Conference Programme

2nd Global Conference
Evil Women: Women and Evil
An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference

Sunday 1st December 2019 – Monday 2nd December 2019
Prague, Czech Republic


Sunday 1st December 2019
08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:30 Welcome and Opening Words: Abby Bentham, Project Leader

09:30 – 10:30 Session 1: Performing ‘Evil’ Identities
Chair: Abby Bentham

Spiteful Spirits, Projection and Blaming in Women’s Lives
Moy McCrory

Becoming the Monster: Constructing Identity Beyond the Bad Girl – A Performed Dialogue
Bec Kavanagh and Simmone Howell

10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 Session 2: Wicked Stepmothers and Evil Queens
Chair: Lorraine Rumson

“Evil Isn’t Born, It’s Made”: Redefining the Fairy Tale Villain for Contemporary Televison Storytelling
Natalie Le Clue and Janelle Vermaak

Was Snow White’s Mother Really Evil?
Naomi Govreen

A Retelling of an Evil Queen in I, Phoolan Devi: The Autobiography of India’s Bandit Queen
Parveen Kumari

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Session 3: Women and Myth
Chair: Anna Köhler

Dark Mothers – Remythologization of Motherhood in Elfriede Jelinek’s Lust, Deborah Levy’s Hot Milk, and Charlotte Roche’s Mädchen für alles
Laura Eyselein

The Grotesque Women in Myths Normalizing and Politically Utilizing their Bodies as Agential Tools
Deepa Thomas

Causes of Natural Calamities: Evil Embodiment of Feminine Figures in Early China (475-221 BCE)
Junfu Wong

15:30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee

16:00 – 17:00 Session 4: Evil Women on the Screen
Chair: Sam George-Allen

Old Witches on the Movie Screen: Evil Women and Witchcraft in the Horror Movies of the 1960s
Gabriela Müller Larocca

It Came from Beneath the Subtext: 1950s Cinema and its Celebration of Deviant Women
Jacqui Miller

Fire, Blood and Ashes: The Evil Women of Game of Thrones
Jhinuk Sen

17:00 – 17:30 End of Opening Day Discussion and Consolidation

17:30 Wine and Drinks Reception


Monday, 2nd December 2019
09:00 – 10:30 Session 5: The Evil Mother
Chair: Naomi Govreen

The Mother Figure in Faulkner’s Novels
Iris A. Knieling

Infanticide and Demonized Women of Tokugawa Japan
Eiko Saeki

Shame, Guilt, Responsibility? Working with Women Who Use Force in a Family Context
Margaret Kertesz

10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 **PARALLEL SESSION** Session 6: Feminism, Patriarchy, and Toxic Masculinity
Chair: Deepa Thomas

End of the Line: The Gothic Terror of Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom
Cat Conway

On the Russian Orthodox Monastic Writings “About Evil Wives”
Hellen Dayton

Only Evil Women Embrace Sexual Freedom
Andrea Silverstone and Carrie McManus

11:00 – 12:30 **PARALLEL SESSION** Session 7: Gender Roles and Society
Chair: Catherine Jenkins

Women in Literature: From the Golden Age to Contemporary Wirting in Crime Fiction, Women Writers, and Detectives as the Most Evil Threat to Social Gender Conventions
Maria del Mar Delgado Ricci

Witch Hunt – The Media’s Obsession with One Infamous Canadian
Jane Barker

Reading the Contours of Evil Women in the Hindu Epic Ramayana
Anupama Vohra

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Session 8: The Anti-Mother
Chair: Laura Eyselein

Off With Their Wombs! Cultural Representations of Women’s Rebellion Against Childhood
Elif Çakmak and Lorraine Rumson

Conceptions of Mad Motherhood and the Innocent Criminal: Infanticide in Romantic Poetry
Leslie Cook

Beyond Mandatory Motherhood: How Childfree Women Use Digital Spaces to Redefine Femininity
Sam George-Allen

15:30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee

16:00 – 17:30 Session 9: Witches and the Occult
Chair: Gabriela Müller Larocca

Run Away, Sell Your Soul and Become a Witch: Rejecting Twisted Morality and Cruel Convention in Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Lolly Willowes
Liza Blackman

From Evil to Empowering: Reclaiming the Witch in Western Literature
Anna Köhler

Forgiving Witches: The Case for Pardons and Memorials
Catherine Jenkins

17:30 – 17:45 End of Day Consolidation

17:45 – 18:00 Where Now? What Next? Closing Remarks, Photographs, Goodbyes