A PDF of the printed programme is available to download here. Please note that we will endeavour to add any last-minute changes to the programme below. 


Wednesday 11th September


Kelvin Hall Hunterian Collections

Thursday 12th September


Panels will be held in:
Kelvin Hall Lecture Theatre (LT)

Kelvin Hall Seminar Room 1 (S1)

Kelvin Hall Seminar Room 2 (S2)


Welcome from the Beastly Modernisms Team 09:20
Kelvin Hall Lecture Theatre

PANELS 1: 09:30 - 11:00


1a. Roundtable: Joycean Beasts

Kelvin Hall Lecture Theatre (LT)

Chair: Peter Adkins

Flicka Small (University College Cork) - “Microbes, Germs, Bacteria”: Living micro-organisms in James Joyce’s Ulysses

Caroline Elbay (Champlain College) - Throwing Shapes: James Joyce’s Morphing Women

Rory Hutchings (Independent Scholar) - Troubling the boundary: imagining the nonhuman in Ulysses


1c. Surreal Creatures

Seminar Room 2 (S2)

Chair: Rebecca Varley-Winter

Rachel Ashenden (Independent Scholar) - "I was born a female human animal”: Female and Animal Hybridity in Leonora Carrington’s “The Debutante”

Molly Gilroy (University of Edinburgh) - Surrealist Magic: Woman and her Cosmic Cat

Rachael Grew (Loughborough University) - Envying the Beasts: Leonor Fini’s Hybridity

BREAK 11:00 - 11:30

PANELS 2: 11:30 - 13:00

2a. Roundtable: Modernist Empathies: Art and Nonhuman Animals

S1. Chair: Tracy McDonald

Tracy McDonald (McMaster University) - A young gorilla meets the modernists Djuna Barnes, Eugenie Shonnard, and Eli Harvey

Kathryn Eddy (artist) - The Urban Wild Coyote Project: an immersive sound art installation exploring modern myths and ideological coverups

Mandy-Suzanne Wong (author) - Listen, we all bleed: Animal Sounds in Radical Art

2b. Bugs and Beasties

S2. Chair: Daniel J. Bowman

David Vichnar (Charles University, Prague) - The Insectuous Brothers: Karel Čapek’s and Jan Švankmajer’s Avantgardism(s) and the Limits of Humanism

Rebecca Varley-Winter (University of Cambridge) - Goblin and Commodious Bees in Emily Dickinson and Mina Loy

Julia Ditter (University of Freiburg) - The Animal Worlds of Saki

2c. Life and Letters

LT. Chair: Carrie Rohman

Alex Goody (Oxford Brookes University) - Bears, Beasts and Bulls in Djuna Barnes

Cathryn Setz (University of Oxford) - From the telluric depths: transition’s beastly modernism

Maureen O’Connor (University Cork College) - Jumping Cats and Living Handkerchiefs: The Queer and Comic Non-Human World of Elizabeth Bowen’s Fiction

LUNCH: 13:00 - 14:00


PANELS 3: 14:00 - 15:30


3a. Trauma and Catastrophe

S1. Chair: John C. Hawkins

Mieke Roscher (University of Kassel) - Beastly Modernisms and Anti-modernisms: Breeding Animals in the Third Reich

Julie Bates (Trinity College Dublin) - Beckett’s Birds

Lauren Cullen (University of Oxford) - “Flesh and blood and temper”: Subjectivity, Memory, and Trauma in “The Animal Story”

3b. Creative-Cultural Transitions

S2. Chair: Caitlin Stobie

Cameo Marlatt (University of Glasgow) - Letters for a Newfoundland Dog: A Creative and Zoopoetic Response to Woolf’s Flush and Barrie’s Peter Pan Texts

Amy Cutler (Goldsmiths, University of London) - The Multiple ‘Lives’ of Nature Documentary

Martin Pover (Photographer) - Carceri: Piranesi’s Fanciful Images of Prisons: An investigation into the space of the contemporary zoo

3c. Roundtable: Excess Images and Images of Excess

LT. Chair: Bryony Randall

Carrie Rohman (Lafayette College) - Most Awful Scratches: Authorizing Animals in D. H. Lawrence

Devon Clifton (Brown University) - “Behind her moving hams”: Revisiting the Sexual Politics of Ulysses

Maria Trejling (Stockholm University) - More Swallows to Follow: Repetitive Animals in H.D.’s Asphodel


BREAK: 15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 17:30 KEYNOTE:

Derek Ryan (University of Kent) - Beastly Bloomsbury

LT. Chair: Peter Adkins



Venue: The Butterfly and the Pig, 153 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4SQ

We’re excited to present to you a night of beastly poetry: poems about animals, critters, strange strangers, and more-than-human kin. This event is FREE and open to the  public. Doors are at 7pm for 7.30 start. There will be seating and a bar at the venue.


Jelle Cauwenberghs

Alexandra Grunberg

Eva Isherwood Wallace

Miranda Cichy

Jane Hartshorn


Daisy Lafarge

Callie Gardner

Jane Goldman

Colin Herd

The event will be hosted by Maria Sledmere and Caitlin Stobie, with organising support from Peter Adkins and Saskia McCracken.

Friday 13th September


10:00 - 11:30 KEYNOTE:

Kari Weil (Wesleyan University) - Modernisms, Magnetisms and the Beastly Burdens of Memory

LT. Chair: Saskia McCracken

PANELS 4: 11:30 - 13:00


4a. Joyce and Humanimals

LT. Chair: Katherine Ebury

Anushka Sen (Indiana University) - Stray Cats and Transported Cattle: Shades of the Urban in T.S. Eliot and James Joyce

Jonathan McAllister (University of Cambridge) - ‘Height of a tower? No, she can jump me’: The feline presence in Ulysses

Kate O’Donovan (Royal Holloway, University of London) - ‘Lead, kindly fowl! They always did: ask the ages. What bird has done yesterday man may do next year’ (112.9-10): Learning How to be Human in the Medieval Bestiary and Finnegans Wake

4b. Working Beasts

S1. Chair: Louise Logan

John C. Hawkins (Loyola University Chicago) - Strange and Friendly Beasts: The Politics of Animal Companionship in Sherwood Anderson’s “The Man who Became a Woman” and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God

Jeanne Dubino (Appalachian State University) - Dog Boys and Dog Men: Stray Dogs and the Posthuman

Lauren Benjamin (University of Michigan) - Claude McKay’s Feral Modernism

4c. Marine Life

S2. Chair: Saskia McCracken

Christy Heflin (Royal Holloway, University of London) - The Authenticities of the Ceremonial Hat for Eating Bouillabaisse

Monika Bregovic (University of Zadar) - “The Fisherman Sunk in Dreams”: Fish and Artistic Imagination in Virginia Woolf’s Work

Rachel Murray (Loughborough University) - Earlier and Other: Marine Life in Modernist Writing


LUNCH: 13:00 - 14:00

PANELS 5: 14:00 - 15:30


5a. Invasive Species: Waste and Trash Animals

S1. Chair: Mieke Roscher

Caroline Hovanec (University of Tampa) - In Defence of Pigeons

Daniel J. Bowman (University of Sheffield) - Animal Waste: Muckraking in Upton Sinclair

Gabriela Jarzebowska (University of Warsaw / Wesleyan University) - Pest Control as Modernisation: Anti-rat Stalinist Propaganda in Poland


5b. Myth, Allegory and Representation

S2. Chair: Caitlin Stobie

Ariel Kline (Princeton University) - The Minotaur and Modern Empire

Rodolfo Piskorski (Cardiff University) - “Deeper within darkness”: animal reality, poetic representation, and the nested form of Ted Hughes’s “The Thought-Fox”​

Jane Goldman (University of Glasgow) - Can Flush Count?: Virginia Woolf and animality—and/in/by Numbers

5c. ‘Pan’ Film Screening

LT. Chair: Maria Sledmere

Rosie Roberts (Glasgow School of Art) - Pan: a Cinematic Essay

BREAK: 15:30 - 16:00


PANELS 6: 16:00 - 17:30


6a. Animal Ethics

LT. Chair: Alexandra Abletshauser

Asiya Bulatova (University of Warsaw) - Experimental Animals in Early-Soviet Literature, Formalist Theory, and Medical Practice

Charlotte O’Neill (University of Sheffield) - Vegetarianism and Modernist Self-Fashioning in the Writings of Edward Carpenter

Katherine Ebury (University of Sheffield) - Vivisection in Modernist and Popular Fiction, 1890-1945


6b. Ambivalence and Division

S1. Chair: Rachel Murray

Chris Thornhill (University of Nottingham) - The Bestial Completion of the Human? Kafka's Modernist Messianism

Carol L. Yang (National Chengchi University) - Eliot’s “Monkey Trial” and Anthropomorphism in The Cocktail Party

6c. Animal Arts

S2. Chair: Greg Thomas

Kirsten Strom (Grand Valley State University) - The Animal Modern Artist

Ina Linge (University of Exeter) - Beastly Butterflies: Sexual Nature in Sexology and Modern Dance

Kristoffer Noheden (Stockholm University) - Excursions in the Night Side of Nature: Minotaurs and Other Surrealist Animals


Saramago Café in the Centre for Contemporary Arts

350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD