Theorizing Zombiism Conference

University College Dublin, 25-27 July 2019

Miranda Corcoran 

Affiliation: University College Cork

Paper Title: “‘Violence is Italian art’: Art and Adaptation in Lucio Fulci’s ‘Gates of Hell’ Trilogy”

Fun Fact: She lives in a former asylum and is disappointed that the rumours of its being haunted have so far proven false.

Amy Bride 

Affiliation: University of Manchester

Paper Title: “Mindless Consumers: Zombies, Subprime Borrowers, and the 2008 Financial Crash”

Konstantinos Kerasovitis

Affiliation: University of Wolverhampton

Paper Title: “Zombie Colony: The Heteronomy of the Greek State & The Datura of Cultural Capital”

Fun Fact: Konstantinos is more of a Dracula type person, but he has played the zombie in one of the first Greek movies of the genre…Evil in the time of heroes. He overslept and arrived late on the set so he didn’t get to have any cool props like detached hands, chainsaws and stuff, they just douched him in blood and said: walk with a limp and growl at stuff

Zombiesinhe Group

Affiliation: Sheffield Hallam University

Paper Title: “Beware the Zombie Friendly University! Dangers of Becoming an Unknowlingly-Infected Zombie Leader”

Ailise Bulfin

Affiliation: University College Dublin

Paper Title: “‘There were plenty of things in the world that deserved to stay dead, yet they walked’: Reading the Zombie’s Multivalence through Colson Whitehead’s Zone One.”

Fun fact:

Despite really wanting to watch it, Ailise had to give up on The Walking Dead after a couple of episodes because it was so scary. Also her equally brave daughter seems to have hidden (& lost) here copy of Roger Luckhurst’s Zombie book because she found the cover too scary…

Dara Downey

Affiliation: University College Dublin

Paper Title: “The Logic of Sacrifice in the Televised Zombie Apocalypse”

Fun Fact: Both of my kidneys are on the left-hand side.

Sarah Cleary

Affiliation: Trinity College Dublin

Paper Title: “Going Green: Mother Nature Bites Back in The Girl With All the Gifts

Fun Fact: I’ve produced the Rocky Horror for nearly 15 years and my MA thesis was in zombies.

Stacey Abbott

Affiliation: University of Roehampton

Paper Title:“Is it a zombie-thing?’: Genre hybridity, Zombie Narration and Identity Performance in iZombie

Fun Fact: She has recently been given an artist’s sculpture of herself as a zombie. It is the best thing ever.

Lorna Jowett 

Affiliation: University of Northampton

Paper Title: “‘I got a new kill poncho’: Santa Clarita Diet and the Pleasures of Zombie Embodiment”

Fun Fact: She’d probably be one of the first to die in a zombie apocalypse because even the threat of a zombie apocalypse isn’t enough to make her exercise.

Rain Shuen Chan

Affiliation: National Taiwan Normal University

Paper Title: “‘I got a new kill poncho’: Santa Clarita Diet and the Pleasures of Zombie Embodiment”

Fun Fact: Outside academia, she regularly publishes film reviews, on LGBT and horror films particularly, and is the Chinese translator of Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China (2014), This is London: Life and Death in the World City (2016), and Gaga Feminism (2019).

Caroline West

Affiliation: Dublin City University

Paper Title: “Zombie Orgies and the Fear of the Outer Limits: Examining the Relationship between Fear, Pornography and Zombies”

Fun Fact: I was once chased by chainsaw welding zombies designed by Romero through piles of underwear in Las Vegas.

Deirdre Flynn

Affiliation: University College Dublin

Paper Title: “Last Ones Left Alive: Zombies and Post-Politics.”

Jonathan Jacob Moore

Affiliation: University of California, Berkeley

Paper Title: “Fear the Living Black: Anti-Humanist Communion in Colson Whitehead’s Zombie Apocalypse”

Andrew Ferguson 

Affiliation: University of Maryland

Paper Title: “Surviving the Shambling Signifieds: Zombies, Language, and Chaos”

Fun Fact: Andrew once by accident ate the fortune from a fortune cookie without even first reading what it said, and ever since has presumably been bound to that unseen oracle.

Linda Flores Ohlson

Affiliation: University of Gothenburg

Paper Title: “The Zombie as a Pronoun – The Use of Third Person”

Fun Fact: Linda likes to read zombie stories and other horror in three languages, and is working on a fourth (Swedish, English, Spanish and Catalan).

Connor Jackson 

Affiliation: Edge Hill University

Paper Title: “How Dead Rising Satirises the United States of America”

Fun Fact: Connor owns nearly one-hundred-and-fifty Funko Pop! Vinyl figurines including the entire Resident Evil line (Jill Valentine, Leon S. Kennedy, Nemesis, Licker, Tyrant and Hunter) as well as a blood splattered Shaun and a zombified Ed from Shaun of the Dead.

Alexander Carpenter

Affiliation: University of Alberta

Paper Title: “Music, Politics and Ideology in George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead

Jamie A. Thomas

Affiliation: UC Santa Barbara/Swarthmore College

Paper Title: “Politics of Representation from Resident Evil to Get Out 

Scott Eric Hamilton

Affiliation: University College Dublin

Paper Title: “M.R. Carey’s The Boy on the Bridge: Zombiism and the Ethics of Extinction”

Fun fact: Scott used to work for a guy who would threaten to have Scott beat up people who owed him money, unbeknownst to Scott for quite some time.

Catherine Pugh 

Affiliation: Independent Scholar

Paper Title: “Weaponised Walkers: Combat and the Zombies in The Walking Dead

Poppy Wilde 

Affiliation: Birmingham City University

Paper Title: “Zombies, Deviance, and the Right to Posthuman Life”

Fun Fact: Poppy recently had an operation which culminated in a titanium plate being screwed to the bones in her face.

Emma Tonkin 

Affiliation: University of Bristol

Paper Title: “They Walked Among Us: Tracking the Zombie Flashmob”

Peter Wright

Affiliation: The University of Sydney

Paper Title: “Distortions of the Video Dead: The Degradation of Reality in the Era of Zombie VHS”

Lucie Groetzinger 

Affiliation: Université de Lorraine

Paper Title: “Z is for Nature: Eco Zombies in French Comic Books”

Karma Waltonen  

Affiliation: University of California, Davis

Paper Title: “Shaun of the Dead and Apocalyptic Change”

Conor Heffernan 

Affiliation: University College Dublin

Paper Title: “The Apocalypse Workout: Health, Identity and Zombies”

Fun Fact: Conor once ate 10,000 calories in one sitting without feeling guilty or sick.

Sandra Aline Wagner

Affiliation: Mary Immaculate College

Paper Title: “Reflecting millennial identity – Romantic Zombies in the German Mash-up Novel ‘Die Leichen des jungen Werther”’

Fun Fact: In her dissertation Sandra the function of the romantic monster in German monster mash-ups.

Jack Fennell 

Affiliation: University of Limerick

Paper Title: “The Stalking Dead: a Post-Mortem of Ireland’s Jumbies”

Andy Lawrence 

Affiliation: University of Nottingham

Paper Title: “Rise of the Nordic Dead: Icelandic Folk Tales and National Identity”

Andrea Adhara Gaytán Cuesta 

Affiliation: Rutgers, The State University of New Brunswick

Paper Title: “From Narcozombies to Aztec Cannibals: The (Re)Invention of the Zombie in Contemporary Mexican Narrative”

Mia Harrison 

Affiliation: The University of Sydney

Paper Title: “The Chimaeric Zombie: Exploring Heterogeneous Embodiment Through Microchimaerism and Zombies”

Harvey O’Brien 

Affiliation: University College Dublin

Paper Title: “Aloha-oe: Hello, Goodbye to Love and Family in Sang-ho Yeon’s Train to Busan

Fun Fact: Dice hate me.

Chera Kee

Affiliation: Wayne State University

Paper Title: “Beware the Zuvembies: Comics, Censorship, and the Ubiquity of Not-Quite-Zombies”

Fun Fact: I co-directed and edited a documentary in Mandarin about Chinese artist Duan Zhengqu in 2007 which ended up winning “most promising award” in Future Vision – the Asian International Youth Film Festival, as well as being nominated in the 9th Sichuan TV Festival International Gold Panda Awards for Documentary.

Scott Kenemore

Biography: Scott Kenemore is the author of ten novels and satirical books about the undead, including the national bestseller ZOMBIE OHIO.  His most recent work is ZOMBIE-IN-CHIEF: EATER OF THE FREE WORLD.  He lives in Chicago, Illinois

Fun Fact: Growing up in Indianapolis, Indiana, I used to sell ice cream in the summers at local sports stadiums.  One of my regular customers was Derek Daly, the Irish Indy Car driver.  He always used to say: “Haven’t you any Chunky Monkey?” and get mad when I didn’t.

Sarah Davis-Goff

Sarah Davis-Goff’s writing has been published in the Irish Times, the Guardian and LitHub . Last Ones Left Alive is her debut novel. She was born and lives in Dublin

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