11th Student Conference Sessions

Sessions of Student Papers and Lectures

TUESDAY 24 May 2016
Papers in the Conference Room of Theoxenia Hotel

16:00 Welcome addresses

Session One | 16:30 – 18:00
Chair: Naji Queijan

1. Peter Graham, Virginia Tech, USA
“Byron on Prisoners”

2. Sam Hunt, San Jose State University, USA
“Byron’s Contrary Attitude toward Religion: Bonnivard versus the Giaour”

3. Yara Berbery, Notre Dame University, Lebanon
“Victim and Victimizer in Mary Shelley’s  Frankenstein

18.00 – 18.30 Coffee break

Session Two | 18:30 – 20:00
Chair: Maria Schoina

1. Stephen Minta, University of York, UK
“ ‘I have been cunning in mine overthrow…’: Byron and Manfred ”

2. Anna Radcliffe, University of Virginia, USA
“John Polidori in 1816”

3. Malcolm Thaine Bare, University of Virginia, USA
“Lines Written in a Country Estate Resembling Maple Grove: Placing Memory in Emma

WEDNESDAY 25 May 2016
Papers in the Conference Room of Theoxenia Hotel

Session Three | 10:00 – 12:00
Chair: David Radcliffe

1. Naji Oueijan, Notre Dame University, Lebanon
“Lord Byron beyond the Romantics’ Borderlines”

2. Anna Hupcejova, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
“References to and Characteristics of Prometheus in Byron’s Manfred”

3. Evangelia Papadogiannaki, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
“The Byronic Hero in Byron’s Manfred and in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: A Comparison”

4. Nick Allen, Virginia Tech, USA
“ ‘Be Thy Proper Hell’: The Romantic Psychology of Self-Destruction”

12.00 – 12.30 Coffee break

Session Four | 12:30 – 14:00
Chair: Stephen Minta

1. Catherine Norrie and Alicia Barnes, University of York, UK
“Byron’s Darkness: Reception and Interpretation”

2. Sotiria Kalpachtsi, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
“On Darkness and Nature: the Impact of the Year without a Summer”

3. Nathalie A. Hajj, Notre Dame University, Lebanon
“The Gothic and Scientific in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Session Five | 16:30 – 18:00
Chair:  Peter Graham

1. Maria Schoina, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
“Mary Shelley and the Attractions of Classical Scholarship”

2. David Radcliffe & Anna Radcliffe, Virginia Tech, USA
“Expressing One’s Self on Paper: Transcribing 19th Century Letters”

3. Andrew Wimbish, Virginia Tech, USA
“The Catherine Byron Letters”

18.00 – 18.30 Coffee break

introduced by the Director of International Relations Professor Peter Graham

The keynote speaker, Professor Paul Douglass, San Jose State University, USA, will deliver the following lecture related to the conference topic
“Betrayed and Abandoned: Lady Caroline Lamb’s Glenarvon and Byron’s Departure From England in 1816’’

THURSDAY  26 May 2016

9:30- 13:00 Workshop in the Byron Center.
David McClay, Senior Curator, John Murray Archive, National Library of Scotland
“Casting Light on Darkness, or, Curating Archival Exhibits on the Summer of 1816: a Practical Workshop.”
This workshop will actively involve conference participants, working in small groups, in the archival practices of selecting and presenting materials and texts from the Murray Archive for a hypothetical exhibition.

Session Six | 19:30 – 20:00
In the Vasso Katraki museum in Aetoliko.

Welcome address by the Deputy Mayor of Aetoliko, Mr. Panagiotis Staramos.

Lecture by Professor John Gatton, Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, introduced by the Director of International Relations Professor Peter Graham.
“Reading The Prisoner of Chillon as Dramatized by Eugene Delacroix and Ford Madox Brown” 


  • Professor Peter W. Graham
    Director of International Relations of the Messolonghi Byron Center
  • Professor M. Byron Raizis,
    Director of Studies for the Messolonghi Byron Research Center
  • Dr. Maria Schoina
    Deputy Director of Studies for the Messolonghi Byron Research Center
  • Mrs. Rodanthi-Rosa Florou,
    Chair of the Organizing Committee