Abnormality Conference 2015 Videos

Opening Remarks and Keynote Address

00.00 – 01.39 | Opening Remarks, Siobhan Harper, Durham University

01.39 – 44.57 | Keynote Address, ‘’The Case of the Soho Sleeper: Catalepsy, Care, and the Politics of Seizures’, Professor Martin Willis, University of Westminster

44.57 – 1.00.54| Post-Keynote Q & A Session


Short Paper Session 1 | Social and Political Function of Abnormality

00.00 – 22.02 | Screw Loose: The Evolution of a Maddening Idiom.
Dr Jennifer Duggan | Sør-Trøndelag University College, Trondheim

22.02 – 44.06 | Sergei Stepniak and his Exceptional Terrorists: Subverting Dominant Representations of Russian Terrorists for the English Reading Public 1883-1895. Lara Green | Northumbria University

44.06 – 1.02.15 | ‘Abnormal Enthusiasms’: The Religious Politics of Madness in Nineteenth Century Cornwall. Daniel Simpson | Royal Holloway, University of London

1.02.15 – 1.19.12 | Q&A Session


Short Paper Session 2 | Abnormality and the Body

00.00 – 21.00 | Forged Bodies: Hidden Ancestry and Invisible Degeneracy in Grant Allen’s Fiction. William Abberley | St Anne’s College, University of Oxford

21.00 – 36.31 | Life in the shadows: accessing evidence of rickets and 19th century society through bio- archaeology. Sophie Newman | Durham University


Short Paper Session 3 | Gender and Sexuality

00.00 – 20.01 | “The abnormalism consists in disproportion: not in inversion”: Sue Bridehead’s scandalous sexuality. Sreemoyee Roy Chowdhury |Durham University

20.01 – 42.44 | The mythological Other: Degeneration theory, female abnormality, and hysteria in nineteenth century representations of Medea. Rebecka Klette | Birbeck, University of London


Prize Giving and Closing Remarks

00.00 – 03.08 | Abnormality Conference Prize Giving, Professor Bennett Zon, CNCS Director

03.08 – 09.09 | Abnormality Conference Closing Remarks, Professor Simon James, CNCS Associate Director

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