Keynote Speakers

Valentino Baldi is Associate Professor in Italian Contemporary Letters at the University of Siena (Italy).


Emma Black has worked in public engagement for The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, specialising in developing medical collections for use with hard to reach groups. She has also worked in patient communities using art to explore advocacy and for Festivals Edinburgh developing volunteering opportunities in the arts for people facing complex barriers. Emma is currently undertaking joint PhD research in art and medicine.  The aim of her research is to relate the ethics of medical collections to education and engagement with diverse groups. Her research includes case studies with medical students, patient groups and community agencies in settings relating to gender inequality, poverty and the criminal justice system.



Janet Gillespie


Annalisa Volpone is Associate Professor in English Literature at the University of Perugia and co-director of the CEMS (Centre for European Modernism Studies). pagina-personaleShe has written extensively on modernism and postmodernism (James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Vladimir Nabokov); on eighteenth and nineteenth century British literature (Mary Wollstonecraft, William Blake, S. T. Coleridge and P. B. Shelley). Her research interests include the interconnections between literature and science (in particular neuroscience) and posthumanism. Her forthcoming monograph is entitled ‘In what furnace was thy brain?’ A Study on William Blake’s Medico-Cultural Imaginaire (New York: Cambria Press, 2017)