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29 June 2022 - 1 July 2022

12:00AM - 2:30PM

Online (via Zoom)

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This online conference will consider the writer and translator Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo, 1850-1904) and his significance for conceptions of global and transnational cultural exchange, both in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries and in his legacies today.

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Hearn with his wife Setsuko. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Wednesday 29 June

1200-1315 – Welcome and Keynote 1: Antony Goedhals, University of Pretoria – ‘Lafcadio Hearn’s Neo-Buddhist Vision: Into the Flowering Void’

1330-1430 – Panel A: Hearn’s Global Legacies

  • ‘Writing Hearn’ (Paul Murray, Independent Scholar) 
  • ‘Big in Japan: The Lopsided Fame of Lafcadio Hearn’ (Jakob Hofman, University of New Orleans)

Thursday 30 June

1200–1330 – Panel B: Hearn’s Transnational Hauntings

  • ‘Narrating “Ghostly Japan”: Authorial Voice in Lafcadio Hearn’s Japanese Ghost Stories’ (Aman Erfan, Government College University, Lahore)
  • ‘The Femme Fatale Takes to the Water: on Lafcadio Hearn’s “The Story of Chūgorō”’ (Akiko Kawasumi, University of Tokyo)
  • ‘Lafcadio Hearn’s Global Aesthetics: Eastern Art, Ghosts, and Victorian Aesthetics’ (Justin Rogers, Texas A&M University)

1345-1430 – ‘Hearn and Ushaw College’ (Jonathan Bush, Archivist at Ushaw College and Durham University Special Collections), followed by Q&A

Friday 1 July

1200-1300 – Panel C: Hearn in the West Indies

  • ‘Black Abjection and the Femme Fatale in Two Years in the French West Indies’ (Cheyenne Symonette, Michigan State University)
  • ‘Iconoclasm, Ekphrasis and Decadence: Examining Lafcadio Hearn’s Two Years in the French West Indies’ (Peter Bailey, University of The Bahamas)

1315-1430 – Keynote 2: Stefano Evangelista, University of Oxford – ‘Worldliness and Otherworldliness in Lafcadio Hearn’s Japanese Writings’ (chaired by Hansun Huang, Durham University)

For more information, visit the conference website.