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Celebrating Hercules Conference Programme –  (Programme_FINAL  153kB)

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The programme was as follows:

School of Music, front entrance.

School of Music, front entrance.

Celebrating Hercules in the Modern World
Leeds University, School of Music, 7-9th July 2017

Friday 7th July: Registration from 12:00, lunch 12:30-13:30, conference opened 13:30 and closed 17:00, to be followed by the conference dinner.

Saturday 8th July: conference opened 09:00 and closed 17:00, to be followed by dinner and the presentation of a film of the world premiere of Herakles at 19:00.

Sunday 9th July: conference opened 09:00 and closed 13:30.


Celebrating Hercules in the Modern World
Leeds University School of Music, 7-9th July 2017

Friday 7th July

12:00-13.30 Registration: School of Music Reception
12:30-13:15 Lunch: Rehearsal Room
13:15-13.30 Welcome and Opening (Music LR1)

Dr Simon Baines, Pro Dean (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures)
Emma Stafford (University of Leeds, Hercules Project Leader)

13:30-15:00 Session 1: Inside and Outside the Church (Music LR1)

Chair: David Tandy (University of Leeds)

Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides (Monash University): Byzantine Herakles

Katrien Levrie (University of Leuven): The Herakles myth in Byzantine literature

Ivana Čapeta Rakić (University of Split): The constellation of Hercules and his struggle with the Nemean lion on two romanesque reliefs from Split Cathedral

15.00-15:30 Tea/coffee and biscuits: Rehearsal Room
15.30-17:00 Session 2: Political Discourse (Music LR1)

Chair: Russell Goulbourne (King’s College London)

Alexandra Eppinger (University of Mainz): Hercules the younger? Heroic allusions in late eighteenth century British political cartoons

Maria-Elizabeth G. Xanthou (University of Leeds) and Kleoniki Kyrkopoulou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki): The defenders of the crown (Οἱ Ἡρακλεῖς τοῦ στέµµατος): the reception of Herakles in modern Greek political discourse and history

19:00-22:00 Conference Dinner, Great Woodhouse Room, University House
22:00-23:00 Local bars

Saturday 8th July

08:00-09.00 Breakfast (for residents): Refectory North
09.00-11.00 Session 3: Hercules Performed (Music LR1)

Chair: Helen Slaney (University of Roehampton)

Lucia Degiovanni (University of Bergamo): Hercules’ death and apotheosis in C18th-19th Italian Theatre

Deborah Chatr Aryamontri (Montclair State University): Hercules and the tragicomic in the epic theatre of Dürrenmatt

Owen Hodkinson (University of Leeds): Strategies of translation and transformation in Tony Harrison’s Labourers of Herakles

Sam Gartland (Christ Church & Corpus Christi, Oxford): Herakles in space – spatial forms in modern versions of Euripides’ Herakles

11.00-11.30 Tea/coffee and biscuits: Clothworkers Foyer
11.30-1.00 Session 4: Iberian Hercules (Music LR1)

Chair: Henry Clarke (University of Leeds)

Adriana Nogueira (University of Algarve / CECH – University of Coimbra): When the saints are Greek heroes: Heracles and Saint Anthony of Lisbon

Pamina Fernández Camacho (University of Almería): What identity for Hercules Gaditanus? The role of the Gaditanian Hercules in the invention of national history in late medieval and early modern Spain

Maria Seijo-Richart (University of Leeds): A Coruña, cidade herculina: Hercules as founder of cities

13.00-14.00 Lunch: Clothworkers Foyer


Session 5: Art and the Viewer (Music LR1)

Chair: Valerie Mainz (University of Leeds)

Anne-Sophie Laruelle (University of Liège)ː Hercules in the art of Renaissance Flemish tapestry

Tomas Macsotay (Universitat Pompeu Fabra): How Hercules lost his poise. Viewing inhibited and unleashed forcefulness in sculpture between Wickelmann and Emeric-David

15.00-15.30 Tea/coffee and biscuits: Clothworkers Foyer
15.30-17.00 Session 6: Literature and Popular Thought (Music LR1)

Chair: Regine May (University of Leeds)

Will Desmond (University of Maynooth)ː Hercules among the Germans

Frances Foster (University of Cambridge)ː Demigod, god or monster? Rick Riordan’s Hercules

Eleanor OKell (University of Leeds)ː Hercules in 21st Century Historical Fiction

17.30-18.30 Dinner: Great Woodhouse Room, University House



Oratorio event: Clothworkers Concert Hall

Reception and pre-performance talk: Tim Benjamin (composer)

Part I – Interval – Part II

21:35-23:00 Clothworkers Foyer bar

Sunday 9th July

08.00-09.00 Breakfast (for residents): Refectory North
9.00-10.30 Session 7: Hercules Drawn (Music LR1)

Chair: Tony Keen (University of Roehampton)

Katherine Lu Hsu (Brooklyn College, CUNY), “Heroism” is a Madness: Transgressing Boundaries in Steve Moore’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars

T. H. M. Gellar-Goad (Wake Forest University): Sex and gender, race and Orientalism in Steve Moore’s Hercules comics

Ayelet Peer (Bar Ilan University): The labours of Hercules-Sama

10.30-11.00 Tea/coffee and biscuits: Clothworkers Foyer
11.00-1.00 Session 8: Hercules on Screens (Music LR1)

Chair: Alastair Blanshard (University of Queensland)

Jon Solomon (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)ː The convergence of family values, computer-generated monsters, and cleavage in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Alix Beaumont (York University)ː Through a glass partly: reflections of Hercules in cinema, television and video games

Sam Summers (University of Sunderland) A real American hero: the superhero-ification of Disney’s Hercules

Jean Alvares and Patricia Salzman-Mitchell (Montclair State University)ː Hercules’ self-fashioning on screenː millennial concerns and political dimensions

Virtual papers available online after the conference:

Elena d’Amelio (University of the Republic of San Marino)ː The myth of Hercules in 1950s and 1960s peplum films

Joel Gordon (University of Otago)ː “I am Hercules!”: rebooting, rationalization and heroism in 2014

1.00-1.30 Conference close (Music LR1)

Alastair Blanshard / Emma Stafford