Monsters: Subject, Object, Abject Conference, 12 and 13 April 2012, Manchester.

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 26, 2012 in News tagged with , ,

Here is the conference programme for the much-anticipated conference on Monsters in Manchester in April.

Monsters: Subject, Object, Abject

Kanaris Lecture Theatre and Conference Room

Manchester Museum, Oxford Road,

Manchester M13 9PL, United Kingdom

Thursday 12th April – Friday 13th April 2012

Conference Programme

Thursday 12th April

9.00-9.30am: Registration

9.30-11.00am: Opening Remarks (Dr. Hannah Priest, University of Manchester) and

Session 1: Monsters in Popular Culture (Kanaris Lecture Theatre)

Chair: TBC

(i) Matthew Freeman (University of Nottingham): Who’s Monster?: Monsters, Subjectivity, and the

Figure of the Child in Doctor Who

(ii) James Campbell (University of Stirling): ‘Welcome to the Madhouse’: The Conflation of

Monstrosity, Madness and Mental Illness in DC Comics’ Batman Franchise

(iii) Christina Wilkins (University of Southampton): Transatlantic Differences and the Importance

of Religion in Post-9/11 Monsters

11.00-11.30am: Coffee

11.30-1.00pm: Parallel Sessions

Session 2a: Literary Monsters (Kanaris Lecture Theatre)

Chair: TBC

(i) Lisa Tagliaferri (The Graduate Center, CUNY): S’el fu sì bel com’elli è ora brutto: Dante’s Vision of


(ii) Imke Heuer (University of Southampton): ‘A brood of monsters like myself’: Joshua Pickersgill’s

The Three Brothers, Byron’s The Deformed Transformed and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

(iii) Giulia I. Sandelewski (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham): Vengeful or Revenger?

Renaissance Drama as a Lens for Vallgren’s Hercules Barefoot

Session 2b: Making Monsters (Conference Room)

Chair: TBC

(i) Lisa Temple-Cox (Independant Researcher): Making Myself a Monster: Self-Portraiture as

Teratological Specimen

(ii) Rosie Garland (Independent Researcher): ‘The Girl You Never Loved But Always Looked For’:

Occupational Therapy and the Development of the Performance Persona Rosie Lugosi the Vampire


(iii) Susanne Hamscha (Georg-August University Goettingen): “Gaga, Ooh La La”: Lady Gaga and

the Pleasures of Being a Freak

1.00-2.00pm: Lunch

2.00-3.30pm: Parallel Sessions

Session 3a: Embodying Monstrosity (Kanaris Lecture Theatre)

Chair: TBC

(i) Tracy Fahey (Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT): Invisible Monsters: Gothic and the

Diabetic Body

(ii) Michel Delville (University of Liège) and Andrew Norris (Institut Supérieur des Traducteurs et

Interprètes): Monstrosity, Hunger and Resistance

(iii) Lorie Hamalian (California State University): Swans and Prawns: Monster Metamorphoses and

Hybrid Identities in Aronofsky’s Black Swan and Blomkamp’s District 9

Session 3b: Monsters of Literature (Conference Room)

Chair: TBC

(i) Jessica George (Cardiff University): Celtic Subject and Racial Other in Arthur Machen’s ‘The

White People’

(ii) Kay Lint (University of Hertfordshire): ‘Mangy fur and red, smouldering eyes’, The Monstrous

Dog in Graham Masterton’s Charnel House

(iii) Rick Hudson (Bath Spa University): ‘Their Hand Is At Your Throat, But Ye See Them Not’:

Monstrous Absence in the Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft

3.30-4.00pm: Coffee

4.00-5.00pm: Parallel Sessions

Session 4: Folk Monsters (Kanaris Lecture Theatre)

Chair: TBC

(i) Carla Bascombe (University of the West Indies): Monsters of the Caribbean: A Portrait of the

Traditional Torturer in the Untraditional Tale

(ii) Alexandra McGlynn (Independent Researcher): Kappa: Buttocks-Ball Eating Monsters of Shintõ


5.00pm: Close

7.30pm: Conference Dinner at Felicini


Friday 13th April

9.30-11.00am: Parallel Sessions

Session 5a: Old Monsters, New Faces (Kanaris Lecture Theatre)

Chair: TBC

(i) Rachel Mizsei Ward (University of East Anglia): Munchkin Cthulhu, My Little Cthulhu and

Chibithulu: The Transformation of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu from Horrific Body to Cute Body

(ii) Carys Crossen (University of Manchester): ‘The loup-garou has a duty: justice’: The Law, Justice

and Vigilantism in Contemporary Lycanthropic Fiction

(iii) Kim Wilkins (University of Queensland): Writing the Medieval Monstrous

Session 5b: Spaces of Monstrosity

Chair: TBC

(i) Ersi Ioannidou (University of Brighton): Dismembered Domesticity: the House as Monster

(ii) David Allen (Midland Actors Theatre): Expedition Everest

(iii) Garfield Benjamin (University of Wolverhampton): Virtual Monsters: Becoming Death and the

Quantum Immortal

11.00-11.30am: Coffee

11.30-1.00pm: Parallel Sessions

Session 6a: Of Monstrosity and Humanity (Kanaris Lecture Theatre)

Chair: TBC

(i) Maria Chatzidimou (Aristotle University of Thessaloni): I am not an elephant! I am not a man! I

am a colonized abject! : Re-viewing David Lynch’s The Elephant Man

(ii) Ian Pettigrew (University of Miami): The Monster’s Choice to Be Human: Guillermo del Toro’s

Incarnations of a Hitchcockian Theme

(iii) Michael C. Bongiorno (CUNY, College of Staten Island): Another One for the Fire: Spectatorship,

Apparatus and Recognition in Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Session 6b: More Literary Monstrosity (Conference Room)

Chair: TBC

(i) Martyn Colebrook (University of Hull): ‘The Last Banned Book in Britain’: David Britton, Michael

Butterworth, Lord Horror and Monstrosity

(ii) Eva Bru (Independent Researcher) The Spectacle of the Monstrous: Enforcing Normalcy in

Mercè Rodoreda’s Death in Spring

(iii) Kristy Butler (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick): Breaking the Frame:

Alternative Histories, Monstrous Ideologies and the Political Gothic

1.00-2.00pm: Lunch

2.00-3.00pm: Monsters, the Museum and Sacrificial Theory: Workshop with Bryan

Sitch (Manchester Museum) (Kanaris Lecture Theatre)

3.00-3.30pm: Coffee

3.30-4.30pm: Session 7: The Monstrous Human (Kanaris Lecture Theatre)

Chair: TBC

(i) Abby Bentham (University of Salford): The Monster in Me: On Cultural Fascination with the

Fictional Psychopath

(ii) David McWilliam (Lancaster University): Demystifying the Folk Devil: The Humanization of

Aileen Wuornos in Patty Jenkins’s Monster (2003)

4.30-5.00pm: Closing Remarks

5.00pm: Conference Close

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