University of Otago Centre for the Book Symposium: Books and Resistance

November 16th — 17th, 2023

College of Education Teaching Block, Lecture Theatre G07

Attendance is free. Please RSVP to or for catering purposes. 

Proceedings start with Wellington based author Redmer Yska on the night of 16th November and following with papers from Allan Cumming, Simon Ryan, Fiona Farrell, and a host of others on the Friday (17th). An exciting line up.

Thursday 16 November, 5:30–7:00 pm 
Opening Plenary Public Lecture, Redmer Yska
Chair: Lynley Edmeades

Zoom details:
Meeting ID: 928 6532 1170
Password: 056837

Friday 17 November

All speakers will present in person unless their names are followed by an asterisk; those speakers will be attending and presenting online.

9:00-9:10  Chair: Donald Kerr Welcome and Introduction
9:10–9:30 Kristin Matthews*

A Poetics of Witnessing: Reading and Writing Resistance
in Contemporary Black American Women’s Poetry

9:30–9:50 Harsha Vtyla* The Representation of India’s Literature in English
9:50–10:20 Allan Cumming Gene Sharp and Non-Violence
10:20–10:40   Discussion
10:40–11:00   Morning Tea
  Chair: Shef Rogers Resistances of Medium
11:00–11:20 Lisa Naas* Challenging Academic Traditions: The Black Box Dissertation
11:20–11:40 Michael O'Leary My Career in Books

Gini Jory, Andrew Lorey,
Alexander Ritchie, Emma

Collecting and Enacting Resistance: Exploring Resistance in Books
Print and Collections Practice from Te Uare Taoka o Hākena Hocken

12:10–12:30   Discussion
12:30–1:30   Lunch (on your own or you are welcome to bring lunch with you)
  Chair: Paul Tankard Resistance through Publishing
1:30–1:50 Simon Ryan

The Brown Book and The Black Book:
Truth and Lies in Soviet Anti-Fascist Resistance

1:50-2:10 Donald Kerr

Fighting Fascism and Socialism:
The Tussle of The Left and Right Book Clubs

2:10-2:30 Alex Wearing Narratives of Resistance: The Writings of Eduardo Galeano
2:30-2:50   Discussion
2:50–3:20   Afternoon Tea
  Chair: Grace Moore Resistance in Literature
3:20–3:40 Fiona Farrell

Politics and the New Zealand Novel

3:40–4:00 Chris Prentice

Saving or Risking Lives? Surviving or Changing the World?
Staging the Ambivalent Resistance of the Book

4:00–4:20 Nigel Brown Fragments of a Writer / Painter
4:20–4:50   Discussion
4:50–5:00   Closing remarks

Following the Symposium, those who wish are invited to retire to Eureka for further conviviality.


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