Conference Programme


A Global Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference

May 7th– May 8th, 2022

Prague, Czech Republic

Conference Programme – second draft


Saturday 7th May 2022


09:00 – 09:30            Welcome to Event and Opening Words: Event Leaders

                                    Miranda Corcoran, Lorraine Rumson, Claudio Zanini


09:30 – 10:45             Practising Magic – The Witch in Literary and Visual Arts (room 1)

                                     Chair: Miranda Corcoran

Uncanny Valley Girl (poetry performance and reflection)

Sara Mae Henke


Witch Reoch (creative reading and reflection)

Ashleigh Angus


i am an old phenomenon (display of artwork and reflection)

Ann Shelton – REMOTE


10:45 – 11:15             Coffee break


                                    PARALLEL PANEL SESSIONS

11:15 – 13:00             Dark Streets (conference room 1)

                                    Chair: Claudio Zanini

Explore the Dark Side of Thessaloniki: An Augmented Reality Urban Tour Application for Contested Past Crimes

Alexandra Mentzou-Gigantidou, Angeliki Chrysanthi and Dimitris Papageorgiou


Off the Beaten Track — Islands of Dark Tourism

Peter Hohenhaus


Atlasing Graffiti by Design Means: Reading, Writing and Representing Crises on an Athenian Wall

Konstantinos Avramidis


The democratic praxis of Art in Odd Places

Michael Kilburn


11:15 – 13:00              Dark Education and Commercialization

                                    Chair: Lorraine Rumson


“What if they steal those things?”: Teachers’ responses to introducing assistive sexual devices in comprehensive sexuality education for learners with visual impairment

Lindokuhle Ubisi


Caging Desire: The Commercialization of Sexuality in Modern Japan

Gavan Patrick Gray


Interrogating the educational modes and effects of dark tourism

Scott Chazdon and Michal Moskow


13:00 – 14:30              Lunch break


14:30 – 16:00              Workshop

                                    Chair: Claudio Zanini

Poetry and Disaster, a Workshop

Jennie Owen


16:00 – 16:30            Coffee break


                                    PARALLEL PANEL SESSIONS

16:30 – 18:30              Workshop (Conference Room 1)

                                    Chair: Miranda Corcoran

Casting Interactive Spells: Using Witchy Narratives to Craft Twine Fiction

Victoria Shropshire

Andy Tytler


16:30 – 18:30              Workshop (Conference Room 1)

                                    Chair: Lindokuhle Ubisi

Can Contemplative Pedagogy Increase Compassion in College Students?

Ranjeeta Basu


18:30 – 19:00              Day One consolidation, reminders for Day Two 

19:00                           Drinks and All-Around Good Times



Sunday 8th May 2022


09:00 – 10:30              Queerness

                                    Chair: Sara Mae Henke

All-Consuming Desires: The Re-Emergence of the Queer Cannibal Figure in 21st Century Television

Abel Fenwick


Witchcraft and Queer Representation in The Old Gods of Appalachia

Milo Miller


‘Curing Deviance’: Homosexuality in Postcolonial India

Rianna Price


10:30 – 10:45              Coffee break


10:45 – 12:15              Evil and Sex on Film

                                    Chair: Kylo-Patrick R. Hart

Strategies for constructively responding to the demonisation of sex and sexuality  in Fellini 8½ 

Odeya Kohen-Raz


Rape, Revenge, and Evil Women: The Complex Depictions of Female Villains in Hindi Film Industry

Nidhi Shrivastava


“It hurts ‘cause you’re in my world now, bitch”: Evil, Pedophilia, and the

Gothic in A Nightmare on Elm Street

Claudio Zanini


12:15 – 13:45              Lunch break


                                    PARALLEL PANEL SESSIONS

13:45 – 15:00              Regional and National Witchcraft(s) (conference room 2)

                                    Chair: Ashleigh Angus

Reimagining the Islandmagee witch trial, Ireland, 1711: public history, gaming and graphic novels.

Brian Coyle, Victoria McCollum, Sabrina Minter, Andrew Sneddon


13:45 – 15:00              Workshop

                                    Chair: Lorraine Rumson

“Don’t Call Me a Whore” – Understanding Sex Work and Coercive Control

Carrie McManus and Andrea Silverstone


15:00 – 15:15              Coffee break


                                    PARALLEL PANEL SESSIONS

15:15 – 16:45              Folk Tales and Fairy Tales (conference room 1)

                                    Chair: Milo Miller

Mother or Witch? Which is she? Representations of Bad Mothers and Good Witches in Fairytales

Naomi Govreen


Yakshi – demonisation of female desire

Charutha Lal – REMOTE


Meg Merrilies: the Romantic Witch

Amy McVeigh


15:15 – 16:45              Sexual/Violence on Film (conference room 2)

                                    Chair: Abel Fenwick

The Holocaust and Pornography in Israel During the Sixties

Sandra Meiri


New Cambodian Cinema, Genocidal Forced Marraige and Rape

Raya Morag


Invasion of the (Cinematic) Penis Snatchers

Kylo-Patrick R. Hart and Janice E. McCall


16:45 – 17:00              Coffee break


17:00 – 18:30              Evolving Ideas of Witchcraft

                                    Chair: Amy McVeigh

Seventeenth-Century Witch Trials in British Contemporary Fiction: Reclaiming the Narrative

Manon Burz-Labrande


Witchcraft and Fantastic Crimes in Colonial-Era New Spain

Josette Rosenzweig Espinal


#Witch: Witchcraft in the Digital Age

Claire Slack


18:30 – 19:00              Publishing and project development conversation, end-of-day

discussion, closing thoughts, goodbyes