Seminar programme

Friday 21st May. All times are shown in BST.
Register your attendance at AWW-STRUCK here.

10:00-10:30am Welcome and Introduction from Dr Isabel Galleymore and Caroline Harris with opening remarks from Professor Redell Olsen and Dr Megan Cavell
10:30-11:30amPanel 1: Kawaii

Dr Joshua Paul Dale (Tokyo Gakugei University)
‘The Poetics of Kawaii’

Professor Lesley Millar (University for the Creative Arts)
‘Kawaii: A View’

Vik Shirley (University of Birmingham)
‘Kitty Ring: a sequence of poems exploring Japanese cuteness and horror’
11:30-11:45amBreak
11:45-12:55pmPanel 2: Human/Non-Human Kin

Briony Hughes (Royal Holloway, University of London)
‘Lopped’

Dr Catherine Lester (University of Birmingham)
‘“It’s just a harmless little bunny”: Watership Down and the cultural faces of the rabbit’

Sarah Cave (Royal Holloway, University of London)
‘”All her process lost”: the death of Moominmamma and the cuteness of grief’

Maria Darwish (Örebro University)
‘Cuteness in ecofascist propaganda’
12:55-13:40pmLunch
13:40-13:50pmFilm screening

Dr Sharlene Teo (University of Kent)
‘ESSENTIAL ANIMAL’
13:50-15:00pmPanel 3: Society & Gender

Dr Jenna Clake (Teeside University)
‘I’m in the Museum of Ice Cream: Cuteness and (Dis)Connection’

Tese Uhomoibhi (Royal Holloway, University of London)
‘Hush: A Critical Paper on How Cuteness Can be Used to Control and Evoke Fear’

Matt Collyer (Royal Holloway, University of London)
‘The Awe/Aww-Struck’

Fiona Glen (Independent scholar and creative practitioner)
‘Slimy Sticky Sweet’
15:00-15:35pmBreak-out room informal discussion and networking
15:35-15:45pmLaunch of the Poem Atlas ‘Aww-Struck’ exhibition
15:45-16:00pmClosing words

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