Hotels & Crisis: Historical and Cultural Perspectives

A workshop co-sponsored by the Tourism History Working Group and Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph, where ‘The British Hotel in War and the Transition to Peace, 1914-22’ project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, is based, and by HOTEMS.

25-26 June 2022

London, UK

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9-10 September 2021

International Symposium:

Literary Hotels

Impact Hub Athens

Karaiskaki 28, Athens 105 54


Keynote Speakers

Andrew Thacker, Nottingham Trent University

Vassiliki Kolocotroni, Glasgow University


Organizing Committee:
Athanasios Dimakis, Postdoctoral Researcher, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Chryssa Marinou, Postdoctoral Researcher, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Academic Committee:
Anna Despotopoulou, Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Efterpi Mitsi, Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

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The conference is supported by the Hellenic Foundation for Research & Innovation under the “1st Call for H.F.R.I. Research Projects to support Faculty Members & Researchers and the Procurement of High-and the procurement of high-cost research equipment grant” (Project Number: 1653)

International Symposium: Literary Hotels

9-10 September 2021


Impact Hub Athens


(Athens time zone)

Thursday, September 9
9:30-10:00 Registration and Welcome
Aspasia Velissariou, Chair of the Department of English,
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
10:00 – 11:30 Hotels in Times of War and Crisis
Chair: Anna Despotopoulou, National and Kapodistrian Univ. of Athens

 Robbie Moore Online, University of Tasmania
Katherine Mansfield and May Sinclair in the Wartime Grand Hotel
Fiona Tomkinson Online, Nagoya University
The Politics and Poetics of Space in Arnold Bennett’s Hotels and Boarding Houses
Athanasios Dimakis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
“No Longer a Hotel”: Colonial Hotel Decadence in Lawrence Durrell’s The Alexandria Quartet
Juanjuan Wu Online, University of Melbourne
Eastern Hotels, Modern Mobilities and Western Women in China, 1914-1924

11:45-13:15 The Greek Hotel
Chair: Chryssa Marinou, National and Kapodistrian Univ. of Athens

Mathilde Pyrli, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens/ELIA/MIET
The Athenian Hotel in Transition: from Inns to Grand Hôtels, 1840-1910 
Efterpi Mitsi, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
George Gissing’s Grand and Modest Hotels in Late Nineteenth-Century Athens
Polly Hember Online, Royal Holloway, University of London
Stirring the “sub-aqueous memory” in H.D.’s Hotel Mira-Mare 
Vassilis Letsios Online, Ionian University
Ithacas: Cavafy of Travel, Ships, Hotels

13:15 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30-15:30 Keynote 
Andrew ThackerOnline, Nottingham Trent University
‘“Rest. Stay.” Life in the Hotels of Katherine Mansfield
Chair: Anna Despotopoulou, National and Kapodistrian Univ. of Athens

15:45 – 17:15 Hotel theories and designs
Chair: Vassiliki Kolocotroni, Univ. of Glasgow
John Hoffmann, Philipps University Marburg
“Grand Hotel Theory” 
Rajesh Heynickx, KU Leuven
The Hotel Lobby as a Vortex in Habsburg Vienna
 Bettina Matthias, Middlebury College
Performing Belonging in Early 20th Century Literary Hotels and the Case of Rich Americans 
Bruce Peter – Online, Glasgow School of Art
The Prototype Jet Age Hotels 

17.15-18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 19:30 Hotel Holidays
Chair: Athanasios Dimakis, National and Kapodistrian Univ. of Athens
Shawna Ross Online, Texas A&M University
A Landslide at the Pension Bertolini: Anti-Tourism and Liberal Humanism in E. M. Forster’s A Room with a View 
Allan Pero Online, University of Western Ontario
“Found his anxiety frothing”: Denton Welch’s In Youth Is Pleasure, and the Hotel as Camp Allegory 
Joel Hawkes Online, University of Victoria
A Performance of the Hotel Welcome (1925-1926), and its Remains in Mary Butts’s “House Party” 
Amy Foley Online, Providence College
The Monotonous New in Kafka’s Hotel Diaries

Friday, September 10 

10:00 – 11:30 Crime à la Moderne: Memory, Perception, and Mobility in Hotel Crime Narratives
Chair: Nikos Filippaios, Univ. of Ioannina

Caius Dobrescu
 – Online, University of Bucharest
The Hotel at the Edge of The Abyss: Modernities, Mobilities, and Mysteries in R. G. Waldeck’s Athene Palace (1942)
Sudipto Sanyal – Online, Techno India University
Grand Guignol Hotels and the Supermodernity of Noir
 Somnath Basu – Online, Ramananda College
Innconveniences: Hotels and Crime in the Works of Agatha Christie 
Nikos Filippaios, University of Ioannina
“The Most Original Hotel of the World”: Memory, Crime and Tourism in Giannis Maris’ The Hands of Aphrodite (1963)

11:45– 13:00 Hotel Rooms and Forms
Chair: Anne-Reynes-Delobel, Aix-Marseille University
Josie Cray – Online, Cardiff University
“This room growing around me like a poisoned web”: Submerged in the hotel bedrooms of Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood and Anaïs Nin’s House of Incest
Christina Mirza – Online, St. Xavier’s College
A Room with a View: Vision and Experiment in the Poetry of Charlotte Mew and Hope Mirrlees 
Sonakshi Srivastava Online, Indraprastha University
A Room for (N)one: An Enquiry into the Aesthetics of Hotel in Chowringhee 

13:00 – 14:30 Break

14:30-15:45 Interwar Hotels and Urban Mobilities
Chair: Rajesh Heynickx, KU Leuven

Ulrike Zitzlsperger, University of Exeter
Life and Work in Interwar “Cathedrals of Modernity”
Chryssa Marinou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Joseph Roth’s Hotels in the 1920s: The Displaced Male Subject after WWI
Anne Reynes-Delobel, Aix-Marseille University
Heterogeneous Spaces in Provisional Relations: Hotel Life and Transnational Magazines in the 1920s

15:45-16:15 Coffee break

16:15-17:30 Ephemeral Hotels
Chair: Bettina Matthias, Middlebury College

Emma ShortOnline, Durham University
“[T]he hotel story he made up”: Hotel Life, Death, and Work in James Joyce’s Ulysses
Iro Filippaki, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Hotel Time and Impatience in Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice
Tyler T. Schmidt Online, Lehman College, City University New York
White Women & Cheap Hotels

17:45-18:45 Keynote
Vassiliki Kolocotroni, University of Glasgow
Hotel Trouble
Chair: Efterpi Mitsi, National and Kapodistrian Univ. of Athens 

18:45 Closing reception