2019 Manchester Central Library

Host: Jerome deGroot


Josie Gill (University of Bristol), Handle with Care: Literature, Archeology and Slavery.

Diana Wallace (University of South Wales), Writing Revolution: the Radical Possibilities of Modernist Historical Fiction

Robert Poole (UCLAN), Peterloo: Courtroom, history, film and graphic novel.



Adam Chapman: Play as Historical Interruption: Videogames and Deconstructionist History

Danilo Di Mascio: Analyzing the design of historical cities in the Assassin’s Creed series

Cecilia Trenter: Mimesis and prompters of Memory: Dragon Age franchise (2009-2014 BioWare)

Jennifer Volkmer: The Death of Stalin; the continued relevance of Historical Fiction

Lioudmila Federova: Poet’s Death as Crucifixion: Who is to Blame?

Boris Proskurnin: Russian Revolution of 1917 and Arthur Koestler’s The Gladiators: Ethics of Radicalism

Sarah Hardstaff: Rational children in radical fiction

Alison Baker: Judith Tarr’s A Wind in Cairo, Kevin Crossley Holland’s Bracelet of Bones, C. S Lewis’s The Horse and his Boy and mediaeval Orientalism in the historical imagination.

Blanka Grzegorczyk: The Presence of the Past: The Genealogist Child in Contemporary Historical Fiction for the Young.

Lucy Stone: Recovering the Past through Juvenilia: Judith Kerr’s and Tomi Ungerer’s fiction from and of the Nazi Era.

Jonathan Ball: We’re Here, We’re Queer(ing Historical Fiction): Writing the gay historical novel as literature and activism.

Nastrin Babakhani: Other Historical Experiences from marginalized Position.

Julie Depriester: John Fowles’s ‘Manchester baby’: forms of radicalism in A Maggot.

Dorothea Flothow: Historical Burlesque in the Nineteenth-Century Theatre: An Introduction to a Radical Genre.

Stephen M. Hornby: ‘Stand up if you’re gay!’: The Burnley Buggers’ Ball and how dramatising history changes history.

Cynthia Dretel: Subverting Nazi Narratives through Puppetry and Song: Polish Satirical Plays in WWII Concentration Camps.

Leila Rahimi Bahmany: Simin Daneshvar and the Bewilderment of Iranian Nation.

Eluned Gramich: Creative explorations of the expulsions (1944-49) in modern day Germany.

Okamoto Michihiro: Reactionary Heels Re-depicted.

Catherine Padmore, & Kelly Gardiner: Radical biofictions: Gender, genre and crime in recent historical biofictions from Australia.

Rita Horvath: Literary Criticism Personified: Examining The Genre of the Biographical-Novel-about-a-Writer.

Bożena Kucala: The past as a multi-perspective structure in Matthew Kneale’s English Passengers.

Rachel Damian: The 1913 Armory Show: A Touchstone in American Modernism or a Fictionalized Legacy?

Ronald Ramsay: The Boom of a Western Town: a 19th century novel of frontier life—and revenge.

Chris Martin: The Wobbly Legacy of the Paterson Silk Strike and Pageant.

Emma Varughese: Indian ‘mythology-inspired’ fiction in English and ‘spiralling’

Sutanuka Ghosh: Revisiting Rajput (his)stories with Kiran Nagarkar’s Cuckold.

Alec Kaus: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Reevaluating Fact, Fiction and the Archive in Christian Patterson’s Redheaded Peckerwood.

Chris Vardy: Abusive Historicity.

Noël James: How do we determine authenticity when teaching history, at any educational level?

Christoph Kühberger: Children’s Toys between Representation of the Past and Historical Fiction.

Pedro Ponce: Getting It (Radically) Wrong: The Public Burning as Counterhistorical Fiction.

Deborah Wolf: Ideologically motivated recreations of the past in 9/11 conspiracy theories.

David Eisler: Authority, Authenticity and the American War novel.

Claudia Lindén: Why the writer of novels is a better historian: William Godwin’s ‘History and Romance’, 1797.

Lucy Cook: Radically Fictional: Farcical Historical Fiction From the 19th Century.

Rosemary Kay: Invocation of the physical world in 18th century gothic novels: Radcliffe’s The Italian.

Nic Clear:Le Corbusier and the (Science) Fictions of Modernity.

Iris Feindt:Futur Historique: Historical Fiction as Dystopian Novel.

Cheryl Morgan:Steampunk Revolutions.

Darragh Kelly: ‘Objectivity is not left over after the subject is subtracted’: Adorno, Sebald, and historical truth content.

Dimitrije Bužarovski & Trena Jordanoska

Ss. Cyril and Methodius University

Historical fictions as false identity: Wagner in Bitola.

Catherine Baker: ‘I am the voice of the past that will always be’: the Eurovision Song Contest as historical fiction’.

Blair Agpar: Urban VIII and the Cult of Matilda di Canossa, (Papal) Warrior Princess.

Martina Feichtenschlager: Between fictions and figures: The great narrative of (medieval) authorship.

Philip Peek: Historical Construction and Identity in Herodotus’ Histories.

Monika Wozniak: Sapienza Università di Roma

Quo vadis, Gladiator? The Cinematographic Dialogue in historical films about Ancient Rome.

Juliette Harrisson: The reception of Greek and Roman warfare in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld

Pascal Lemaire: Between Cesar and Hitler, retelling the De Bello Gallico during WW2.

Ingibjörg Ágústsdóttir: Finding Truth in the Detail: Elizabeth Fremantle’s Portrayal of Tudor Women in Sisters of Treason and The Girl in the Glass Tower.

Siobhan O’Connor: Contemporary Englishness and the Tudor Turn: Philippa Gregory’s Narratives of National Grievance.

Olivia Michael

Manchester Metropolitan

Dialects of suppression: Linguistic Chicanery in the Trial of the Pendle Witches.

Virginia Preston: Geoffrey Trease: radical and conservative?

Deborah Mutch: England for All? Love and Landownership in Margaret Harkness’s A City Girl (1887) and Connie(1893-4).

Patricia San Jose Rico: The Archaeology of Historical Fiction: Unearthing the Past in David Bradley’s The Chaneysville Incident.

Laila Alharthi: Haunting, Trauma and the Sins of the Past in William Trevor’s The Story of Lucy Gault.

Alexey Taube: Representing the Un-representable: Self-reflexive Narrative in Joseph O’Connor’s Star of the Sea.

Gary Fisher: The Depiction of the Ancient World on the Eighteenth-century American Stage.

Benjamin Poore: Time after Time: the Counterfactual History Play.

Galyna Vypasnyak: Ukrainian Contemporary Historical Narrative and the Problem of National Identity.

Artemiy Plekhanov: ‘Kiborhy’ as (super)heroes: Ukrainian comics about war in Donbas.

Teresa Mocharitsch: Construction of a Grand Heritage: German Nationalism and Art in the 19th Century.

Muriel Laurent: Illustrating history: El antagonista, a proposal for the social appropriation of knowledge from the University.

Delegates listed in italics were prevented by last minute illness from presenting.