The Afterlives of Eve (Conference, 9th-11th September)

The Temptation of Eve, by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Temptation of Eve, by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Registration is now open for this interdisciplinary conference looking at the representations and cultural uses of the Biblical figure, Eve. Papers range from the medieval to the modern period and come from the disciplines of theology, literature, film, art history and the biosciences. Keynote speakers include Wendy Furman-Adams (Literature, Whittier), Sandra Gilbert (Literature, UC Davis) and John Bothwell (Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Durham). 

Register online by 8th September. For further details visit the conference website. The organisers are Ruth Connolly (Newcastle) and Mandy Green (Durham)

Friday, 9th September


Foyer, Percy Building, Newcastle University (make way to Laing Art Gallery)

11.30-12.30  KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Wendy Furman-Adams, “Milton’s Eve and the Artist’s Gaze: 1688-2016” (Laing Art Gallery)

13.00-14.00  LUNCH Foyer, Percy Building

14.00-15.30  PANEL ONE: Other Eves  (1.03, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University)

  • Sharihan Al Akhras, “‘A Shape within the watry gleam appeard / Bending to look on me […]’: Milton’s Eve and the Narrative of Resistance”
  • Aytu Cakici, “Eve: Nameless in the Qur’an”
  • Elizabeth Erdmann, “Eve in the Mirror: Speaking to us of our Feminist Theologies’

15.30-16.00 REFRESHMENTS 1.04, Armstrong Building

16.00-17.00 PANEL TWO: Visual Art 1.03, Armstrong Building

  • Michelle Moseley-Christian, “Eve as Glutton and the Visualization of Female Appetite”
  • Anna-Maria Moubayed, “Shaping the Female Body: French Romanesque Sculptures of Eve”

18.30-20.00 WINE RECEPTION  Foyer, Percy Building

Saturday, 10th September

9.30-11.00 PANEL THREE: Transforming and Translating Milton’s Eve  (R 1.03, Armstrong Building)

  • Allan Drew, “Eve’s Characterization and Generic Engagement: Hutchinson and Milton”
  • Rena Bood, “The Representation of Eve in Eighteenth-Century Dutch Translations of John Milton’s Paradise Lost”
  • Renata Meints, “The Multiple Faces of Eve and Images of the Feminine: Milton’s Eve and Sin in Joyce’s Ulysses”

11.00-11.30 REFRESHMENTS 1.04, Armstrong Building

11.30-12.30 PANEL FOUR: Medieval Eve  (1.03, Armstrong Building)

  • Elizabeth Archibald, “Medieval Defences of Eve”
  • Gemma Wain, “Closing the ‘ianua diabolic’: Representations and (Mis)conceptions of the Medieval Figure of Eve

12.30-13.30 LUNCH   Foyer, Percy Building

13.30-15.30 PANEL FIVE: Sons and Daughters of Eve (1.03, Armstrong Building)

  • Meiko O’Halloran, “Inherited Sin and Rebellion in Byron’s Cain, A Mystery”
  • Laura Gill, “‘Fallen Wessex’: Hardy’s versions of Eve”

14.30-14.40 BREAK

  • Maria Aivalioti, “Eve in the Symbolist Era”
  • Ross Leasure, “On the Eves of the Future: Villiers’ and Garland’s Upgraded Versions of the Original Woman”

15.30-16.00 REFRESHMENTS 1.04, Armstrong Building


Sandra Gilbert, “Invisible Ink: Eve in 20th-Century Women’s Poetry” Spence-Watson Lecture Theatre, Armstrong Building


Sunday, 11th September


John Bothwell, “Dating in Eden, or did Eve ever meet Adam?” Spence-Watson Lecture Theatre, Armstrong Building

11.30-12.00 REFRESHMENTS

12.00-1pm  WORKSHOP: Ursula Le Guin’s ‘She Unnames Them’ (1.03, Armstrong Building)

  • Natasha Cooper, “An Unnamed Afterlife: Eve Rewriting Eve”
  • Jean Owens, “Eve un-Eve’d in Ursula Le Guin’s ‘She Unnames Them’”

1.oo-1.45pm LUNCH Room 1.04, Armstrong Building

1.45pm Departure for Durham

2.30-5.00pm Tour of Durham Castle and Cathedral and Palace Green Library

5pm Return to Newcastle.


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