Conference Programme

Photo of a cemented corpse in the backyard of a palace belonging to a wealthy arms dealer.

1st Global Conference
The Changing Facets of Evil and Free Speech

including a guided tour of historic sites from the 1755 Earthquake and Tsunami and the ‘Easter Slaughter’ of 1506

Saturday 17th March 2018 – Sunday 18th March 2018
Lisbon, Portugal

Final Conference Programme

Saturday 17th March 2018
08:30 – 09:00
Registration

09:00 – 09:30
Welcome and Opening Remarks

09:30 – 10:30
Session 1 – Confronting Blasphemy
Chair: Dean Jobb

Using History in Free Speech Consultation with Governments, Politicians and Pressure Groups: A Guide for Practitioners.
David Nash

10:30 – 11:00
Coffee and Tea

11.00 – 12.30
Session 2 – (In)Decent Normals
Chair: Regan Lance Reitsma

Harmless Monsters? Queer Subcultural Opposition to “Humanity”
Tof Eklund

The Lecherous Witch: Evil, Witchcraft, and Female Sexuality in Early Modern Sweden
Asa Bergenheim

Decency and Indecency: A Theoretical Continuum of Good and Evil
Janette McDonald and Sarah Fryman

12:30 – 14:00
Lunch

14:00 – 15:30
Session 3 – Roundtable Discussion
Free speech confronts and exposes evil. Censorship and oppression – forms of evil – stifle free speech. A group discussion of the intersections between our fields of study, and what we can learn from one another.
Moderator: Dean Jobb

15:30 – 16:00
Coffee and Tea

16:00
Tour (circa 3 hours)
The bus will leave promptly at 16.00 from outside the conference hotel. At the end of the tour you have the option to either catch the bus back to the conference hotel or remain in Lisbon city centre.

Sunday 18th March
09:00 – 10:30
Session 4 – Between the Lines
Chair: Stephen Banks

What Price Pitchforks? Is Gabriel Gale’s Critique of Little Godism Compeling?
Regan Lance Reitsma

Motherhood Unbound: The Actions and Consequences of (Thick) Love in Toni Morrison’s “Beloved”
Serban Dan Blidariu

“If there is no evil within, the evil on the outside can do you no harm:” Questions of Alterity and Notions of Evil in Contemporary West African Fiction
Abioseh Michael Porter

10:30 – 11:00
Coffee and Tea

11:00 – 12:30
Session 5 – Post-Truth / Post-Balance
Chair: David Nash

From Post-race to Post-truth: Free Speech in the New Era of Overt Racism
Katherine Bell

So How Do We Talk About Sex?
Rebecca Wright

50 Shades of Film Censorship: Gender Bias from the Hays Code to MPAA Ratings
Chloe Nurik

12:30 – 14:00
Lunch

14:00 – 15:30
Session 6 – Memory & Denigration
Chair: Katherine Bell

Blowing the Whistle: Will a New Shield Law Protect Journalists’ Confidential Sources in Canada?
Dean Jobb

The Denigration of Writers in Communist Romania
Ioana Cosma

Dying to Be: Terror and the Search for Identity
Stephen Banks

15:30 – 16:00
Coffee and Tea

16.00 – 17.00
Session 7 – Real World / Big Screen Encounters
Chair: Janette McDonald

Los Halcones: The Evolving Role of Children in Mexico’s Organized Crime
Edmund Breckin

“I Don’t Condone Murder and I Despise Murderers:” Perversity and Amorality in the “Saw” Movies
Claudio Zanini

17:00-18:00
Pulling the Threads Together Final Wrap-Up