2017 Programme

Day 1 – Friday 21 April, 2017 – Monster Studies

08:45 – 09:15 – Registration with Tea & Coffee (Heartspace Café, Owen Floor 2)

09:15 – 09:30 – Opening Remarks: Chris Hopkins (The Void, Owen 123)

09:30 – 10:45 –
Panel 1: Foretold Tales: Folkloric Creatures (The Void, Owen 123)

  • ‘Poor, Unfortunate Souls: The Return of the Mermaid as Monster’
    (Rose Butler, Sheffield Hallam University)
  • ‘Man, Myth or Monster: The Reimagining of Paul Bunyan in Gary Jones’ Axe Giant
    (Lee Broughton, Independent Scholar)
  • ‘They Live in the Dark: Representation of Demonic Entities in Twenty-first Century Horror Cinema’
    (Meriem Rayden Lamara – University of Northampton)

10:45 – 11:15 – Break: Tea, Coffee and Pastries Provided (Heartspace Café, Owen Floor 2)

11:15 – 12:15 – Panel 2: Silver Bullets: Modern Werewolves (The Void, Owen 123)

  • ‘Where the Wolves Are: Cultural Fears in the Contemporary Werewolf Film’
    (Craig Ian Mann, Sheffield Hallam University)
  • ‘The Phallus or the Cane?: Queer, Disabled Werewolves in Teen Wolf
    (Tania Evans, Australian National University)

12:15 – 13:30 – Panel 3: Blood Bonds: Contemporary Vampires (The Void, Owen 123)

  • ‘“In Celebration of Her Wickedness?”: Critical Intertextuality and the Female Vampire in Byzantium
    (Matt Denny, University of Warwick)
  • ‘An Abject Affliction: Vampiric Skin and Bodily Destruction in Afflicted
    (Charlotte Baker, University of Derby)
  • ‘A History of Vampires: ‘What We Vid in the Shadows’ and Nostalgia for the Recent Past’
    (Charlotte Stevens, Birmingham City University)

13:30 – 14:15 – Lunch: Buffet Lunch Provided (Heartspace Café, Owen Floor 2)

14:15 – 15:30 – Panel 4: Feminist Fiends: Monstrous Women (The Void, Owen 123)

  • ‘Savaged and Spat On: Modern Rape-revengers as the Epitome of Monstrous Femininity’
    (David Maguire, Leeds International Film Festival)
  • ‘Monstrous Women and their Music in Crimson Peak
    (Janet K. Halfyard, Birmingham Conservatoire)
  • ‘“We Just Wanted a lot of Blood and High Heels”: Monstrosity, Narcissism and Witchcraft in The Neon Demon
    (Thomas Joseph Watson, Teesside University)

15:30 – 16:45 – Panel 5: Nature’s Nasties: Animal Monsters (The Void, Owen 123)

  • ‘“Oh, the Shark Bites with his Teeth, Dear”: Hunting the Shark in Twenty-first Century Horror Cinema’
    (Matt Melia, Kingston University)
  • ‘A Web of Lies: The Killer Spider Film in the Twenty-first Century’
    (Liam Hathaway, Independent Scholar)
  • ‘“I Can’t Believe this is Happening!”: Reducing Human Beings to Food in Recent Animal Horror’
    (Michael Fuchs, University of Graz)

16:45 – 17:15 – Break: Coffee, Tea and Biscuits Provided (Heartspace Café, Owen Floor 2)

17:15 – 18:15 – Keynote 1 (The Void, Owen 123)

  • ‘Are Robots the New Zombies?: Monstrosity for the Twenty-first Century’
    (Steffen Hantke, Sogang University)

18:15 – 18:30 – Break

18:30 – 20:00 – Film Screening: The Machine (The Void, Owen 123)

20:00 – 22:00 – Conference Dinner (Hallam View, Owen Floor 6)


Day 2 – Saturday 22 April, 2017 – Studying Monsters

08:45 – 09:15 – Registration with Tea & Coffee (Heartspace Café, Owen Floor 2)

09:15 – 10:30 –
Panel 6: Childish Things: Childhood & Nostalgia (The Void, Owen 123)

  • ‘The Young and the Monstrous: Children and Monsters in a Violent World’
    (Charmaine Tanti, Independent Scholar)
  • ‘Face-to-Face with the Killer Clown: The Clown of Horror Cinema and its Transition onto our Streets’
    (Andreas Charalambous, Anglia Ruskin University)
  • ‘The Past Is Never Dead: Monsters as Nostalgia Vessels’
    (Keith McDonald, York St John University)

10:30 – 11:00 – Break: Tea, Coffee and Pastries Provided (Heartspace Café, Owen Floor 2)

11:00 – 12:15 – Panel 7: Hardback Horrors: Adapting Monsters (The Void, Owen 123)

  • ‘The Clown Prince and the King: Reinventing Stephen King for the Twenty-first Century’
    (Simon Brown, Kingston University)
  • ‘That is Not Dead Which Can Eternal Lie: The Eldritch Presence of Cthulhu on Film and TV’
    (Valentino Paccosi, Lancaster University)
  • ‘Monstrous Text: Penny Dreadful as Postmodern Gothic’
    (Gözde Erdoğan, Hacettepe University)

12:15 – 13:30 – Panel 8: Transnational Terrors: Crossing Borders (The Void, Owen 123)

  • ‘The Global Zombie Plague: The Transnational Life of the Twenty-first Century Zombie’
    (Iain Robert Smith, King’s College London)
  • ‘Legendary Monsters: Manufacturing a Transnational Kaijū Genre’
    (Steven Rawle, York St John University)
  • ‘Monster, There’s a Mummy Under my Bed: Monstrosity, Motherhood and Claustrophobia in The Babadook and Under the Shadow
    (Carys Crossen, Independent Scholar)

13:30 – 14:15 – Lunch: Buffet Lunch Provided (Heartspace Café, Owen Floor 2)

14:15 – 15:30 – Panel 9: Serial Killers: Monsters on TV (The Void, Owen 123)

  • ‘Vampires, Parasites and Worms, Oh My!: Generic Hybridity and Institutional Influence on the Vampiric in FX’s The Strain
    (Stella Gaynor, University of Salford)
  • ‘Fear, Monsters, and the Hannibalisation of Will Graham’
    (Lynn Kozak, McGill University)
  • ‘Millennial Ghosts and Folk-horror Legends: Haunted by British 1970s Television’
    (Diane Rodgers, Sheffield Hallam University)

15:30 – 16:45 – Panel 10: Fatal Errors: Digital Creatures (The Void, Owen 123)

  • ‘Persistent Silence and Outstretched Arms: Making a Millennial Monster and the Legend of Slenderman’
    (Shellie McMurdo, University of Roehampton)
  • ‘Zombie Ex Machina: Dissecting Resident Evil’s Monsters’
    (Carl Wilson, Independent Scholar)
  • ‘They Came from the Web!: Creepypasta’s Post-postmodern Monsters’
    (Joe Ondrak, Sheffield Hallam University)

16:45 – 17:15 – Break: Coffee, Tea and Biscuits Provided (Heartspace Café, Owen Floor 2)

17:15 – 18:15 – Keynote 2 (The Void, Owen 123)

  • ‘Babadooks, Witches and It: New Monsters for Old in Twenty-first Century Horror Cinema’
    (Peter Hutchings, Northumbria University)

18:15 – 18:30 – Closing remarks: Craig Ian Mann, Rose Butler and Shelley O’Brien (The Void, Owen 123)

18:30 – 18:45 – Break

18:45 – 20:15 – Film Screening: The Transfiguration (The Void, Owen 123)

20:15 – Conference close