Victoriographies: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Writing, 1790-1914.
This new journal will be published twice yearly, beginning March 2011, by Edinburgh University Press.
CFP: the first issue of Victoriographies is to focus on the theme ‘Whither Victorian Studies’. Abstracts (c.250-300 words) and articles (c.5-7,000 words) are invited. Any other papers are also welcomed for future issues, as are proposals for special editions.
The journal’s proposed coverage will concentrate on salient cultural and ideological issues of the Victorian era, while affording attention to the wide range of writing practices across the length and breadth of the nineteenth century and its renowned literary fecundity.
The readership concerns the following subject areas:
ideological concerns in nineteenth-century literature
sociocultural concerns in nineteenth-century literature
writing and meta-writing issues in nineteenth-century literature
nineteenth-century literary history and culture
One of the many purposes of the journal is to call for a broader and more inclusive periodicity, to encourage debate across a long nineteenth century, and to offer an approach to writing in the nineteenth century as writing, as aesthetic practice rigorously examined in terms of the philosophical, epistemological and ideological concerns woven into the texture of the text.
For more information contact Professor Julian Wolfreys: J.Wolfreys@lboro.ac.uk
For those with interests in literature, science, culture, evolution…
Monday 28 – Wednesday 30 June 2010
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX
Convenors: Professor Andrew Whiten FBA, Professor Robert Hinde FBA FRS,
Professor Chris Stringer FRS, and Professor Kevin Laland
The capacity for culture is a product of biological evolution – yet culture itself can also evolve, generating cultural phylogenies. This highly interdisciplinary British Academy/Royal Society conference will address new discoveries and controversies illuminating these phenomena, from the roots of culture in the animal kingdom to human, cultural evolutionary trees and the cognitive adaptations shaping our special cultural nature.
The meeting is free but registration is essential (see link above).
Centre for Life-Writing Research, King’s College London
Michael Landy and Stephen Romer
This discussion will bring together a poet and a visual artist to explore the role of the self in art, thinking in particular about the artists’ representation of their fathers in their work. In his 2004 Semi-detached, Michael Landy installed a replica of his father’s suburban Victorian house within the confines of Tate Britain. Visitors could make their way around the house (where his father still lived), serenaded by a recording of Landy’s father whistling his favourite tunes. Later in the year, Landy combined drawings, videos and photographs in an exhibition about his father called Welcome to My World. Stephen Romer’s latest collection of poetry, The Yellow Studio, shortlisted for the 2008 T.S. Eliot Prize, contains a series of poems written to the poet’s father, shortly after his death. Romer describes these as ‘less a reckoning than an attempt to speak’. Landy and Romer will come together to discuss the impetus behind these highly personal portraits of their fathers and, more generally, to explore the autobiographical element in their art.
18.00, Thursday 29 April 2010
Old Anatomy Theatre, King’s Building, Strand Campus
Call for Paper Proposals
British Library, London, 16 and 17 April 2012
When William Stead died on the maiden voyage of the Titanic in April 1912, 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 conference marks the centenary of his death. We aim to recover Stead’s extraordinary influence on modern English culture and to mark a major moment in the history of journalism. In 2012 the British Library will open its state of the art newspaper reading rooms. In Stead’s spirit we will also investigate our own revolution in newspapers and print journalism in the age of digital news.
With Stead as a focal point, we will use aspects of his career to develop multiple avenues into the history of his time and ours. This is not a narrowly focused specialist conference, but one that aims to adopt wide cultural perspectives.
This is a call for expressions of interest. Please send proposals for papers (500 words) or any other suggestions for the conference to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of July 2010. A full call for proposals will follow in 2011. Further details are here: https://sites.google.com/site/stead2012/
The last of the SPRING TERM series ‘Revisiting the Victorian East End’ will feature:
Seth Koven (Rutgers), ‘Cockney Cosmopolitan: The Match Factory Girl and Nellie Dowell in East London and the World’
8 May 2010, 11am, Room G22/26 (Senate House, South Block, Ground Floor)
A conference hosted by the University of Sheffield, March 26-27
This interdisciplinary conference at the University of Sheffield will address such questions as: how do the images and poetry of the nineteenth century reflect or challenge British and European politics of their day? How do nineteenth-century politics intersect with aesthetics to create new theories and practices of art? What kind of correlation might there be between political representation and the representation of politics in word and image?
Keynote speakers: Malcolm Chase (University of Leeds), Lindsay Smith (University of Sussex), Cornelia Pearsall (Smith College, Massachusetts).
Roundtable Discussion: Mike Sanders (University of Manchester), Bertrand Taithe (University of Manchester), Martina Lauster (University of Exeter)
Final Call for Papers: Proposals Due March 15
The BAVS Tenth Anniversary Conference
The University of Glasgow, 2-4 September, 2010
The 2010 BAVS conference seeks to address the question of ‘form’, in all its varied meanings, in Victorian culture. We invite papers that address the topic of literary form, and that engage with current debates in the field over the return to form in literary criticism, but also wish to broaden the topic to encompass forms and formations in other disciplines, including but not limited to art history, science, architecture, politics, religion and history of the book. Papers might consider the role of different social and political groupings and institutions in the Victorian period, or the formation of a particular idea or discipline. They might deal with wide-ranging debates over varied attempts at reform in the nineteenth century, or could focus on the formation or reformation of the individual. Papers considering material forms, including the fashioning of the body in medical and other discourse, are welcome, as are papers on the physical features of the Victorian landscape: urban and rural spaces, natural forms and the built environment. We also invite papers that are concerned with the reworking of Victorian forms in twentieth and twenty-first century literature and culture.
A number of postgraduate bursaries will be available for postgraduate students presenting a paper at the conference or acting as a conference reporter. Please check this site in spring 2010 for details of how to apply.
Deadline for submission of abstract: 15 March 2010
Please send a 200-word abstract to email@example.com
Suggested topics for consideration:
Poetic form* Narrative form* Generic formation* Neoformalism* Political formations* Social reform* Educational reform* Scientific formations* Geological forms* Religious formations* Imperial formations* Urban forms* Architectural form* Sculptural form* Domestic design* Intellectual formations* Forms of publication* Bodily formations* Gendered forms* Forms of conduct* Forming identities* Moral forms*Neovictorian forms*
Further information is available at the conference website: http://www.gla.ac.uk/bavs/