Conference Programme

Saturday 18th March 2023

08:30 – 09:00               Registration

09:00 – 10:30               Welcome and Opening Words: Abby Bentham

09:30 – 10:15               Session 1: Evil Women on the Edges of Popular Culture
                                    Chair: Abby Bentham

The Trope of ‘the Obsessive Woman’
Gabrielle Everall

The Witch as Resistance through Her Contemporary Practices and Performance: Through the Lens of a Black Aesthetic
Motlatsi Khosi


10:15 – 10:30               Session 1.2: Presentations from Women Aid Nepal:

Boksi: An Evil Woman of Society
Mindok Sangmo

Dowry: A Cause of Violence Against Women in Nepal
Munni Mahato


10:30 – 11:00               Tea/Coffee


11:00 – 12:30               Session 2: Victims of Evil
Chair: Roberta Garrett

Eileen Gray, Le Corbusier and a Mural Framed as a Rape
Eric Nay

Expressions of Limited Agency in Cases of Intimate Partner Homicide
Morag Kennedy

In Search of an Ethics for the Disappeared
John Kaiser Ortiz

Sexual Harassment in the Night-Time Economy: Negotiating the Right to Space
Michelle Cunliffe


12:30 – 14:00               Lunch


14:00 – 15:30               Session 3: Evil Beauty
                                    Chair: Hannah Helm

Evil Women and the Quest for Eternal Youth: From Elizabeth Báthory – the Vampire Countess – to Vampire Facials
Cynthia Jones and Justin Rhees

The Image and the Boundary of Beauty/ Ugliness of Asian Female Ghosts: A Case Study of Taiwanese Sister Lintou and Japanese Oiwa
Su Joping

Glamour and Monstrosity: Evil Women in Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Music Videos
Tomasz Fisiak


15:30 – 16:00               Tea/Coffee


16:00 – 17:00               Session 4: ‘Evil’ Mothers
                                    Chair: Eva Burke

“Learning to be good’: Jessamine’s Chan’s School for Bad Mothers
Roberta Garrett

Subversive Mothers: Stop Rocking the Cradle and Start Rocking the Boat
Clare Gallagher

17:00 – 17:45               End of Opening Day Discussion and Consolidation
17:45                           Wine and Drinks Reception



Sunday 19th March 2023
09:00 – 10:30               Session 5: ‘Othering’ Mothering
                                    Chair: Adriana Acquaviti

Queering Mothering: Gender, Sexuality, Race, Class, and Disability in Contemporary UK and US Cinema
Leanne Dawson

Black Mothering in Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing
Amanda Charles

Bad Mothers as Depicted in Popular Contemporary Hollywood Films: The Unconscious Male Fear of Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Power
Rhyena Halpern


10:30 – 11:00               Tea/Coffee


11:00 – 12:30               Session 6: Evil Sexuality?
                                    Chair: John Kaiser Ortiz

Deconstructing the Temptress: Understanding Evil in the White Caribbean Plantocracy in Caryl Phillips’ Cambridge (1991)
Madelyn Walsh

‘The Serpent’s Skill is Among Our Gardens Still’: Reclaiming the Medieval Snake Woman in Letitia Landon’s ‘The Fairy of the Fountains’
Alex Carabine

The Sadeian Woman: The Monstrous Daughter & the Suffering Mother. Narratives of Feminine Body Transformation in the Literature of Marquis de Sade’s Philosophy in the Bedroom
Efstathia Palyvou


12:30 – 14:00               Lunch


14:00 – 15:30               Session 8: Fairytale Evil
Chair: Alex Carabine

“A narrative about female empowerment”? – A Critical Analysis of Feminist Tendencies in Disney’s Maleficent
Adriana Acquaviti

Female Fairy Tale Villains: Monstrous Motherhood, Evil Enchantresses, and the Patriarchy
Stacy Shirk

‘Beware of your Stepmother!’: Female Rebellion and the Evil Stepmother in Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Little Snow White’ (1812)
Hannah Helm

The Socialisation of Desirable and Undesirable Female Attributes Through Fairytales
Shireen Heidari


15:30 – 16:00               Tea/Coffee


16:00 – 17:30               Session 9: Conceptualising Female Killers
                                    Chair: Clare Gallagher

Murder Ballads & Female Murderers
Theresa Porter

‘Just let ‘em imagine you’re who they want you to be’: Performing Identity in Scott Coblio’s Murderess: The Winnie Ruth Judd Story (2007)
Abby Bentham

‘Compliant Victims’: The Reduction of Agency in the Cultural Construction of Female Killers
Eva Burke


17:30 – 18:00              Day 2 Consolidation

Project Development

Closing Thoughts