12th Student Conference Sessions

Sessions of Student Papers and Lectures

SATURDAY 20 May 2017
Papers in the Byron House

09:30 Welcome addresses

09:50 David McClay, Consultant Librarian for the Messolonghi Byron Research Center, “The Nature of Letters: Byron and the John Murray Archive”

Session One | 10:15 – 11:45
Chair: Professor Naji Queijan

1. Professor Young-Ok An, St. Thomas University, USA
“The Trauma of Unnatural Catastrophe in Byron’s Cain”

2. Sharon Choe, York University, UK
“Dreams of Blindness and Losing the Self: Byron’s Authority in ‘Darkness”

3. Madison Chapman, University of Chicago, USA
“Byron and the Poetics of Decay”

11.45 – 12.15 Coffee break

Session Two | 12:15 – 13:45
Chair: David Mc Clay

1. Dana Harb, Notre Dame University, Lebanon
“Oriental Women and Mother Nature”

2. Jana Nasr, Notre Dame University, Lebanon
“Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and the Motherhood of Nature”

3. Professor Naji Oueijan, Notre Dame University, Lebanon
“Lord Byron’s ‘Prayer of Nature”

14:00 Lunch at “Pelada” cafeteria–restaurant, Port of Messolonghi

MONDAY 22 May 2017
Papers in the Conference Room of Theoxenia Hotel

Session Three | 10:00 – 12:00
Chair: Professor Roderick Beaton

1. Professor Peter Graham, Virginia Tech, USA
“Byron, Mazeppa, and Horses”

2. Matthew Denton-Edmundson, Virginia Tech, USA
“The Fire-ringed Scorpion in Byron’s The Giaour”

3. Professor Jonathan Gross, DePaul University, USA
“Nature’s Spirits and Freemasonry in Byron’s Manfred”

4. Jake Spangler, DePaul University, USA
“This Visible World: Byron’s Avatar in Manfred”

12.00 – 12.30 Coffee break

Session Four | 12:30 – 14:30
Chair: Professor Jonathan Gross

1. Professor Roderick Beaton, King’s College London, UK
“From ‘Franguestan’ to Frankenstein: Modern Greece as Vampire in the Work of Byron and Mary Shelley”

2. Dr. Stephen Minta, York University, UK
“Byron and the Politics of Landscape”

3. Professor John Spalding Gatton, Bellarmine University, USA
“Scenes Sublime”: Viewing Nature through Byronic Windows

4. Deirdre Mikolajcik, University of Kentucky, USA
“‘A Ruin Amidst Ruins’: Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Reframing of Lord Byron’s Italy”

14:30 Lunch on your own

19:30 The Official Ceremony starts at Theoxenia Hotel
Introduced by Professor Peter Graham and the President of the Messolonghi Byron Society, Rodanthi-Rosa Florou.

Two Keynote speakers will deliver their lectures related to the conference topic.

A. Dr. Christine Kenyon Jones, King’s College London, UK
“Byron’s Response to Animals”

B. Professor Andrew Hubbell, Susquehanna University, USA
“In Quest of Cultural Ecology: A Romaunt and a Voyage”

TUESDAY 23 May 2017
Papers in the Conference Room of Theoxenia Hotel

Session Five | 10:00 – 11:30
Chair: Peter Graham

1. Sarah Pavey, St. Thomas University, USA
“The Nature of Disability: Ableism and the Byronic Hero”

2. Elisa Cozzi, York University, UK
“In darkness found a dwelling place”: The Prisoner of Chillon and Byron’s Turn away from Nature

3. Samantha Crain, University of Minnesota, USA
“Prisons, Nature, and The Prisoner of Chillon”


  • 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
  • Mrs. Rodanthi-Rosa Florou,
    Chair of the Organizing Committee