Programme: Wells & Shaw 2017

H.G. Wells and Bernard Shaw: Socialism and the Irrational

Saturday 23 September 2017, 9am-6pm

London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2 


The conference will be held in LSE’s New Academic Building (on the south-west corner of Lincoln’s Inn Fields). The nearest underground station is Holborn.

9.00 – 9.30  Registration and coffee (space remains — registration form at the bottom of this page)
9.30 – 10.15  Professor Michael Cox (LSE): ‘Wells and Shaw: Fifty Years as Public Intellectuals’
10.15 – 11.15  Panel session 1: Ideas and Forms

Michelle C. Paul (St Mary’s University, Twickenham): ‘Satire and Status: Bernard Shaw’s John Bull’s Other Island
Gustavo A. Rodríguez Martín (Universidad de Extremadura, Spain): ‘Wells, Shaw, et al.: The Language of the Dystopian Future’
Michael Sherborne (H. G. Wells Society): ‘Wells and Shaw in Plato’s Cave’

11.15 – 12.15  Panel session 2: Heartbreak House: The First World War and After

Frances H. Assa: ‘Wells and the Wild Asses’
Brenda Tyrrell (Miami University, Ohio): ‘The Other Great War: Wells, Shaw, and England’s Postbellum Mental State’
Anne Wright (Shaw Society): ‘Zeppelins over England, the Hand of God, and the Sense of an Ending: Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House and H. G. Wells’s Mr Britling Sees It Through

12.15 – 1.30  Buffet lunch, with an opportunity to view the special display in the LSE Women’s Library of documents relating to Wells, Shaw and women.
1.30 – 2.15  Elizabeth Crawford: ‘Surrounded by Suffrage: Situating Shaw, Wells and the LSE in Suffrage Sites’
2.15 – 2.35  Alexis Leighton and Helen Tierney will give a brief presentation about their show ‘Mrs Shaw Herself’, based on the life of Charlotte Shaw and soon to be performed at Ayot St Lawrence

2.35 – 3.35  Panel session 3: Dictatorship and Democracy

Soudabeh Ananisarab (Birmingham City University): ‘Democracy and Dictatorship: The Apple Cart in Malvern’
Olga Sobolev and Angus Wrenn (LSE): ‘Interpreting the “Writing on the Eastern Wall of Europe”: G. B. Shaw – H. G. Wells and the Myth of Russia’
Mika J. Vale (Durham University): ‘Strategies of Containment: Wells, Russell, and Russia’

3.35 – 4.00  Tea/coffee
4.00 – 5.00  Panel session 4: Religion and the Limits of Reason

Gianluca Guerriero (University of Leeds): ‘Souls and Surgeries; H. G. Wells and the Afterlife of “Under the Knife”’
Alice McEwan (Shaw’s Corner, National Trust): ‘Exploring Shavian Religious Feeling through Art: Bernard Shaw’s Marian Imagery’
Deaglán Ó Donghaile (Liverpool John Moores University): ‘Rioting and Revolution in When the Sleeper ‘Awakes’

5.00 – 5.45  Round Table discussion
5.45  Conference ends

After the conference, there will be an optional dinner at a nearby bar and restaurant (venue to be decided) for those interested.

Organisers: Emelyne Godfrey and Patrick Parrinder (H. G. Wells Society); Olga Sobolev and Angus Wrenn (LSE).

Registration: If you have yet to register, please complete the registration form and return it by email or post to Valerie Fitch, Treasurer, H. G. Wells Society, 20 Upper Field Close, Hereford, Herefordshire HR2 7SW, United Kingdom ( Registration enquiries should also be directed to Valerie Fitch. A pdf may be downloaded here.

Registration: H. G. Wells and Bernard Shaw







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