1st Global Conference (2012)

1st Global Conference


Wednesday 18th July – Friday 20th July 2012
Harris Manchester College, Oxford, United Kingdom

The programme for the conference is available below. Delegates are listed according to the session in which they appear. Clicking on the Session Title will take you to the abstracts (where available) for that session. Each delegate is listed according to their affiliation.

Final Conference Programme

Wednesday 18th July 2012
From 12.30
Conference Registration

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Jessica Rapson

Session 1: Mapping Monstrous Journeys
Chair: Jessica Rapson

‘Exiles Must Make Their Own Maps’: Postcolonial Texts and Monstrous Cartography
Simona Bertacco

Monsters in the Dark: Dark Tourism and Postcolonial Geographies
Maria Koleth

‘The Wilderness of Wirral’: Post-Apocalyptic Geographies and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Hannah Priest


Session 2: Landscapes in the Wake of Disaster
Chair: Simon Bacon

The Cosmopolitan Nuclear Memoryscape of Chernobyl
Jessica Rapson

Images of Post-Quake Japan or How to Stop Bara-Bara
Yukata Sho

‘Pictures in the Rebus’: Puzzling out W. G. Sebald’s Monstrous Geographies
Anna MacDonald

Notices and Announcements

Wine Reception


Thursday 19th July 2012
Session 3: Monstrous Sexualities
Chair: Deborah Dixon

Black Bodies and the Monstrous Inner City: Pornotropic Rebirth in Give Me Liberty
Robert Topinka

Fissures in the Monstrous Geography of George Orwell’s 1984 and Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We: Dissidence, Sexuality and Individualism
Nicolae Liviu Gheran

Inscribed on the Body: Spaces for the Female Post-human in Philip K. Dick Adaptations
Carmen Perez Riu


Session 4: Imperial Invasions
Chair: Robert Topinka

From Haven to Hell: How the Earth Went Bad in Recent Adaptations of H.G. Well’s The War of the Worlds (1898)
Simon Bacon

A Monstrous Metropolis: The Appearance of London in Kate Pullinger’s When the Monster Dies
Sarah Hill

Zombies in the Colonies: Imperialism and Contestation of Ethno-Political Space in Max Brooks’ The Zombie Survival Guide
Robert Saunders


Session 5: Monstrous Spaces in Time
Chair: Jessica Rapson

‘To Uncreation Sunk’: ‘Monstered’ Spaces in First World War Poetry
Sarah Montin

‘We Remember and Wish Good World Come Back Again’: War-ravaged Spaces in Three Contemporary Novels of World War 2
Eva M. Perez

M. R. James’s Ghostly Chronotopes
Jacek Mydla


Session 6: Making the Monstrous: Landscapes and Others
Chair: Hannah Priest

Enchanting Microcosm or Apocalyptic Warzone? Human Projections into Bug World
Petra Rehling

Islands of Monstrosity: Textual Terrors in the Wake of Crusoe
Britta Hartmann

Spectre of Surveillance: The Monstrous Border between Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua and El Paso, Texas.
Ken Monteith

Monstrous Breeding Grounds: Creation, Isolation and Suffering at Noble’s Island, Hailsham and Rankstadt.
Evelyn Tsitas


Friday 20th July 2012
Session 7: Monstrous Spaces
Chair: Eva M. Perez

The Text, the Void and the Spiral: Turbulent Topologies in Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves
Moritz Ingwersen

‘Monstrous’ Homes: How Private Spaces Shape Characters’ Identities in 19th-Century Sensation Fiction
Christina Flotmann

Decriminalising the Lawless Moor
Zea Miller


Session 8: Monstrous Heritage
Chair: Tom Lawson

The Atlantikwall as a War Landscape
Rose Tzalmona

Reimaginings: Morgues, Museums and the Ghost of Errol Flynn
Erin Ashenhurst

Imagining the Yellow Peril: a Topography of Racial Evil in Limehouse, London
Vivian Chadder


Session 9: The Monstrous Urban Landscape
Chair: Sarah Hill

‘Grey Monstrous London’
Esther Fernandez-Llorente

Soulless Cities: The Postmodern Metropolis and the Horror of Absence
Oliver Golembowski

Rethinking Brutalist Buildings: Their Soul is in Their Making
Olivia Munoz-Rojas


Session 10: Monstrous Empire: Australia
Chair: Anna MacDonald

Terror Australis: The Monstrous Landscape of the Antipodes
Thea Costantino

‘The Only Thing to be Deplored is the Extraordinary Mortality’: Flinders Island and the Imagination of Empire
Tom Lawson

Crooked Stilts and Blood-Soaked Bluestones: Unearthing Australia’s Troubled Settlement.
Samuel Finegan

Development meeting and closing remarks

Conference Ends