Conference Programme

2nd Global Conference

The Darkness at the Edges:

Dystopia, Global Horror, Monsters, Fairy Tales & Lovecraft

Saturday 18th March 2023 – Sunday 19th March 2023

Prague, Czech Republic


Saturday 18th March 2023

08:30 – 09:00               Registration

09:00 – 09:15               Welcome and Opening Words: Lorraine Rumson


09:15 – 10:30               Session 1: Monstrous Assemblages: Diverging Embodiments of Resistance and Power
                                      Chair: Lorraine Rumson

Carlos Mario Mejía Suárez

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

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

 Transformational Aspects of Fairy Tales as Observed in a Book Collection
Stacy Shirk


Session 3.2: This Is Creepy
Chair: Jemma Morgan

Workshop (30 mins): Using Public APIs to Analyse Horror Movies Globally
Harry Brisson

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


15:30 – 16:00               Tea/Coffee


16:00 – 17:30               Session 4: PARALLEL SESSIONS
4.1 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


4.2 European Enchantment
Workshop: Hiding in Animal Skin
Katharine Fry, Elizabeth Dearnley, Georgia Panteli


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: Fairy Tales 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:  Veena Hariharan

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

Workshop: Beyond Fairy Tales: 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