‘Wilderness, Nature and the Untamed’: Exclamation 2022

A Department of English conference
Date18 July 2022
Time9:00 to 19:00
PlaceNewman Purple LT B

Peter Chalk Centre

A one-day conference on the theme of ‘Wilderness, Nature and the Untamed’ open to postgraduate students from English, Film and Creative Writing departments across the UK, as well as PGRs in other disciplines engaging with environmental and literary questions

9.30-9.45  Welcome Talk and Housekeeping

9.45-11.15  Panel 1: Bodies and Identities
- ‘Environmental Bioethics and the Geography of Health as Approaches to Reading the Bodies of Place and Beings in Tolkien’s Legendarium’ Journee Cotton, University of Exeter 
- ‘Birds, Bots, and Broadcasts: Nature and Machines in the Fiction of Anna Kavan’ Adam Maric-Cleaver, University of East Anglia 
- ‘‘Before the Humans Came We Didn’t Speak’: The Birth of Crises from Heteroglossia in China Miéville’s Embassytown’, Kamran Hussain, University of Glasgow  

11.30-12.30  Keynote: ‘‘'What is that wild and fearful cry?': Werewolves, asylums, and enclosure acts in early Victorian Britain’ Dr Joseph Crawford, University of Exeter 

12.30-1.15  Buffet Lunch 

13.15-14.45  Panel 2: Romantic Legacies

-’A tale of two Johns: access and trespass according to John Clare and John Major’ Neil Laurenson, University of Worcester  
- ‘Transcending the Nation: Rousseau, Wordsworth, and Coleridge’ Matt Jones, Cardiff University
- ‘’Tantalising Vagueness’: Edward Thomas’s ‘Liberty’ and ‘The Glory’’. Suzanne Conway, University of Exeter

15.00-16.15  Panel 3: Time and Space
- ‘Intellectuals in Doctor Who and the Dinosaur Invasion by Malcolm Hulke’ Walker Zupp, University of Exeter 
-’ “The ruin of the land will unquiet her ghost”: Pastoralism in Mary Butt’s The Death of Felicity Taverner’ Gunner Lundberg, University of Glasgow 
- ‘In Search of al-Waqwaq Island’, Bochra Benaissa, University of Northampton 

16.30-18.15  Panel 4: Creative Writing
- ‘When the veil is lifted’, Keren Poliah, University of Salford
- ‘Depopulation in the outer Shetland Islands: Boundaries and Migration’ Gwendoline Coates, Canterbury Christ Church University
- ‘Mrs Mispelseed’, Suzanne von Engelhardt, University of Exeter
- ‘Tales from Rumbucket Lane’, Elizabeth Waterman-Scrase, Canterbury Christ Church University

18.15-19.00  Closing Remarks and Wine Reception


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Access our Livestream and digital panel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEB4vEetKBhS6GLX91a7a6g

Previous editions of the Journal: https://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/english/research/publications/exclamation/

ProviderDepartment of English

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