Keynote Speakers

Dr Celestino Deleyto

Celestino Deleyto is Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Zaragoza. He has published widely on romantic comedy, film genre theory and history, transnational cinema and cosmopolitan film theory, including The Secret Life of Romantic Comedy (Manchester, 2009), Alejandro González Iñárritu, for the Contemporary Film Directors series (Illinois, 2010), co-written with María del Mar Azcona, and From Tinseltown to Bordertown: Los Angeles on Film (Wayne State, 2016). He has contributed to recently edited volumes on Pedro Almodóvar and Film Comedy for Wiley-Blackwell, and to the Film Genre Reader (ed. Barry Keith Grant) for The University of Texas Press, among many others. He has published his research in Cinema Journal, Screen, PostScript, Critical Survey and Film Criticism, among others. His most recent work on transnational cinema and cosmopolitan theory has appeared in Transnational Screens, Studies in Spanish & Latin American Cinemas and New Review of Film and Television Studies.

We recommend watching the film The King (2019) (available on Nextflix) to follow Celestino Deleyto's conference.

Dr Alcinda Pinheiro de Sousa

Alcinda Pinheiro de Sousa is a Doctor of English Literature awarded by Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa with the PhD thesis ‘As the Eye – Such the Object: Da Arte e da Ciência em William Blake (On Art and Science in W. B.), and the complementary thesis Os Poemas e o Pensamento Poético de T. E. Hulme: Alguns Nexos (The Poems and the Poetical Thought of T. E. H: Some Nexuses). She is currently leading the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies research project Receiving | Perceiving English Literature in the Digital Age. She has taught, researched, presented conference papers, and published in the fields of literary and visual culture studies. In 2019, she co-authored ‘“Enough! or Too much”: The Reception of Blake in Portugal’, a chapter of The Reception of William Blake in Europe. Edited by Morton D. Paley and Sibylle Erle, Bloomsbury; in 2020, she co-authored ‘Reception: “Jane Austen 2.00”’, a chapter of English Literature in the World: From Manuscript to Digital, co-edited by her too, Edições Húmus, to be released in December 2020, she was also co-author of “Portuguese Readings of William Blake: Fernando Pessoa, a National Poet and Três Tristes Tigres, a Pop-Rock Band”, a detailed study on Blake’s reception in Portugal produced for a special issue of Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly.

Dr Jason Whittaker

Jason Whittaker joined Lincoln in 2015 as Head of the School of English and Journalism. Previously he was interim Director of the School of Writing and Journalism at Falmouth University and Professor of Blake Studies. Prior to that he was Head of the Department of Writing and course leader for Journalism. Whittaker also worked for more than fifteen years as a journalist and magazine editor, specialising in technology and computer journalism on titles such as PC Advisor, MacWorld and Digit. His main research interests are the reception of William Blake in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as well as developments in digital publishing and the impact of technology on journalism. He has published widely on these subjects, as well as on magazine journalism more generally.