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


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


  1. 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