Symbiosis Conference, University of Dundee

11–14 July, 2019

All panels and plenaries take place in the Dalhousie Building:

Off-campus events are within easy walking distance or accessed via a short cab ride.


Thursday 11 July

Registration opens at 1pm, Room 2G13.

All Thursday panels in Dalhousie LT 1 (Lecture Theatre 1, Ground Floor).

14:15 Welcome LT1

14:30-16:00 Transatlantic Comics LT1

Golnar Nabizadeh, (University of Dundee), Dundee showcase: Comics Studies at Dundee.

Hailey Austin (University of Dundee), ‘Paint it Blacksad: International Noir and Anthropomorphism.’

Olivia Hicks (University of Dundee),The Transatlantic Super Girl.’

16:00-16:20 Afternoon Tea, Gallery (Floor 1)

16:20-17:50 Transatlantic Frankenstein LT1

Daniel Cook (University of Dundee), ‘Mary Shelley's Dundee; or, Frankenstein Begins.’

Chris Gerrard (University of Dundee) Short Film Screening and Q&A, Frankenstein and its Afterlives.

 18:00-19:20 Keynote Address, Professor Faye Hammill (University of Glasgow), LT1

‘The Frantic Atlantic: Ocean Liners in the Interwar Imagination.’

 19:30 Off-campus drinks reception at ‘172 at the Caird’ (172 Nethergate).


Friday 12 July

9:00-10:30 Transatlantic Poetics 2G12

Chair: Tim Morris (University of Dundee)

Richard E Brantley (University of Florida), ‘Extending “natural Methodism”: A Hypothesis.’

Samantha Harvey (Boise State University), ‘Walt Whitman, Gift Books, and Transatlantic Print Culture.’

Stephanie Hicks (Independent scholar), ‘The Synthetic Power of Reason: Emerson’s Nature and the Influence of Wordsworth’s Scientific Poetics.’

10:30-10:50 Coffee break, Gallery

10:50-12:20 Transatlantic Collaboration Roundtable 2G12

Heidi Hakimi-Hood (Midwestern State University), Kaylee Henderson (Texas Christian University), Linda K. Hughes (Texas Christian University), and Andrew Taylor (University of Edinburgh):

 ‘Collaborative Editing Across American and British Specialities on a Transatlantic Anthology: Challenges and Opportunities.’

12:20-13:15 Lunch, Gallery

13:15-14:15 Transatlantic Modernisms 2G12

Chair: Robert Morace (Daemen College)

Shannon McBriar (University of Amsterdam), ‘Transatlantic Affordances: Figuring Uncertainty in Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood.

Matthew Scott (University of Reading), ‘Limestone Before Auden.’

14:20-15:50 Panel A: Scotland, the Caribbean and the Atlantic World 2G12

Chair: Joel F. Pace (University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire)

Peggy Brunache (University of Dundee), ‘Mainstreaming African Diasporic Foodways When Academia is Not Enough.’

Susan Mains (University of Dundee), ‘Caribbean-Scottish Connections: Conversing, Tracing and Representing Transatlantic Tidal Journeys.’

Michael Morris (University of Dundee), ‘Robert Graham of Gartmore: Empire, Disavowal, Reparation.’

14:20-15:50 Panel B: Transatlantic Influences and Interactions 2G13

Chair: Richard E Brantley (University of Florida)

Robert J Scholnick (College of William and Mary), ‘The American Vogue of Erasmus Darwin.’

Amber Shaw (Coe College), ‘“Rather unjust, like England”: Women’s Labor, Factory Reform, and the Transatlantic Circulation of the Lowell Offering.’

Tim Sommer (University of Heidelberg), ‘“Hyper-Germanized” vs. “Thoroughly Saxon”: Nationality, Race, and Style in Carlyle's Early Transatlantic Reception.’

15:50-16:10 Coffee Break, Gallery

16:10-17:40 C. L. R. James 2G12

Chair: Chris Gair (University of Glasgow)

Andrew Smith (University of Glasgow), ‘Notes Towards a Jamesian Theory of Empire.’

Claire Westall (University of York, UK) ‘Style and Revolution: The cricketing intersections of C. L. R. James & Earl Lovelace.’

Rachel Douglas (University of Glasgow), ‘Francophone Connections: Travels of C. L. R. James’s The Black Jacobins in Translation across the Atlantic.’


18:30-20:00 Drinks reception on board RRS Discovery. Includes C. L. R. James book launch featuring talks by Chris Searle and Claire Westall and a chance to explore Captain Scott’s historic ship.


Saturday 13 July

9:00-10:30 Twentieth-Century Perspectives 2G12

Chair: Matthew Scott (University of Reading)

Shihoko Inoue (University of Exeter), ‘Sylvia Plath as a Transatlantic Mother.’

Neil Macfarlane (Birkbeck, University of London), ‘Andrew Solomon’s The Noonday Demon (2001, new edition 2015): an example of US-UK BioPsychiatry marketing through #MedHums.’

Joel F. Pace (University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire),’ Reflections on Frankenstein, Film, and Black Atlantic Autobiography.’

10:30-10:45 Coffee break, Gallery

10:45-12:15   Transatlantic Crime 2G12

Chair: Aliki Varvogli (University of Dundee)

Elspeth Latimer (University of East Anglia), ‘“That’s possible in the US. It’s really not possible here”: Lee Child’s Transatlantic Response to Place in the Jack Reacher Novels.’

Robert Morace (Daemen College), ‘Detecting Transatlantic Flows in Atwood’s Alias Grace and Burnet’s His Bloody Project.’

Elena Ogliari (University of Milan), ‘Refashioning Raymond Chandler and Earl Derr Biggers For Ireland’s Young Nationalists: The Case Of The Irish Juvenile Press (1910-1940).’

12:15-14:15 Lunch

Extended lunchtime break. See conference pack for local attractions you can visit, or speak to one of the Dundee crew for recommendations.

14:20-15:50 Journeys Across Borders 2G12

Chair: Daniel Cook (University of Dundee)

Clare Elliott (Northumbria University), ‘Emersonian Self-Reliance in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World.’ 

Susan Oliver (University of Essex), 'Sea stories and freshwater tales: Washington Irving, Walter Scott and the transatlantic Romantic imagination.’

Douglass M. Furrh (Colorado State University-Pueblo) ‘“That Great Leviathan”: Herman Melville, Karl Marx’s Journalism in the New York Tribune, and the Rise of the Republican Party.’

15:50-16:30 Coffee break, Gallery

16:30-18:00 Keynote Address, Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier (University of Edinburgh) LT1

‘Read. Reflect. Act.: The Untold Story of the Anna-Murray Frederick Douglass Family.’

 19:00 Banquet, Malmaison Hotel.


Sunday 14 July

Optional excursion to Glamis Castle. Departure outside the Tower Building on the Nethergate at 10am, return around 3:30pm.





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