Conference Programme (draft)

Friday 2 September 2022

12.00-14.00 Registration

14.00-14.15 Welcome

14.15-16.15 Panel A: Animating the rabbit: production, genre and representation in the 1978 film adaptation of Watership Down

‘Revisiting the production of Watership Down through the Arthur Humberstone Animation Archive’
Klive Humberstone (independent), Nigel Humberstone (independent), and Chris Pallant (Canterbury Christ Church University)

‘Prince with a Thousand Faces: Shifting Art Styles and the Depiction of Violence in Watership Down
Sam Summers (Middlesex University London)

‘“I know now. A terrible thing is coming”: Watership Down, Music and/as Horror’
Leanne Weston (University of Warwick)

‘“Won’t somebody please think of the bunnies?” On rabbits, genre and suitability for children’
Catherine Lester (University of Birmingham)

16.15-16.30 Tea/coffee

16.30-17.30 Keynote 1: Rosamond Mahony


Saturday 3 September 2022

9.00-10.00 Keynote 2: Dr Briony Wickes

10.00-10.15 Tea/coffee

10.15-12.15 Panel B: Watership Down in Other Media

‘A Short Survey of Tabletop Role Playing Game Adaptations of Watership Down’
Tim Hutchings

‘Watership Down, Bunnies and Burrows, and the World of Role-Playing Games’
Scott R. Robinson and B. Dennis Sustare

‘Much Ado About Rabbits? Watership Down’s Britain’
Frances Critchley

‘The Many Faces of Watership Down: Depicting Departure from Childhood’
Ekaterina Shatalova

10.15-12.15 Panel C: Writing Animals


‘“Unrighteous, Unrabbitlike, and Inhuman”: Le Guin, Adams, and Lockley’
John D. Rateliff

‘“The lingua franca of the hedgerow”: Lapine linguistics and invented languages in Watership Down
Jim Clarke and Hülya Mısır

‘Exploring the Language of the Owsla’
Andrew Higgins

‘The Kingdom of the Prey: Watership Down‘s Enduring Influence on Diminutive Animal Fantasy for Children’
Kiel Phegley

12.15-13.15 Lunch

13.15-14.45 Panel D: Watership Down and its Intertexts

‘“Poor creatures” like “trees in November”: Cowslip’s warren and Ishiguro’s clones’
Debbie Gascoyne

‘“Master Rabbit I saw”: The epigraphs of Watership Down
Kat Humphries

Watership Down (1978 and 2018) as Eco-Epic Animation’
Amanda Potter

13.15-14.45 Panel E: Watership Down Abroad

Watership Down’s French Journey to Fame: How Does a Children’s Book Become a Classic (or Doesn’t) through Translation?’
Virginie Douglas

‘From Les Garennes to Watership Down: How Evolution in French Reception Has Translated into a New Text’
Vivien Feasson

‘Edits or creative revisions? Exploring variant texts of Watership Down
Michael Mikesell

14.45-15.00 Tea/Coffee

15.00-16.30 Panel F: Natural History and Ecology

‘‘Humans are so Rabbit’: Watership Down and Theory of Mind’
Catherine Butler

‘Through The Eyes of Prey: How Watership Down Deconstructs the Anthropocene through Its Anthropomorphic Characters’
Momoko Mandere

‘On the Ridge Between Bull Banks and Watership Down: Eco-Ontology and the Negotiation of Space’
Lisa Sainsbury

15.00-16.30 Panel G: Mythological Aspects

‘“The rabbits became strange”: Watership Down and the literature vs. folklore question’
Dimitra Fimi

‘Prince of a Thousand Enemies: Hazel, Paul Atreides and genre interpretation of the heroic myth’
Daniel Pietersen

‘Two Types of Heroism?’
Frances Foster

16.40 -17.40 Keynote 3: SF Said

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