CFP: Transgression, Trespassing and Taboos in the Long-Nineteenth Century

CFP: Transgression, Trespassing and Taboos in the Long-Nineteenth Century

Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference Cardiff University, 10th April 2013 

The long-nineteenth century (1789-1914) is a unique period for the study of transgression – it saw the impact of New Journalism; increasingly prominent debates over women’s roles; and intense controversy over aspects of sex and sexuality. With the advent of mass print and the burgeoning periodical press came a huge appetite for sensation fiction alongside the continuing popularity of crime narratives. The multiplicity of genres and media in the long-nineteenth century emphasises the need to approach this period from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Capitalising upon current trends in historiography and literary studies, this one-day interdisciplinary postgraduate conference is organised by the School of English, Communication and Philosophy (ENCAP), and the School of History, Archaeology and Religion (SHARE). The conference will feature papers by postgraduate research students from multiple academic disciplines, reflecting current research trends and demonstrating the value of sharing expertise from different disciplines to further understanding in this area.

Papers from Postgraduate Researchers in English Literature, History, and other related fields are all welcome. 

Topics for discussion might include, but are not limited to: 

  • how transgressive acts were represented in both text and image;
  • the relation of constructions and readings of transgression to social and cultural categories like class, race, gender, and sexuality;
  • connections between trespassing and space;
  • representations and reinterpretations of long nineteenth century transgression in present-day popular culture and discourse.
  • New Journalism, sensation fiction, and crime writing;
  • modes of reading;
  • case studies covering particular scandals, institutions, and individuals.
  • ‘deviant’ texts and modes of reading
  • the construction and transgression of spatial boundaries
  • discussions of the treatment of taboos in society in the long nineteenth-century
  • the representation of transgression, trespassing and taboos in visual culture 

The confirmed keynote addresses will be given by Dr Harry Cocks (Nottingham) and Dr Heather Worthington (Cardiff).

Abstracts of up to 300 words for 20 minute papers and a 1 page CV should be sent to no later than Friday 21st December 2012. Due to funding restrictions we will be unable to reimburse travel and accommodation expenses.


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