Anxious Forms is a one-day interdisciplinary conference which seeks to engage with the Victorian era as a period of anxiety manifested in physical form, be it the human body, national, ideological, and scientific bodies, or literary and artistic forms. Recent criticism of the long nineteenth century has viewed the period as one of crisis: a collection of critical moments which are framed as decisive, paradigmatic shifts. Criticism frequently considers the physical manifestations of anxieties surrounding industrial progress, imperial expansion, and scientific and medical advancements, as well as shifting concepts of gender, religion, race, class, and sexuality.
However, some scholars have started to question the basis of such a reading, asking to what extent this is a contemporary application of the concept of ‘anxiety’. This conference intends to open up this debate and stimulate discussion across disciplines.
We cannot accept non-registered attendees on the day of the conference or late registration for the conference dinner.
For more information please see the conference website.