'Theorizing Zombiism' Conference @ the UCD Humanities Institute

Theorizing Zombiism

UCD Humanities Institute, 25-27 July, 2019


Thursday, July 25


9:00 - 9:30

Registration, Caffeine, Opening Remarks


9:30 – 11:00

Panel 1 (Chair: Ailise Bulfin)

Miranda Corcoran (University College Cork) “‘Violence is Italian art’: Art and Adaptation in Lucio Fulci’s ‘Gates of Hell’ Trilogy”

Amy Bride (University of Manchester): “Mindless Consumers: Zombies, Subprime Borrowers, and the 2008 Financial Crash”

Konstantinos Kerasovitis (University of Wolverhampton) “Zombie Colony: The Heteronomy of the Greek State & The Datura of Cultural Capital”


11:00 – 11:30



11:30 – 1:00

Panel 2 (Chair: Conor Heffernan)

#Zombiesinhe Group (Sheffield Hallam University) “Beware the Zombie Friendly University! Dangers of Becoming an Unknowlingly-Infected Zombie Leader”


1:00 – 2:00



2:00 - 3:30

Panel 3 (Chair: Stacey Abbott)

Ailise Bulfin (University College Dublin) “‘There were plenty of things in the world that deserved to stay dead, yet they walked’: Reading the Zombie’s Multivalence through Colson Whitehead’s Zone One.”

Dara Downey (University College Dublin) “The Logic of Sacrifice in the Televised Zombie Apocalypse”

Sarah Cleary (Trinity College Dublin) “Going Green: Mother Nature Bites Back in The Girl With All the Gifts


3:30 – 4:00



4:00 – 5:15

Panel 4 (Chair: Dara Downey)

Playing for Team Z: un/gendered zombies, sexuality, performance and embodiment

Stacey Abbott (University of Roehampton) “Is it a zombie-thing?’: Genre hybridity, Zombie Narration and Identity Performance in iZombie

Lorna Jowett (University of Northampton) “‘I got a new kill poncho’: Santa Clarita Diet and the Pleasures of Zombie Embodiment”


Screening 5:30: The Cured

UCD O’Kane Centre

Gathering of the Horde:

Designated Pub: Farmer Brown’s (Clonskeagh)


Friday, July 26


9:30-10:00 Caffeine


10:00 – 11:30

Panel 5 (Chair: Jonathan Jacob Moore)

Rain Shuen Chan (National Taiwan Normal University) “The Family Trouble in Post-Millennial Zombie Cinema: The Father-Hero in I Am Legend (2007) and World War Z (2013)”

Caroline West (Dublin City University) “Zombie Orgies and the Fear of the Outer Limits: Examining the Relationship between Fear, Pornography and Zombies”

Deirdre Flynn (University College Dublin) “Last Ones Left Alive: Zombies and Post-Politics.”


11:30 – 12.00



12:00 – 1:30

Panel 6 (Chair: Caroline West)

Jonathan Jacob Moore (University of California, Berkeley) “Fear the Living Black: Anti-Humanist Communion in Colson Whitehead’s Zombie Apocalypse”

Andrew Ferguson (University of Maryland) “Surviving the Shambling Signifieds: Zombies, Language, and Chaos”

Linda Flores Ohlson (University of Gothenburg) “The Zombie as a Pronoun – The Use of Third Person”


1:30 – 2:30



2:30 – 4:00

Panel 7 (Chair: Harvey O'Brien)

Connor Jackson (Edge Hill University) “How Dead Rising Satirises the United States of America”

Alexander Carpenter (University of Alberta) “Music, Politics and Ideology in George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead

Jamie A. Thomas (UC Santa Barbara/Swarthmore College) “Politics of Representation from Resident Evil to Get Out


4:00 – 4:30



4:30 – 6:00

Panel 8 (Chair: Emma Tonkin)

Scott Eric Hamilton (University College Dublin) “M.R. Carey’s The Boy on the Bridge: Zombiism and the Ethics of Extinction”

Catherine Pugh (Independent Scholar) “Weaponised Walkers: Combat and the Zombies in The Walking Dead

Poppy Wilde (Birmingham City University) “Zombies, Deviance, and the Right to Posthuman Life”


Gathering of the Horde:

Designated Pub: Farmer Brown’s (Clonskeagh)

Ukulele Tue’z’day



Saturday, July 27


9:30-10:00 Caffeine


10:00 – 11:30

Panel 9 (Chair: Jack Fennell)

Emma Tonkin (University of Bristol) “They Walked Among Us: Tracking the Zombie Flashmob”

Peter Wright (The University of Sydney) “Distortions of the Video Dead: The Degradation of Reality in the Era of Zombie VHS”

Lucie Groetzinger (Université de Lorraine) “Z is for Nature: Eco Zombies in French Comic Books”


11:30 – 12.00



12:00 - 1:30

Panel 10 (Chair: Linda Flores Ohlson)

Karma Waltonen (University of California, Davis) “Shaun of the Dead and Apocalyptic Change”

Conor Heffernan (University College Dublin) “The Apocalypse Workout: Health, Identity and Zombies”

Sandra Aline Wagner (Mary Immaculate College) “Reflecting millennial identity – Romantic Zombies in the German Mash-up Novel ‘Die Leichen des jungen Werther”’


1:30 – 2:30



2:30 – 4:00

Panel 11 (Chair: Deirdre Flynn)

Jack Fennell (University of Limerick) “The Stalking Dead: a Post-Mortem of Ireland’s Jumbies”

Andy Lawrence (University of Nottingham) “Rise of the Nordic Dead: Icelandic Folk Tales and National Identity”

Andrea Adhara Gaytán Cuesta (Rutgers, The State University of New Brunswick): “From Narcozombies to Aztec Cannibals: The (Re)Invention of the Zombie in Contemporary Mexican Narrative”


4:00 – 4:30



4:30 – 6:00

Panel 12 (Chair: David McKinney)

Mia Harrison (The University of Sydney) “The Chimaeric Zombie: Exploring Heterogeneous Embodiment Through Microchimaerism and Zombies”

Harvey OBrien (University College Dublin) “Aloha-oe: Hello, Goodbye to Love and Family in Sang-ho Yeon’s Train to Busan

Chera Kee (Wayne State University) “Beware the Zuvembies: Comics, Censorship, and the Ubiquity of Not-Quite-Zombies”



Creature Feature:

Scott Kenemore


Sarah Davis-Goff

(Chair: Scott Eric Hamilton)

Followed By:

Townhall Discussion on the future of Zombie Studies



Gathering of the Horde:

Designated Pub: Against the Grain (Wexford St)

Zombie Pub quiz Night

Deadly prizes!