Conference Schedule

We are pleased to unveil our provisional conference schedule and are looking forward to seeing you all in July.


Wednesday 19th July
9.00- 10.00 Registration: Sir Duncan Rice Library Ground Floor.
9.50-10.00 Welcome Address: Rebecca Langworthy
10.00-11.00 Keynote lecture A: David Robb: ‘Voice from the North: MacDonald Images Scotland’
11.00-12.30 Panel 1

‘The Scottish Novels’

    Workshop One 11.10-12.20

Special Collections


Jennifer Koopman (Dawson College, Montreal) – “Donal’s Doric Skirmish and the Rise of the Critic Hero”
Rachael Durkin (Edinburgh Napier University) – ‘She’s a Straddle Vawrious at least!’: The Spurious Stradivari Violin and its Role in the Contextualisation of George MacDonald’s Robert Falconer
12.30-13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.00 Keynote Address B: Colin Manlove: ‘George MacDonald’s Journey Fantasies’.
14.00-15.30 Panel 2

‘Huntly, real and imagined’

  Workshop Two 14.10-15.20

Special Collections

Rebecca Langworthy (University of Aberdeen) – “Haunted by Huntly, Representations of Huntly in the work of George MacDonald”
Per Klingberg (Örebro University, Sweden) – “Trickster Turned Sadist: The Role of Scottish Folklore in George MacDonald’s “The Carasoyne”
Adam Walker (Bucknell University) –“MacDonald and the Scottish Faerie-Faith: Places, Landscape, and Overlay in MacDonald’s Otherworlds.”


15.30-15.45 Coffee
15.45-17.15 Panel 3


    Workshop Three


Derek Stewart (University of Aberdeen) – ““My story has not to do with city-life”: Real and Imaginary Urban Spaces of Alec Forbes of Howglen” Special Collections
Joshua Rawleigh (Gordon College) –“‘The Hand of Age Upon Me’: George MacDonald and the Restoration of Home in Lilith”
Rita Horvath (Yad Vashem) – “Traumatic Theodicy: The Archetypal Journey in George MacDonald’s At the Back of the North Wind ”
17.30pm Book Launch: Blackwells  
Thursday  20th July
9.15-10.15 Keynote Lecture C: Dimitra Fimi:
10.15-11.45 Panel 4

‘Configuring Beyond’

Amanda Vernon (Wycliffe Hall, Oxford) – Clinging to what is good: MacDonald and the ‘Defense of Poesy’
Deborah Pfuntner (Texas A&M University) – “Flora MacDonald in George MacDonald’s Fantasies: Secularizing the Goddess-Figure”
Elena Pasquini – “George MacDonald and the Angels of Phantastes”
11.45-12.00 Coffee
12.00-13.30 Panel 5

‘MacDonald’s Philosophies’

Maxim Medovarov (Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod) –“George MacDonald and the Heritage of John Scotus Eriugena: Between Celtic and Eastern Christian Traditions”
Kirstin Mills (Macquarie University, Sydney) – “Scottish Science, Scenery, and Supernaturalism: George MacDonald’s Landscapes of the Mind”
Josh Richards (Williams Baptist College) – “Neoplatonism and the Incarnation in George MacDonald’s Unspoken Sermons
13.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.00 Keynote Lecture D: John Pazdziora: ‘“The City was All a Show”: The Role of Landscape in George MacDonald’s Novels.’
15.00-15.15 Coffee    
15.15-16.50 Panel 6  
Sharin Schroeder (Taipei Tech in Taiwan) – “Margaret Oliphant and George MacDonald as Scottish Writers for a British Audience”
Ginger Stelle (Asbury Theological Seminary) – Annals of Two Novelists: Connections between George MacDonald and John Galt
Franziska Kohlt (Brasenose College, Oxford) – “From Scotland to Utopia (via Hammersmith):
William Morris, George MacDonald and the utopian aesthetic“
17.00  Mark Patterson: Garden Walking tour. Cruickshank Botanic Gardens.
18.00 Wine Reception: Hosted by Sir Ian Diamond
19.30 Conference Dinner Howies, 50 Chapel St, Aberdeen AB10 1SN
Friday 21st July
(Buses Leave at 9pm sharp)
Huntly Visit


9am -10


10-11 Walking tour town




Huntly Castle Visit


12- 12.30


Refreshments- Deveron Projects
12.30-13.30 Bus
14.00-15.30 Panel 8

‘MacDonald and Beyond’

Fany Karda (University of Aberdeen) – Phantastes: Fairy Tales and Myth Have Ties to the Real World
Grant MacAskill (University of Aberdeen) – Railing Against Religion: God(s) and Power in Scottish Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Oliver Langworthy (University of St Andrews) – It’s All Greek to Me: Anodos and George MacDonald
15.30-15.50 Coffee
15.50-16.45 Discussion Panel: Future trajectories of George MacDonald Studies.


16.45 -17.00 Conference Close

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