International Symposium – Programme

The Congo Free State across Languages, Media and Cultures

A symposium hosted by the Centre for Culture and the Arts, Leeds Beckett University

Location: Rose Bowl building 205-06, City Campus

Date: Saturday 10 October 2015


Symposium Programme:

9.15-9.45: Registration, refreshments

9.45: Welcome

10.00-11.30: Panel 1. Chair: Grainne Goodwin (Leeds Beckett)

Mathilde Leduc-Grimaldi (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren), [paper title tbc]

Brian Murray (Cambridge University), ‘Building Congo, writing empire: the literary labours of Henry Morton Stanley’

Daniel Laqua (Northumbria University), ‘Imperial expansion and humanitarian rhetoric: staging the Congo Free State, 1888-1894’

11.30-12.00: Refreshments

12.00-13.00: Panel 2. Chair: Helen Dampier (Leeds Beckett)

Dean Pavlakis (Carroll College, MT), ‘To reform an imagined Congo: novelists tackle the Congo rubber scandals’

Felix Lösing (Hamburg University), ‘“The White Man’s Burden becomes… the white man’s undoing”: the Congo Reform Movement and White Supremacy’

13.00-14.00: Lunch

14.00-14.15: Book Launch

14.15-15.45: Panel 3. Chair: Sarah de Mul (OU the Netherlands)

Sokhieng Au (KU Leuven),’Cutting the flesh: surgery, autopsy, and cannibalism in the Belgian Congo’

Stephen Donovan (Uppsala University), ‘Congo Utopia’

Yvonne Reddick (University of Central Lancashire), ‘Memories of the Congo Free State in Paul Lomani Tshibamba’s fiction’

15.45: Closing Remarks


Please email Rob Burroughs ( if you’d like to attend.

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