Conference Programme

2nd Global Conference

The Darkness at the Edges:

Dystopia, Global Horror, Monsters & Fairy Tales

Saturday 18th March 2023 – Sunday 19th March 2023

Prague, Czech Republic


Conference Program (v5)

Saturday 18th March 2023


08:30 – 09:00              Registration

09:00 – 09:15              Welcome and Opening Words: Person Name



09:15 – 10:30              Session 1: Monstrous Assemblages: Diverging Embodiments of Resistance and


Chair: Lorraine Rumson

Carlos Mario Mejía Suárez and Adriana Gordillo



10:30 – 11:00              Tea/Coffee



11:00 – 12:30              Session 2: Instruments of Death and Dystopia

Chair: Milo Miller


From Post-Truth to No Truth: Don’t Look Up and the Perverse Pleasures of Dystopian Apocalyptic Satire
Evy Varsam


Cinema As An Instrument Of Knowledge Of Architecture
Inês Laborinho dos Santos Alves


Death Worlds: from the Gothic to the Dystopic in Indigenous Fictions
Jade Jenkinson


12:30 – 14:00              Lunch



14:00 – 15:30              Session 3: PARALLEL SESSIONS

Session 3.1 Imaginations and Interrogations
Chair: Woodrow Hood


Hazelnuts, Crossbows and Lost Slippers: Comparative analysis of the Czechoslovakian and Norwegian adaptation of Three Wishes for Cinderella

Barbora Kaplánková

Non-humans and the Dystopic Imagination
Veena Hariharan


When Monsters Migrate: The Use of Fairy Tale Motives in Post-Shoah Fictions of Memory

Susanne Baackmann




Session 3.2 Unnatural Women and Gender Tales

Chair: Jennie E. Owen

Interrogating Sex and Gender in Welty’s “Fairy Tales.”

Glenda Sacks


Three Unnatural Women: A Creative Exploration of the Female Man-Made Monster

Lucy Elizabeth Allan


Monstrification: Celebrity Self-Othering as Alternative Narratives of Empowerment

Kristyn Goldberg



15:30 – 16:00              Tea/Coffee



16:00 – 17:30              Session 4: PARALLEL SESSIONS

4.1 This Is Creepy
Chair: Jemma Morgan

Workshop: Using Public APIs to Analyze Horror Movies Globally
Harry Brisson


4.2 European Enchantment Collective Workshop: Hiding in Animal Skin

Katharine Fry, Elizabeth Dearnley, Georgia Panteli, Samantha Sweeting




17:30 – 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: Cursed Poetry, Haunted Toilets and Cosmic Terror
Chair: Lucy Elizabeth Allan

Cursed Poetry: An Exploration of Ekphrastic Poetry Inspired by Cursed Art.
Jennie E. Owen


Red or Blue? Haunted Toilets in Japanese Folklore and Contemporary Urban Legend.
Laura Mauro


Real-life Events as Sources of Cosmic Terror in the Literature of H. P. Lovecraft
Nathalia Sorgon Scotuzzi



10:30 – 11:00              Tea/Coffee



11:00 – 12:30              Session 6: PARALLEL SESSIONS

Session 6.1 Global Horror
 Chair: Harry Brisson


The Incest Taboo and Sexual Trauma in Contemporary South Korean Cinema: Disentangling Shock and Meaning
Woodrow Hood


Representing Communal Consciousness: Fairytales and Myth as Political Commentary in Mythopoesis Practices

Monica Guerrasio


A “masculine” Retelling of Fairy Tales: The Case of Andrzej Sapkowski

Monika Wozniak


Session 6.2 The Real and the Dystopian                            

Chair:  Jade Jenkinson


Revolutionary Love in Classic Dystopian Fiction
Maria Varsam


Dystopias in Popular Culture as Legal and Political Heuristic Devices
Quentin Pironnet


Cape as Red as Blood, Slipper as Pure as Gold: The Symbiotic Relationship Between  Fairy Tales and Clothes

Stacy Shirk





12:30 – 14:00              Lunch



14:00 – 15:30              Session 8: PARALLEL SESSIONS

8.1 Lovecraft
Chair:  Maria Varsam

H. P. Lovecraft’s Fragments of the Whole
Jan Capek


“These are the Silt Verses”: Reimagining a Queer Cosmic Horror
Milo Miller


“Fluid Memories of Horror: The Influence of Lovecraft’s Nautical Horror on Alan Parker’s film Angel Heart (1987) “
Antonio Alcala Gonzalez


Session 8.2 Origin Stories

Chair: Adriana Gordillo

Creating Northern Monsters: How Jack the Ripper Represents ‘The North’ of England

Matthew Gurteen


Transformational Aspects of Fairy Tales as Observed in a Book Collection

Stacy Shirk


Beyond Fairytales: Reimagining Witches’ Origin Stories

Monica Guerrasio



15:30 – 16:00              Tea/Coffee



16:00 – 17:00              Session 9: Writing Monstrosity:

A Creative Workshop for Students of the Monstrous

Lucy Elizabeth Allan



17:00 – 17:30              Discussion and Day 2 Consolidation


17:30 – 18:00              Project Development, Closing Thoughts and Goodbyes