Conference Programme

An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Project

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, Opening Words, Expectations: Seán Moran, Event Leader

09:30 – 10:30 Session 1: Round Table: What do we mean by ‘Monsters’, ‘the Monstrous’ and ‘Monstrosity’?
Chair: Seán Moran

10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 Session 2: Child(hood) Monsters
Chair: Sarah D. Harris

The Monster Within: Self-Mutilation and Externalized Violence in Beast
Raelynn Gosse

With Love from Self to Self: Monstrous Doubling and an Ethics of Care in Adolescent Literature
Kathleen Kellett

Little Monsters: Anxiety, Austerity and the Monstrous Child in Contemporary Fiction
Lucy Arnold

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Session 3: Monstrous Females/Female Monsters
Chair: Woodrow Hood

The Physicality of Difference: Exploring the Monster and (Dis)ability in Anita Blake, the Vampire Hunter
Jennifer Dumoulin

“To All the Monster Girls,” When Power and Femininity Cannot Coexist: A Deconstruction of Gender in Mainstream and Independent Comic Books
Monica Guerrasio

Plugging Up Power: Menstruating Monsters in Horror Cinema
Frances Maranger

15:30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee

16:00 – 17:00 Session 4: Cinematic Monsters 1
Chair: Frances Maranger

An Exploration of the Representation of Serial Killers in Cinema
Liselotte de Beer

Monsters Within the Cell: Cinematic Representations of Prison Within Film Horror
Katherine M. Ortiz

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

17:30 Wine and Drinks Reception


Monday 2nd December 2019
09:00 – 10:30 Session 5: Monstrous Bodies
Chair: Kathleen Kellett

Monstrosity Begets Monster: The Implications of Frankenstein’s Victor on Modern Bioethics
Christine Stevens

The Three-Legged Bird
Pê Feijó

“Bodies Strange, and Huge in Growth, and of Stupendious Makes”: Monstrous Races and Algonquians in the Reports of Capt. John Smith
Nicholas Kahn

10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 Session 6: There Be Zombies
Chair: Nicholas Kahn

Breaking Borders and Bodies: The Mutability of the Zombie Genre
Kayleigh Murphy

The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of the Monstrous Zombie Girl
Maria Quigley

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Session 7: Monsters and More Monsters
Chair: Pê Feijló

The Problem with Curing Monsters in Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’s Bestselling Novel Dr. Müttter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine
Rachel Piwarski

Looking Through the Glass: Monsterizing Technology and the Social Media Cyborg
Pamela Schmidt

15:30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee

16:00 – 17:00 Session 8: Cinematic Monsters 2
Chair: Jennifer Dumoulin

Extra-Diegesis, Domesticity, and the Uncanny in the Transnational Films of Guillermo del Toro
Woodrow Hood

Your Monster, My Friend: State Propaganda and Monster Movies in Postwar Spain
Sarah D. Harris

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

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