CFP: Guarding Innocence

Guarding Innocence: Moral Protectionism in Nineteenth Century Britain and America

Conference at the University of Cambridge, 3-4 September 2010

Proposals due 30 June 2010

From the organiser, David Sandifer: ‘This conference will seek to explore 19th century concerns about the power of ‘negative’ influences upon individuals and society.  It will attempt not only to document the attention paid to the perceived dangers of moral corruption, but also to describe how ‘innocence’ was conceptualized as a moral category, and to understand its cultural, philosophical, and religious underpinnings.  The keynote address will be given by Dr. Rochelle Gurstein, author of The Repeal of Reticence: A History of America’s Cultural and Legal Struggles over Free Speech, Obscenity, Sexual Liberation, and Modern Art (Hill and Wang, 1996).  Dr. Gurstein will be speaking on the ‘reticent sensibility’, and how its status was threatened from the new ‘agents of exposure’.’

More information can be found here (PDF): Guarding Innocence

Proposals for 20-minute papers, with a 250-word abstract, may be sent to David Sandifer at before 30 June 2010.  Travel bursaries will be available for speakers, contingent upon funding.


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