12th-13th May 2016

PG Conference 2016 LogoThe conference theme aims to explore the concept of ‘Rebirth’ in both academic and creative terms. This annual gathering of all Humanities postgraduates showcases your originality and intellectual endeavour, carrying on the success of previous years.

Topics of discussion may include, but are not limited to:

  • Nostalgia
  • Remembrance
  • Afterlives
  • Traces
  • Immortality
  • Reputation
  • Spectres
  • Transcendence
  • Remains
  • Liminality
  • Death
  • Reinvention
  • Becoming
  • Transformation
  • Awakening
  • Revenants
  • Ghosts
  • Memory


Thanks to Alexandra Craven, MLitt Comics Studies student, who designed the conference imagery.

Conference Images 2016

Images from the 2016 Conference

This is a small selection of the photos and illustrations of the day.  See more on the Humanities Facebook Page.

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Photos by Patricia Ramaer ( and illustrations by Jillian Fleck (

Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions

Proposals that address the conference themes, or rebirth in any other sense appropriate to your disciplines and/or creative practises, are welcomed from all Humanities subject areas. Presentations may be given individually or in pairs, and proposals for panel-style groups are welcomed.

Abstracts should be 250 words, for papers lasting 10 minutes for taught postgraduate or 20 minutes for postgraduate research students. For further advice about framing abstracts please consult your supervisors or your subject’s student representative. You can see details of the abstracts from previous years here:

Writing Practice & Study students’ papers may take the form of a reading of their own creative work, and Comics Studies and MFA students are welcome to display their artwork in the Dalhousie gallery space instead of or in addition to giving a paper. 

Please send abstracts to by Monday 4th April.


Download a copy of this Call for Papers in PDF format





Thursday 12th May

09.00 - 09.30 Registration and Welcome
09.30 - 10.30 Plenary Speaker: Mayra Crowe (University of Dundee), 'The Day of the Dead in Mexico: A tradition that shows no signs of dying any time soon'
10.30 - 10.45 Break
10.45 - 12.15 Session One 
  Panel 1A: Translation and Interpretation 
  Panel 1B: International Comics: Gender, Conflict and Innovation
12.15 - 13.15 Lunch 
13.15 - 14.00 Plenary Speaker: Mark Hazelwood (Palliative Care Scotland), 'It Takes a Village'
14.00 - 14.15 Break 
14.15 - 16.00  Session Two 
  Panel 2A: Trauma, Death and Rebirth
  Panel 2B: Individual, Community and Nation in American Literature and Film
16.00 - 17.00 Screenings (LT4) and Gallery Talks (Dalhousie Foyer)


Friday 13th May

09.30 - 11.00 Session Three
  Panel 3A: Rebirth in Word and Image Studies
  Panel 3B: Philosophy: Toward an interpretation of the Human
11.00 - 11.15 Break
11.15 - 12.45  Session Four
  Panel 4A: Reinvention and Innovation in British History
  Panel 4B: (Re)Defining the Author
12.45 - 13.45 Lunch
13.45 - 15.15 Session Five 
  Panel 5A: Transformation and The Body
  Panel 5B: Creation and Ritual: Finding Meaning in the Everyday
15.15 - 15.30 Break
15.30 - 16.30 Plenary Speaker: Dr Julia Round (University of Bournemouth), 'Zombie Rebirth'
16.30 - 17.30  Closing remarks and wine reception
17.30 -  Conference Dinner at the D'Arcy Thompson


2015 event

2015 Conference

Abstracts from the 2015 conference - Lost in Translation? - can be viewed at: