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Symposium: Challenger Unbound

Start: Dec 09, 2013 09:00 AM
End: Dec 09, 2013 07:00 PM

Location: UCL Art Museum / Senate House, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: £20 Standard / £15 Students and Concessions
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential


Speaker information

Professor Ian Duncan, Keynote Speaker, University of California, Berkeley
Professor Jeremy Tambling, Keynote Speaker, University of Manchester
Professor John Sutherland, First Speaker, UCL
Professor Michael Saler, Keynote Speaker, University of California, Davis

A century has passed since the publication of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. This one-day symposium offers an ideal opportunity to take stock of the Professor Challenger narratives and reassess what these three novels and two short stories can offer to new generations of scholars, students and enthusiasts.

Please RSVP with Tom Ue if you are paying by cash, or make cheques payable to 'UCL' and send them to his attention in the UCL Department of English Language and Literature.

The organizer is soliciting abstracts of 200-300 words or completed articles of 6,000-8,000 words. Potential topics might include:

  • The Twentieth-Century Quest Romance.
  • Arthur Conan Doyle: Low Modernist.
  • Arthur Conan Doyle’s Contribution to Science-Fiction and/or Speculative Fiction
  • Modernity and the State in Early Twentieth-Century Popular Fiction.
  • Science and the Popular Press, 1912-1930.
  • Science as a Public Discourse, 1912-1930.
  • Science as State-Craft, 1912-1930.
  • Spiritual vs. Material Science.
  • Grief, Trauma, Mourning and Science during and after the Great War.
  • Twentieth-Century Medievalism/Primitivism.
  • Spiritualism, Science and the Great War.
  • The Strand Magazine in the Twentieth-Century.
  • The Twentieth-Century Afterlife of “Victorian” Ideology/Thought/Literary Forms.
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction, 1912-1930.
  • Heroism, Chivalry and Masculinity after the Great War.
  • Science, Technology and European Competition, 1912-1930.
  • The Twentieth-Century Legacy of Arthur Conan Doyle in Europe.
  • Machines, Weapons, Products, Commodities.
  • Conan Doyle’s Non-Fiction, 1912-1930.
  • The Endurance of Professor Challenger in Critical Theory (Deleuze & Guattari, Jon McKenzie etc...).
  • Early Treatments of Capitalist/Communist Confrontations in Popular Fiction.

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Tom Ue
+44 (0)78 4942 8351 | wai.ue.10@ucl.ac.uk