Thursday 6th April 2023

Maison internationale des langues et des cultures

 Amphitheatre (ground floor), 35 rue Raulin, 69007 Lyon

09.00: Welcome and coffee/tea

09.15: Opening of the conference

PANEL 1: Mourning

Chair: Héloïse Lecomte (ENS de Lyon)

9.30: Jürgen Pieters (Ghent University): “‘the sacrifice of mourning’: Denise Riley’s ‘A Part Song’”

10.00: Lacy Rumsey (ENS de Lyon): “Prosody as Consolation: Rhythmic vs. Cultural Work”

10.30: Kathrin Ritzka (Humboldt-University of Berlin): “Religious Residues and Consolation in the Works of Denise Riley and Julian Barnes”

11.00: Coffee break

PANEL 2: Ali Smith

Chair: Vanessa Guignery (ENS de Lyon)

11.30: Margaret Scanlan (Indiana University-South Bend): “A Private and Public Grief: Consolation in Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet

12.00: Merritt Moseley (University of North Carolina, Asheville, N.C.): “Perverse Consolation in Ali Smith’s The Accidental

12.45-14.00: Lunch Break (Buffet CROUS Descartes for speakers)

PANEL 3: Illness Narratives and the (Dis)Comforts of Bibliotherapy

Chair: Merritt Moseley (University of North Carolina, Asheville, N.C.)

14.15: Paweł Wojtas (University of Warsaw): “Illness Narrative as Bibliotherapy in J.M. Coetzee’s The Death of Jesus

14.45: Diane Gagneret (University of Lyon 1): “‘a watering of her desert’: Depression and (Dis)Consolation in Jenny Diski’s Monkey’s Uncle

15.15: Gerd Bayer (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg): “Apologies, Gratitude, Consolation: Jenny Diski’s Writing as Moral Reckoning”

15.45: Coffee Break

Chair: Vanessa Guignery (ENS de Lyon)

16.15: Keynote lecture: David James (University of Birmingham): “Whose Consolation? Medical Writing and the Caregiver’s Gain”

17.15: Break

17.30: Guest writer: Reading and Conversation with Salena Godden
Presented by Héloïse Lecomte (ENS de Lyon)

18.30: Book signing

Damn Fine Bookstore will be selling copies of Salena Godden’s books Pessimism is for Lightweights and Mrs Death Misses Death.

20.00: Dinner at Trattino, 58 rue Clément Marot, 69007 Lyon (for speakers)

Friday 7th April 2023

Amphitheatre Descartes, ENS de Lyon, 15 Parvis René Descartes, 69007 Lyon

PANEL 4: Narrative, Memory, Transmission and (In)Consolation

Chair: Judith Misrahi-Barak (University Paul Valery Montpellier 3)

09.30: Teresa Gibert (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid): “Desolation and Consolation in Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin

10.00: Gina Cesto (University of Paris Nanterre): “Consoling the Untold: Suturing Filial Wounds in Andrea Levy’s Fruit of the Lemon (1999)”

10.30: Cédric Courtois (University of Lille): “(In)consolation through Excavation in Yewande Omotoso’s An Unusual Grief (2022)”

11.00: Coffee Break

PANEL 5: Fictions as Forums for (Un)consolation

Chair: Cédric Courtois (University of Lille)

11.30: Judith Misrahi-Barak (University Paul Valery Montpellier 3):Drifting as Consolation in Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost

12.00: Jaine Chemmachery (Sorbonne Université): “Consolation in The Fortune Men (2021) by Nadifa Mohamed: Fiction as Consolatory Practice?”

12.45-14.00: Lunch Break (Buffet CROUS Descartes for speakers)

PANEL 6: Performing In/Consolation in Theatre

Chair: Diane Gagneret (University of Lyon 1)

14.15: Vicky Angelaki (Mid Sweden University): “Theatre, Community and Climate Consolation”

14.45: Marion Coste (ENS de Lyon): “Damage Has Been Done: Atoning for the Iraq War on the British Stage”

15.15-15.30: Break

PANEL 7: Counter-Narratives of Consolation

Chair: Jaine Chemmachery (Sorbonne Université)

15.30: Franck Miroux (Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès): “Consoling the Inconsolable? Writing, Telling and Persistent Pain in Robert Arthur Alexie’s Porcupines and China Dolls

16.00: Bryant Scott (Texas A&M University at Qatar): “The Solace of the Gutter: Distance and Bearing Witness to Violence in Postcolonial Graphic Literature”

17.00: End of the conference