‘Apocalypse’: John Martin (1784-1854)
Exhibition at Tate Britain, London
Until January 15th, 2012
Open: Saturday – Thursday, 10.00–18.00 Last admission 17.15/ Fridays, 10.00–22.00 (10.00–18.00 on Friday 23 December) Last admission 21.15
Curator’s Talk: Friday 9th December, 13.00-14.00, £5
This beautifully-presented exhibition places John Martin’s famous paintings of natural disasters and the Day of Judgement in the context of his early and later work. It also shows how Martin’s huge Biblical and apocalyptic canvasses influenced the work of twentieth and twenty-first century film-makers. Don’t miss the dramatic sound and light show in the penultimate gallery, as the Tate tries to capture something of the experience of a Victorian visitor to a panorama show.
The new “Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Culture Forum” is starting in Oxford this month. Enthusiasts from all different universities are invited to come along, and get involved.
The Interdisciplinary C19 Culture Forum welcomes all scholars, at all stages, in all disciplines, who share a common interest in nineteenthcentury culture.
Convenors: Hannah Sikstrom (Brasenose, Oxford) and Eloise Moss (Magdalen, Oxford)Contact: email@example.com
Week 1 (14 October): FILM NIGHT. Screening of From Hell (2001), Magdalen, Old Law Library, 7 p.m. Drinks and snacks provided!
Week 2 (21 October): READING WEEK. Discussion of extracts from Mary Shelley’s F rankenstein (1818). Platnauer Room, Brasenose, 12- 1:30.
Email for extracts at address above.
Week 3 (26 October): MUSEUM TRIP. We will meet at the Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, at 1 pm. (Admission Free)
Week 4 (4 November): SEMINAR. William Kelley (St. John’s) will speak on the topic of “‘God Educating Man’: History, Natural History, and Revelation in the work of Charles Kingsley”. Platnauer Room, Brasenose College, 12-1:30.
Week 5 (9 November): MUSEUM TRIP. We will meet at the Oxford Museum of Natural History, Parks Rd., at 1 pm. (Admission Free)
Week 6 (18 November): SEMINAR. Caitlin Meagher (New) will speak on the topic of “‘The Way to Lose Money’: A History of Rail in C19 Japan”. Platnauer Room, Brasenose, 12- 1:30.
Week 7 (23 November): L ONDON TRIP. We will be visiting the Old Operating Theatre, the Sherlock Holmes Museum, and going on a Jack the Ripper Walk. Signup for this outing will be inWeek 2.
Week 8 (2 December): SEMINAR. Maan Barua (Brasenose) will speak on the topic of “Elephants, Empire and Empiricism: Rethinking Colonial Science at/from the Margins”. Platnauer Room, Brasenose, 12- 1: 30.
University of Exeter
Saturday 17 September 2011
Proposals Due: 27 May 2011
“This English Nation, will it ever get to know the meaning of its strange new Today?” (Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present)
The University of Exeter’s Centre for Victorian Studies will be holding a conference for postgraduates and early-career researchers on Saturday 17th September 2011. The conference will take place in the historic setting of the Devon and Exeter Institution, which was founded in 1813 as a private library.
Professor Regenia Gagnier (University of Exeter)
Professor Philip Davis (University of Liverpool)
Prof. Davis will be joined by Jane Davis and Dr Josie Billington from The Reader Organisation for a discussion on crisis, Victorian literature and “the reading cure”.
Call for Papers:
In Past and Present, Thomas Carlyle conceives of modern crisis as a deadly riddle posed by the Sphinx – with a viable future or social collapse contingent upon the answer: “This English Nation, will it get to know the meaning of its strange new Today?” This conference is intended to elicit papers that respond to the generative effects of the perception of crisis in the Victorian period. Awareness of crisis stimulated intellectual enquiry in new disciplinary directions: in history and historiography, archaeology and classicism, evolutionary biology, economic and social theory, in literary expressions of cultural critique, and in personal and psychological narratives. Such intellectual productivity – and the insistence upon circulating the new analyses of crisis within a public realm of discussion – constitutes a response that we might wish to draw upon in our own times of perceived crisis.
The commemorations of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and the returns to Marx for explanations of the current economic crisis exemplify a revival of interest in how thought from the Victorian period lives on in the contemporary world. This conference is an opportunity to investigate the productive and prolific nature of the Victorians’ response to the idea of cultural and personal crisis – as theorists or as writers whose literary works could help us grasp “the meaning of our strange new Today”.
Please send proposals (of approx. 250 words) for 15 – 20 minute papers to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday the 27th of May. Any queries regarding the conference can be directed to the same address.
“Before and After Toynbee: conceiving the Industrial Revolution during the long nineteenth century”
23 September, Newnham College, Cambridge
A one-day symposium hosted by the Cambridge Victorian Studies Group, comprising a keynote talk by Professor Donald Winch (Sussex) and three panels of short papers.
This symposium aims to ask questions of the way industrialization was conceived both before and after Toynbee’s “Lectures” in 1884, and to address the evolving idea of industrialism in the course of the long nineteenth century.
The symposium may be of interest to scholars working in a range of different fields, and will be held over the course of a single day in Cambridge. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for all participants.
To register please email email@example.com. Places are limited.
Daniel CS Wilson (Birkbeck)
Jocelyn Betts (Cambridge)
Leeds Trinity have announced two new PhD studentships in Victorian Studies:
Appropriations of the Past/Victorian Historical Cultures
Writing of the period 1880-1900 with particular reference to George Gissing
See Leeds Trinity University College website for further details:
Closing date for applications is 14 June 2010.