15th Student Conference Sessions
Sessions of Student Papers and Lectures
All Sessions will take place in the Byron House
TUESDAY 24 MAY 2022
WELCOMING ADDRESSES 10:00 – 10:30
Mrs. Rodanthi-Rosa Florou, President of the Messolonghi Byron
Society, Professor Peter Graham, Director of International
Relations for the Messolonghi Byron Center, and Professor Roderick Beaton, Director
of Hellenic Studies for the Messolonghi Byron Center.
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
SESSION ONE: 11:00-13:00
Chair: Naji Oueijan
1. Maria Sfeir and Lelia el Khoury, Notre Dame University, Lebanon
“The Byronic Heroine: Medea and The Corsair”
2. Samantha Crain, University of Minnesota, USA
“The Transformation of Triumph: How Byron Came to a ‘Soldier’s Grave.”
3. Katie Smith, York University, UK
“Political Integrity as Religious Imperative: Tasso and Byron’s Philhellenism”
4. John Murphy, De Paul University, Chicago, USA
“Byron’s Prometheus vs Shelley’s Prometheus as Revolutionary Heroes”
17:00 -18:30 The Official Ceremony- Keynote lecture in the Byron House
Welcome Address by Professor Naji Oueijan, Joint President of the International Association of Byron Societies.
Dr. Stephen Minta, University of York, U.K., will speak on “Byron’s Final Weeks in Greece –the ‘grave side of his face.’” Introduced by Roderick Beaton.
18:30 -19:00 Concert for guitar and flute given by the conductor Spyros Cholevas and the flautist Konstantina Chatzigeorgiadou.
19:00 -19:30 Coffee and Refreshments
WEDNESDAY 25 MAY 2022
10:00- 11:30 SESSION TWO
Chair: Andrew Stauffer
1. Vassilea Moschou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR
“Greek Hybridity—Byron’s Approach to Greek National Identity”
2. Cheng Zhen, University of London, UK.
“Byron on National Consciousness, British and Greek”
3. Eirini Nathanailidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR
“Byron’s Paradoxical Stance on Ireland: The Irish Avatar
11:30-12:00 Coffee Break
12:00- 13:30 SESSION THREE
Chair: David McClay
1. Kyriaki Petrakou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, GR
“Byron’s Icon in Greek Theatre and Cinema”
2. John Spalding Gatton, Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
“‘The land of the great, the home of the brave’: Proto-Philhellenes on the American Stage.”
3. Naji Oueijan, Notre Dame University, Lebanon
“Delacroix, Greece and the Search for ‘truth idealized’”
THURSDAY 26 MAY 2022
16:30- 18:00 SESSION FOUR
Chair: Stephen Minta
1. Matthew Scott, Reading University, UK
“The View from Este: Byron and Shelley in the Veneto”
2. Andrew Stauffer, University of Virginia, USA
“Editing Byron for the 21st-Century”
3. William Davis, Colorado College, USA
“The Lyre of Byron”
18:00-18:30 Coffee break
18:30- 20:00 SESSION FIVE
Chair: John Spalding Gatton
1. David McClay, University of Edinburgh, UK
“The Scottish Context of Philhellenism”
2. Niri Ragnvald Johnsen, University of Agder, Norway
3. Rita Farah, Notre Dame University, Lebanon
“Philhellenism in Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and ‘The isles of Greece!’’’
- Emeritus Professor Peter W. Graham, Director of International Relations
for the Messolonghi Byron Center.
- Emeritus Professor Roderick Beaton, Director of Hellenic Studies for
the Messolonghi Byron Center.
- Professor Maria Schoina, Academic Advisor for the Messolonghi Byron Center.
- Mrs. Rodanthi (Rosa) Florou, President of the Messolonghi Byron Society, Chair of the Organizing Committee.