The next meeting of MIVSS will be kindly hosted by the University of Birmingham, who will be providing a free lunch! Not to be missed, I’m sure you will agree. I’m attaching the programme (please note, on this occasion we do ask you to register, details in programme), and an article which will form the basis of the discussion session. I hope to see you there!
Jun 14th, 2013 by Kate Hill
Dear Nineteenth-Century Group,
A reminder of our next meeting on Wed 13th March at 4.15-5.30pm, in MC0019, the MHT building on the Lincoln Uni Brayford Campus, ground floor. Tea/ coffee and biscuits will be served at the beginning, as has become customary.
Our subject is ‘Digital Resources for Nineteenth-Century Studies’. Members are invited to briefly introduce an on-line resource which has potential for use in research and/or teaching – we have the computer facilities to ‘show and tell’.
Some members have already chosen Dickens Journals on-line, the British Library Nineteenth-Century Newspaper Archive, Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles (C19 section), and the William Blake Archive. If you’d like to introduce another one, please drop me a line to let me know. Otherwise, come along and share ideas on the resources that are introduced.
Feb 6th, 2013 by Kate Hill
Dear C19 Research Group,
A reminder of our first meeting of the term next week, on Wed 13th February at 4.15-5.15pm. We will be discussing the category ‘Neo-Victorian’.
Our focus will be on the essay by Mark Llewellyn, ‘What is Neo-Victorian Studies?’, which is the final essay in the first edition of the journal ‘Neo-Victorian Studies’, whose focuse is stated to be ‘contemporary re-imaginings of the nineteenth century’. We will consider the validity of the category ‘neo-Victorian’ – what is ‘neo’ about it? – and what issues it raises about presentistic interpretations of the past, in both creative and critical forms; and whether there is something distinctive about the way the Victorian (as opposed e.g. to the Romantic) period is culturally embedded.
The article can be found on-line by going to
Choose ‘Past Issues’ in the left hand column
1:1 Autumn 2008
What Is Neo-Victorian Studies?
Best wishes and see some of you next week. Tea and biscuits will be served from 4pm.
Dec 18th, 2012 by Kate Hill
We’ve now finalised the programme for the 11 January meeting of the Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar and we think it’s looking good!
‘Victorian Knowing and Looking’
University of Lincoln, Friday 11th January 2013
All sessions take place on the Brayford Campus, MHT Building, MC2201 (2nd floor)
Tea and Coffee will be provided. Lunch to be purchased from campus outlets.
Feel free to stay for a drink at the campus bar at 5pm.
11.00a.m. Coffee and Welcome
Gowan Dawson, University of Leicester: ‘Paleontology and Pestalozzi at the Palace: Dinosaurs, the Sydenham Crystal Palace and Victorian Visual Education’
12.15 PANEL 1: Methods of Perception
‘To measure with “a pair of eyes, and not a pair of compasses”: A debate about mechanical and artistic translation’ (Gabriel Williams, Univ. York)
‘ “Floating through the endless realms of space”: Balloons and the Dream’s-Eye View’ (Jonathan Potter, Univ. Leicester)
‘W. M. Thackeray the photographer: “our latest developed art and our greatest living novelist”’ (Helen McKenzie, Univ. Cardiff)
2.10 PANEL 2: Knowing the Other
‘“Knowing” the Orient: The Young Tennyson’ (Roger Ebbatson, (Univ. Worcester/ Univ. Lancaster)
‘The Beastliness of Maynooth: Sexual Knowledge, History and Prophecy in mid-Victorian Catholic and anti-Catholic texts’ (Harry Cocks, Univ. Nottingham)
‘Henry Mayhew and the Urban Picturesque: Hybrid Photographies in London Labour and the London Poor’(Owen Clayton, Univ. Lincoln)
3.35 PANEL 3: Boundaries of Knowledge
‘Blackwater Park, Limmeridge House and Marian’s “north-country notions”: visual and emotional perspectives of the Victorian house and asylum, and Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White’ (Helen Williams, Univ. Birmingham)
‘We must know for certain: Wilkie Collins’ unknowable methods of knowing’(Emily Middleton, Univ. Warwick)
‘“On the white paper, the smooth wax, of our ingenuous souls”: Impression and Memory in Walter Pater’s The Child in the House’
(Laura Wood, Univ. Warwick)
4.40 (approx) End
Attendance is free of charge, and there is no need to register for the event.
Transport information, directions, and a campus map can be found via this link (the campus is about 7 minutes walk from Lincoln central train station):
On the attached campus map, the MHT building is building 11. Building 9 houses the main campus café.
There are a small number of travel bursaries available for postgraduate students attending the event, provided through funding by BAVS. If you would like to apply for one of these, please contact Kate Hill (email@example.com) stating your name, affiliation and approximate travel costs.
CFP: “Victorian Knowing and Looking”
MIVSS 11th January 2013,University ofLincoln (approx. 11.30-5pm; details tbc)
Plenary Speaker: Dr Gowan Dawson, University of Leicester:
‘Paleontology and Pestalozzi at the Palace: Dinosaurs, the Sydenham Crystal Palace and Victorian Visual Education’
The next Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar, hosted by theUniversityofLincoln, will explore Victorian ways of knowing, looking, and seeing. We seek papers that address these themes from various disciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives. Topics could include, but are not limited to, the following:
- ways of reaching knowledge: scientific, poetic, artistic, archaeological, visionary etc.
- Dioramas, Panoramas, peep-shows, public spectacles
- the sociological gaze; ‘knowing’ and observing the poor
- taxonomies of knowledge
- interpretive perspectives, viewpoint, modes of perception
- forensic science, using evidence
- spiritualism, ghost-seers, prophecy
- the uses of knowledge
- visual aesthetics; theatrical and performative ways of looking
Please send ideas for papers of 20 minutes length to Rebecca Styler (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Kate Hill (email@example.com) by/on Friday November 30th. This is an informal event and we do not require full conference-type proposals – and please do not exceed 250 words. You do not have to live or work in theMidlands, but preference may be given to those who do.
As usual, travel bursaries will be available to postgraduate students on a first come first served basis – there will be 5 bursaries of £20, though if there is not much uptake we may be able to provide more help with travel costs to individuals. Please contact Kate Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in applying for a travel bursary.
MIVSS is supported by the British Association for Victorian Studies.