Program & registration

Re/Making the Past: Historical Fictions and Identities Symposium

 La Trobe University City Campus, 360 Collins St, Melbourne

Level 20, Teaching Rooms 3 and 4

Thursday 2 November 2017

10.15am Historical fictions masterclass
(For postgraduates, by invitation)

 Afternoon Program: Writing Historical Fictions

2.15 – 3.30
Gillian Polack, ‘The author identity and its relationship to history: an intimate analysis
Gabrielle Ryan, ‘Fleshing out the Ghosts’
3.30 – 3.45
Afternoon Tea
4.00 – 5.30
Lucy Sussex, ‘Writing the Female Detective (Before She Even Existed)’
Merran Williams, ‘”A modern conscience”: How historical writing informs the present’
Kelly Gardiner, ‘Queering the past’

Evening program
6.30 pm: Public event

Kate Forsyth on writing historical fictions 

Details here

Donkey Wheelhouse, 673 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Friday 3 November 2017 Program: Historical Fictions and Identities

9.00 – 9.15
Professor Susan Martin
9.15 – 10.15
Panel (via Zoom)
Jerome de Groot, ‘”You ever think how different life could be if you could change just one thing?”: experiment and the historical novel’
Natasha Alden, ‘Between the ancestral and the queer: recent LGBTQ+ historical fiction’
10.15 – 11.00
Ali Alizadeh
‘The Revolution Will Not Be Fictionalised?’
11.00 – 11.15
Morning Tea
11.15 – 12.45
Panel: Medieval
Annie Blachly, ‘The many faces of the Holy Maid of Kent’
Louise D’Arcens, ‘Tariq Ali, historical fiction, and the decolonisation of the Third Crusade’
Anne McKendry, ‘“There Are No Jews in England”: The Racial and Religious Other in Medieval Crime Fiction’
12.45 – 1.30
1.30 – 2.15
Stephanie Trigg
‘Chaucerian Voice in Modern and Contemporary Historical Fiction: From Anya Seton to Chaucer’s Twitter Feed’
2.15 – 3.15
Panel: Screen
Vannessa Hearman, ‘Women at centre stage: Historical fiction in Timor Leste’s first feature film, Beatriz’ War
Catriona Elder, ‘Class, race and character: (re)narrating the Australian nation through the historical television miniseries’
3.15 – 4.15
Panel: Digital
Tom Sear, ‘”It’s up to you to keep this story alive”: Online identities, temporality, and participatory social media reanimations of war’
Elliot Patsoura, ‘Recapitulation and the Recasting of History in Assassin’s Creed’
4.15 – 4.30
Afternoon Tea
4.30 – 6.00
Panel: Cultural Phenomena
Stephanie Downes and Helen Young, ‘The Maiden Fair: Pre-Raphaelite Women and the Aesthetics of Whiteness in HBO’s Game of Thrones
Melanie Myers, ‘Recovering from “Scarlett Fever”: Is it time to get over Scarlett O’Hara?’
Cheryl Morgan (via Zoom), ‘Combatting Colonialism Through Steampunk’


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