2021 Online

Location: Online

Dates: 18th-21st February 2021

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Sushma Jansari, British Museum and podcaster, The Wonderhouse: Moved, blown up, restored: sharing stories beyond the label.

Dr.Olli Kleemola, University of Turku, and  Senior researcher at the at the Muisti Centre for War and Peace, The Power of (Visual) Images


Samira  Azis, The Catastrophe of History and Culture in Susan Barker’s The Incarnations

Alexander Carpenter, A Stand Against Tyranny: Schoenberg Remembers Napoleon (and Beethoven) in Response to the Catastrophe of Nazism

John Carranza, Tales of the City as Historical Document: HIV/AIDS, Serialization, Urban Landscapes and Sexuality

Vivian Colbert, Processing Trauma – British Inter-War History Plays and the Redefining of National and Female Identity

Richard Cole, Live, Die, Repeat: Replaying Catastrophe in the ‘Total War’ Series

Aidan Collins, Fiction in the Archives’? Narratives of Credit, Debt and Failure in the English Court of Chancery, 1674-1750

Paul Csillag, A second diaspora? The Alhambra Edict as a catastrophe in Historical Fiction

Debolina Dey, “Fiction here is likely to contain more truth than fact”: Queer Time In Winterson’s Fiction

Danilo Di Mascio, From a utopian dream of architectural splendour to a sublime ruin: The narrative qualities of architectures and places of the city of Rapture in Bioshock

Mara Dougall, Body politics and the bloody blitz in Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch

Eliso Elizbarashvili, Reality and Fiction in the Justinianic Plague Narratives

Dorothea Flothow, The Great Plague of 1666 in the British Cultural Imagination

Kelly Gardiner, Resilience, resistance, survival: Australia, women and war in recent biographical fictions (with Catherine Padmore)

Katie Ginsbach, Missed Opportunities and a Nation Divided: Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s Representation of the Spanish Enlightenment in Hombres buenos.

Marta Gutiérrez-Rodríguez, Catastrophic Persecutions: Salem and the Dangers of Contemporary Hunts

John Halbrooks, Lockdown: Trauma and Isolation in Arthur Phillips’s _The King at the Edge of the World_ and Rose Tremain’s _Restoration_

Dennis Henneböhl, Deconstructing Dominant Narratives about the Second World War: Their Finest as (Self)-Reflective Historical Fiction

Mike Horswell, Imagining the Crusades Twenty Years After 9/11

Rita Horvath, Historical Novels as Methodological Workshops

Elin Ivansson, Remembering 9/11 Through Multimodality, Materiality, & Myth

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

Justine Shu Ting Kao, Geographical Imagination in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes

Tony Keen, Trojan Catastrophe: The Fall of Ilium on Screen

Bozena Kucala, “Reimagining the Arctic Disaster: the Portrayal of John Franklin’s Expedition in Contemporary Fiction”

Stefan Lessmann, Why Form Matters: The ‘Vision of the Vanquished’ between Testimony and Epic in Nahuatl and Spanish

Chiara Luis, “Secret rivers through all the other stories of life”: Storytelling as a way of surviving history in Téa Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife (2011)

Prashant Maurya, War and its aftermath: Reading prostitution in J.G. Farrell’s The Singapore Grip.

Devika Mehra, Encountering the past in the present: a study of children’s negotiation with past catastrophes in Penelope Lively’s children’s fiction

Victor Monnin, From the Biblical Flood to the Chicxulub Impact: Catastrophes in Deep Time Historical Fictions and the Destinies of Human/Non-Human Characters

Cheryl Morgan, Nox tenebris et procellosum

Heidrun Mühlbradt, The Great Irish Famine and the Holodomor: Remembering the National Famine Catastrophe

Ben Nadler, “At War with Ourselves”: Civil War Afterlives in the Fiction of George Saunders

Elena Ogliari, Remembering the catastrophe of the Great War in Ireland: Sebastian Barry’s ‘A Long Long Way’

Nicholas Pacula. “Everything I’ve Ever Known Has Been a Lie:” Walid Raad/The Atlas Group and the Aesthetics of History

Rinku Pegu, Catastrophe as Narrative: Revisiting World War II in an Oil Frontier

Zoe Perot, Collecting History, Collective Action: Martin Delaney’s “Blake, or The Huts of America”

Boris Proskurnin, Is French Revolution a Catastrophe?  Charles Dickens and Hilary Mantel in a Dialogue through the Ages

Stephanie Russo, “You are, like, so woke”: Americas in Catastrophe in Dickinson

Papari Saikia, Enemy Aliens: Two Representations of Chinese Migrants in India during the Sino-Indian War (1962)

Hamish Williams, The Collapse of Minoan Civilisation on Crete:  Fictional or Factual Historical Hypotheses in Mary Renault’s The King Must Die?

Helen Young, Far-right extremism and historical fictions