CFP ‘Recoveries’, Nottingham April 2010

Recoveries: Revisiting the Long Nineteenth Century
A one-day postgraduate conference at The University of Nottingham, UK, Thursday 7 April 2011
Key note speakers:
Professor John Whale (University of Leeds):
Professor Josephine Guy (University of Nottingham).
Deadline for proposals: Saturday 29 January

Some would say it has been the business of recent literary and historical scholarship to recover ‘lost,’ ‘forgotten’ or ‘misunderstood’ 19th-century cultures, and in turn offer a new understanding of the period. This one-day interdisciplinary conference will focus on this scholarly practice from the perspective of author-driven recuperations. Recoveries seeks to explore the grounds upon which we recuperate and revalue nineteenth-century authors, and reflect upon how this practice (re)shapes our understanding of nineteenth-century cultures. This event is supported by the British Association of Victorian Studies.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers from postgraduates and early career researchers from literature, history, history of art, and any other branch of humanities. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • The recovery of non-canonical writers in both the ‘Romantic’ and ‘Victorian’ periods and/or the ways they were perceived by their respective successors;
  • The ‘de-familiarization’ of canonical writings from their status as perpetuated by institutional apparatus(es) as a form of ‘cultural domination’;
  • Theoretical discussions on the creation of meaning, and how this is interrogated by diverse schools of thought;
  • The (re)interpretations of nineteenth-century texts through cross-cultural dialogues and/or the contesting of ‘dominant’ critical practices;
  • Recovering literary forms and genres and how this revalues authors previously recuperated on grounds which have overlooked discourses of aesthetic value.

Abstracts for 20 minute papers (c. 300 words) should be emailed to recoveries@nottingham.ac.uk by the extended deadline of Saturday, 29th January, 2011.

The conference organizers—Klaudia Lee, Ivan Pregnolato, Sarah Townley and Paul Whickman—are postgraduate researchers in the School of English Studies at The University of Nottingham, and welcome informal enquiries to the above e-mail address. More details can be found on our website: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/~aezweb/conference/doku.php?id=recoveries%3Ahome

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