Association for Scottish Literary Studies Annual Conference 2012 Programme
CROSSING THE HIGHLAND LINE IN THE 19th CENTURY: cross-currents in Scottish writing
8-10 June 2012, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye
The nineteenth century saw the romanticisation of the Highlander, the rise of tartanry and the emergence of the modern Scottish tourist industry. It also witnessed the worst excesses of the Clearances and the beginnings of an exodus from the Highlands to the industrial cities and to the colonies. This conference will examine the literary culture of Scotland – Highland and Lowland – during this transformational period, and will explore its interactions and intersections.
Friday 8 June
18:30 — Optional buffet
20:15 — Opening of conference (Boyd Robertson and Ian Brown)
20:30 — Contacts and tensions between Highlands and Lowlands (Allan
21:15 — “The Highland Drover”: the plays of Archibald Maclaren (Ian
Brown and Gioia Angeletti)
22:00 — Bar open
Saturday 9 June
9:15 — What can Walter Scott offer us today? (Christopher Whyte)
9:45 — The poetry of Ailean Dall (Ronald Black)
10:15 — Tea & coffee
10:45 — James Hogg and the Highlands (Suzanne Gilbert)
11:15 — The great folk collectors (D. W. Stewart)
11:45 — Break
12:00 — The Edinburgh journals and the Highlands (David Manderson)
12:30 — Gaelic periodicals (Sheila Kidd)
13:00 — LUNCH
14:00 — Robert Louis Stevenson: the Lowland Highlander (Christopher
14:30 — The unknown William Livingstone: four songs (Christopher Whyte)
15:00 — Tea & coffee
15:30 — Art, the Highlands and the Celtic Revival (Murdo Macdonald)
16:15 — Conclusion of papers
19:00 — CONFERENCE DINNER
21:00 — Ceilidh: featuring Margaret Bennett
Sunday 10 June
10:00 — Màiri Mhòr and the land struggle (Mark Wringe)
10:30 — “That fairyland of poesy”: the Highlands in 19th century
novels by women (Pam Perkins)
11:00 — Tea & coffee
11:30 — Neil MacLeod, bard of Skye and Edinburgh (Meg Bateman)
12:00 — From Celtic Revival to Scottish Literary Renaissance (Douglas Gifford)
13:00 — Optional buffet lunch
ASLS members/students/unwaged: £40 per head
Full rate: £50 per head
(coffees/teas and Saturday lunch included)
Accommodation (including breakfast) at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is available
at preferential rates:
Single room: £32 per night
Double room: £56 per night
Further information, including a booking form and travel details, can
be found online at http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/ScotLit/ASLS/AnnConf.html
REMINDER: BAVS 2012
University of Sheffield
Thursday 30th August – Saturday 1st September
Victorian Values: Ethics, Economics, Aesthetics
CFP Deadline: 31st March 2012
I suppose the persons interested in establishing a school of Art for workmen may in the main be divided into two classes, namely, first, those who chiefly desire to make the men happier, wiser and better; and secondly, those who desire them to produce better and more valuable work
The 2012 conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies will be held in Sheffield, the thriving heart of the Victorian Steel Industry. In 1875, on the outskirts of the city, John Ruskin established the Museum of St George, a collection of art objects and natural artefacts displayed for the aesthetic education of the city’s workers. Inspired by Ruskin, the theme of this year’s conference aims to explore the relationships between different kinds of value in the Victorian period, to return to the period’s central debates about how to measure, establish and uphold value in the emergent modernity of Victorian Britain, and to think about the representation and legacy of those values both in and beyond the field of Victorian Studies.
Keynote Speakers: Dinah Birch (Liverpool), Simon James (Durham), Francis O’Gorman (Leeds), and Wendy Parkins (University of Orago, NZ).
PAPERS MAY ADDRESS, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:
• The representation and circulation of different kinds of currency
• Aesthetes in the marketplace
• Critical/cultural evaluation, from Ruskin and Arnold to Leavis and beyond
• The ethical turn in Victorian Studies
• Political economy and the art of government
• The transmission of value at home and abroad
• Value rewritten, from Woolf to Waters
• Domestic economy and the aesthetics of the home
• Ethical dilemmas, aesthetic solutions
• Value on display: collection and exhibition
• New economies, from Cobden to Carpenter
• Commodity culture and the value of ‘things’
• Sincere characters: the ethics of self and text
• Work ethics: Madox-Brown, Marx and Morris
Please send the title of your paper and an abstract of around 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st March 2012.
Plenary Speakers: Malcolm Andrews & Michael Slater
Cost: £15 or £12 concessions
To book: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/dickenslegacy
Morning and afternoon coffee and tea provided.
Lunch: own arrangements.
The day will end with a free glass of wine to toast ‘the Inimitable’.
For further information please contact email@example.com
CFP: Science and Literature 1800-Present: Two Cultures or Co-evolution?
12th May, 2012
CFP Deadline: March 31st
Key note speakers: Prof. Joanna Verran (MMU), Prof. Sharon Ruston (Salford) & Prof. David Amigoni (Keele)
‘As in the changed impression on the wax, we read a change in the seal; so in the integration of advancing Language, Science, and Art, we see reflected certain integrations of advancing human structure, individual and social.’
- Herbert Spenser First Principles (1862)
‘The purpose of Science and Art is one: to render experience intelligible’
- Leslie A White The Science of Culture (1949)
‘Literary intellectuals at one pole – at the other scientists…Between the two a gulf of mutual incomprehension…’
- C. P. Snow The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution (1959)
The long nineteenth century saw the cultural foundation for a dialogue between the Sciences and the Arts that continues to this day. Despite the lacuna that is traditionally posited between these two subjects, from the Romantic beginning of the nineteenth century and throughout the Victorian period, artists, writers and scientists alike were conscious of the confluences between their disciplines. The Victorian fashion for reading cutting-edge scientific articles alongside, for example, philosophical poetry or serialized novels in magazines and journals was preceded by / inherited from the Romantic tendency to blur the boundaries between scientific and artistic study, and set a precedent for the mutual evaluation of these two fields. Indeed, the periodical itself was a product of the increasing impact of science and technology on literary culture; these developments shaped the material texts and the practices of production and reception.
In addition, scientists often employed literary tropes and epigraphs to reiterate their messages; indeed scientific theories could frequently trace their origins back to literature (Herbert Spencer, for example, drew on both Coleridge and Goethe to formulate his theory of evolution). The advancement of science throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries lead to an increased concern with social anxieties about science. This manifested itself as a penchant for science fiction novels that purported to explore the possibilities that science was yet to realize.
This legacy can be traced well into the twentieth century. The exploitation of science and technology in the world wars revived a literary preoccupation with science represented in post-war fiction, such as Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series (1942-1950), Nevil Shute’s On the Beach (1957), or Harlan Ellison’s short story I have no mouth and I must scream (1967). Today it emerges in phrases like the portmanteau ‘Franken-foods’, which borrows Mary Shelley’s eponymous 19th century protagonist to highlight the fears of contemporary scientific applications. This conference will explore those intimate relationships between the two cultures of science and literature, and will examine the ways in which anxieties of the long nineteenth century have continued to express themselves in the present day.
Call for papers – applicants might consider, but are not limited to, the following areas:
- Darwinism and social anxiety
- Medical pandemics in literature
- The dissemination of science (including the impact of technological innovation on the material text)
- Representations of physical and mental illness
- Access to science for women and children
- Fears of technological advancement (e.g. Ludditism)
- Reflections on the science of warfare
- Apocalyptic visions
- Critical approaches to the two cultures (including modern opposition between arts and sciences)
- Popular Science – the third culture
We welcome proposals of 200-300 words for 15 minute presentations. Please send proposals and any queries to Emilie Taylor-Brown, Jo Taylor and Katie McGettigan at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for proposals is 31st March 2012. Website: http://litscikeele.blogspot.com/
Saturday 28th April, King’s College London
10am- 5pm, Admission Free, no booking required.
KCL’s Centre for Life Writing Research, in partnership with Strandlines and Westminster Archives Centre, presents ‘Dickensfest!: Victorian Lives in Arts and Archives’.
Join us in King College London’s Great Hall, Strand Campus, for a full day of talks and readings celebrating the Bicentenary of Charles Dickens, and exploring the great city that inspired his novels.
Throughout the day, speakers from leading arts and heritage organisations will be shedding new light on Dickens’s life and works, and sharing their passion for all things Dickensian. We’ll also be bringing your favourite Dickens’s novels to life through live readings by actor Gordon Milne.
We are delighted to welcome Griff Rhys Jones and co-presenters Clare Brant and Brian Hurwitz to guide us through this exciting programme. Speakers include Ruth Richardson, Rosemary Ashton, Michael Allen, and Juliet John.
Join us on 28 April to celebrate Charles Dickens’s 200th birthday in unique style!
For further details of the programme and the speakers, see the Dickensfest! website, http://www.westminster.gov.uk/services/libraries/archives/dickensfest/
ADDITIONAL CALL FOR PAPERS: Reassessing the Dramatic Monologue: Browning, Before, Beyond.
Royal Holloway, University of London, 28-30 June 2012
Organisers: Dr Vicky Greenaway, Dr Britta Martens, Dr Simon Avery
The Browning Society in collaboration with Royal Holloway, University of London, the University of Westminster, and the University of the West of England, is holding a three-day conference on the history and development of the dramatic monologue on 28-30 June 2012. The event is supported by the British Association of Victorian Studies and the Modern Humanities Research Association, and the keynote speakers will be Professor Isobel Armstrong, Professor Daniel Karlin, Professor Tricia Lootens and Professor Cornelia Pearsall. A dramatization of a selection of Robert Browning’s monologues by Primavera Productions is part of the conference programme.
The first call for papers has generated considerable interest in the conference and particularly from speakers on an array of nineteenth-century writers and topics. The organisers are now looking to augment this with an additional call for papers on the dramatic monologue in the 20th and 21st centuries, although further papers on the Victorian dramatic monologue are also welcome.
20 minutes papers are invited on any topic relating to the dramatic monologue, including:
· the work of particular poets (for example, Charlotte Mew, T.S. Eliot, Philip Larkin, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Carol Ann Duffy);
· new approaches to defining the dramatic monologue and its significance;
· the relationship between the dramatic monologue and other genres such as drama or performance poetry;
· the dramatic monologue and concerns with gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, etc.;
· relations between the dramatic monologue and psychology;
· possible future developments of the form.
Please send 300-word abstracts to Simon Avery at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> by 15 April 2012.
Call for Papers: Edited Collection: Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture
Deadline for abstracts: May 15, 2012
Deadline for complete essays (3,000-7,000 words): June 30, 2012
How was the rise of scientific medicine in the Victorian era appropriated and adapted by popular culture? This essay collection explores the relationship between the increasingly specialized medical disciplines and a variety of texts and contexts, including popular (non-canonical) literature, journalism, advertisements, home medical and nursing manuals, and lectures and exhibitions at leisure sites and mechanics institutes. The collection also offers perspectives on literature’s reciprocal influence on diverse health care fields including nursing, pharmacy, medical philanthropy, health care missionary work, advertising, and quackery.
The proposed collection seeks to add to the growing body of scholarship on Victorian scientific and medical writing by considering representations of health care within specifically popular fields. How can we understand the relationships that existed between consumerism, health care, and popular literature in the Victorian period? When and how was lay practice or its representation complimentary, and when was it a form of resistance to increasingly professionalized and scientific medicine? How do popular texts and artifacts of the period represent medical and popular health care trends of the era, such as the scientific revolution in Victorian healthcare? How did visual iconography including advertisements reflect changing views of health care practitioners and consumers? We invite interdisciplinary scholarship and work drawn from a range of disciplines: art history, literature, history, anthropology, public health, sociology, and communications to broaden our understanding of the non-elite bodies of professionals, texts, and cultures that influenced Victorian health care policy and practice.
Please send abstracts to Louise Penner (Louise.Penner@umb.edu) or Tabitha Sparks (email@example.com) by May 15, 2012, or complete essays (3,000-7,000 words) by June 30, 2012.
Associate Professor of English
Montreal QC Canada
CFP: 20th International Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival, Dorchester, UK, 18-26 August 2012
Papers are solicited from Hardy scholars around the world for the Twentieth International Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival which will take place in Dorchester, UK from 18-26th August, 2012. Proposals should take the form of an abstract not exceeding 250 words max for papers of 20 minutes duration. These will be delivered in chaired parallel sessions throughout the week as part of the academic program of lectures, seminars, talks and the postgraduate symposium. Proposals may address any aspect of Hardy’s life, work and thought but we are particularly keen to encourage papers focusing on the following areas:
Hardy and Genre (particularly the short story).
Hardy and the Visual and/or Plastic Arts.
Hardy and Intertextuality.
Hardy and Cultural Heritage.
Wessex and the wider world.
Hardy and international politics.
International responses to the work of Thomas Hardy
Hardy’s influence on poets, writers and musicians (including popular musicians) in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Proposals should be addressed to:
‘Call for Papers’ – ( The Thomas Hardy Society) Dr. Jane Thomas, Department of English University of Hull, East Yorkshire HU6 7RX
All submissions will be read and adjudicated by an academic panel.
The closing date is 31st March 2012.
The best of the papers given at the Conference will be eligible for publication in the peer-reviewed Thomas Hardy Journal appearing in Autumn 2012. Conference delegates contributing to the panels will be required to register for the Conference and Festival (‘Day Rates’ can be negotiated) and will be responsible for finding their own accommodation, which they are advised to do as soon as possible as accommodation is likely to be scarce in August in view of the Sailing Olympics.
A small contingency fund is available to assist accepted speakers who are not affiliated to an Institute of Higher Education or who might require financial assistance to attend the Conference and Festival. Decisions will be made by the adjudicating panel on a case by case basis.
The Hardy Conference and Festival is designed to appeal both to Hardy Scholars and also to lay readers who attend in large numbers. The academic sessions will be supplemented by a variety of excursions and entertainments relating to the local context which Hardy’s work celebrated, and from which it emerged.
‘Viewer I married him’: Reading (Re)productions Extended Abstract Deadline
Due to an excellent first response and many high quality proposals, the abstract deadline for ‘Viewer I married him’: Reading (Re)productions of the Long Nineteenth Century in Period Drama, has now been extended until Friday 16th March 2012. By extending the deadline we hope to accommodate an even more diverse selection of papers and present of a range of consecutive panels at the event on 29th June 2012.
Post-graduate applicants are encouraged to apply for one of ten student bursaries funded by the British Association of Victorian Studies.
‘Viewer, I married him’: Reading (Re)Productions of the Long Nineteenth Century in Period Drama
29 June, 2012
Derwent Building, University of Hull
EXTENDED ABSTRACT DEADLINE: MARCH 16, 2012
EXTENDED POSTGRADUATE BURSARY DEADLINE: MARCH 16, 2012
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Sarah Cardwell, University of Kent: ‘Adaptations and Period Dramas: Questions of Genre and Style’
Professor Mark Llewellyn, Director of Research for the AHRC, will lead a postgraduate training session focussed on career development and adapting to an academic career .
‘Period drama’, or remediated historical adaptations for television and film have long been established genres which are traditionally associated with fancy costumes, pseudo-Victorian settings, and romance. This conference invites scholars working in the fields of literature, film, history, music, and cultural and media studies to consider the wider historical and cultural impact of the ‘period drama’, ‘costume drama’, or filmic adaptation. Our objective is to promote interaction between nineteenth-century and contemporary scholars in order to examine how and why the literature, history, and culture of Britain from 1800-1914 is (re)produced in a modern international context. By analysing the processes through which these literatures and histories are translated into film, we hope to acknowledge and assess the continuing importance of period drama in contemporary culture across the world. Potential papers might include:
- TV series, programmes or films
- Direct adaptations of literature (e.g. BBC’s, ITV’s or Roman Polanski’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles)
- Modern retellings of nineteenth-century literature (e.g. Clueless)
- Adaptations derived from Neo-Victorian texts (e.g. Fingersmith)
- Original screen-plays (e.g. Downton Abbey)
- Cross-over period dramas (e.g. Lost in Austen)
- Biopics (e.g. Becoming Jane)
- International adaptations (e.g. Bride and Prejudice)
As this conference is interdisciplinary in its approach, we are also looking for papers which consider themes associated with literary and cultural studies (class, gender, sexuality, religion, race) and/or the contemporary production/adaptation process, the modern audience and critical responses, and how period drama and contemporary culture impact on one another. The following topics are suggested, but are by no means limited to:
- Company of production (e.g. BBC, ITV)
- Costumes, settings, props
- Technology, Musical scores
- Screenplays, Performances
- Intended audience(s), Critical reviews, audience response, media coverage
Since period drama and adaptations serve as popular entertainment, valuable educational resources and are art forms in their own right, we look forward to expanding study on this rich topic by welcoming 300-word abstracts, for 20 minute papers, from postgraduate students, as well as early-career researchers and established academics. To submit abstracts, or for any other queries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
£25 postgraduate early bird registration fee (deadline 30 April)
£35 academic early bird registration fee (deadline 30 April)
£35 postgraduate late registration fee (after 1 May)
£45 academic late registration fee (after 1 May)
Postgraduate Bursary Information
We are pleased to offer ten full registration fee (£25) bursaries for postgraduate students, thanks to the generous sponsorship of BAVS. If you are interested in being considered for a bursary, please send with your abstract a CV and a statement (300 word maximum) explaining why you would benefit from attending this conference.
Allison Neal, Jenny Pearce, Janine Hatter, and Maura Dunst
The Postgraduate Period Drama Conference Team
The British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS): www.bavsuk.org
The University of Hull: www.hull.ac.uk
19th Century Strand: Then and Now
A new blog by Mary Shannon (King’s College London)
“…to walk the Strand is to obtain a liberal education”, Mark Lemon (1866).
What remains of the nineteenth-century Strand?
How much of it would still be recognisable to Dickens, Queen Victoria, or Joseph Johnson the ballad singer?
The nineteenth-century Strand was a shopping street to rival Oxford Street, the heart of London publishing, and a gateway to theatre-land. Join me on my fortnightly walk along the Victorian Strand, to see what survives from this period and how individual buildings and their occupants have changed since then.
- Mary L. Shannon