Teaching English Studies Through Blended Learning
School of English, University of Leeds, Tuesday 8 May 2012, 10am-4.30pm
This HEA-funded workshop aims to enhance the use of blended learning in English Studies by enabling good practice to be shared and by providing a forum to discuss how it can improve the student experience. Although virtual learning environments and new teaching technologies are ubiquitous in UK universities, they are often underused by academics and students. Sometimes technology is seen as a distraction from the real business of learning and teaching. The workshop will address how the learning opportunities created by technology can be successfully blended with more traditional forms of interaction in the context of English Studies as a discipline.
The event will feature a plenary talk from Dr Rosie Miles (National Teaching Fellow and former E-Learning Consultant for the English Subject Centre), presentations from academics using blended learning, and discussions of the variety and value of blended learning. An important aspect of the day will be the afternoon workshop in which attendees will be encouraged to share and discuss their ideas about how they might incorporate blended learning into their own teaching, and to get guidance from others about how to put those ideas into practice.
Registration is free (including lunch and refreshments). Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To register, please email the workshop administrator, Alberto Gomez (email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>), with your full name, institution, details of where you heard about the event, and information about any dietary or other requirements. A small number of slots are available for ten-minute presentations on particular examples of blended learning. If you are interested in giving a presentation, please email the workshop organiser, Dr David Higgins (email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>).
10.30-11.15 Plenary: Dr Rosie Miles (Wolverhampton), “@likeabatoutofhell @ClosetCase @MsDisillusion @TheBlooferLady: Tweeting the Victorians — New Adventures in #OnlineEnglishTeaching”.
11.15-11.45 Discussion: What is the value of blended learning? (20 mins groups;10 mins plenary).
12.00-13.00 Presentations #1.
Dr Fiona Douglas (Leeds), “Developing Engaging Study Skills Resources for English Studies: An Impossible Task?”
Dr Alison Johnson, Alberto Gomez, and David Wright (all Leeds), “Learning to Research Forensic Linguistics: Student and Tutor Perspectives”.
14.00-15.00 Workshop: Putting Ideas into Practice (40 mins groups; 20 mins plenary).
15.15-16.15 Presentations #2.
Dr Paul Maddern (Leeds), “The Seamus Heaney Centre Digital Archive: Metadata, Context, and Application”.
Dr Greg Garrard (Bath Spa), Title tbc.
16.15-16.30 Closing Remarks.
BAVS Funding Grant
For Organising Events/Conferences
Deadline: 5pm May 31st 2012
Application form: http://www.bavsuk.org/funding.htm
BAVS is committed to supporting scholarship at every level.
The British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) is committed to the support of its members’ activities such as conferences and events. As part of its recent assessment of BAVS resources and their strategic importance to the field of Victorian studies, as outlined in the BAVS Future Directions document (2010; approved by the AGM in Glasgow in September), the Executive Committee is pleased to announce a revised funding grants scheme. This new stream, the BAVS Funding Grant, replaces the former Open Conference and Postgraduate Conference grants. It is designed to be flexible in its support for members, and the maximum grant amount has been increased from £200 (£250 for the former Postgraduate Conference Grants) to £400. The Association and its Executive remain committed to the development of postgraduate students, and it is anticipated that two postgraduate organised/led events will be funded each academic session.
Next Deadline: 5pm on May 31st 2012
Application Form: please download an application form here . . .
Submission of an application: as indicated on the application form, funding applications should be submitted to the BAVS Secretary, Holly Furneaux (email@example.com)
Enquiries: all enquiries or questions about BAVS Funding should be directed to the BAVS Secretary, Holly Furneaux (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Issue 8.1 of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies
is now available at: http://www.ncgsjournal.com/issue81/issue81.htm
It includes the following:
Georgina O’Brien Hill, “Charlotte Yonge’s “Goosedom””
Emily M. Hinnov, “‘Nothing more than a certain hue of brown’: Brownness as Metaphor for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Remnants of Fearful Femininity”
Sarah N. MacDonald, “Relationality in Working Women’s Autobiography”
Meaghan Malone, “Courting the Eye: Seeing Men in Jane Austen’s Persuasion”
Danielle Nielsen, “Survival and Acceptance in Flora Annie Steel’s On the Face of the Waters”
Cheryl A. Wilson, “Mona Caird’s Dancing Daughters”
Talia Schaffer, “The Scandal of Marrying for Money.” Review of Elsie B. Michie’s The Vulgar Question of Money: Heiresses, Materialism, and the Novel of Manners from Jane Austen to Henry James.
Jennifer Phegley, “Authorship, Editorship, and Women’s Sensational Power in Mid-Victorian England.” Review of Beth Palmer’s Women’s Authorship and Editorship in Victorian Culture: Sensational Strategies.
Julie E. Fromer, “Tracing History through Material Culture: Indian Goods in Victorian Domestic Fiction.” Review of Suzanne Daly’s The Empire Inside: Indian Commodities in Victorian Domestic Novels.
Jessica Straley, “Mapping the Unmapped Territories of Female Resistance.” Review of Megan A. Norcia’s X Marks the Spot: Women Writers Map the Empire for British Children, 1790-1895.
Registration Open: ‘Viewer I married him’: Reading (Re)Productions of the Long Nineteenth Century in Period Drama
Registration Open: ‘Viewer I married him’: Reading (Re)Productions of the Long Nineteenth Century in Period Drama
Registration is now open for the Reading Reproductions Conference on Friday 29th June 2012 at the University of Hull. Delegates from all fields are welcome to the event, which aims to acknowledge and assess the continuing importance of period drama in contemporary culture across the world.
Dr. Sarah Cardwell from the University of Kent will give the keynote address, ‘From adaptations to period dramas: genre, style and critical evaluation’, and 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. A range of post-graduate and academic speakers will be presenting at the event, which is supported by BAVS.
An early bird registration fee of £25 for students, £35 for academics is available until Monday 30th April. Late registration priced at £35 for students, £45 for academics closes Friday 15th June. The registration form is downloadable from our website:
The following is a draft programme and is subject to change. Please note, rooms and Chairs are yet to be allocated. If you are interested in chairing a panel at the event, please send your request by email to email@example.com
8.30 – 9.15 Registration
9.15 – 9.30 Opening Address
9.30 – 10.45 Keynote Lecture by Dr. Sarah Cardwell, University of Kent
‘From adaptations to period dramas: genre, style and critical evaluation’
10.45 – 11.15 Refreshment Break
11.15 – 12.45 Panel 1A: Adapting Classics
Verena von Eicken, University of York
‘“You are the last men in the world I could ever be prevailed upon to marry!” – Postfeminism and Gender Images in Pride and Prejudice (2005)’
Liz Mills, Independent Scholar
‘When an Adaptation Appears More Like an Adaptation: Viewing North and South as a Victorian Pride and Prejudice’
Florence Bigo-Renault, Université Paris Diderot
11.15 – 12.45 Panel 1B: Contemporary Re-imaginings
Catherine Han, University of Hull
‘Adapting Interdisciplinary Analogies: Rethinking Bortolotti and Hutcheon’s “Rethinking” (2007) and Angels & Insects (dir. Philip Hass, 1996)’
Dr Sarah Edwards, University of Strathclyde
‘Downtown Abbey 1912: Heritage Television, Official History and Marriage’
Nicola Beech, University of Hull
Downtown Abbeyoncé: Period Dramas made Meme-ingful’
12.45 – 1.45 Lunch
1.45 – 3.15 Panel 2A: Cultural Hybridities
Rita Singer, Universität Leipzig
‘Visualizing Hiraeth: Desire in Anthony Hokpins’s August (1996)’
Fern Pullan, Leeds Metropolitan University
‘Books to Bollywood: Dissolving Myths and Power Structures in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Gurinder Chadha’s Bride and Prejudice’
Marianna D’Ezio, University of Rome
‘Italian TV Adaptations of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights’
1.45 – 3.15 Panel 2B: Lady Parts: Women’s Roles in Victorian Adaptations
Jo Taylor, Keele University
‘Stitching and Scribbling: Fanny Burney as Poetess in Jane Campion’s Bright Star’
Carmen Perez Riu, Universidad de Oviedo
‘Visual Narration and the Victorian Woman Artist as Focalizer’
Rose McCormack, Aberystwyth University
‘Making Sense and Creating Sensibility: Exploring the Bedroom Sequence in Film and Television Adaptations of Jane Austen’s Novels’
Mary Hong, Independent Scholar
‘Movement, Interiority and the Everyday in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice’
3.15 – 4.45 Panel 3A: Sherlock on Screen: Detecting Drama
Daný van Dam, Leiden University
‘Sherlock’s London: Taking the Victorian into the Twenty-First Century City’
Ellie Cope, University of Hull
‘(Re)Imagining Deduction: Visualising the Detective Mind in BBC’s Sherlock’
Tom Ue, University College London
‘Narrative Technique in Sherlock’
3.15 – 4.45 Panel 3B: Disturbing Drama, Fearful Frames
Graeme Pedlingham, University of Sussex
‘“May I Give You This? I Think It Should Be Yours”: Adaptation, Reception and the Threat of the Object in “Casting the Runes” (1911) and Night of the Demon (1957)’
Matthew Crofts, University of Hull
‘Drac’s Back. Again. And Again. And Then Three More Times: Hammer Horror’s Dracula Series and Keeping the “Gothic” in Gothic Returns’
Derek Johnston, University of Portsmouth
‘A Haunted Season: Seasonality and the Television Gothic’
4.45 – 5.15 Refreshment Break
5.15 – 6.30 Post-Graduate Training Session by Professor Mark Llewellyn, Director of Research for the AHRC
6.30 – 6.45 Closing Remarks
Saturday 28th April, Great Hall, King’s College London
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 Josephine McDonagh, 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/
Gaskell Journal Essay Prize
Just a quick reminder that the deadline for the Gaskell Journal Essay Prize
is April 30, 2012.
Joan Leach Memorial Interdisciplinary Essay Prize 2012
The essay competition is open to all graduate students currently registered for an MA or PhD in Victorian Studies. Preference will be shown to essays with a clear interdisciplinary focus, i.e. those that consider Elizabeth Gaskell within contemporary Victorian cultural, aesthetic and scientific debates, or else, through recent critical theory. Essays that treat Gaskell’s work in more traditional ways, but which nonetheless demonstrate a compelling style and focus, are also very much welcomed.
The winning essay will be published in the 2012 edition of the Gaskell Journal and its author will receive £200 from the Gaskell Society, as well as a year’s free subscription to the Journal.
Essays should be no longer than 7,000 words and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The closing date for the essay prize is April 30, 2012.
Essays will be judged by members of the Gaskell Journal Editorial Board, with the final decision being made by the International Editor, Prof. Jill L. Matus.
Please see the Gaskell Journal website gaskelljournal.com for further submission details.
Highgate Cemetery, a Grade I-listed Victorian cemetery in North London, has just started running special Dickens Tours in honour of the bicentenary. The tours take place every Saturday at 16.30 and last about an hour and a quarter, taking in all of the cemetery’s Dickens graves (parents, siblings, wife and daughter) as well as a number of other famous Victorians who played important parts in Dickens’s life. It takes in areas of the cemetery not visited on regular tours and aims to provide a picture of Dickens, his connections to Highgate, and the history of the cemetery itself. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £8 for students, paying (in cash) on the day, but spaces should be booked in advance by calling the cemetery on 020 8340 1834.
At the moment tours are running on a trial basis subject to public demand so it would be great to have some enthusiastic Victorianists along! You should be able to book any Saturday throughout the summer but certainly through April, May and perhaps June. More info can be found on the cemetery website, http://www.highgate-cemetery.org, or contact Jessica Hindes (PhD student in English, Royal Holloway, University of London): firstname.lastname@example.org
Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies presents:
Maria DiCenzo (Wilfrid Laurier): ‘News of Women’s Work: Late Nineteenth-Century Social Reform and Trades Publications’
The late 19th century and early years of the 20th century saw the emergence of a variety of women’s trade/work-related periodicals. While some of the labour and trade union movement papers (e.g. Women’s Union Journal and the Woman Worker) have begun to receive more detailed attention, there remain numerous publications devoted to the concerns of working women ranging from teachers and barmaids to sweated workers. By attempting to situate these publications in the context of current work in media and press history, the paper explores the very challenges these periodicals pose in terms of gender analysis, political ideology, categories or genres of print, and periodization. The paper will also point to the research opportunities these documents offer in light of the growing availability of digital resources.
Tuesday 24 April, 6.00 pm
Keynes Library (Room 114, School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD)
Free. All welcome.
Programme for Summer Term 2012
The programme for the summer term includes Robert Bud (24 May) and Garrett Stewart and Matthew Rubery (7 June). In addition to the programme of events, Birkbeck’s fifth annual Arts Week takes place 14–18 May. There are a number of events with a nineteenth-century focus, including Helen Cowie (14 May) on travelling menageries in nineteenth-century Britain, a reading of Virginia Woolf’s play Freshwater (15 May), Holly Furneaux (16 May) on the figure of the gentle soldier in the Crimean War, and a panel discussion on Victorian Sentimentality featuring Nicola Bown, Vicky Mills and Alison Smith (17 May). Further details can be found at http://www.bbk.ac.uk/english/our-research/research_cncs/our-events/programme-for-birkbeck-forum-for-nineteenth-century-studies-summer-term-2012.
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Call for Papers: Literary London 2012: Representations of London in Literature
An Interdisciplinary Conference
Hosted by: the Institute of English Studies, University of London Organised
by: The Literary London Society, 4-6 July 2012
Proposals are invited for papers, comprised panels, and roundtable sessions, which consider any period or genre of literature about, set in, inspired by, or alluding to central and suburban London and its environs, from the city’s roots in pre-Roman times to its imagined futures. While the main focus of the conference will be on literary texts, we actively encourage interdisciplinary contributions relating film, architecture, geography, theories of urban space, etc., to literary representations of London. Papers from postgraduate students are particularly welcome for consideration. While papers on all areas of literary London are welcomed, the conference theme in 2012 is ‘Sports, Games, and Pastimes’. Topics that might be addressed are:
.Sport: participation, spectatorship, and sporting events including the three London Olympics
.Shopping and fashion
.Pubs and coffee houses
.Games and hobbies
.Holidays, downtime, and park-life
.Reading and writing as pastimes
Please submit all proposals for 20-minute papers, comprised panels, and roundtable sessions through the Literary London Society website: http://www.literarylondon.org/conference/cfp.html
Deadline extended to 22 April 2012
For further information please contact Martin Dines at firstname.lastname@example.org
CALL FOR PAPERS: Richard Marsh: Re-Reading the Fin de Siècle
A one-day symposium at the University of Brighton, Friday 20th July 2012
Richard Marsh is best-known for his 1897 novel The Beetle, a gothic bestseller at the time more popular than Dracula. Indeed Marsh was a prolific and extremely successful writer in the 1890s and the early 20th century. Strikingly, however, his writing has until recently been mostly forgotten. With several of his novels and shorter fictions now being republished, this situation is set to change. The symposium seeks to harness renewed academic interest in Marsh towards a reappraisal of his significance for a fin de siècle culture that is often considered to offer a kind of mirror onto our own culture at the start of the 21st century. It will bring together literary and historical specialists of the period to examine Marsh’s oeuvre as a whole. A central concern will be to examine how Marsh’s ambivalent fiction often works against the grain of more canonical texts and therefore has the potential productively to unsettle what it is thought is known about fin de siècle culture. Understanding late-Victorian / Edwardian questions about gender and sexuality, imperialism, science and the nature of history, surely remain incomplete without negotiating the complex terrain of Richard Marsh’s writing.
Abstracts are invited for papers on any aspect of Marsh’s output, but in particular on the following themes:
* Fictions of crime and detection
* Discourses of race, empire and eugenics
* The New Woman
* Homosociality and homosexuality
* Late-Victorian understandings of history / the use of the classical past
* The literary market-place
Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> and email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>. We anticipate that speakers will have approximately 20 minutes to deliver their papers on the day. A small registration fee will be charged (details to be confirmed). We also welcome participants who wish to attend the event without delivering a paper, although places are limited.
Deadline for abstracts: Friday 20th April 2012.