Conference Programme 2017

JGBconfposter2017Conference Programme –

J. G. Ballard and Making (JGB Day 2017)

Saturday 24th of June, Birmingham City University, City Centre Campus, Curzon Building, B4 7BD


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Panel 1: Movement

Chair: TBC

Aristotelis Maragkos (Kent), ‘Ballard: Cinematic but Unadaptable?’

Paul Merrit, Dylan Young, Reuben Morley, Alex Bassett (Falmouth), ‘AVTUR’: Short film and discussion

Matthew Richardson (Illustrator)

Consciously Uncanny: Visualising J. G. Ballard’


Tea & Coffee


Panel 2: Rest
Chair: TBC

Verónica Mota (Berlin), ‘What I Believe’

Giorgios Crouch (Photographer), ‘Images of the Airport Landscape’

Laura De Simoni (Nottingham),

Performing Dystopia: A Dramatic Adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s Crash




Introduction to and viewing of English, Fashion and Jewellery students’ collaborative work in response to J. G. Ballard’s Vermilion Sands

Katherine Thomas, Khadija Abdulkhadir, Marriyah Hussain, Natasha Bedward, Sadeka Chowdhury (BCU)


Tea & Coffee


Keynote presentation
Chair: Thomas Knowles (BCU)

Rachele Dini (UCL), “‘Nothing…being swapped for nothing’: Manufactured Waste, Neoliberal Geographies, and Material Agency in JG Ballard’s Postmillennial Fiction”

Conference organised by Thomas Knowles and Charlotte Newman

Artwork by Chuck Newsey



JGB Day 2017 (24 June)



The second JGB Day conference will be take place on Saturday 24 June at Birmingham City University with the theme J.G. Ballard and Making.

Please see Call for Papers section for full information. Proposal deadline 31 May 2017.

This year, Undergraduate students from Birmingham City University’s Schools of English, Fashion and Jewellery have been collaborating on creative responses to Ballard’s Vermilion Sands short story collection. This one-day, multidisciplinary symposium will showcase the students’ project alongside academic papers and other creative responses to Ballard. We invite proposals for objects, artefacts, performances, papers and discussion panels that respond to any aspect of making in Ballard’s work.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

The repurposing of objects

Old or defunct technology

Junk and waste

Posthuman creativity



Ballard and the plastic arts


Film/painting/sculpture/jewellery/music,etc that responds to Ballard’s work

Please send proposals / abstracts of up to 300 words along with a short biography to

Thomas Knowles before the end of 31st May 2017.

Limited edition J.G. Ballard Zine by V. Vale available at JGB Day

We are delighted to announce a limited edition zine ‘In Celebration of J.G. Ballard’ by V. Vale only available at JGB Day at Birmingham City University UK on 29th October 2016 published by RE/Search.

The zine includes Vale’s final interview with J.G. Ballard from October 2008 with exclusive photos, rare cover art, and an essay on Ballard’s aesthetics.


V. Vale is a literary punk veteran based in California USA and has numerous publications that hosts cultural-anthropological explorations, including Industrial music, the writings of J.G. Ballard and William S. Burroughs, feminism, pranksterism, studies of The Body, plus “Incredibly Strange” filmmaking and music. He has been commissioned by the likes of Allen Ginsberg, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

A J.G. Ballard champion since 1973, Vale has published a Ballard interview in Search & Destroy #10 (1978), a monograph (RE/Search #8/9: J.G. Ballard, 1984), the illustrated Atrocity Exhibition (1990), J.G. Ballard Quotes (2004) and J.G. Ballard Conversations (2005). He has an important Ballard archive of letters, photos, taped interviews, rare magazines, signed books, and other “Ballardian” literary materials. a list available for purchase at JGB Day, the catalogue available here.

Book your free ticket for JGB Day Conference: Natural World

Call for Papers

JGB DAY 2016
‘J. G. Ballard and the Natural World’
School of English, Birmingham City University, Curzon Building
Saturday 29th October
For tickets: JGB Day eventbrite

‘Is there such a thing as authentic “Nature” these days?
Or is it now merely an adjunct to the electronic media, almost a TV gimmick?
Is it rapidly turning into a theme park?’
J.G. Ballard, Time Out Magazine, September 1987


Confirmed speakers: Keynote presentation by Richard Brown (Leeds), ‘Ballard: Food, Sex and Nature’; Gabriella Bunn (Nottingham) ‘Climate (Change) Fiction?: J. G. Ballard’s The Drowned World’; Thomas Knowles (BCU), ‘Dreams of Mediation: J. G. Ballard’s The Day of Creation’.

J. G. Ballard’s fictions famously explore the meeting point between the inner world of the psyche and the outer realm of ‘reality’. Ballard called this convergence ‘inner space’, a dimension which, in a Romantic echo, is half perceived and half created. This one-day, interdisciplinary symposium seeks to understand the importance of Ballard’s works as we enter into (or continue on in) the age of the Anthropocene. What do Ballard’s vivid depictions of flora and fauna, or their disturbing absence, have to say to a world that is obsessed with images of plant and animal life, but is destroying the same at an unprecedented rate? How do Ballard’s landscapes, transformed by human mismanagement and/or the imagination, speak to concerns about our rapidly changing climate? What hope does the power of the imagination, central to so much of Ballard’s writing, offer in terms of anthropogenesis – and what dangers might it disguise?
250-word abstracts for 20-minute presentations are invited, and both creative and critical responses are welcomed. Themes might include, but are not limited to:
• Ballard and ecology
• War and the environment
• Animals/plant-life/the natural world in Ballard’s fiction
• Ecology and the city
• Ballard and the weather
• The mind/world dyad
• Sight and sound in a changing world
• Nature and mediation
Please send proposals and any questions to
The deadline for abstracts is the 30th of September 2016.