2nd Interdisciplinary Conference on Literature and Image

‘Revisiting Dystopia in Literature and the Visual Arts’

From Thu, 09/24/2020 - 09:00 to Fri, 09/25/2020 - 19:00


968 278 893


Organized by: Organized by the Research Group 'Literature, Culture and Modern Languages’ Research line 1: Interdisciplinary Studies on Literature, Art and Society

distopía ii
Add to my calendar

24-25 September 2020 (Online Conference)
The 2nd Interdisciplinary Conference on Literature and Image (entitled ‘Revisiting Dystopia in Literature and the Visual Arts’) will analyse and discuss the transformations undergone by the dystopian genre since the 1940s up to today within the fields of fiction, film, television and other
manifestations of popular culture.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this conference (originally scheduled for late March 2020) had to be relocated. The conference sessions will be held exclusively online, by combining the videos provided by our speakers and the corresponding videoconference sessions, mainly aimed at debating. Registered participants and students will be provided in September with the links granting access to the aforementioned videoconference sessions.

The inscription fee for participants is 40 euro. The registration process will run from September the 1 st up to September the 16 th (both inclusive). The Organizing Committee will provide presenters with a link to the payment application (POS system).

Registration instructions FOR STUDENTS (and for anyone interested in attending the conference):
This conference provides 0.5 credits in sociocultural activities. To obtain the corresponding certificate of attendance, students will have to register via the UCAM Seminars application and attend, at least, a 70% of the videoconference sessions. To round-off this process, students will participate in a post-conference survey via Google Forms. Please note that the conference fee for
students is 20 euros. The deadline for students to register in this conference is September the 16th. Once the registration process is complete, students SHOULD NOT FORGET to send the corresponding receipt as an attachment in an e-mail to jmvillar@ucam.edu, to receive the links granting access to the videoconference sessions.
Students from other universities should send an e-mail to that same address to receive the link to the payment application (POS system). The deadline for paying the inscription fee is the same provided for UCAM students.


Scientific and Organizing Committees

Organizing Committee
President: Antonio José Miralles Pérez
Secretary: Benoît Filhol
Treasurer: José María Mesa Villar
Ana González-Rivas Fernández (UAM)
Mª del Mar Jiménez-Cervantes Arnao
María Inmaculada Parra Martínez

Scientific Committee
Antonio José Miralles Pérez
Benoît Filhol
José María Mesa Villar
Ana González-Rivas Fernández (UAM)
Ignacio Segarra Taús
María Inmaculada Parra Martínez



Additional info
After a first edition devoted to the gothic genre, the 2nd Interdisciplinary Conference on Literature and Image will address and analyse -from a variety of perspectives- the transformations experienced by dystopian fiction since 1948 up to today within the fields of literature, cinema, TV series and other manifestations of popular culture. The conference will be held on 24-25 September, 2020 as an exclusively online event.
Built around topics such as post-apocalyptic cataclysm, the conflict between ‘appearances’ and ‘reality’ in seemingly stable societies, the risk of ideological manipulation, or overwhelming fear of increasing dehumanization, these works of fiction provide valuable answers to the anxieties and uncertainties in contemporary society (the boundaries of technological development, the threat of politico-ideological conflicts, abrupt changes in ethical values, the shadow of biased mass-media, the obstacles for the construction of one’s identity, etc.). Oftentimes, the Discovery of ‘hidden’ truths or the disintegration of social structures force the protagonists in these stories to undergo traumatic situations of crisis and hostility, propelling them to run away from the people and places they knew. Their previously ‘ideal’ society turns into a predatory force, chasing those who dare help others escape from the lie they live in: the lifting of the veil between ‘appearances’ and ‘reality’ reveals the image of an oppressive society that fosters the destruction of human dignity and individual freedom. A sense of spatial and temporal distance enables these literary and visual works to utter heartfelt pleas and warnings against the instances of dehumanization, injustice, inequality or destruction of ethical values perceived in the actual societies in which they were created.
Our conference will therefore put a substantial emphasis on the analysis of dystopian fiction as a window opened onto situations of crisis, conflict or destruction which carry the promise of a new beginning and (either implicitly or explicitly) advocate for the healing rediscovery of human values and an orderly reconstruction of society (in accordance with the basis of humanistic philosophy and the practice of democracy, civic commitment, sociability and ethics). In this sense, these works ultimately provide a trusting outlook towards the possibilities of human beings against a backdrop of oppression, exploitation or self-destruction. The papers delivered during the conference will serve as examples of the relevance and strength of this genre in contemporary society, while also
inviting us to reflect on its shapeshifting possibilities and enduring fascination.