Ricarda Vidal - Visual Culture

Conference Programme

The Carnival of Death
Perceptions of Death in Europe and the Americas

An interdisciplinary conference organised by Dr Maria-José Blanco and Dr Ricarda Vidal, Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

24-26 Feb 2011

Venue: Senate House South Block, University of London, Malet Street, London

Thu, 24 Feb.

9.30 – 10.30 Registration and coffee – Jessel Room Passage
10.30 – 12.30 Cemeteries and Rituals 1
chair: Maria-José Blanco – Senate Room
Death and Institutions
chair: Jessamy Harvey – Court Room
Helen Frisby, “Just as dowly ez Ah was”: revelry and rivalry in the nineteenth century English folk funeral Catherine Jenkins, Life Extension and Immortality: Life Extension and Immortality: What is the Position of the Dying?
Ileana Cristea and Lucia Marilena Pavelescu, Similarities and Differences between Death Folk Cultures in Romania and the U.K. David O’Driscoll and Stuart Todd, Missed but still very much there:  death and dying in an old learning disability hospital
Marina Cap Bun, The Romanian Carnival of Death: Old and New Rituals and Customs
John Horne, Unsettling Structures of Otherness: Encountering the dying individual in “the perceptual world of the living”
12.30 – 2.00 Lunch – Jessel Room Passage
2.00 – 3.30 Cemeteries and Rituals 2
chair: Lala Isla– Senate Room
Death in the Media
chair: Ricarda Vidal – Court Room
Adriana Bontea, The Merry Epitaph and the Art of Memory Mark Goodall, The Cult of Death: how cinema imagines the final exit
Bel Deering, In the Dead of Night: a nocturnal exploration of heterotopia in the graveyard Julia Banwell, Death and Displacement: Spectatorship and Ritual in Visual Cultures
Marcel Reyes-Cortes, Memorialising and housing the dead in a megalopolis Rosie Inman-Cook, The Changing Nature of Funerals in Contemporary Society
3.30 – 4.00 Coffee – Jessel Room Passage
4.00 – 5.30 Politics and Power
chair: Hyunseon Lee – Senate Room
chair: Adriana Bontea – Court Room
Jessamy Harvey, Spectacle of innocence: Choreographing the Funeral Procession of an adolescent Martyr of Chastity (Spain, 1952) Lala Isla, Death is not what it used to be
Nasheli Jiménez del Val, Government Gore: The Drug Boss’s Body and the Mexican (Failed) State
David Glyn, The Bereavement Group
Wolfgang Marx, Death and the Musical Requiem in the Twentieth Century Lynne Simpson, Beyond Mourning and Melancholia
6.00 Official Opening of Exhibition (Ricarda Vidal)– Jessel Room
6.30 – 8.00 Keynote: Briony Campbell, The Dad Project
chair: Maria-José Blanco – Chancellor’s Hall
8.00  Wine Reception – Jessel Room


Fri, 25 Feb. 

10.00 – 10.30 Registration and coffee – Jessel Room Passage
10.30 – 12.00 Literature and War
chair: Peter Humm – Senate Room
chair: Katia Pizzi – Court Room
Alice Kelly, Representations of Death in First World War Nurses’ Narratives Eleanor Parker, A Way of Sorrows for the Twentieth Century: Margherita Guidacci’s Via Crucis dell’umanità
Carol Acton, Fatal injury: medical personnel and narratives of combatant death Gorka Bilbao Terreros, Death in Unamuno’s Fiction: A Crossroad between Knowledge and the Individual
Jane Potter, The Carnival of Death in the Literature of the Great War Sheldon Penn, The Impossibility of an End: José Gorostiza’s Muerte sin fin
12.00 – 1.30 Keynote: Paul Preston, Franco’s Empire of Death
chair: Maria-José Blanco – Chancellor’s Hall
1.30 – 3.00 Lunch  – Jessel Room Passage
3.00 – 4.30 Literature and Politics
chair: Martin Liebscher – Senate Room
Death and Cultural Identity
chair: Ricarda Vidal – Court Room
Corina Crisu, Transgressing Racial Borders through Self-Sacrifice: Ernest Gaines’s A Lesson before Dying Clara Saraiva, The invisibility of death amongst Brazilian and African migrants in Portugal
Fiorenzo Iuliano, Habeas Corpse: the dead body of evidence Joseph Lewis, Coming back to Life: Reading Death as a Pathway to Identity and Culture
Rebecca Shillabeer Oxford, The Fascination with Violence and Death in 21st Century Crime Fiction Diana Blaine, Dead Like Me?: Constructions of Subjectivity at the “Mummies of the World” Exhibit
4.30 – 6.00 Literature and Mourning
chair: Bianca Zaininger – Senate Room
Looking at Murderers
chair: David Glyn – Court Room
Francesco Giusti, Getting in touch again: death, poetry and the mourning process Dana Renga, Unfinished Business: Gender, Trauma and Mourning in Recent Italian Mafia Cinema
Hivren Demir-Atay, The Punctum in History:Representing the M(other)’s Death in Peter Handke’s A Sorrow Beyond Dreams Ricarda Vidal, Serial Killers and their Art
Montserrat Lunati , ‘Writing their way through grief’: Mourning in Contemporary Catalan Women’s Literature Zeljko Uvanovic, Pathological aesthetics of males killing females vs. manipulative (im)morality of females killing males.: On (almost) perfect murder in six selected films
6.00 – 6.30 Wine Reception – Jessel Room
6.30 – 8.00 Keynote:  Laurie Lipton, Day of the Dead
chair: Ricarda Vidal – Chancellor’s Hall


Sat, 26 Feb.

10.00 – 11.00 Death and Desire
chair: Ricarda Vidal – Senate Room
Irina Romanova, The “great unmentionables”: repression of death and sexuality in the essay “The Pornography of Death” by Geoffrey Gorer and in early thanatological literature.
John Troyer, Morbid Ink: Field Notes on the Human Memorial Tattoo
Simon Bacon, Whoops!: The Accidental Creation of a Vampire/Zombie Apocalypse as Projected Modernist Death-Drive
11.00 – 11.30 coffee – Jessel Room Passage
11.30 – 1.00 Rituals of Dying
chair: Maria-José Blanco – Senate Room
Elizabeth Leake, After Words: Suicide and Critical Reading Practices
Natasha Lushetich, Karaoke Death: Intertextuality in active euthanasia practices
Sarah Sparkes, We are all doomed
1.00 – 2.30 lunch  – own arrangements
2.30 – 3.30 Bonnie Eckard and Maria Porter, Staging Death Performance and Lecture – Chancellor’s Hall
3.30 – 4.00 El entierro de la sardina