Conference Programme

Evil Children: Children and Evil
An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference

Monday 15th July 2019 – Tuesday 16th July 2019
Verona, Italy

Monday 15th July 2019

08:30 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome and Opening Words: Jen Baker, Event Leader

09:15 – 09:45 Opening Activity: Terminologies, Frameworks, Responsibilities
Chair: Jen Baker

09.45 – 10.30 Session 1 Round-table
Tales from the Nursery: Re-reading the Jamesian “Turn of the Screw” Evelyne Ender and James Curley-Egan

10.30 – 11.00 Tea/Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 Session 2 – The Binary: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
Chair: Leo Hall

From the Sacred, Secular, to the Demonic: How Much Innocence is Left for Children in the 20th Century?
Shushu Li

Childhood Re-edits: Challenging Norms and Forming Lay Professional Competence on YouTube using Images of ‘Good’ and ‘Evil’ Children
Anne-Li Lindgren

Reconceptualising Protective Factors in Response to Risk with Dangerous Children Leaves Little Scope for Evil
Gavin Heron

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Session 3 – Cinema’s Child
Chair: Claire McDiarmid

The Good, the Bad and the Neither Nor. The Child Portrayed as a Complex Human Being in Swedish Cinema.
Malena Janson

Otherness and Ambivalence: The Evil Child in Cinema and Contemporary TV-Series’
Michael Brodski

15:30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee

16:00 – 17:00 Session 4 – Narratives of Abuse
Chair: Gabrielle Everall

“The Man of Whom We are Afraid”
Tara R. D. Fietz

“That could have been me!”
Deirdre McConnell

17:00 – 17:30 Cross Panel Issues, End of Opening Day Consolidation

17:30 Wine and Drinks Reception


Tuesday 16th July 2019

09:00 – 10:30 Session 5 – Children Who Kill
Chair: Gavin Heron

The Evil Child in Spanish Cinema
Abraham Hernandez Cubo

“Evil Freaks of Human Nature”: The Legacy of the James Bulger Case
Claire McDiarmid

The Queer Monster: Evil Children, Queer Futures
Frances Maranger

10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 Session 6 – War Games
Chair: Michael Brodski

When is Murder not Murder? Homicide, the Boy-Hero, and Rite de Passage in Treasure Island and Tarzan
Leo Hall

Playing at War: Institutional(ly) Evil (and) Children in Ana María Matute’s Primera Memoria
Nora Lynn Gardner

The Child Soldier in Nigerian Literature
Elizabeth E. J. Gilbert

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Session 7 – A Nation’s Others
Chair: Shushu Li

Of Chai-paus and Chandni-bars: Destiny’s Children in Films from India
Asmita Boral

The Midwich Cuckoos as a Metaphor for the Treatment of Indigenous Australian Children as Evil
Gabrielle Everall

Legalizing Abuse: Culture, Evil and Childhood in Sub-Saharan Africa through Kim Ngyuyen’s Rebelle (2012)
Shriya Kuchibhotla

15:30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee

16:00 – 17:00 Session 8 – M(Other) and Child
Chair: Joseph Kuster

Coming to Terms with the Sociopathic Child: Existentialism, Evil, and Boredom in Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin
Hannah Spruce

Dolled Up: New Maternity in New Materialism
Annie Williams

17:00 – 17:15 Discussion and Day 2 Consolidation

17:15 – 17:30 Project Development, Closing Thoughts and Goodbyes