Friday, 16 September 2022

16.00-18.00 Registration (Melanchthonianum ‘Medienraum’)

17.00 Opening & Welcome (Melanchthonianum Lecture Hall XX)

Katrin Berndt (Institute for British and American Studies, MLU Halle-Wittenberg)

Ulrich Busse (Institute for British and American Studies, MLU Halle-Wittenberg) 

17.30 Keynote Lecture 1 (Melanchthonianum Lecture Hall XX)

Richard Brown (University of Leeds): “McEwan’s Art of the Possible … Lessons on Fiction and the Political in his ‘Second World’ Writing from The Innocent to Sweet Tooth and Beyond”

Chair: Katrin Berndt

19.00-19.45 Wine Reception (Melanchthonianum ‘Medienraum’)

Welcome Address

Dr. Judith Marquardt (Stadt Halle)

20.00 Conference Warming (Restaurant Mönchshof)

Saturday, 17 September 2022

10.30-12.00 Keynote Lecture 2 (Melanchthonianum Lecture Hall XX)      

Ágnes Györke (Károli Gáspár University, Budapest): “Affective Encounters: The Second World in Contemporary British Fiction”

Chair: Katrin Berndt

12.00-13.00 Lunch Break

13.00-14.30 Session 1 (Melanchthonianum Room D)

Melinda Dabis (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest): “The Postsocialist ‘Other’ in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Unconsoled

Ágnes Harasztos (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest): “The Postmodern Baroque as a Heterotopia for East-Central Europe in post-1989 British Fiction”

Chair: Oliver Bock

14.30-15.00 Coffee Break (Melanchthonianum ‘Medienraum’)

15.00-16.30 Session 2 (Melanchthonianum Room D)

Robert Kusek (Jagiellonian University, Kraków): “‘Like a spectre lurking inside her’: The ‘Second World’ in Deborah Levy’s Central European Nostographies”

Therese-Marie Meyer (Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg): “Liminal Morality: Complicity in Patrick McGuinness’s The Last Hundred Days (2011)”

Chair: Mona Becker

17.30-19.00 Guided Tour Memorial (Gedenkstätte) Roter Ochse

19.30 Conference Dinner (Restaurant Avecio)

Sunday, 18 September 2022

11.00-12.30 Keynote Lecture 3 (Melanchthonianum Lecture Hall XX)

Betiel Wasihun (University of Birmingham / Technical University Berlin): “Retrotopian Settings for Traitors: John le Carré’s Spy Fiction”

Chair: Andrew Wells

12.30-14.00 Lunch Break

14.00-16.00 Session 3 (Melanchthonianum Room D)

Andrew Wells (Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel): “Memory, Ego-Documents, and Excavating the Socialist Past: Timothy Garton Ash’s The File (1997) as Showcase of Historical Methodology”

Olga Trebyk (Interregional Academy of Personnel Management, Kiev): “Challenging Orthodoxy: Orwell’s Legacy in Contemporary British Culture”

Katrin Berndt (MLU Halle-Wittenberg): “In the Middle of Elsewhere: Central German Retrotopias in British ‘Second World’ Fiction”

Chair: Oliver Bock

17.00 Reading and Discussion (Literaturhaus Halle)

Fiona Rintoul, The Leipzig Affair (2014)

Chair: Katrin Berndt

19.30 Conclusion (Restaurant Altes Postamt)

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