IAUPE Provisional Conference Schedule (23 May 2023)

NB: This schedule, for both the Medieval Symposium and the Main Conference, is provisional, and timings are subject to change. Further details, e.g. about registration and room location for individual sessions, will be added later. Its primary purpose at this stage is to facilitate travel arrangements for prospective participants.

Registration. The conference registration and information desk will be open at ACU on Monday 10th July from 8.30 am to 5pm, and at the Hotel Ripa from 2 to 7pm. On Tuesday 11th July and Wednesday 12th July it will be open at the Hotel Ripa from 8am to 2.15 pm and then at ACU from 3pm to 5.15pm. On Thursday 13th July it will be open from 8.30am until 3.45pm at Hotel Ripa and from 4.15 to 6.30pm at ACU. On Friday 14th July it will be open from 8.30 to 9.30 am at Hotel Ripa and from 10am to 4pm at ACU.


Monday 10 July, ACU Campus (Classroom 2, 1st floor)

10.00 –11.00 am. Session 1. Chair: Helen Fulton (University of Bristol, England)

10.00 – 10.30

Daniel Anlezark (University of Sydney, Australia), ‘The Authorship of the Late Eleventh Century Annals of the Peterborough Chronicle’

10.30 – 11.00

Gaby Waxenberger (Gottingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities and Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany), “The inscription on the Watchfield Mount: A new interpretation”

11.00-11.30 am. Morning coffee

11.30am – 12.30pm. Session 2. Chair: Lawrence Warner (King’s College, London, England)

Eva von Contzen (University of Freiburg, Germany), “Experiencing the Sublime: Medieval Literature and the Motion of the Text”

12.00 – 12.30

Ewa Kujawska-Lis (University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland), ‘Canterbury Tales in Polish’.

12.30 – 2.00. Lunch at ACU Campus

2.00-3.00 pm. Session 3. Chair: Daniel Anlezark (University of Sydney, Australia)

2.00 – 2.30

Minako Nakayasu (Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Japan), ‘Spatio-Temporal Systems in Piers Plowman: A Discourse-Pragmatic Perspective’.

2.30 – 3.00

Lawrence Warner (King’s College London, England), ‘Gawain’s Savoury Kisses’.

3.00 – 3.30 pm. Afternoon tea

3.30 – 4.30 pm

Round table discussion: ‘The Future of the Global Middle Ages.’

All are welcome to attend this open discussion.

For enquiries regarding the Medieval Symposium, contact Professor Helen Fulton:

5pm. Guided tour of Saint Basilica di Trastevere. Free of charge to all those attending the IAUPE Medieval Symposium or the main conference, and their partners. Leaves from ACU campus.



10.00-11.30 am. PARALLEL SESSIONS 1. Hotel Ripa.

A. Old English. Chair: Lawrence Warner (King’s College, London, England) (Sironi meeting room)

Gaby Waxenberger (Gottingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities and Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany), “Editing the Oldest Texts in England (c. 425–650 AD)”

Andrew Breeze (University of Pamplona, Spain), “Bishop Cenwald (d. 958) and ‘The Battle of Brunanburh’”

James Paz (University of Manchester, England), “Science, Fiction and Reading in the Old English Letter of Alexander to Aristotle”

B. Renaissance I. Chairs: Silvia Bigliazzi (University of Verona, Italy) and Richard McCabe (Merton College, Oxford University, England) (Modigliani meeting room)

Noam Flinker (University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Israel), “William Baldwin’s Canticles Anticipate the Great Western Rebellion of 1549”

Jesse G. Swan (University of Northern Iowa, USA), “Catholic Women Writers and the Use of Violent Sex: Elizabeth Tanfield Cary, Viscountess Falkland”

C. Early American Literature I. Chair: Carmen Birkle (Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany) (Chagall meeting room)

Alfred Hornung (University of Mainz, Germany), “Confucius, Benjamin Franklin, and the Early Republic”

Jason Shaffer, (United States Naval Academy, USA), “Staging American History in Early American Drama”

Marita Nadal, University of Zaragoza (Spain), “‘A Very Profound Under-Current’: Prosopopoeia, Catachresis and Allegorical Unreadability in Poe’s Fiction”

Waldemar Zacharasiewicz, (Universität Wien, Austria), “U.S. Americans Crossing Borders: Discoveries and Encounters in the Heart of Europe”

D. Literary Theory I. Chair: Mark Byron (University of Sydney, Australia) (Marinetti meeting room)

Susana Onega (University of Zaragova, Spain), “The Response of Literature to the Transmodern Paradigm: Towards Pluriversality and the Re-enchantment of the World”

Youngmin Kim (Dongguk University, South Korea), ‘“Transductive Theory of Human Prostheticity in Human Consciousness: Doubling Human Temporality and Exteriorization”’

Ingo Berensmeyer (Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany), “Authors and Narrators: Fiction and the Ontological Boundary’

11.30-12 noon Coffee break (Hotel Ripa)

12 noon – 1.30 pm. PARALLEL SESSIONS 2. Hotel Ripa.

A. Shakespeare, I. Chair: Gordon McMullan (King’s College, London, England) (Sironi)

Krystyna Kujawinska Courtney (University of Lodz, Poland), “‘Womanhood Denies My Tongue’: Shakespeare’s Lucrece and Her Story in His Contemporaries’ Dramatic and Literary Works.”

Kay Stanton (California State University, Fullerton, USA), “The ‘cunning whore[s] of Venice’: Myth and the Realities of Prostitution in Othello and The Merchant of Venice

B. The Long Eighteenth Century, I. Chair: Peter Sabor (McGill University, Canada) (Modigliani)

Dimiter Daphinoff (University of Fribourg, Switzerland), “‘I read, therefore I dream’: Towards a Typology of Dreams in English Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century”

Robert De Maria (Vassar College, USA), “Was Samuel Johnson a Poet?”

Mary Jane Edwards (Carleton University, Canada), “The Napoleonic Wars, Emigration, and Slavery: How the Strickland Sisters Wrote Current Issues of the Late, Long Eighteenth Century into Their Literary Works”

C. Romanticism I. Chair: Will Christie (Australian National University) (Chagall)

Simon Haines, (Ramsay Centre, Australia), “The Pursuit of Happiness: Jane Austen and Adam Smith”

Richard Lansdown (University of Groningen, the Netherlands), “The Two Romanticisms: Liberal vs Radical”

Cao Li (Tsinghua University, China), “Literature and Politics: The Reception of William Wordsworth in Modern China”

D. Literary Theory II. Chair: Ingo Berensmeyer (Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany) (Marinetti)

Mark Byron (University of Sydney, Australia), “Literary Theory and Textual Scholarship: The Case of Modern Manuscripts”

Jan B. Gordon (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan), “‘Mimetic Hatred’: Boredom and Violence in Dickens’ Apprentice(s)”

1.30 pm. Lunch at Hotel Ripa

2.40 pm. Bus to ACU Campus

3.15 pm. Conference Welcome Ceremony. (ACU Campus)

3.30-5.15 pm. Plenary lecture I. (ACU Campus)

James Simpson (Harvard University, USA), “The Shock of the Old: Recognition and the Humanities.”

Thinking in the humanities is more a matter of recovery than of discovery. Moments of revelation in the humanities are more inventions in the older sense (finding the already known) than scientific inventions in the newer sense (discovering the never previously known). Knowledge in the humanities is more, that is, a matter of recovering and refreshing the old than of discovering the wholly new. Cognition, to put the case in its crispest form, is re-cognition.

Chair: Paul Giles (Australian Catholic University, Melbourne)

5.15 pm. Welcome Reception (ACU Terrace)

7.30 pm. Bus returns to Hotel Ripa.


9.30 am – 11.00 am. PARALLEL SESSIONS 3.

A. Middle English Chair: Lawrence Warner (King’s College, London, England) (Sironi)

Jan Shaw (University of Sydney, Australia), “Crafting your narrative: women and leadership in fifteenth-century English history and romance”

Helen Fulton (University of Bristol, England), “From Carlisle to Caerleon: Towns in Middle English Romance”

Sarah Salih (King’s College London, England), “Did Margery Kempe see the York Plays?”

B. Australian Literature, I. Chair: Philip Mead (University of Western Australia) (Chagall)

Liliana Sikorska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland), “Versions of Adelaide: Reading real and metaphorical spaces in J.M. Coetzee’s Slow Man, the novel and the opera”

Chantal Zabus (Sorbonne University, Paris Nord, France), “Out on a Limb in Australia: amputational mayhem and prosthetic tongues in J. M. Coetzee’s Slow Man

Jaroslav Kusnir (University of Presov, Slovakia), “Graffiti on Walls: art, immigration and cultural identity of the transnation in A. S. Patric’s Black Rock White City

C. American Literature post-1900, I. Chair: Aimee Pozorski (Central Connecticut State University, USA) (Modigliani)

Thomas Austenfeld (University of Fribourg, Switzerland), “Edgar Lee Masters and the Power of Pathos”

Margarida Cadima (The American University of Rome, USA) “The Children (1928): Edith Wharton’s Mountain Novel”

Tamas Dobozy (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada), “The Touch of Blindness in Raymond Carver’s ‘Cathedral’”

Sinéad Moynihan (University of Exeter, England), “‘All of Our Ancestors’: Race and the Contemporary Irish-American Family Saga”

D. Digital Humanities, I. Chair: David Wrisley (New York University, Abu Dhabi) (Marinetti)

Youngmin Kim (Dongguk University, South Korea), “The New Technopoetics of AI: The Convergence of Digital Humanities, Literature, Media, and Artificial Intelligence”

William A. Kretzschmar, Jr. (University of Georgia, USA), “Large Language AI and Textual Intelligence”

Peter Stokes (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, France), “Automatic Transcription of Manuscripts with Machine Learning: Where we Are, and Where we Still Need to Go”

11-00-11.30 am: Coffee (Hotel Ripa)

11.30 am -1.00pm. PARALLEL SESSIONS 4.

A. Shakespeare II. Chair: Gordon McMullan (King’s College London, England) (Sironi)

Andrea Van Nort (US Air Force Academy, USA), “Shakespeare and Caravaggio: The Human Frame”

Silvia Bigliazzi (Università di Verona, Italy), “Gendering Romeo and Juliet: Between Sources and Receptions”

B. The Long Nineteenth Century. Chair: Regenia Gagnier (University of Exeter, England) (Chagall)

Jock Macleod (Griffith University, Australia), “Negotiating materialism: Liberalism, ‘life’ and the emotions, 1850-1920”

John G. Peters (University of North Texas, USA), “The Importance of Being Earnest in The Importance of Being Earnest

Alex Murray (Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland), “Havelock Ellis’s Poetics of Life”

C. American Literature post-1900, II. Chair: Aimee Pozorski (Central Connecticut State University, USA) (Modigliani)

Yangsoon Kim (Korea University, South Korea), “The Hybrid Identities and Genres in Contemporary American Poetry: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and Claudia Rankine”

Jesse G. Swan (University of Northern Iowa, USA), “Catholic Women Writers and the Use of Violent Sex: Flannery O’Connor”

Aimee Pozorski (Central Connecticut State University), “Signifying in the Intersections: Yaa Gyasi’s Allusions in Homegoing

D. Digital Humanities, II. Chair: Peter Stokes (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, France) (Marinetti)

Ian Gregory (Lancaster University, England), “Digital Approaches to Exploring Qualitative Geographies in the English Lake District”

Maciej Eder (Pedagogical University of Kraków, Poland), “Digital Humanities Infrastructures: The Case of Computational Literary Studies”

David Wrisley (New York University, Abu Dhabi), “Exploring the Multivocality in English-language Correspondence from the Qajar Period”

1.00 pm Lunch at Hotel Ripa

2.15 pm Bus to ACU Campus

3.00-4.45 pm Plenary Lecture 2. Jette Hansen Edwards (Chinese University of Hong Kong, PRC).

“The future of English as a glocal language: Insights from a macro and micro analysis of English in Hong Kong”

“This talk draw from a macro and micro analysis of English in Hong Kong to explore the impact of colonization and globalization on the emergence of English as a glocal language around the world. Glocal is defined as a global language with unique local features. While the talk primarily focuses on English in Hong Kong, connections are made to other Asian as well as European contexts. At the macro level, the talk examines the question of ‘How has English impacted Hong Kong?’ through an exploration of changes in Hong Kong’s language ecology due to colonialism, globalization, and geopolitical tensions. The resulting emergence of English as cultural identity marker in Hong Kong is also examined. At the micro level, the talk examines the question of ‘How has Hong Kong impacted English?’ by examining the emergence of the local variety of English in Hong Kong, Hong Kong English. The use of unique linguistic features of Hong Kong English – including lexical, discourse, and phonetic features – to mark a local cultural identity are also discussed. Based on the macro and micro analyses, insights for future directions for English studies globally will be presented in the conclusion to the talk.”

Chair: Marina Dossena (University of Bergamo, Italy)

5.00 pm. Walking Tour of Capitol Hill and the Coliseum. Details to be confirmed. Free to all those attending the conference, and their partners.


9.30am – 11.00 am. PARALLEL SESSIONS 5.

A. Bibliography and Textual Editing: Chair: Grace Ioppolo (University of Reading, England) (Sironi)

The Perils of General Editorship: Print and the Digital

Pierre A. Walker (Salem State University, USA),The Scholarly Edition: What Value Has It Today?”

Grace Ioppolo (University of Reading, England),I’m a General Editor: Get Me Out of Here: 21st-century Problems in Digitally Editing 17th-century Thomas Heywood”

Mary Jane Edwards (Carleton University, Canada),The Shifting Traditions of Scholarly Editing”

B. The Long Eighteenth Century, II. Chair: Dorothee Birke (University of Innsbruck, Austria) (Modigliani)

Lisa O’Connell (Australian Catholic University, Australia), “‘Secret springs’ and ‘intricate negotiations’: Richardson, Roe and the Global Order”

Peter Sabor (McGill University, Canada), “John Cleland and Thomas Pichon, 1757-1766: An Anglo-French Misalliance“

Tita Chico (University of Maryland, USA), “Wonder: Feeling and Knowing in the British Enlightenment”

C. Australian Literature I. Chair: Philip Mead (University of Western Australia/University of Melbourne, Australia) Slovenia) (Chagall)

Ryszard Wolny (U of Opole, Poland), “Andrew Taylor: Australia’s poet of landscapes of nature and imagination”

Sona Snircova (Pavol Jozef Safarik U, Slovakia), “Myth, Ecology and Metamodern Sensibility in Robbie Arnott’s The Rain Heron

Russell West-Pavlov (University of Tübingen, Germany) and John Kinsella (University of Tübingen, Germany), “A/Proximate Collaborations and the PER SE Project”

D. Modern Literature, I. Chair. Sabine Volk-Birke (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany) (Marinetti)

Thomas Dilworth (University of Windsor, Canada), “Genre, Motifs, and the Failure of Hellenism in Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room

Sunwha Park (Konkun University Glocal Campus, South Korea), “Erich Neumann’s Great Mother in Doris Lessing’s The Grandmothers

Youngmin Kim (Dongguk University, South Korea), “Modern Poetry and the Temporal Scale of World Literature”

11-00am – 11.30 am. Coffee (Hotel Ripa)

11.30 am – 1.00pm. PARALLEL SESSIONS 6.

A. Renaissance II. Chair: Silvia Bigliazzi (University of Verona, Italy) (Modigliani)

Tania Demetriou (Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University, England), “Dares and Dictys in the Renaissance”

Chanita Goodblatt (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel), “The English Religious Sonnet: Aspects of a Cognitive Literary Approach ”

B. Sociolinguistics and Language Studies, I (with focus on the 18th century). Chair: Marina Dossena (University of Bergamo, Italy) (Sironi)

Jeremy Smith (University of Glasgow, Scotland), “Uncomfortable words: The terminology of English religious dissent, 1640-1800”

Giovanni Iamartino (University of Milan, Italy), “Linguistic variation and its discontents: Regional varieties of English in 18th-century satirical prints”

Marina Dossena (University of Bergamo, Italy), “Legal discourse in the aftermath of the Forty-five. The case of the Court Martial Records in the Stennis Collection”

C. Early American Literature, II. Chair. Laura Stevens (University of Tulsa, USA) (Chagall)

Heike Paul (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany), “1619 and African American Literature”

Cassander Smith (The University of Alabama, USA), “Legacies of Slavery: Race, Respectability, and Black Women’s Bodies”

Carmen Birkle, (Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany), “James McCune Smith and Ira Aldridge: Doctor and Doctor-Actor in Nineteenth-Century African America”

D. Contemporary Literatures in English Chair: Liliana Sikorska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland) (Marinetti)

Kathleen Harrington (United States Air Force Academy, USA), “Invoking the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Literature”

Tomomi Minamoto (Waseda University, Japan), “Charlotte Bronte, Kazuo Ishiguro and Transnational Space”

Followed by a panel discussion on World Literature

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm: Lunch (Hotel Ripa)

2.00 – 3.30 pm. PARALLEL SESSIONS 7. (Hotel Ripa)

A. Renaissance III. Chair: Richard McCabe (Merton College, Oxford University, England) (Modigliani)

Helen Wilcox (Bangor University, Wales), “1633: A Turning Point in English Literary Culture?”

Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler (Texas State University, USA), “The Tragedy of Samson and the English Civil Wars”

B. Romanticism II. Chair: Simon Haines (Ramsay Centre, Australia) (Chagall)

William Christie (Australian National University), “Women Writers and the Romantic Periodical Press”

Li Ou (Chinese University of Hong Kong, PRC), “‘Teaching Romanticism in the Afflicted City”

C. Modern Literature II. Chair: Sabine Volk-Birke (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany) (Marinetti)

Alan Riach (University of Glasgow, Scotland), “R.B. Cunninghame Graham: International Provenance and Modernist Minimalism”

Dorothee Birke (Innsbruck University, Austria), “The Way We Write Now: Social Media in the Twenty-First Century Novel”

Jude V. Nixon (Salem State University, USA), “‘[T]he creolising process’: Negotiating Diasporic Subjectivities in Samuel Sevlon’s The Lonely Londoners.”

D. Sociolinguistics and Language Studies, II: Issues in Methodology Chair: Marina Dossena (University of Bergamo, Italy) (Sironi)

Letizia Vezzosi (University of Florence, Italy), “Travel, Travail, and Labour: A Sociolinguistic Journey into the Paths of Semantic Change”

Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk (Poznan University, Poland) and William A. Kretzschmar, Jr (University of Georgia, USA), “Complex Natural Systems for Language”

Isabel Ermida (University Minho at Braga, Portugal), “Social Media Mining for Hate Speech Detection: Opinion and Emotion Conflict in Adversative Constructions”

3.45 pm Bus to ACU

4.15 pm Afternoon Tea at ACU

4.45 pm. Plenary 3. Richard Ovenden (Bodleian Librarian, Oxford University, England).

“Knowledge is under attack: Why Society needs Libraries and Archives”

‘Over the past 5,000 years the preservation and access to knowledge has been developed by libraries and archives. These institutions have also, over the same period, been subject to attack. The Keynote will address some of the main motivations for the deliberate destruction of knowledge, and will articulate the value that libraries and archives bring to society through their role in protecting knowledge.’

Chair: Grace Ioppolo (University of Reading, England)

6.30 pm. Drinks Reception (ACU Terrace)

8.00 pm. Bus returns to Hotel Ripa.


9.30 am. Bus departs from Hotel Ripa to ACU Campus

10am-11 am. Plenary conversation. Australian novelist Alexis Wright in conversation with Philip Mead (University of Melbourne, Australia). By videolink. Chair: Danuta Fjellestad (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Alexis Wright is a Waanyi (Aboriginal Australian) writer who is the author of four novels: Plains of Promise (1997), Carpentaria (2006, which was selected in 2021 as a compulsory text in the national curriculum of the French agrégation), The Swan Book (2013) and Praiseworthy (2023). She has also published Tracker (2017), a biography of the Indigenous activist Tracker Tilmouth, and many other writings. She served as Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne from 2017 to 2022.

11am-11.30 am. Coffee

11.30 am – 1pm. Plenary session: The Future of English Studies. Chair, Regenia Gagnier (University of Exeter, UK)

Dennis Denisoff (University of Tulsa, USA)

Laura Stevens (University of Tulsa, USA)

Sambudha Sen (Shiv Nadar University, India)

Wei Ruan (Shenzhen University, People’s Republic of China)

Paul Giles (Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia)

1pm – 2.30 pm. Lunch at ACU.

2.30 – 4 pm. IAUPE General Meeting (ACU). Chairing: Kathleen Harrington, IAUPE Secretary General

4.15pm. Bus returns to Hotel Ripa

7.30 pm. Bus departs from Hotel Ripa to Grand Hotel, Gianicolo.

8.00 pm. Conference Dinner, Grand Hotel, Gianicolo.


Half-day (9 am to 4pm approximately) optional excursion to the Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa) at Tivoli, 20 miles from Rome. Coach departs from Hotel Ripa.