***Below is the schedule for the upcoming IASPR Conference (Birmingham, UK, 28-30 June, 2023).***
Wednesday, June 28
8.30am – 9:00am, Wednesday, June 28
Registration and Welcome
9:00am – 10:30am, Wednesday, June 28
Session 1A: BookTok and publishing
Chels Upton: Screaming, Crying, Throwing Up: BookTok and the Romance Industry.
Katie Morrissey: #QueerBookTok’s Reading Networks: Who gets to read and write LGBTQ+ Romance?
Lucy Rouse: “Our Queen, Colleen”: Exploring Affect, Reading Communities, and the Power of BookTok in Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us Duology.
Session 1B: Fandom
Andrea Anne Trinidad: Ship Has Not Sunk, Romance is Not Dead: ‘Clowning’ as the Fandom’s Mode to Revitalizing Romance.
Lucy Sheerman: Queer readings of Jane Eyre.
Emily Mohabir: A Love Enshrined in Time: Material Culture’s Role in Nostalgic Romance in Netflix/tvN’s Twenty-Five, Twenty-One and its Impact on Creative Digital Fan Cultures.
10:30am – 11:00am, Wednesday, June 28
11:00am-12:30pm, Wednesday, June 28
Session 2A: Black Romance in Britain and America 1
Julie Moody-Freeman: Vivian Stephens, American Romance, and Institution Building.
Justina Clayburn: The Own Voices Social Media Project: Teaching Diverse Romance Novels in a Gen Ed Literature and Popular Culture Course.
Jeania Ree Moore: Beverly Jenkins as a Contemporary Chronicler – Black Historical Romance and the Religious Work of Black History.
Session 2B: The contemporaneity of Jane Austen: the ongoing subversion of canons and ideologies in Romance writing
Anne Besnault: Writing With and Against Romance: Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.
Myriam Boussahba: After Jane Austen: “Regency” Romance Today.
Florence Cabaret: Transnationalising Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
12:30pm – 1:30pm, Wednesday, June 28
1:30pm-2:45pm, Wednesday, June 28
Keynote Address: Huike Wen
2:45pm-3:05pm, Wednesday, June 28
3:05pm-4:35pm, Wednesday, June 28
Session 3A: Paranormal Romance
Evvie Valiou: Death and the posthuman/ posthumous female body in paranormal romance.
Sanjana Basker: Monster Romance: Potential, Pitfalls, and New Materialist Feminism.
Maria Ramos-Garcia: Metafiction in the My So-Called Mystical Midlife series (2021-2022) by Robyn Peterman.
Session 3B: Narrative and Genre
Nattie Golubov: Practices of attachment: the pleasures of rereading popular romance fiction.
Katie Deane: Autographic transfocalization in the romance: the case of Midnight Sun.
Francesca Pierini: Imploding fireworks: Love and self-knowledge in the contemporary Italian sentimental novel.
4:35pm-4:45pm, Wednesday, June 28
4:45pm-6:15pm, Wednesday, June 28
Session 4A: Young Adult Romance
Carly Bennett: Mattering and Belonging Across 30 Years of Sapphic Young Adult Romance.
Sreepurna Datta: “You look cool in that outfit”: Clothing and identity in Indian American teen romances.
Inmaculada Perez-Casal: The YA romance as a tool for social transformation: the case of Ismée Williams’ This Train is Being Held.
Session 4B: Reading and Writing Romance
Benjamin Hanckel & Vassiliki Veros: Love and Romance in the City: An examination of cultural texts in public library displays during celebrations of love in London and Sydney.
Maria Isabel Gonzalez-Cruz: ‘Words, words, words’: The role of foreign languages in romance novels.
Andrea Martucci: Bad Romance Data: Contextualizing the Popular Romance Fiction Market.
Reception and Book Launch, sponsored by the Popular and Genre Research Network
Thursday, June 29
8.45am – 9:15am, Thursday, June 29
9:15am-10:45am, Thursday, June 29
Session 5A: Black Romance in Britain and America 2
Rita Dandridge: Rapping Black Romance: Sex and Empowerment.
Jayashree Kamblé: Black Love, Society, and Subject Status in Britain: Dell’s Entwined Destinies (1980) as a Milestone in Category Romance.
Irene Perez-Fernandez: Black British Love Matters: Revitalising Contemporary Romantic Narratives.
Session 5B: Queer Romance
Lucy Hargrave: The female gaze on the body in queer romance novels.
Elin Abrahamsson: Skewed femininity in Simona Ahrnstedt’s Allt eller inget.
Michael Gratzke: Where does the love go? Representations of romance and relationships in current life-writing by trans men, transmasculine and butch people.
10:45am – 11:15am, Thursday, June 29
11:15am-12:45pm, Thursday, June 29
Session 6A: Love Studies and Romance
Eric Selinger: A Heart Needs a Home: Ontological Rootedness, Simon May, and Popular Romance Studies.
Meghna Bohidar: Who Has the Right to Write the City: Understanding the Transgressive Potential of Public Romance in India.
Lebohang Masango: The Soft Life: A Political Economy of Love among Young Women in South Africa,
Session 6B: Form and trope
Joseph Crawford: Waifus, Husbandos, and Lesbian Wizards: Otome games, visual novels, and digital romance media cultures.
Gaja Kolodziej: Unforgettably in Love: Uses of the Amnesia Trope in Contemporary Romance.
Louise Schulmann-Darsy: Possessiveness of hockey players through their jersey number in erotic romance books.
12:45pm – 1:45pm, Thursday, June 29
1:45pm-3:00pm, Thursday, June 29
Keynote Address: The Birmingham Romance Research Group
3:00pm-3:20pm, Thursday, June 29
3:20pm-4:50pm, Thursday, June 29
Session 7A: Romance Bodies
Cristina Cruz Gutierrez: “Skinny Is the New Fat”: Traditional and Modern Nigerian Beauty in Skinny Girl in Transit.
Paloma Fresno Calleja: Reading “Plus Size” Romantic Narratives Intersectionally: Lani Young’s Scarlet Series.
Ellen Carter: Analysing contemporary romance covers to uncover readers’ desires.
Session 7B: m/m Romance
Kristin Noone: “He looked like the kind of country youth they wrote ballads about”: Queer Robin Hood Romance in K.J. Charles’ The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting.
Lucy Neville: ‘Gaypropriation?’: Gay and bisexual men’s perspectives on women who produce and consume m/m sexually explicit texts.
Monika Marketa Smidova: Folklore, Trauma, and Healing in The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal and Spectred Isle by KJ Charles.
4:50pm-5.00pm, Thursday, June 29
5:00pm-6:00pm, Thursday, June 29
Teaching Popular Romance Fiction: a Roundtable
Friday, June 30
8:45am – 9:15am, Friday, June 30
9:15am – 10:45am, Friday, June 30
Session 8A: Erotics of Romance
Heather Schell: Reverse Harem Romance: Power and the Shift in Women’s Erotic Imagination.
Athena Bellas & Jodi McAlister: Let Me Take Care of You: Romanticised Domestic Fantasy in Audio Erotica.
Nicola Welsh-Burke: The Sacred and the Profane: Romance, Sexuality and ‘Girlboss Cannibalism’.
Session 8B: Is This the Real Life, or Is This Just Fantasy? Strange, Familiar Romance
Matt Hayler: Weirdly Romantic: Compersion, Relationship Anarchy, and the Beautiful Weird.
Veera Makela: Romance Regency of Regency Romance.
Esko Suoranta: Domestic Love in 21st-Century Speculative Fiction.
10:45am – 11:00am, Friday, June 30
11: 15am – 1:05pm, Friday, June 30
Session 9A: Perspectives on Historical Romance 1
Javaria Farooqui: Reading Historical Popular Romance in 21st-Century Pakistan.
Sarah Ficke: Fictional Technology Meets Real History in Jeannie Lin’s ‘Gunpowder Chronicles’.
Fang-Mei Lin: Is It or Isn’t It Romantic? A Case Study of a Gothic Romance Film in Taiwan.
Hsu-Ming Teo: The Australian Convict Prostitute Romance: Narrating Social and Sexual Justice for “Damned Whores”.
Session 9B: Feminism and politics in romance
Maria Butler: Pro-choice activism in Marian Keyes Watermelon.
Rosalind Haslett: Mammy Walsh’s Daughters: Irish feminism and the novels of Marian Keyes.
Mariana Ripoll-Fonollar: Suffragette Historical Romances: Re-Purposing Women’s Suffrage in a Postfeminist Context.
Hannah Scupham: The Homefront of “The War on Christmas”: Great American Family’s Holiday Romance Films, Domesticity, and the Rise of Christo-Fascism.
1:05pm – 2:00pm, Friday, June 30
2:00pm – 3:15pm, Friday, June 30
Session 10A: Teaching Popular Romance Fiction: A Workshop
Session 10B: Love Across the Atlantic: A Roundtable
3:15pm – 3:30pm, Friday, June 30
3:30pm – 5:00pm, Friday, June 30
Session 11A: Perspectives on Historical Romance 2
Emma Kearney: A Romantic History of Newgate Prison: Theories of Punishment in Historical Romance, 1977 to Present.
Johanna Hoorenman: “The opportunities that Harriette Wilson wast’d:” L.A. Hall’s ‘The Comfortable Courtesan’, women’s culture, and Regency romance.
Bonnie J White: “Too Much Love, Not Enough Men: The Excess of Women in Carola Dunn’s Superfluous Women”
Session 11B: Heroes
Jonathan Allan: Heroes and the Procreative Realm.
Emma McNamara: Tired/ Wired: The Byronic Hero Becomes Nice.
Veronika Vargova: “What will you do with yourself when you grasp that your mind is only different, not deranged?”: Isolation, Madness, and Neurodivergent Heroes in Historical Romance Novels.
5:00pm, Friday, June 30