Realms of Royalty:
New Directions in Researching Contemporary European Monarchies

International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture/Justus Liebig University Giessen

Thursday, 20 April 2017 
09:00 – 09:30  Conference Registration
09:30 – 10:00  Welcome Address
10:00 – 11:00  Innovative Historical Perspectives I (Chair: Joanna Rostek)

Cindy McCreery (Sydney) The View from Abroad: what foreign royal tours (and tourists) tell us about nineteenth and twentieth-century European monarchies

Miriam Schneider (St Andrews) “Path of the Dane to fame and might! Dark rolling wave!” The Danish monarchy and the realm of the sea from the 19th to the 21st centuries

11:00 – 11:15  Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:15  Innovative Historical Perspectives II (Chair: Joanna Rostek)

Torsten Riotte (Frankfurt)  Between politics and dynastic survival: nineteenth century monarchy in  post-revolutionary Europe (1815-1918)

Raquel Sánchez & David San Narciso (Madrid) Banal Monarchism and Nation-building in Isabelline Spain (1833-1868)

12:15 – 13:30  Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:00  Monarchy on Stage and Screen (Chair: Daniel Dornhofer)

Stefan Trajković Filipović  (Giessen) “The Fake Emperor was, perhaps, better?” Contemporary Reception of Tsar Stephen the Little of Montenegro (1767-1773)

Kati Voigt (Leipzig) Long Live the Monarchy: Peter Morgan’s Depictions of Elizabeth II in Film, Theatre and TV

Marie Menzel (Berlin) Kings and Queens and an Alien: British Monarchy on Sci-Fi TV

15:00 – 15:30  Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:00  Monarchy and Monarchical Symbols in Popular Culture (Chair: Robert A. Winkler)

Jessica Koch (Bielefeld) ‘Bow down to the King’ – Insignia of Royalty in Narratives of 21st Century Professional Wrestling

Alexander Scherr (Giessen) [H]er very Lowness with her head in a sling”: Anti-Royal Identity Construction in British Alternative Music from the 1970s to the 1990s

Natalie Veith (Frankfurt) The (In)Significance of Queen Victoria in Neo-Victorian Comics

17:00 – 17:30  Coffee Break
17:30 – 19:00  Keynote Lecture

Susanne Scholz (Frankfurt) Who’s Queen?”. Visions of Elizabeth I. in the Reign of Elizabeth II.

From 19:00  Conference Reception


Friday, 21 April 2017
09:00 – 10:30  Keynote Lecture

Pauline Maclaran (London) “We’ll Never be Royals”: The British Royal Family in Consumer Culture

10:30 – 11:00  Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30  Monarchy, Politics and Public Relations (Chair: Simon Ottersbach)

Deirdre Gilfedder (Paris) Your Media Majesty from Radio to Film

Edward Owens (Lincoln) The Family Firm at War: the House of Windsor and Public Relations, 1939-45

Falko Schnicke (London) An Asset to be Exploited? The Royal Family and British Foreign Politics in the 1970s

12:30 – 14:00  Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:00  Student Poster Presentations (+ Coffee)

Magdalena Bock The Passage of Our Most Dread Sovereign Lady Queen – One of the First Written Images of Young Queen Elizabeth I

Franziska Eick & Alexandra Hartmann-Flechtner The Power of Appearance: In What Way Do Royals Use Attire to Their Advantage? (A Case Study)

Tabea Eckl Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall – Adapting Henry VIII. For the Small Screen

Marie-Luise Daumann I Have to Play This Game, It Is Not Just My Own Pleasure. Elizabeth’s I Attitude towards Marriage

Marie Stickel The Future Monarch Prince Charles: A Royal Operating on the Fine Line Between Constitutional Duties and Personal Rights

15:00 – 16:00  Monarchy and Modes of Representation (Chair: Paul Vickers)

Martin Spies (Giessen) Realms of Fashion: Exhibitions of Royal Dresses in the 21st Century

Eva Kirbach (Giessen) Gendered Strategies of Power: Queen Elizabeth II as a Politician in Two Contemporary British Plays

From 16:30  End of Conference