Conference Schedule

Click on the panel links below to access abstracts for the panels.

 

Sunday, March 29

5.00pm Free Pre-Conference Social: Stephen Baxter and Adam Roberts discuss their fiction at Waterstones Liverpool One

Monday, March 30

8:30am – 9:30am Registration

9:30am – 10:30am Keynote: Karen Hellekson, “Agency and Contingency in Televisual Alternate History Texts”

10:30am – 12:00pm Panel 1 – Examining Female Perspectives of Alternate History

12:00pm – 1:00pm Panel 2 – Responses to the Enlightenment

1:00pm – 1:45pm Lunch

1:45pm – 2:45pm Keynote: Stephen Baxter, “Alternate Cosmologies”

2:45pm – 4:15pm Panel 3 – Moments and People of Power

4:15pm – 4:30pm Break

4:30pm – 6:00pm Panel 4 – Alternate History in Europe

 

Tuesday, March 31

8:30am – 9:00am Registration

9:00am – 10:30am Panel 5 – Examining the Place of Alternate History

10:30am – 12:00pm Panel 6 – Blurring the Boundaries of Alternate History

12:00pm – 1:00pm Keynote: Adam Roberts, “Geoffroy, Tolstoy and the Fragile Solidity of History”

1:00pm – 1:45pm Lunch

1:45pm – 2:45pm Panel 7 – Different Landscapes

2:45pm – 3:45pm Panel 8 – Alternate History after 9/11

3:45pm – 4:00pm Break

4:00pm – 5:30pm Panel 9 – How Do We Know?

5:30pm – 6:30pm Wine Reception

 

The wine reception will be followed by a post-conference meal, details tbc.

 

Day 1

Panel 1 – Examining Female Perspectives of Alternate History

  • Amanda Dillon, University of East Anglia (UK), “Speaking Unspoken Timelines: Feminist Time Travel and Alternate Histories in Kage Baker’s The Company
  • Rosie M. Lewis, Durham University (UK), “Re-envisioning Female Subjectivity, Aesthetics and Collective Resistance in Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames”
  • Sarah Lohmann, Durham University (UK), “On the Edge of Time: Feminist Utopias, Complexity Theory and Parallel Future Histories”

Panel 2 – Responses to the Enlightenment

  • Alex Broadhead, University of Liverpool (UK), “The Romantics in Alternate History from Hawthorne to Card: Beyond Enlightenment Historiography”
  • Jim Clarke, Coventry University (UK), “Unwriting the Reformation: Anti-Catholic uchronias in Science Fiction”

Panel 3 – Moments and People of Power

  • Francis Gene-Rowe, Birkbeck College (UK), “Blasting Open the Historical Continuum: Antihistoricism in Benjamin, Dick & Le Guin”
  • Fred Smoler, Sarah Lawrence College (USA), “Refiguring the Heroic in Two Alternate Histories: Stephen Vincent Benét and Harry Turtledove”
  • Jonathan Rayner, University of Sheffield (UK), “‘Forever being Yamato’: Alternative Pacific War Histories in Japanese Film and Anime”

 

Panel 4 – Alternate History in Europe

  • Mikhaylo Nazarenko, Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University (Ukraine), “Post-colonial alternate history: the case of Ukrainian literature”
  • Marzena Sokołowska-Paryż, University of Warsaw (Poland) “Ideological (Mis)Uses of Genre: Dystopian Visions of the ‘Past-Present’ in Daniel Quinn’s and Stephen Fry’s Alternate Histories”
  • Chris Pak, Lancaster University, (UK), “‘It Is One Story’: Writing a Global Alternative History in Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Years of Rice and Salt”

Day 2

Panel 5 – Examining the Place of Alternate History

  • Daniel Dohrn, Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany), “Counterfactuals in Historiography – A Philosophical Assessment”
  • Matt Mitrovich, (USA), “Warping History: An Overview of Fans and Creators of Alternate History in the Internet Age”
  • Ursula Troche, (UK), “Alternate History as re-imagining/re-writing: with particular reference to Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ and Evaristo’s ‘Blonde Routes’”

Panel 6 – Blurring the Boundaries of Alternate History

  • Pascal Lemaire (Belgium), “Our world, really ? Techno Thrillers and Alternate History”
  • Andrew M. Butler, Canterbury Christ Church University (UK), “Quest for Love: A Cosy Uchronia?”
  • Leimar Garcia-Siino, University of Liverpool (UK), “Alternate [un]Realities: The Possibility and Impossibility of the Fantasy Alternate History”

 

Panel 7 – Different Landscapes

  • Alan Gregory and Dawn Stobart, Lancaster University (UK), “The Survival of a President: Rewritten American Histories and the Failed Assassination of John F. Kennedy in Stephen King’s 11/22/63”
  • Laura Ettenfield, Leeds Beckett University (UK), “‘The alternate reality of aquatic space in Victor Hugo’s fiction”

 

Panel 8 – Alternate History after 9/11

  • Anna McFarlane, University of St. Andrews (UK), “Lavie Tidhar’s Osama (2011) and Alternate History After 9/11”
  • Rachel Mizsei Ward (UK), “Impotent in the face of history – How superhero narratives (didn’t) engage with 9/11”

 

Panel 9 – How Do We Know?: Subjective Epistemologies

  • Chloe Alexandra Germaine Buckley, Lancaster University (UK), “Cthulhu versus Sherlock Holmes: Shadows over Baker Street, epistemological disruption and the ‘willing surrender of disbelief’ in postmillennial alternative-history Weird fiction”
  • Hellen Giblin-Jowett, (UK), “A ‘whiff of printer’s shrapnel’: HG Wells and the nostrils of divergence”
  • Molly Cobb, University of Liverpool (UK), “‘Time is a private matter’: Identity and the subjective nature of time in Alfred Bester’s ‘The Men Who Murdered Mohammed'”
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