Dr. Sue Vice

Paper Title: ‘Tragedy or Neutropia? The Honourable Woman

Sue Vice is Professor of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. Her most recent publications are the co-edited volume Representing Perpetrators in Holocaust Literature and Film (2013) and Textual Deceptions: Literary Hoaxes and False Memoirs in the Contemporary Era (2014).

Keynote Speaker for The Promised Land: Professor Bryan Cheyette

Paper Title: ‘British-Jewish Utopias and Dystopias from Zangwill to Jacobson’

Bryan Cheyette is Chair in Modern Literature at the University of Reading. He is the editor or author of nine books most recently Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish/Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History (Yale University Press, 2013) and (with Peter Boxall) volume seven of the Oxford History of the Novel in English (on the British and Irish novel, 1940-present) which OUP will publish in January 2016. He is currently working on a biography of Israel Zangwill for Yale UP and has reviewed contemporary fiction for the TLS, the Independent and the Guardian.

Dr. Ruth Gilbert

Paper Title:  ‘“No Outlines”: From Dystopia to Heterotopia in Howard Jacobson’s J

Ruth Gilbert is Reader in English Literature at the University of Winchester. She has published a number of articles on contemporary British-Jewish writing and is author of Writing Jewish: Contemporary British Jewish Literature (Palgrave, 2013).

Dr. Peter Lawson

Paper Title: ‘Messianism and British-Jewish Utopia’

Peter Lawson is an Associate Lecturer and Research Affiliate in the English Department of The Open University. He is also a member of the Postcolonial Literatures Research Group. Peter has published widely on British Jewish literature, and in particular poetry. His books include Passionate Renewal: Jewish Poetry in Britain since 1945 (2001) and Anglo-Jewish Poetry from Isaac Rosenberg to Elaine Feinstein (2006). The former was awarded a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. He has also published a collection of poetry, Senseless Hours (2009).Most recently, Peter has written on Rudyard Kipling’s utopian/dystopian science fiction (The Kipling Journal, 2015). His article on utopia/dystopia in British Jewish literature is due to appear in the Yearbook for European-Jewish Literature Studies (2016).

Dr. Nathan Abrams

Paper Title: ‘The Future is Orange: Utopia and Dystopia in the Films of Stanley Kubrick’

Nathan Abrams is Professor of Film Studies at Bangor University. He is the author of The New Jew in Film: Exploring Jewishness and Judaism in Contemporary Cinema (2012), as well as editor of Hidden in Plain Sight: Jews and Jewishness in British Film, Television, and Popular Culture (Northwestern UP). He also co-edits Jewish Film and New Media: An International Journal and is currently working on a book about Stanley Kubrick as a New York Jewish Intellectual.

Dr Merle Bachman

Paper Title: ‘No Promised Land: A. C. Jacobs’ Poetry and the “Moment” of Diaspora’

Merle Lyn Bachman is a poet, Yiddishist, and an Associate Professor of English at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, where she directs the undergraduate Creative Writing program. She is a 2015 Translation Fellow of the National Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, Massachusetts). Her published work includes the scholarly Recovering ‘Yiddishland’: Threshold Moments in American Literature (Syracuse UP 2008) and several collections of poetry, including Blood Party, forthcoming from Shearsman Books later this year. She is currently also at work on
a project to edit Nameless Country: The Selected Poems of A. C. Jacobs.

Jeremy Solomons

Paper Title: ‘East, North and West End: The Promised Land across London in the Plays of Bernard Kops’

Jeremy Solomons  is a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Reading, U.K., and Graduate Student in Residence at Boston University, MA, U.S.A.  His topic is Anglo-Jewish drama since World War II. He has studied theatre with Augusto Boal (Theatre of the Oppressed) and Keith Johnstone (Impro). After 15 years working full-time in professional theatre working on the production side, he founded three youth theatres in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire writing and directing over 20 productions.  Since then he has taught writing, literature, and drama at further education colleges, in U.K. and at Massasoit Community College, Suffolk and Boston Universities.  He lives in Brookline MA with his wife and has two college age sons.

Dr. Jasmine Donahaye

Reading from her memoir Losing Israel,

Jasmine Donahaye is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Swansea University, and a member of the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales.  A specialist in Welsh Writing in English, and in Welsh Jewish literature and culture, she is also a cultural commentator, and former editor of the Welsh political-cultural journal Planet.

Donahaye is the author of two poetry collections: Misappropriations, which was shortlisted for the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and Self-Portrait as Ruth, which was longlisted for Wales Book of the Year. Whose People? Wales, Israel, Palestine, her monograph on Welsh-Jewish attitudes and interactions, was published by University of Wales Press in 2012.

Her latest books are Losing Israel (Seren, 2015), a memoir exploring her changing relationship with Israel, and The Greatest Need (Honno, 2015), the first biography of Welsh-Jewish author and political activist Lily Tobias. She is the recipient of Arts Council Wales’s Creative Wales Award 2015.

Dr Finn Fordham

Paper Title: ‘Jewtopia: Herbert Samuel, Rewriting Bacon’s New Atlantis, and Zionism’

Finn Fordham is Professor of 20th Century Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, and a specialist in the work of James Joyce, especially Finnegans Wake, genetic and archival approaches to modernist texts, and theological modernism.  He has published also on a range of 20th Century writers:Rushdie, Nabokov, Winterson, Geoffrey Hill, Derek Walcott, Foster Wallace, De Lillo, Danielewski, and Martin Amis.