Conference Programme Announced

The conference programme has now been announced. With delegates from across Europe and papers ranging from Don DeLillo to Derek Jarman to Dante, as well as keynotes from Stefan Collini and Julia Jordan, Dissidence looks set to be a day of scorching intellectual drama. Events will be rounded off with a poetry reading from Penny Newell and Jess Jiwon.

D-Day is Friday 5th June — less than two weeks away. If you haven’t already registered your attendance, do so now at

A fuller version of this programme (including location details) will be provided on the day, but it can also be downloaded in advance as a pdf: UCL Dissidence 2015 — Conference Programme

9.30 – 10.00               Registration (English Department Common Room)

10.00 – 11.30            Keynote

Prof. Stefan Collini (Cambridge) — Dissidence and persuasion: Arguing About Universities

Responding: Prof. John Mullan, Dr Scarlett Baron


12.00 – 13.30            Panel 1: HUMANITIES IN CRISIS

Zoe Bulaitis (Exeter): Representations of the academic study of English

Harriet Cooper (Birkbeck): Dissident Subjects: Lived Experience as Cultural Text, Academic Writing as ‘Reparative’ Work?

Sam Gilchrist-Hall (Royal Holloway): Feeble Academics: The Radical Legacy of Renaissance Humanism

13.30 – 14.30            Lunch

14.30 – 15.30            Keynote:

Dr Julia Jordan (UCL) —  Anxiety & the Avant Garde: Dissident Modernists of the 1960s                


15.30 – 15.45            Break


15.45 – 17.00            Panel 2a: SPACE

Megha Agarwal (Goldsmiths): Dissent and Descent: Transgression and Progression into the Underworld in Dante’s Inferno and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness

Adonis Leboho (Sheffield): In Hetero/In Harlem: ‘Architextual’ Practice in the 1965 collaboration between June Jordan and R. Buckminster Fuller

Alexandra Parsons (UCL): Derek Jarman’s dissident urban cultural memory in The Last of England

                                  Panel 2b: GENDER                  

Catherine McDermott (Manchester Met): Feminine impasse: cruel optimism in Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl 

Emma Scanlan (Sussex): Poetic dissidence: Lineages of female/ sexual dissent in Noʻu Revilla’s Say Throne

Laura Tscherry (UCL): Intertextuality as dissidence in the novels of Jean Rhys


17.00 – 17.15            Break


17.15 – 18.30            Panel 3a: RESISTANCE      

Sourit Bhattacharya (Warwick): State, Violence, and Strategies of Dissent in Mahasweta Devi and Nabarun

Shade Hartline (Newcastle): Everyone Hates an Underdog: Cinema’s role in America’s failure to revolt

Chris Hartley (Oxford): ‘A Specter is Haunting the World – The Specter of Capitalism’: Nihilism as Resistance in Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis

                                    Panel 3b: COMMITMENT               

Bárbara Gallego Larrarte (Oxford): Three Guineas: Virginia Woolf in conversation with Julian Bell

Lynn Mutti (UCL): Inside the Outsider: Sylvia Townsend Warner, Culture and Anarchy

Marina Pranić (Free University Berlin/Charles University, Prague): Comic Conspiracies, Conspiratorial Comedies: The (Failed) Dissidence of Marin Držić

18.45 – 19:30            Wine reception and Poetry reading

Penny Newell (KCL) and Jess Jiwon (UCL – Slade): ‘Cool young poets talking about their art basically Xxx, with Requiem to Heygate Estate’

19.30 — Late             Conference dinner (optional)