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- 10.30 Registration: Sir Duncan Rice Library Ground Floor.
10.30-10.45 Welcome Address
10.50-11.50 Keynote lecture A: David Robb: ‘Voice from the North: MacDonald Images Scotland’
11.50-12.50 Panel 1

‘The Scottish Novels’

Chair: Workshop One

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
David Jack (Independent Researcher) – “Translating ‘Robert Falconer’”
12.50-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.30 Keynote Address B: Colin Manlove: ‘George MacDonald’s Journey Fantasies’.
14.35-15.35 Panel 2

‘Huntly, real and imagined’

Chair: Workshop Two

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”
15.35-15.50 Coffee
15.50-16.50 Panel 3


Chair: 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 ”
17.00pm Book Launch: Blackwells
Thursday  20th July
9.30-10.30 Keynote Lecture C: Dimitra Fimi: “George MacDonald and Celticity”
10.35-11.35 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”
11.35-11.50 Coffee
11.50-12.50 Panel 5

‘MacDonald’s Philosophies’

Chair: Franziska Kohlt (Brasenose College, Oxford)
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
12.50-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.30 Keynote Lecture D: John Pazdziora: ‘“The City was All a Show”: The Role of Landscape in George MacDonald’s Novels.’
14.35-15.35 Panel 6

‘MacDonald’s Contemporaries’

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“
15.35-15.50 Coffee
15.55-16.55  Mark Patterson: Garden Walking tour. Cruickshank Botanic Gardens.
Wine Reception
19.00 Conference Dinner Howies, 50 Chapel St, Aberdeen AB10 1SN
Friday 21st July
(Buses Leave at 9pm sharp)
Huntly Visit
9am -10 Bus
10-11 Walking tour town
11-12 Huntly Castle Visit
12- 12.45 Brander Library Exhibition/ Refreshments
12.50-13.50 Bus
14.15-15.00 Discussion panel
‘George MacDonald in Huntly’ Led by Deveron Projects Team
15.00- 15.15 Coffee
15.15-16.15 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) – [TITLE TBC]
Oliver Langworthy (University of St Andrews) – It’s All Greek to Me: Anodos and George MacDonald
16.20-17.00 Discussion Panel: Future trajectories of George MacDonald Studies
17.00-17.20 Conference Close

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