Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to announce our plenary speakers:


 Richard Ford: award-winning author of major contemporary American novels including Independence Day, Canada, and Let Me Be Frank With You.

Richard Ford will be reading from new material, and answering questions on his work.


 Deborah Willis: Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging, the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

 Professor Willis's plenary talk will address 'Imaging social movements in America, from Emancipation to Black Lives Matter'.


John Howard: Professor of American Studies, King’s College London.

Professor Howard's plenary talk will address 'The American Nuclear Cover-up in Spain'. Arguing a literal and figurative cover-up, the lecture assesses the political fallout and cultural amnesia around the 1966 Palomares disaster, considered 'the worst nuclear weapons accident in history'.


QUB Lanyon Building

Titanic Belfast

Belfast City Hall

Stormont Building

Beacon of Hope Sculpture