Vesuvius 22 | Interdisciplinary one-day conference

Vesuvius 22 | Interdisciplinary one-day conference

Booking is essential.

for Standard Delegate: £25

for Students: £10


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9.00-9.30: Registration and tea/coffee

9.30-9.45: Introduction and welcome

9.45-11.15: Panel 1

· Rhiannon Ash, ‘Visions of Vesuvius from the Ancient World’.

· Peter Davidson, ‘Volcanoes in the Arts’.

· David McCallam, ‘A Site of French Excess: Vesuvius from Revolutionary Terror to Romantic Melodrama’.

11.15-11.30: Tea/coffee break

11.30-12-30: Keynote 1 - David Pyle, ‘Vesuvius: the model volcano’.

12.30-13-30: Lunch

13.30-2.30: Panel 2

· Jenny Barclay ‘Arguments, instruments and history repeating itself: volcanologists and volcanic eruptions'.

· Manuela D’Amore: ‘From “Sublime” Representations of Eruptions to Contemporary Studies on Climate Change: Vesuvius in the Philosophical Transactions’.

2.30-3.30: Keynote 2 - Adelene Buckland, ‘Hysterical Earth: Women and Volcanoes in the Early Nineteenth Century'.

3.30-4.00: Tea/coffee break

4.00-5.00: Panel 3

· Stephen Harrison, ‘Bulwer-Lytton’s The Last Days of Pompeii: Novel, Archaeology, Art’.

· Emanuela Tandello, ‘“Sterminator Vesevo”: Nature as Catastrophe in the late Leopardi’.

5.00-5.15: Wine reception and closing remarks

5.30-6.30: Contemporary Poets on Volcanoes

Mina Gorji will read from her new collection, Scale, and muse on volcanic ecology, and David Constantine will reflect on ‘Going thru’ life tollerably under the volcano’.


Contacts Professor Fiona Stafford, English Faculty ( Professor David Pyle, Earth Sciences ( Elisa Cozzi, English Faculty (

Find out more about the Vesuvius 2022 Public Engagement Projects here.