Literature and History Public Conference 2024: Power, Authority and Subversion

Date and time
Wednesday, 29 May 2024
09.15 - 16.15

OL2 Lecture Theatre,
Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

About the conference

As a part of their degree, second-year Literature and History students take part in an annual public conference, where they present a series of papers based around a central theme. 

In 2024 the theme is Power, Authority and Subversion. The papers cover a wide range of topics, including representations of and challenges to power in Renaissance England, the consequences of rebellions in Japan, China and India, and the theme of subversion in literary works, including texts by William S. Burroughs, N. Scott Momaday and Sayaka Murata.

Who is the conference for?

Everyone is very welcome to join us for a day of exciting and engaging presentations which explore how power, authority and subversion have shaped culture and society.

If you have any questions about the day please contact the conference organisers, Dr Ruth Larsen, Dr Robin Sims and Professor Ian Whitehead.

Conference Agenda

Time Session
9.15am Registration


  • The Satsuma Rebellion: The Samurai Myth - Finn Ablott, Tom Barker and Miles McIntosh
  • The Perversion of the Norm: Sayaka Murata's Convenience Store Woman - Meg Bowman, Lyle Slater-Pearce and Hollie-Rose Street
10.45am Break
  • Carnival Kingdom: Ambiguous Authority in Shakespeare's Henry IV - James Barrow, Renee Hinkley and Libbie Stokes
  • The Dissolution of the Monasteries and the Tudor Cost of Living Crisis - Joshua Booth, Rebecca Heath, Ben Medcalf and Mathew Morey
  • Major Generals: Military Rule in the Cromwellian Regime - Ben Ellis, Kira Hancock and Oliver Jaab
12:40pm Lunch
  • Rebellion, Reaction and the Raj: The Indian Mutiny of 1857 - Amy Bestwick, Alex Clark and Chloe Maskery
  • After Tiananmen Square: Coercion and Control - Codie Darby, Dylan Green and Will O'Connor
2:40pm Break
  • 'Smash the Control Machine': William S. Burroughs's Naked Lunch - Archie Bendall, Becky Trousdale, Felicity Walton and Kacey Wigger
  • Language Animated by the Trickster Spirit: N. Scott Momaday's House Made of Dawn - Lisa Gee, David Imobighe and Holly Slaney
4.00pm Concluding address
4.15pm Closing remarks

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