Interested in Queen Victoria or Victorian history? Become a Wikipedia Editor for a day
The Bodleian Libraries are organising a Wikipedia editathon focusing on the Queen Victoria’s Journals online resource (www.queenvictoriasjournals.org). The Libraries have been a part of a project to transcribe and digitise Queen Victoria’s Journals, which detail household and family matters, as well as affairs of state, meetings with statesmen and other eminent figures and the literature of the day. The journals website will be made available for free global use for a limited time to coincide with the anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birthday on 24 May.
We are running an editing session in Oxford, bringing together contributors while also encouraging virtual editing for those outside the city. The session is intended to improve the coverage of individuals and events mentioned by Queen Victoria in her journals.
The day will include a short talk and a tour through the online resource from the Queen Victoria’s Journals project staff.
To sign up and get more details please visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_University_of_Oxford/QueenVictoriasJournals or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Date: Friday 24 May 2013, 1pm–4pm
- Venue: Training Room, Radcliffe Science Library, Oxford (directions)
- Participants: All welcome! Experience is encouraged, but basic editing information will be available.
- Registration: Please sign up at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_University_of_Oxford/QueenVictoriasJournals
- Cost: Free!
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BAVS Funding Grant – forthcoming deadline
The British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) is committed to the support of its members’ activities such as conferences and events. The BAVS Funding Grant is designed to support Victorian Studies events organised by its members. A maximum of £400 is available per application; applications can be made individually or as a group.
The application form, including guidance notes, is available from: http://www.bavsuk.org/funding.htm. The next deadline for applications is 31 May 2013.
Any enquiries about BAVS Funding should be directed to the BAVS Funding Officer, Amelia Yeates (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Victorian Popular Fiction Association Research Day – 9th November 2013
Wilkie Collins: New Directions and Readings
The VPFA is pleased to announce a Study Day devoted to the work of Wilkie Collins. Confirmed speakers include Tara MacDonald (University of Amsterdam), Anne-Marie Beller (Loughborough University), Tabitha Sparks (McGill University) and Joanne Ella Parsons (Bath Spa University). In addition to these speakers, we would like to solicit three further papers of 20 minutes duration on any aspect of Collins’s novels, short stories, and plays. Please send a 250 word abstract to Janice Allan (email@example.com) and Joanne Parsons (Joanne.firstname.lastname@example.org) by the 31st May 2013.
Update – UCL Explores: The Critical Heritage of Sherlock Holmes
From April to June 2013, UCL will bring together academics, enthusiasts, creative practitioners, and popular writers to explore Sherlock Holmes’ critical heritage from all kinds of perspectives and across a number of events.
Starting on April 24, from 6-8PM, Dr Benjamin Poore (York) and Tom Ue (UCL; Birkbeck) will discuss BBC One’s TV drama Sherlock as part of George Potts (UCL) and Marc Farrant (Kingston)’s seminar series ‘Complex TV,’ which focuses on a range of TV programmes that have significantly shaped the medium in the twenty-first century. Poore and Ue will be looking at Moriarty as the series’ super villain, and technology both as a theme and an informing presence on its narrative structure. This meeting will take place at Foster Court 130: http://crf.casa.ucl.ac.uk/screenRoute.aspx?s=386&d=77&w=False
The UCL Festival of the Arts (May 7-17) will launch an interactive display on Holmes’ textual history by Dr Jon Cranfield (Liverpool John Moores) and Ue. On May 11 and 12, three workshops, part of ‘Something Else for the Weekend,’ will provide festivalgoers with the opportunity to get up close and personal with UCL research. The meetings will take place at Roberts 110 on May 11 from 2PM-3PM and May 12 from 1PM-2PM and at Roberts 106 on May 11 from 3PM-4PM (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/silva/festival-of-the-arts/something-else-for-the-weekend/directions).
June 8 will see The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate IV, featuring leading experts on Holmes and reaching tens of millions of readers internationally. This meeting will take place at Cruciform B404-LT2: http://crf.casa.ucl.ac.uk/screenRoute.aspx?s=386&d=64&w=False Time TBD.
The conversations that emerge from all these events will converge at the Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present conference, jointly organised by Cranfield, Ue and Marlies Gabriele Prinzl (UCL), and it will be held at Senate House on June 21-22. Independent scholars and researchers from numerous institutions around the world, including Dr David Grylls (Oxford), Professor Douglas Kerr (Hong Kong), and Professor John Mullan (UCL), will share their insights on Holmes.
For more information, including details on registration, please refer to the official conference website. Updates for all events are also available via our Facebook page and/or Twitter (@SHolmesPastPres).
UCL Explores: The Critical Heritage of Sherlock Holmes is generously supported by Blackwell’s Charing Cross Road; Intellect Books; MX Publishing; UCL Arts and Humanities, including the Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies; UCL English; UCL European Institute; and the UCL Public Engagement Unit. We look forward to welcoming you at one or more of these events.
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A doctoral award in History has just become available at the University of Essex. More information is available here: http://www.essex.ac.uk/history/prospective_students/postgraduates/funding.aspx
The deadline for this award is 4pm, 12 June 2013
New Issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
The new issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century is now available at http://19.bbk.ac.uk/index.php/19/issue/view/83
When W. T. Stead died on the Titanic he was the most famous Englishman on board. He was one of the inventors of the modern tabloid. His advocacy of ‘government by journalism’ helped launch military campaigns. His exposé of child prostitution raised the age of consent to sixteen, yet his investigative journalism got him thrown in jail. A mass of contradictions and a crucial figure in the history of the British press, Stead was a towering presence in the cultural life of late-Victorian and Edwardian society. This special issue of 19, guest edited by Laurel Brake and James Mussell, celebrates Stead’s life and legacy in all its diversity 101 years on.
There will be a panel session and reception to mark the publication of this issue at the British Library, 14 May 2013, 18:30-20:00. Speakers will be Kate Campbell, Rohan McWilliam, and Tony Nicholson. Attendance is free but attendees must register. Further details here: http://www.bl.uk/whatson/events/event145276.html
19: INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES IN THE LONG NINETEENTH CENTURY NO 16 (2013): W. T. STEAD: NEWSPAPER REVOLUTIONARY
Laurel Brake, James Mussell: ‘Introduction’
Graham Law, Matthew Sterenberg: ‘Old v. New Journalism and the Public Sphere; or, Habermas Encounters Dallas and Stead’
Lucy Delap, Maria DiCenzo: ‘“No one pretends he was faultless”: W. T. Stead and the Women’s Movement’
Stéphanie Prévost: ‘W. T. Stead and the Eastern Question (1875-1911); or, How to Rouse England and Why?’
Tom Lockwood: ‘W. T. Stead’s ‘Penny Poets’: Beyond Baylen’
Paul Horn: ‘“Two Minds With but a Single Thought”: W. T. Stead, Henry James, and the Zancig Controversy’
Sarah Crofton: ‘“Julia Says”: The Spirit-Writing and Editorial Mediumship of W. T. Stead’
Marysa Demoor: ‘When the King Becomes your Personal Enemy: W. T. Stead, King Leopold II, and the Congo Free State’
Tom Gretton: ‘From La Méduse to the Titanic: Géricault’s Raft in Journalistic Illustration up to 1912’
Event: Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies
The next Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies will feature Diana Maltz (SOU) presenting on ‘Decadence for Kids?: Mabel Dearmer and Children’s Book Illustration in the 1890s.’ It will be held on Monday 13 May 2013 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Keynes Library.
The writer and artist Mabel Dearmer worked at the heart of the 1890s vanguard, contributing illustrations to The Yellow Book and The Studio and to books published by John Lane at the Bodley Head. She adopted a visual style redolent of Aubrey Beardsley’s poster art and characterized by a Japanese-influenced asymmetry, bold colour-blocking, and heavy use of outline. Yet her images were largely used in the service of children’s literature. Can an image be formally decadent while remaining morally palatable? This lecture considers Dearmer’s artistic production in its social contexts. It particularly highlights her activity in two aesthetic worlds: the High Anglican community of her husband, the Rev. Percy Dearmer, with its ritualism and guild socialism, and the Yellow Book circle.
For those interested, please feel free to come for dinner at Carluccio’s with Diana Maltz after her talk.
Future Forum events include:
Martin Myrone (Tate Britain): ‘Spectacle and the Sublime: Romantic Visuality and Contemporary Exhibition Culture’
Monday 20 May 2013, 6:00-7:40pm in the Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square
‘Amy Levy and Controversy’: Panel Discussion with Richa Dwor (Leicester), Naomi Hetherington (Birkbeck), Nadia Valman (QMUL), and Ana Parejo Vadillo (Birkbeck)
Monday 20 May 2013, 7:40-9:00pm
Eugenia Gonzalez (Birkbeck): ‘Victorian Dolls and Material Play’
Tuesday 21 May 2013, 7:30-9:00pm in Room 124, 43 Gordon Square
‘On Cosmopolitanism:’ Seminar with Stefano Evangelista (Oxford), Alex Murray (Exeter), and Matthew Potolsky (Utah)
Thursday 30 May 2013, 6:00-8:00pm
Alison Booth (Virginia): ‘A Network of Trollopes: Anglo-Italians, Women, and Biographical “Events”‘
Monday 10 June 2013, 6:00-8:00pm
Unless otherwise noted, all sessions take place in the Keynes Library (Room 114, School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London, UK, WC1H 0PD). All sessions are free and welcome to the public.
For more information, please visit the website at: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/english/our-research/research_cncs/our-events/birkbeck-forum-for-nineteenth-century-studies-summer-term-2013
Please note that the Forum’s email address has changed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All correspondence related to the Forum will be sent through this email address and all inquiries about Forum events should be sent to email@example.com
The following British Academy-funded seminar series may be of interest to Victorianists:
‘Making a Darkness Visible: 1820-1840′, Durham University
Fri 24 May – Dr Gregory Dart (UCL): ‘Cockney Adventures and Early Dickens’
Responses from Prof Simon James (Durham University) and Dr Meiko O’Halloran (Newcastle University)
5.00pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham
Mon 10 Jun – Prof John Plotz (Brandeis University): ‘From Tale to Sketch and Story: Short Fiction in Transition, 1820-40’
Response from Dr Penny Fielding (University of Edinburgh)
5.00pm, Williams Library, St Chad’s College, Durham
CFP: Women and Political Theory in the 19th and First Half of the 20th Century: Vernon Lee and Radical Circles
CFP: Women and Political Theory in the 19th and First Half of the 20th Century: Vernon Lee and Radical Circles
“Vernon Lee” (Violet Paget, 1856-1935) is well-known for her remarkable erudition, her sharp analyses of arts, music, and literature, her travel accounts uncovering the mysterious presence of the genius loci, her studies on aesthetic contemplation hinging on the central notion of empathy, her fiction (novels and short stories), her theatre work, and even her involvement in the defence of the city centre of Florence.
But little is known about Vernon Lee as a campaigner against war, against imperialism, and as a free woman striving for an ideal society based on equal rights and universal brotherhood, whose voice grew louder and louder in her fight for peace in Europe and the world.
Indeed, as Phyllis F. Mannocchi declared in her Florence paper, 28 Sept. 2012 : “In the scholarship on Vernon Lee, not much attention has been paid to the fact that as she approached late middle age, Vernon Lee seemed to discover her voice as a political ‘radical,’ a supporter of women’s suffrage a participant in the anti-war movement, and an expert in international relations. Vernon Lee’s ‘radical’ politics were ‘natural’ to her. After all, she was a ‘born internationalist,’ who had lived in France, Germany, Switzerland, England, and Italy, and was multi-lingual. After expressing her opposition to the Boer War (1899 – 1902), Vernon Lee began to write more often on social, political, and international issues. WHY is it that so little is known of her writing on these issues during this later period of her life?” (Phyllis Mannochi, International Conference Violet del Palmerino: Vernon Lee’s Cosmopolitan Salon, 1889-1935, Florence, 27-28 Sept. 2012. Accessible: thesibylblog.com)
This conference will aim to further the knowledge on Vernon Lee’s and other women’s radical theories in the 19th and first half of the 20th century, in relation to contemporaneous British, Italian, French, Swiss, and German radical circles.
We invite contributions on: Alice Abadam, Annie Besant, Clementina Black, Irene Forbes-Mosse, Isabella and Emily Ford, Mathilde Hecht, Emily Hobhouse, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Clémence Royer
Favoured topics will include:
Vernon Lee and (Fabian) Socialism
Vernon Lee and Anti-Semitism
Vernon Lee and Fascism
Vernon Lee and Nazism
Vernon Lee and Bolshevism
Vernon Lee and India (Gandhi)
Vernon Lee and International Relations
Vernon Lee and women’s suffrage
Vernon Lee and women’s role in society
Vernon Lee and the relations between men and women Vernon Lee’s pacifism: the Boer War; WWI; the coming of WWII Vernon Lee and vivisection Vernon Lee and the UDC (Union of Democratic Control) Vernon Lee and the concert of nations (League of Nations) Vernon Lee and economics Vernon Lee and Europe Vernon Lee and the Dreyfus affaire Vernon Lee’s philanthropy
Comité scientifique/ Scientific Board: Françoise BARRET-DUCROCQ (Paris Diderot) Florence BINARD (Paris Diderot) Sophie GEOFFROY (Université de La Réunion) Guyonne LEDUC (Lille 3) Phyllis MANNOCCHI (Colby University) Michel PRUM (Paris Diderot) Shafquat TOWHEED (London Open University)
Event: Lewis Caroll’s Mathematics
Conference jointly organised by The British Society for the History of Mathematics and The Lewis Carroll Society in association with The Birmingham and Midland Institute
Venue: The Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS
Date: Saturday, 18th May 2013. Programme ends at 17:00.
Time: Talks begin at 10:30 (tea/coffee and registration from 10:00)
Full Programme available on the website: http://lewiscarrollmanofscience.com
Speakers include: Keith Hannabuss and Robin Wilson
The event follows the success of the Lewis Carroll, Man of Science meeting of 2011 and is organised jointly by the BSHM, the Lewis Carroll Society and the Birmingham and Midland institute.
Bookings are currently being taken for this event.
Attendance Fee £25 – includes coffee and buffet style lunch.
Special rate of £20 for BSHM, LCS and BMI members
Pre-payment would be appreciated, but bookings may be made by email.
Please make cheques payable to The Lewis Carroll Society and send them to: 50 Lauderdale Mansions, Lauderdale Road, London, W9 1NE.
For all enquiries and bookings please contact Mark Richards (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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For details of the BSHM vis: http://www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/bshm/
For details of the Lewis Carroll Society visit: http://lewiscarrollsociety.org.uk
For details of the Birmingham and Midland Institute visit: http://bmi.org.uk/