Programme and Abstracts

The Cruelty and Compassion 2017 Conference Programme, which includes abstracts of all papers, is now available! An overview of the programme is given below.

9:00-9:30 Registration with Tea and Coffee
9:30-9:50 First Keynote Speaker: Dr Marta Cobb, The University of Leeds A Special Connection to the Afterlife?: Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory in the Visions of Medieval Female Mystics

Fenton Room

9:50-11:30 Panel 1.1: Violence and the Body

Chaired by Elinor Cosgrave

Evans Room

Panel 1.2: Justifying Violence

Chaired by Henry Clarke

Fenton Room

9:50-10:10 ‘And their bodies were found’: Crime, Vulnerability, and Compassion in David Peace’s Nineteen Seventy Four

Maximiliano Jiménez

The role of historical exempla in the depiction of “crudelitas” and “clementia” in Seneca’s De Ira

Kyriakoula Tzortzopoulou

10:10-10:30 Tereus and the Tragicomic

Maria Haley

Frontiers of Empathy: Nationalism and Limited Communities

Niall O’Brien

10:30-10:50 Compassion in the Workplace: Impact and Importance in Nursing and Policing

Fiona Meechan

“Punning is a talent which no man affects to despise, but he that is without it.”: Cruelty, Compassion, and the Middle-Class Joke

William Burgess

10:50-11:10 Bodies seeking viewer: power and violence in the Prometheus Bound from Aeschylus to Michel Foucault

Elena Butti

“How to love your rapist,” by Thetis


Sophie Milner

11.10-11.30 Questions  Questions
11:30-11:40 Tea and Coffee Break
  Panel 2.1: Compassionate Readings

Chaired by Natalie Enright

Evans Room

Panel 2.2: Violence and ‘The Other’

Chaired by Sophie Milner

Fenton Room

11:40-12:00 Suffering, Solipsism and ‘True Empathy’ in David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Alyssia MacAlister

The Otherness of feminine Sexuality: Circe’s echo in Gilgamesh

Natasha Djukic

12:00-12.20 Euripides’ Andromache and the Politics of Compassion

Vasileios Boutsis

Predictable Cruelties? Women as Prisoners of War in the Roman World

Elinor Cosgrave

12:20-12:40 Dementia and Domestic Violence

Emily Walsh

“Following the Drinking Gourd”: Metaphor and Hyperbole in Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad

Steven Beckett

12:40-1:00 Cruelty and Compassion in the Philoctetes

Derek McCann

Slave Experience – and Social Mobility? – in Fourth Century Athens: The Evidence of Funerary Monuments

Carrie Sawtell

1:00-1:20  Questions Questions
1:20-2:20 Lunch
2:20-2:40 Second Keynote Speaker: Dr Bev Back, The University of Leeds Reflections on Feminist Pedagogy

Fenton Room

2:40-4:00 Panel 3.1: Medicine, Magic, and Mental Health

Chaired by Andrea Basso

Fenton Room

Panel 3.2: Responding to Violence

Chaired by Maria Haley

Evans Room

2:40-3:00 Iliadic ἄχος and Emotional Trauma

Melissa Gardner

Discrimination of the Forms of Sociability in Europe: Inquisition and Masonry in Spain from XVIII Century

Fernando Gil

3:00-3:20 Exposing Platonic Compassion

Natalie Enright

Humanitarianism and Human Crises

Hemn Seyedi

3:20-3:40 This Will Hurt You A Lot More Than It’ll Hurt Me: Horrible Healers in Medieval Fiction

Rachel Fennell

Boudicca and Numantia: Resisting Rome and its Legacy

Henry Clarke

3:40-4:00 Cruelty of Gods vs. Cruelty of Men. Punishments for Corrupt/Uncorrupt Seers in Homer and Apollonius of Rhodes

Corneliu Clop

‘Inward horror will be their first tormentor’: the public execution of Charles I and its impact on historians and the future

Matthias Wong

4.00-4.20 Questions Questions
  End of Conference

Please join us for dinner and drinks after the conference at The Head of Steam in Headingley.

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