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
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)
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.