Our Keynote Speakers

Professor Corinne Fowler is based at the University of Leicester. Her most recent book is Green Unpleasant Land: Creative Responses to Rural England’s Colonial Connections (Peepal Tree, 2020) and her book The Countryside: Ten Walks Through Colonial Britain will be published by Penguin UK and Scribner USA in 2023). She co-authored the National Trust report on its county houses’ relationship to empire (2020) & directs a project called “Colonial Countryside: National Trust Houses Reinterpreted.”

Professor Maria Pramaggiore is Chair at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Appalachian State University (NC USA), having previously been Professor of Film and Media Studies at Maynooth University in County Kildare, Ireland. Her research, informed by feminist theory, queer theory and critical race theory, ranges across film and television to radio and the internet, invariably focusing on the relationship between aesthetic form and the politics of representation, specifically addressing questions of gender, sexuality and race. She has written three monographs on topics in Irish, American and African American cinema and co-edited collections on bisexual theory and on the voice in documentary. She is currently at work on The Equine Imaginary, a monograph on the cinematicity of the horse and Disco Liberation, a co-authored study of the ephemeral archive of LGBTQ History in Ireland.