Victorian Things Revisited, Keele University, Friday 29th June 2012
(All sessions will take place in Claus Moser, 0.12)
11.30–11.45am Welcome and Opening Remarks
11.45–12.45pm SESSION ONE (Chair Kate Hill)
Charlotte Mathieson (Warwick), ‘“What connection can there be?”: Objects, people and places, c. 1851’
Mary Addyman (Warwick), ‘Exploring the collection of Richard and Henry Cuming’
12.45–1.45pm LUNCH (to be found around campus)
1.45–2.45pm SESSION TWO (Chair Jonathan Shears)
Julia Courtney (Open University), ‘Living Things?’
Michael Lee (Leeds Met), ‘Eating Things in Lewis Carroll’
3.15–4.15pm SESSION THREE (chair Holly Furneaux)
Stella Pratt-Smith (Oxford), ‘Material, Manufactured, Modern: the Science of Victorian “Thing” Culture’
Stephen Etheridge (Huddersfield), ‘Brass Instruments, Bandsmen and Working-Class Identity: Brass Bands in the Southern Pennines and the creation of working-class identity c.1840-1900’
4.15-4.30 MIVSS discussion – future plans and committee membership
A campus map and directions can be found here: http://www.keele.ac.uk/aboutus/howtofindus/
This event is free, but please register by emailing Jonathon Shears (email@example.com) by Wednesday 27th June. There are a small number of travel bursaries available for postgraduate students, provided through funding by BAVS (British Association for Victorian Studies). If you would like to apply for one of these, please contact Kate Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org) stating your name, affiliation and approximate travel costs.
‘The Other Dickens: Victorian and Neo-Victorian Contexts’
Registration for ‘The Other Dickens: Victorian and Neo-Victorian Contexts’ conference at the University of Portsmouth, 6-8 July, is now open. You can register and view the draft conference programme online at http://www.port.ac.uk/research/csl/literatureevents/conferences/otherdickens
As well as the conference itself, you are invited to register for two special events: a public lecture by Lillian Nayder entitled ‘Afterlives: Mrs Dickens in Fact and Fiction’ (7pm, 6th July) and Miriam Margolyes’ show ‘Dickens’ Women’ (5pm, 8th July, Portsmouth Grammar School). Further details can be found at http://www.port.ac.uk/special/dickens2012/specialevents
Victorian Review: Hamilton Prize
Victorian Review invites applications for the Hamilton Prize for the best graduate student paper submitted to the journal in a given year. The annual award honours the effort and achievements of Susan Hamilton, editor of Victorian Review from 2000 to 2006.
Papers should be 20-25 pages in length and should not have been previously published. The winner must have been registered as a graduate student in the six months preceding the competition deadline. Winners will receive an award of $250 CAN and publication of the winning essay in Victorian Review. The deadline for submissions for the competition will be June 30 2012.
The winning essay will be selected according to three criteria:
- contribution to Victorian studies;
- quality and originality; and
- style and clarity.
The award will be judged by the editorial team of the journal in consultation with Advisory Board members.
Please send entries to:
ATTN: Mary Elizabeth Leighton
Blogpost on Teaching the Victorians with Twitter
The Guardian’s Higher Education site 11/06/12
Further to the ‘Blended Learning’ Workshop held earlier this year, BAVS members may be interested in a blogpost by Rosie Miles (University of Wolverhampton) on the Guardian’s Higher Education site (11/06/12) which concerns ‘Teaching with Twitter’, focussing specifically on using online discussion activities in relation to Victorian literature courses:
Rosie Miles’s blog – www.msementor.co.uk – also contains numerous other descriptive examples of using blended (online and face to face) learning within courses on Victorian literature.
Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies
Wednesday 20th June, 6-8pm
Ellen Garvey (NJCU): ‘Writing with Scissors: Nineteenth-Century American Scrapbooks’
Room G04, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD
All events are free, and all are welcome, but as the venue size is limited it will be first come, first seated.
For further details, and up-to-date information, see the forum’s website at http://www.bbk.ac.uk/english/our-research/research_cncs/our-events/programme-for-birkbeck-forum-for-nineteenth-century-studies-summer-term-2012
CFP: ‘Image, Identity and Institutions: The Male Artist in Nineteenth-Century Britain’, 11-13 April 2013, University of Reading
Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, University of Reading, 11-13 April 2013
‘Image, Identity and Institutions: The Male Artist in Nineteenth-Century Britain’
The figure of the male artist in the nineteenth-century was a locus for various concerns surrounding the construction of masculinity: the issue of labour and production; the role of the patron and marketplace; professional rivalry and support; and the gendering of aesthetics to name a few. Herbert Sussman, in Victorian Masculinities: Manhood and Masculine Poetics in Early Victorian Literature and Art (1995), has explored the significance of the artist in relation to nineteenth-century formations of ‘masculine poetics’, defined in relation to normative bourgeois masculinities. This session seeks to explicitly link representations of male artists – visual, literary, fictional, (auto)biographical – to nineteenth-century constructions of masculinity, as well as to nineteenth-century art practices and institutions. From the nineteenth century through to the present day there exist various tropes for interpreting or figuring the male artist – Romantic, Bohemian, genius, celebrity and so on – as well as more marginal tropes, for example those articulated by Walter Pater. We invite participants to consider the usefulness of these, and other, models in papers exploring the figure of the male artist in the nineteenth century in relation to discursive formations of masculinity.
Please send proposals for 30-minute papers to both convenors by 12 November 2012. Proposals should be sent using the paper proposal form at http://www.aah.org.uk/annual-conference/sessions2013.
Publication Announcement: The Victorian Network
Latest issue now available
Production and Consumption in Victorian Culture and Literature
The Victorian Network Editorial Board would like to announce the publication of the new issue of The Victorian Network, a special number on the theme of Production and Consumption in Victorian Culture and Literature. A sparkling introduction by Guest Editor Dr. Ella Dzelzainis (University of Newcastle) ranges from Malthus to Marx, and papers from scholars world-wide similarly range across a wide spectrum of nineteenth-century writers, and approaches, focussing especially on the gendered dimension of our economic theme.
Please find the issue on the website here: http://victoriannetwork.org/index.php/vn
On the website you can also find previous issues of Victorian Network, “The British Empire and Victorian Literature and Culture”, “Victorian Literature and Science”, “Crossing the Line: Affinities Before and After 1900″ and “Theatricality and Performance in Victorian Literature and Culture”.
The next issue, themed “Sex, Courtship and Marriage in Victorian Litereature and Culture”, is forthcoming in Winter 2012.
The John Pickard Essay Prize
You are invited to enter a monograph of not more than 2000 words for The John Pickard Essay Prize. The monograph may be on any individual related to the Pre-Raphaelite circle.
The winner will receive £100 prize and publication in the Spring 2013 Review and subsequently the essays of runners-up may also be published. The final decision will be made by the Committee of the Pre-Raphaelite Society.
Edited Collection CfP: Pedagogies of the End: Teaching and Knowledge at the Fin de Siècle
Co-Editors: Dan Bivona, Arizona State University , and Helena Gurfinkel, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
500-word abstracts and 1-paragraph bios to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1st, 2012.
This collection explores a possible relationship between the fin in the fin de siècle (the turn of the nineteenth century) and pedagogy. We welcome essays about fin de siècle literature and culture that theorize
*teaching the end/decline, or teaching at the end
*the pedagogical/didactic, implications of catastrophic thinking
*teaching as inaugurating, offering (or not) a new beginning after the end.
Geographically and theoretically, this volume it is not limited to Britain, the US, and Continental Europe. We encourage submissions that leave the precincts of the “West.”
Invited are contributions focusing on
- the reinventions of Foucault’s systems of power and knowledge as pedagogical strategies
- fin-de-siècle anxieties surrounding physical, moral, and intellectual decline
- didactic representations of a pending catastrophe and attempts to teach how to avoid it.
Examples include but are not limited to
Max Nordau’s Degeneration.
Thomas Hardy, the Education Reform Act of 1870, and the dangers of literacy.
George Gissing and concerns about declining literary standards.
The didactics of social Darwinism.
Scientia sexualis as a teaching/didactic tool against perversion and degeneration.
Eugenics, colonialist education, and protecting the “healthy” national/racial body
The end of traditional womanhood and the fear of the New Woman.
Fin-de-siècle approaches to paideia.
Religion, pedagogy, and eschatology at the fin-de-siècle.
Teaching Fellow in Victorian Literature, University of Leicester
Specific location: Attenborough
Contract Type: 10 months Full time
Salary range: Grade 7 – £31, 020 to £35, 938 per annum
You will undertake undergraduate teaching, administration and other activities supporting the work of the School of English and developing and enhancing its reputation, both internal and external to the University.
You will teach EN3020 Romantics and Victorians and EN1010 Reading English in Semester 1, and EN3030 Victorian to Modern and EN3128 Late Victorian Gothic in Semester 2. You will also supervise undergraduate dissertations and give up to 8 lectures on the Victorian modules.
Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr Gowan Dawson on email@example.com or 0116 252 2779.
The closing date for this post is midnight on 20th June 2012.
Interviews are likely to take place on Thursday 12 July 2012.
For further information and to apply, see http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/jobs/opportunities/jobsearch