Registration open: The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Solutions and Resolutions, 20 September 2014, Senate House

Registration has now opened for  ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Solutions and Resolutions’ conference on 20 September at Senate House, London: tickets can be purchased at bit.ly/1oKSllb

To celebrate the official launch of The Drood Inquiry (www.droodinquiry.com), this one-day conference will explore the mysterious world of Drood and its solutions. Further details and updates can be found on our blog at http://cloisterhamtales.wordpress.com/category/the-drood-conference/
Draft Programme
09.30-10.00
Registration
10.00-10.45
Introduction: The Heritage of Edwin Drood
(Chair: Dr Pete Orford, University of Buckingham)

Keynote: Reflections on past and present Drood scholarship
Professor Don Richard Cox, University of Tennessee
10.50-11.45
Panel 1: The Solutions of Edwin Drood
(Chair: Dr Pete Orford, University of Buckingham)

Imitating the inimitable: attempts to complete Edwin Drood
Dr Camill Ullelan Hoel and Dr Tor Nordam, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

M R James and the Edwin Drood Syndicate
Jane Piddock, University of Aberystwyth
11.45-12.00
Coffee break
12.00-13.30
Panel 2: The Appropriation of Edwin Drood
(Chair: Professor John Drew, University of Buckingham)

Premonition of the End: Fictionality in Dickens’s Edwin Drood and Gissing’s Henry Ryecroft
Tom Ue, University of Birkbeck

‘Another kind of immortality, more essential and more strange’: Dick-ensian hauntings, in the works of Susan Howe and Jean-Piere Ohl
Clemence Follea, Universite Parie Diderot

Evidence, storytelling, and the resistance of closure in Dan Simmon’s Drood
Dr Anne-Marie Beller, University of Loughborough
13.30-14.30
Lunch (provided)
14.30-16.00
Panel 3: The Characters of Edwin Drood
(Chair: Professor David Paroissien, University of Buckingham)

From ‘universal terrorist’ to ‘tragic anti-hero’: John Jasper as a villain of the times
Dr Jonathan Buckmaster, Royal Holloway

The Identification of Sapsea
Sven Karsten, Independent

The Mystery of Heads in Drood
Emma Curry, University of Birkbeck
16:00-16:15
Coffee break
16:15-17:00
Panel 4: The Locations of Edwin Drood
(Chair: Dr Hazel Mackenzie, University of Buckingham)

‘The great black city cast it’s shadow on the waters’: Jasper’s London in The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Hadas Elber-Aviram, University College, London

‘Venerable, Architectural and Inconvenient’: The Rented Spaces of Edwin Drood
Ushashi Dasgupta, University of Oxford
17:05-17:45
Round table: The Digitalisation of Edwin Drood
(Chair: Dr Hazel Mackenzie, University of Buckingham)

Discussion from the Drood Inquiry team on digitalising Drood
Dr Pete Orford, University of Buckingham, Alys Jones
Ticket prices include lunch and refreshments throughout the day – please contact the organisers to notify of any special dietary requirements.

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