Keynote Speakers | Conferencistas Plenários

Thematic Area 1 | Área Temática 1
Interdisciplinary Crossways in Medieval Literature: Text and Image

Professor Raluca RADULESCU is founding Director of the Centre for Arthurian Studies at the Univ. of Bangor and Co-director of the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Univ. of Bangor and Univ. of Aberystwyth, UK. She is President of the British Branch of the International Arthurian Society and Editor of the Journal of the International Arthurian Society.

To date her research has focused on Arthurian and non-Arthurian romances, medieval chronicles, political culture and gentry studies. In recent years she has started working on two other related projects: one engaging with the cultural importance of the medieval miscellany as a repository of literary and non-literary texts, the other focusing on medieval identity as expressed in visual representations. She is the author of two monographs Romance and Its Contexts in Fifteenth-century England: Politics, Piety and Penitence and The Gentry Context for Malory’s Morte Darthur. She has also co-edited several of collections of essays.

Thematic Area 2 | Área Temática 2
The Renaissance: a Bridge between Two Worlds

Jesús LÓPEZ-PELÁEZ CASELLAS is (accredited) Professor of English at the Universidad de Jaén, where he regularly teaches English and comparative literature and culture of the early modern period. Dr López-Peláez has been a visiting scholar at Arizona State University, Michigan State University, Penn State University and, on two separate occasions, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC.

Dr López-Peláez is the current Head of the English Department, Director of a Research Group on English studies, Chief Editor of the ‘Literary Studies’ Series of the Universidad de Jaén Academic Press and a Corresponding Member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language in New York.

Prof López-Peláez is the author and (co)editor of books published by Peter Lang, Gdansk University Press, Universidad de Jaén, or Sílex, and his articles have appeared in, among others, the Journal of World History, Studies in Philology, ATLANTIS, Studia Neophilologica, Journal of SEDERI, or Popular Music.

Thematic Area 3| Área Temática 3
Defining Modernity: From the Restoration through Romanticism

Professor Jason WHITTAKER is the Head of the School of English and Journalism at the University of Lincoln. He has written extensively upon William Blake as well as aspects of digital technologies, having been a tech journalist for fifteen years. His previous projects include William Blake and the Digital Humanities (2013) and Blake 2.0: William Blake in Twentieth-Century Art, Music, Culture (2012). He is currently working on two projects, a history of the hymn “Jerusalem” and a book entitled Big Tech, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Journalism.

Thematic Area 4 | Área Temática 4
Reconsidering Modernism and Postmodernism

Catherine BERNARD is Professor of English literature and art history at Paris Diderot University. Her research has focused both on Modernism and on contemporary English fiction (Graham Swift, Martin Amis…). She has also published extensively on contemporary art (Francis Bacon, Rachel Whiteread…). Her research hinges on the history of forms and aesthetics as well as the politics of form. She is the author of critical editions and translations into French of Flush (Paris : Gallimard, coll. La Pléiade, 2012) and of a selection of Woolf’s essays (Paris : Gallimard, 2015). She has also edited several volumes of Etudes britanniques contemporaines, among which: “State of Britain”, Études britanniques contemporaines, n°49, 2015,, as well as “Reassessing Literary Commitment (Anew)”, “Commitment / L’engagement”, Études britanniques contemporaines, n°50, 2016. She is currently working towards a monograph on the body politic of contemporary British fiction and visual arts to be published in 2018.