Programme and registration


Registration is now open.

Please reserve your free place from the IMLR website.


10:00–10:25    Arrival and registration

10:25–10:30    Welcome

10:30–12:00    Panel 1: Nation and Body

Chair: Damian Catani (Birkbeck, University of London)

  • Katharine Murphy (University of Exeter): ‘Metaphors of Sickness in Spanish Cultural Production: Aboulia as an Epidemic of Exhaustion’
  • James Illingworth (University of Leicester): ‘George Sand, Sickness, and the Body Politic, 1870–71’
  • Şima İmşir (Istanbul Sehir University): ‘Ottomans’ Zola: Limits of Naturalism and Social Darwinism in Turkish Literature’


12:00–13:00    Lunch (provided)


13:00–14:30    Panel 2: Personae, Identity, Subjectivity

Chair: Philippa Lewis (University of Bristol)

  • Damian Catani (Birkbeck, University of London): ‘Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s tragic hero: Philippe Ignace Semmelweis’
  • Caragh Wells (University of Bristol): ‘The Anxious Male Body in Post-War Spanish Culture’
  • Françoise Campbell (The University of Melbourne): ‘Doubling, Dissection and Discontinuity: The Transhuman Subject and Bodily Decay in Marie Darrieussecq’s Notre vie dans les forêts


14:30–14:45    Tea / coffee


14:45–16:15    Panel 3: Therapy and the Text

Chair: Amanda Sciampacone (Queen Mary, University of London)

  • Caroline Verdier (University of Strathclyde): ‘Giving a Voice to Female Bodies: Narratives of Illness in French’
  • Marta Arnaldi (St Anne’s College, University of Oxford): ‘From Illness to Healing: Therapeutic Translation in Contemporary Italian Women’s Poetry’
  • Robert Craig (University of Bamberg, Germany): ‘Learning from Pathology?: Alfred Döblin Between Medicine and Literature’


16:15–16:30    Tea / coffee


16:30–17:30    Keynote: Steven Wilson (Queen’s University Belfast)

‘Corporeal Porosity and the Languaging of Inside Experience’

Chair: Kit Yee Wong (Birkbeck, University of London)


17:30–18:30    Wine reception