2017 Invasion Network workshop schedule

‘War of the Worlds: Transnational Fears of Invasion and Conflict 1870-1933’

Invasion Network workshop funded by the Irish Research Council and hosted by the Department of History at Lancaster University. All talks take place in the Storey Institute, Meeting House Lane, Central Lancaster. 8th September 2017.


9.45 – 10.00 Opening remarks by Ailise Bulfin and Harry Wood

10.00 – 11.20 Keynote address and questions

David Glover, ‘“The Stage of Civilian Controversy”: From Invasion to Conspiracy and Beyond’

11.20 – 11.40 Coffee Break

11.40 – 13.30 Panel 1

  • Derek Linney, ‘A quantitative approach to the analysis of Britain’s enemies and allies in Invasion Literature of the period 1871-1914.’
  • Michael Hughes, ‘Why did the Russians not have an Invasion Literature’
  • Christian Melby, ‘Britain or Empire? Local, National and Imperial identities in British Invasion-Scare Fiction, c.1871-1914’
  • Harry Wood, ‘A National Obsession?: The Pervasiveness of Edwardian Invasion Anxieties’

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 16.30 Panel 2

  • Antony Taylor, ‘Populism, Plutocracy and the Destruction of New York: Ignatius Donnelly and the Politics of Caesar’s Column
  • Michael Matin, ‘Trans-Atlantic Propaganda of the Great War: The Covert Wellington House Publications List, 1914-1918’
  • Ailise Bulfin, ‘The international circulation and reception of invasion fiction: Case study The Invasion of 1910 v. The Sorrows of Satan
  • Daniel Renshaw, ‘Monsters in the Capital’ – Count Dracula, Mrs Beaumont and the migrant ‘other’ of 1890s London’

16.45 – 17.45 Invasion Network roundtable – all welcome

7.00 Conference dinner – The Toll House restaurant, Penny Street, Lancaster, https://www.thwaites.co.uk/hotels-and-inns/inns/toll-house-at-lancaster/

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