oral history. Her current research project is an exploration of butch lived experience and identity from 1950-Present. She is co-editor of a 2020 special LGBTQ issue of Oral History and a forthcoming edited collection on queer oral history methodology, due out with Routledge in 2022. Amy is also a Trustee of the Oral History Society and a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the peer-reviewed blog, ‘Notches: (re)marks on the history of sexuality‘.
Dr. Murphy will be talking about her project on the oral history of the Butch Community.
Nicola Griffith is dual UK/US citizen living in Seattle. She is the author of seven award-winning novels, including Hild, with an eight, Spear—a cripped and queered Arthurian retelling—forthcoming in April 2022, and a ninth, Menewood—the sequel to Hild—coming shortly after that. Her shorter work has appeared in a variety of journals ranging from Nature and New Scientist to the New York Times and Los Angeles Review of Books and is frequently reprinted in Years Best anthologies. In addition to two Washington State Book Awards, she has won the Nebula, World Fantasy, Otherwise/Tiptree, Premio Italia, and Lambda Literary Award (6 times). She is the founder and co-host of #CripLit, a Twitter chat for disabled writers, holds a PhD from Anglia Ruskin University, enjoys a ferocious bout of wheelchair boxing, and is married to novelist and screenwriter Kelley Eskridge. She mentains a website and research blog, and posts on Twitter and Instagram.
There will also be an interview with Professor Michael Lackey:
Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota Morris, Michael Lackey is the author and editor of eleven books, including Truthful Fictions and Conversations with Biographical Novelists, which contain interviews with some of the most famous biographical novelists in the world, including Olga Tokarczuk, Joyce Carol Oates, Russell Banks, Michael Cunningham, Colum McCann, Emma Donoghue, and Colm Toibin, to mention only a notable few. His current work focuses primarily on biofiction, literature that names its protagonist after an actual historical person. For his research, he has won numerous awards, including Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, the Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Book, an NEH Summer Stipend, and the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship, and he was the Martha Daniel Newell Professor at Georgia College in the spring of 2019. Bloomsbury Academic will publish his book Ireland, the Irish, and the Rise of Biofiction in December, and that book contains his interview with the Nobel Prize winning author, Mario Vargas Llosa.
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