Conference Programme



Recovering May Alcott Nieriker’s Life and Works

Provisional Conference Programme

9:30-10:00: Conference Breakfast

10:00-10:30: Conference Registration

10:30-10:45: Welcome: Professor Cecile Roudeau, Université Paris Diderot.

10:45-11:45: Keynote, John Matteson, Professor and Pulitzer Prize-Winner, John Jay College, New York. —“‘The Pure Hope of Giving…Pleasure’”: May Alcott, John Ruskin and the Moral Aesthetic.

(Chair: Professor Emerita Elaine Showalter—attendance pending).


Panel: May Alcott: Expatriate American Artist 

(Chair: Cleo Madeleine, PhD Candidate, University of East Anglia.)

“May Alcott, Art Critic”.

Professor Julia Dabbs, University of Minnesota, Morris.

“Art and Writing: Artists in conversation in May Alcott’s An Artist’s Holiday”.

Professor Marlowe Daly-Galeano, Lewis-Clark State College.

“Republics Abroad: The Art and Politics of Margaret Fuller and May Alcott in Nineteenth-Century Europe.”

Professor Ariel Clark Silver, Claremont Graduate University.

“May Alcott, fashion icon and aesthetic objet d’art”.

Azelina Flint, PhD Candidate, University of East Anglia 

1:00-2:00: Lunch


Panel: May Alcott: Concord Satellite, at home and abroad 

(Chair: Chris Timms, PhD Candidate, University of Essex).

“Art and Social Freedom in May Alcott’s Ideal Life”

Amanda C. Burdan, Associate Curator, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Delaware.

“Re-founding a domestic art: Louisa and May Alcott at Home and Abroad.”

Professor Daniele Daniele, University of Udine, Italy.

“Let The World Know You Are Alive: The Idea of Genius and May Alcott Nieriker”.

Professor Lauren Heymeyer, Texarkana College, Texas.

3:30-4:00: Tea break.

4:00-5:00: Workshop with Elise Hooper, historical novelist: “When Fiction and Fact Collide: The Creation of The Other Alcott”.

(Chair, Heather McKnight, PhD Candidate, University of Sussex)

(Attendance confirmed).

5:00-6:30: Plenary Session: “Recovering May Alcott from the Archive”

“From Recovery to reflection: Is May Alcott a ‘woman writer’?” 

Hilary Roegelein, PhD Candidate, University of Mayland.

Pedagogy Roundtable: Teaching Recovered Texts 

(Chair: Dr Hilary Emmett, Lecturer, University of East Anglia).

7:30 pm: Conference Dinner.