Nineteenth-Century Studies on the Move: A panel at the 34th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association
Fresno, California, March 7-9, 2013
In recent years the field of public humanities has created new ways of building connections among scholars, arts and cultural heritage institutions (libraries, historic sites, archives, museums, etc.), and individuals who have a shared interest in preserving, creating knowledge about, and studying people or cultures. Some are turning to social justice causes or environmental reform as an outgrowth of their scholarship, while others are collaborating with local museums or communities to educate and preserve the cultural institutions they write about in their work.
This panel will look at the movement of our field out of the tower and onto the street, to address the intersection of scholarship and civic engagement. Papers might consider any of the following: How has public humanities moved interdisciplinary nineteenth-century studies in new directions? How might nineteenth-century scholarship transform, reform, preserve, or better serve the world in which we live? How might our collaborations with non-academic institutions and people help to reinvigorate the humanities and/or nineteenth century studies scholarship for the 21stcentury?
Please submit 300 word abstracts for 20 minute papers and a short CV (2 pages) to Heidi Kaufman no later than 6 September 2012.
Re-Visioning the Brontës: a University of Leeds conference in conjunction with the exhibitions `Wildness Between the Lines' and `Visions of Angria', 29 January 2013
Recent adaptations and interpretations of the Brontës' lives and works through film, art, literature and theatre raise questions about the continuing fascination with these literary figures, as well as highlighting the wider potential for artistic intervention or collaboration between artworks and audiences. Similarly, it is through innovative contemporary arts programmes that organisations like the Brontë Parsonage Museum and the Brontë Society seek to move beyond simple `caricatures' of the family and encourage diverse audience engagement.
This one day cross-disciplinary conference will explore the recent `re-visioning' of the Brontës through critically examining artistic responses and interpretations of their work. The conference will address ways in which the legacy of the Brontës is exerting an influence in a range of creative fields, and across a variety of media.
A collaboration between the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery and the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, the conference is taking place to coincide with two exhibitions. The first, `Wildness Between the Lines', at Leeds College of Art, brings together the work of a wide range of artists who have been influenced by the Brontës. `Visions of Angria', at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, showcases Brontë material from the University of Leeds Special Collections, accompanied by illustrations from students at Leeds College of Art.
This theme lends itself to a broad field of research and practice. Submissions are welcomed from academics, artists, research students and professionals, and the format is not restricted to formal papers. Topics for discussion might include, but are not limited to:
- The Brontës' influence in contemporary culture
- Creative adaptations or reinterpretations of the Brontës' lives and works
- Curatorial interpretations of the Brontës
- The myth and legacy of the Brontës
- Responses to exhibitions of Brontë material
- Representations of the Brontës in literary biographies
Please email submissions, including a title, 400 word abstract and CV, to: firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Friday, 28 September 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by the 30 November 2012. Further questions are welcomed at this address.
44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
21-24 March 2013, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts
Three panels at the 2013 NeMLA conference may be of interest to scholars working in the long nineteenth century. The deadline for abstracts for all three is 30 September 2012.
More information on the conference, including a list of all panels, can be found here.
NeMLA panel: "Under Scott’s Shadow: Historical Fiction in the Nineteenth Century"
This panel seeks papers on nineteenth-century historical fiction and criticism. Most accounts of the historical novel emphasize the achievements of Walter Scott, and while papers on Scott are welcome, this panel also seeks papers on aspects of historical fiction that are often neglected or under-appreciated. How have different authors approached this genre? How have they critiqued or challenged the model of the historical novel created and popularized by Scott? Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Lesley Goodman.
NeMLA panel: "Victorian New Media"
How were 19th-century innovations in communication and information technologies experienced as ‘new media’? How were 19th-century new media represented in literature and culture? What were the effects on literary and cultural production? How can methodologies from new media studies be applied to examinations of Victorian technology and culture? Examinations of Victorian new media may include any form of print, screen, sound, or telecommunications. Send 300-400 word abstracts and a brief bio to Jessica Kuskey.
NeMLA panel: "Literature and Crime in the Early Nineteenth Century"
This panel will explore ways in which nineteenth-century British literature published before 1859 engages with issues of crime and criminality. Papers might examine social responses to this literature or situate issues of class and gender in relation to the broader theme of the panel, though a focus on these particular inquiries is not required. Possible texts include, but are not limited to, gothic fiction, Newgate novels, penny 'bloods,' and works by G.W.M. Reynolds. Please send 300-500 word abstracts to Elizabeth Stearns.