Deadline Extended: Call for Posters: Paraphernalia! Victorian Objects.

The Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies and the Northern Nineteenth-Century Network is pleased to announce a one-day colloquium, to take place at Leeds Trinity University on Friday 17th April 2015.

The centrality of objects to Victorian families, homes, and public culture, is pervasive in Victorian literature and culture: the auction in Vanity Fair; the jewellery Dorothea denies herself in Middlemarch; the Great Exhibition. The nineteenth century also saw the founding and expansion of some of Britain’s best-loved museums such as the Victorian and Albert Museum and the opening up of the National Gallery and British Museum to cheap public entry.

Recent developments in material culture and thing theory have highlighted objects’ diverse practical as well as symbolic functions. Our aim for the day is to discuss the wonderful world of Victorian collecting, hoarding and curating, analysing why objects were so significant to the Victorian era.

In light of this, we would like to visually explore postgraduate projects based on Victorian objects and their role in Victorian society. Postgraduates of all stages are welcome to submit posters for a special work-in-progress panel, designed to showcase the methodology and aims of their current research. We invite submissions of A1 posters, from which presenters will be able to discuss a broad overview of their project thus far, having not necessarily reached a full conclusion. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • The argument and methodology of your research
  • A Victorian object and how it has shaped your research
  • An overview of your work you have done so far
  • A summary of where your research fits within your current field

Example posters and helpful information on how to structure your poster can be found on the University of Leicester’s website. See here and here.

Please submit a proposal for your poster no later than 30th January 2015 to victorianparaphernalia@yahoo.co.uk (the deadline for submission of posters will be 17th March 2015).

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