Panel 2: Human – Non-human

Jean-Michel Ganteau: “Nature, Immunity, Community: Sarah Hall’s Fiction.”

Jean-Michel Ganteau is Professor of Contemporary British Literature at the University Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 (France). He is the editor of the journal Études britanniques contemporaines. He has published 3 monographs, co-edited several collections of essays and published articles and book chapters on the literary presentation of trauma, the ethics of alterity and the ethics of vulnerability in contemporary British fiction.

Agata Handley: “Robert Minhinnick and the Environmental Crisis.”

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Dr Agata Handley is Assistant Professor in the Department of Canadian, Intermedial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Lodz, Poland. Her main areas of academic interest are: the culture of the English North, and contemporary British and Canadian literature, with a special focus on intermedial issues.

Emilie Walezak: “The Borderline in Sarah Hall’s ‘Bees’.”

Emilie Walezak is a senior lecturer at Université Lumière Lyon 2 and the SEAC correspondent with BACLS. A specialist of contemporary British women’s writing, she is the author of Rose Tremain. A Critical Introduction, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Trang Dang (Nottingham Trent University): “We Did It to Ourselves: Reading Biotechnology in Jeff VanderMeer’s Borne Trilogy.”

Trang Dang is a doctoral student at Nottingham Trent University. She is currently working on Jeff VanderMeer's weird fiction, exploring narratives of co-existence between humans and nonhumans and the role of New Weird novels in representing the current ecological crisis.

Megen De Bruin-Molé (University of Southampton): “Living with the Crisis: ‘Mindful’ Consumption and the Rehabilitation of the Zombie in Twenty-First-Century Popular Culture.”

Dr Megen de Bruin-Molé is Teaching Fellow in Digital Media Practice with the University of Southampton, and co-editor of the Genealogy of the Posthuman (part of the Critical Posthumanism Network). She specialises in adaptation, historical fiction, and contemporary remix culture. Her book Gothic Remixed was published by Bloomsbury in 2020. Read more about Megen’s work on her blog: