MIVSS meeting, 11 January – programme now available!

Dear all

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

11.15        PLENARY:

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)

1.20     LUNCH

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)

3.15                                   TEA

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):

http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/abouttheuniversity/howtofindus/

 

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 (khill@lincoln.ac.uk) stating your name, affiliation and approximate travel costs.

 

MIVSS meeting, Lincoln, 11 January 2013

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 (rstyler@lincoln.ac.uk) and Kate Hill (khill@lincoln.ac.uk) 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 (khill@lincoln.ac.uk) if you are interested in applying for a travel bursary.

MIVSS is supported by the British Association for Victorian Studies.

MIVSS meeting at Keele University, 29 June

We can now confirm the details for the next MIVSS meeting at Keele University:

Victorian Things Revisited
Keele University, Friday 29th June 2012

Programme
(All sessions will take place in Claus Moser, 0.12)

11.30–11.45am Welcome and Opening Remarks

11.45–12.45pm SESSION ONE (Chair Kate Hill)

Charlotte Mathieson (Warwick), ‘“What connection can there be?”: Objects, people and places, c. 1851’

Rosemary Hoyle (North Lindsey), ‘Things in Dickens’s Edgelands’

12.45–1.45pm LUNCH

1.45–2.45pm SESSION TWO (Chair Jonathan Shears)

Julia Courtney (Open University), ‘Living Things?’
Michael Lee (Leeds Met), ‘Eating Things in Lewis Carroll’

2.45–3.15pm COFFEE

3.15–4.45pm SESSION THREE (chair tbc)

Stella Pratt-Smith (Oxford), ‘Material, Manufactured, Modern: the Science of Victorian “Thing” Culture’

Stephen Etheridge (Huddersfield), ‘Brass Instruments, Bandsmen and Working-Class Identity: Brass Bands in the Southern Pennines and the creation of working-class identity c.1840-1900’

Mary Addyman (Warwick), ‘Exploring the collection of Richard and Henry Cuming’

A campus map and directions can be found here:

http://www.keele.ac.uk/aboutus/howtofindus/

This event is free, but please register by emailing Jonathon Shears (j.r.shears@engl.keele.ac.uk) by Wednesday 27th June. There are a small number of travel bursaries available for postgraduate students, provided through funding by BAVS (British Association for Victorian Studies). If you would like to apply for one of these, please contact Kate Hill (khill@lincoln.ac.uk) stating your name, affiliation and approximate travel costs.

MIVSS/MRS meeting, Loughborough University Friday 13 January 2012

Programme and further details now available:

Joint Meeting of MIVSS (Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar) and MRS (Midlands Romantic Seminar)

“Borders in the Long 19th Century”

Friday 13 January 2012, 11.30am–5pm (Martin Hall, Loughborough University)

11. 30 am – Welcome (All sessions will take place in NN.0.07, Martin Hall)

11.45              Session 1: Spatial and Social Borders (Chair – Kate Hill)

Keynote 1: ‘Public Good vs. Public Pleasure: social boundaries and public parks in Victorian England’, Katy Layton-Jones (Leicester)

‘Quiet: towards a phenomenology of the urban in Dickens’, Julian Wolfreys (Loughborough)

12.45 Lunch (in venues around campus)

1. 30                Session 2: Romantic and Victorian Borders 1 (Chair – Rebecca Styler)

Keynote 2: ‘Teaching and Researching Across the Romantic / Victorian Border’, Julian North (Leicester)

‘Romantic and Victorian Collecting: Continuity and Change’, Kate Hill (Lincoln)

2. 40 Tea break (Martin Hall foyer)

3pm                Session 3 – Romantic and Victorian Borders 2 (Chair – Anne-Marie Beller)

‘Ann Radcliffe’s The Romance of the Forest, the Past and the Sublime’, Jon Dent (Loughborough)

‘From Ivanhoe to Rebecca and Rowena: Walter Scott’s Shaping of Victorian Writing’, Celine Sabiron (Oxford)

4.15                 Session 4: General Discussion – Borders, Boundaries and Thresholds (Chair: Carol Bolton)

5.00 Refreshments – wine / orange juice

Details of the venue and directions can be found here: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/about/findus.html

This event is free, but please register by e-mailing Anne-Marie Beller (a.m.beller@lboro.ac.uk) or Carol Bolton (c.j.bolton@lboro.ac.uk). There are 5 travel bursaries available for postgraduate students, provided through funding by BAVS (British Association for Victorian Studies). If you would like to apply for one of these, please contact Kate Hill (khill@lincoln.ac.uk) stating your name, affiliation and approximate travel costs.

Next meeting of MIVSS

Joint Meeting of MIVSS (Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar) and MRS (Midlands Romantic Seminar)
Friday 13 January 2012, 2pm–5pm (Loughborough University)
The next meeting of the Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar (MIVSS) will take place at Loughborough University on 13th January 2012 and will be held jointly with the Midlands Romantic Seminar. Our theme is ‘Borders’, which we hope to interpret broadly in both theoretical and practical terms, but with a particular focus on issues of periodicity, the borders between disciplines, and the many conceptual borders, boundaries, and thresholds that inform, challenge, and shape humanities research and teaching in the long nineteenth century. In addition to two keynote speakers, we would like to invite proposals for two additional papers on this theme. For further details, expressions of interest, or to offer a paper, please contact one of the MIVSS committee.
Anne-Marie Beller (a.m.beller@lboro.ac.uk), Holly Furneaux (hf35@le.ac.uk), Kate Hill (KHill@post01.lincoln.ac.uk), Rebecca Styler (rstyler@lincoln.ac.uk), Sarah Townley (aexst4@nottingham.ac.uk), Serena Trowbridge (serenatrowbridge@blueyonder.co.uk).

MIVSS is supported by BAVS: