Conference Programme

Day One: Thursday 27th June

09.30 Registration and Coffee

10.00 – 11.45 Panel 1: Science, Psychology and the (Dis)unified Self
Chair: Niall Sreenan (UCL Comparative Literature)

  • Unity and Disunity in the Science of Consciousness
    Claire Davison (UCL Institute of Neurology) 

  • The Divided Selves of David Foster Wallace
    Peter Sloane (University of Bristol Department of English)

  • Social hierarchies across cultures – uniting or dividing?
    Matthias Gobel (UCL Department of Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences) 

11.45 – 12.00 BREAK

12.00 – 13.45  Panel 2: Disunified time and space
Chair: Agnes Broome (UCL Scandinavian)

  • The Chaotic North: Lapland’s Destructive Forces in Three Dutch Novels
    Jesse van Amelsvoort (UCL Comparative Literature)

  • Dwell the Threshold: Encountering Otherness
    Azzurra Muzzonigro (Universita’ degli Studi Roma Tre/UCL Bartlett School of Architecture)
  • Fragment/Continuum: Disunity in Cinematic Time
    Gareth Polmeer (Royal College of Art)

  • Let It Simmer Over Summer: Journey, Displacement, and Decomposition
    Yva Jung (UCL Slade School of Fine Art)

13.45 – 14.45 LUNCH BREAK

14.45 – 16.15 Panel 3: Literary Endeavours Towards Dis/Unity
Chair: Mathelinda Nabugodi (UCL Comparative Literature)

  • The good, the bad and the evil in the socialist novel: Case study of two post-war Bulgarian novels
    Metodi Metodiev (University of Glasgow School of Modern Languages and Cultures)

  • Edgar Allan Poe’s Chaotic Drive to Unity
    Jimmy Packham (University of Bristol Department of English)

  • Metaphor and Disunity
    Juan Cruz (University of Aberdeen School of Divinity, History and Philosophy)

16.15 – 16.30 BREAK

16.30 – 17.30 Keynote Lecture I: “Unity, Disunity and the Question of Plurality: from Asthetics to Politics”

Dr. Tim Beasley-Murray
Senior Lecturer in European Thought and Culture, SSEES, UCL

18.00 Meal

Day Two: Friday 28th June

09.30 – 10.00 Coffee

10.00 – 11.00 Keynote Lecture II: “Minding the Gap: Plato’s Parmenides and the Seductions of Unity.”

Prof. Charles Lock
Professor of English Literature, University of Copenhagen

11.00 – 11.15 BREAK

11.15 – 12.45 Panel 4: A unified heritage?
Chair: Elizabeth Harvey (UCL Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies)

  • Of Unity and Disunity in-between: post/colonial responses to the works and lives of Rhys and Haasse
    Stefanie van Gemert (UCL Comparative Literature)

  • Unity and Diversity: An Inclusive Nationalism
    Udit Bhatia (UCL Department of Political Science)

  • The Problem of Collaboration: British Policy in Iran, 1941-1947
    Jack Taylor (UCL Department of History)

  • Choices and decision making in conservation: The implications of conserving religious icons
    Davina Kuh-Jakobi (UCL Institute of Archaeology)

12.45 – 13.45 LUNCH BREAK

13.45 – 15.15 Panel 5: Crisis, Chaos, and Conflict: European Identities in Disarray
Chair: Asmaa Soliman (UCL Centre for European Studies)

  • Broken Bond: Skyfall and the British Identity Crisis
    Christopher McMillan (University of Glasgow School of Critical Studies)

  • Same Space, Different Stories: German and Jewish Memories of Bukovina after WWII
    Gaelle Fischer (UCL Department of German) 

  • An Artificial Unity? Approaches to Post-Socialist Nostalgia
    Veronika Pehe (UCL School of Slavoic and East European Studies) 

15.15 – 15.30 BREAK

15.30 – 16.00 Panel 6: Film screening
Chair: Pei-Sze Chow (UCL Scandinavian)

  • Nicoleta (2012)
    Director: Sonia Liza Kenterman

16.00: Wine reception and closing remarks by Dr Claire Thomson, Head of Department, Scandinavian Studies, SELCS, UCL.

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