Keynote Speaker & Address

We are thrilled to announce this year’s keynote speaker: 

Professor Chris Forster


Professor Forster of Syracuse University is a scholar of Modernist & 20th Century Literature and History of Obscenity, whose expertise in critical theory & psychoanalysis, media history and digital humanities will greatly contribute to the intellectual exchange and conversation we hope to provoke at our conference.


“The End of Obscenity? Media and Aesthetics in the History (and Present) of Obscenity”


This talk starts by returning to the American lawyer, Charles Rembar’s declaration that the American obscenity trials of the 1960s (trials focused on works like Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Fanny Hill) mark the “end of obscenity” for literature. What exactly does that claim mean and a half century later how does judgment stand?