Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Calls for papers: a weekly round-up

'Adam's Dream': Imaginative Incarnations in the Long Eighteenth Century
Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Conference
Cambridge University, 13-14 April 2013

The conference will consist of six panels, chaired by Cambridge faculty members, during which graduate students will deliver papers of roughly twenty minutes in length.

The conference committee is pleased to announce that its External Respondent will be Professor Michael O’Neill of the University of Durham. Michael O’Neill has published books, editions, chapters, and articles on many aspects of Romantic literature, especially the work of Percy Bysshe Shelley, on Victorian poetry, and on an array of British, Irish, and American twentieth- and twenty-first-century poets.

The conference’s theme is drawn from Keats’s allusion to ‘Adam’s Dream’ - 'He awoke and found it truth' - which captures a major concern for eighteenth-century and Romantic aesthetics and literature. We welcome proposals of c. 500 words for papers that seek to engage with imaginative incarnations in the long eighteenth century. These may include, but are by no means limited to:

-The relationship between perception and truth

-Dreams, myth and poetic prophecy

-Imaginary/imaginative conceptions of the body and/or physical world

-Religious visions or ideas of incarnation

-Emphatically non-religious visions of the same

-Realisation of imagined physicality

-Philosophies of the imagination and their relationship to literature

Applications should be emailed along with an academic CV to cambridgegradconference@gmail.com by 23:59 GMT on 10 February 2012. Conference admission will be £15 and will include refreshments during the day. Accommodation may be available via Cambridge Rooms.

For further information, please see here.

Gender and Political Culture, 1400-1800’: A Joint Conference organised by History and the Centre for Humanities, Music and Performing Arts (HuMPA) at Plymouth University and the Umeå Group for Pre-modern Studies
Plymouth University, 29-31 August 2013


Keynote Speakers: Professor Barbara J. Harris (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and Professor Merry Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

This conference investigates gender and political culture during the period 1400 to 1800, and the organizers welcome proposals for papers on topics related to the conference theme. The conference aims to create possibilities for comparative research and is therefore looking to attract a broad variety of studies across periods, disciplines and geographical regions. We also wish to attract both senior scholars and doctoral students. During the conference there will be sessions where participants present papers, and a workshop where participants may present work in progress or project ideas.

Proposals are invited for papers that treat the following indicative areas:

• the relationship between gender, power and political authority
• gendered aspects of monarchy; representations of power and authority
• gender, office-holding, policy-making and counsel
• courts, patronage and political influence
• elite culture and political networks
• gender, the public sphere and political participation
• popular politics, protest and petitioning
• manuscript, print, oral, material and visual cultures
• news, intelligence and the spread of information
• political ideas, ideologies and language
• conceptualizations of ‘public’ and ‘private’ spheres and what constituted ‘power’ and ‘politics’
• the family as a ‘political unit’
• the politicization of social activities: marriage-arranging, placing children in other households, gift-giving, hospitality and letter-writing

Proposals for papers or workshops, including titles and abstracts (of no more than 300 words) and a brief author biography should be sent to Professor James Daybell, Plymouth University or Professor Svante Norrhem, Umeå University before 1 March 2013. There are also a small number of conference bursaries available for junior scholars, which will cover the conference fee and accommodation for three nights. If you are interested in being considered for one of the bursaries, please send a CV, brief covering letter and letter of recommendation along with your title and abstract. More information can be found here.

Melancholy Minds and Painful Bodies: Genealogy, Geography, Pathogeny
University of Liverpool, 9-11 July 2013

Strange Contraries in thee combine,
Both hell and Heaven in thee meet,
Thou greatest bitter, greatest sweet
No pain is like thy pain, no pleasure too like thine.
                               John Norris, 1687

One of the major developments in the study of melancholia over the last thirty years has been the rise to  aesthetic and  cultural prominence  of varieties of negative emotions proposed and discussed as melancholy, including different conceptions, analyses, and portrayals from grief to insanity. Most recently, Lars von Trier’s film Melancholia (2011) happens to be the melodramatic adaptation of the concept fuelled by cinematic symbols.  Correspondingly, often observed as ‘a central European discourse’, melancholia has resurfaced to embody complementary or paradoxical notions not merely in the literary analysis of texts and contexts, but it has also emerged to retrieve its historical categorization. The cultural  and social  history of emotions entwined with modern medical and psychiatric lexicalization has opened new  pathways to provide  relative definitions of melancholia. However, theories about the choice of analogies for melancholy, whether aesthetic, cinematic, religious, or medical, somehow fail to distinguish the connections between  contrary factors involved in melancholia.

It is also noteworthy that theories of characterization, no matter of what kind, tend to reformulate and evaluate contrary factors for the sake of preserving ‘superiority’ according to prevalent taste at each moment in time. In Britain, for example, individual and collective melancholia has been appreciated as a sign of genius and national pride at one time  and announced as a national malady at another. Analogous is the contemporary history of behavioural rather than cognitive attributes to grief,  e.g. tearfulness. Pain, in comparison, is bodily and often mental distress which in the past was closely perceived in relation to melancholia, but today research on pain is divorced from depression let alone melancholy. Thus, we miss the ‘melancholy-pain bridge’ in contemporary scholarship of mental and physical suffering. On the other hand, while pain is seen through the lens of universality, with management models stretching from Chinese medicine to Latin America, melancholia has rarely been investigated beyond the Western borders with regard to its genealogy, pathology, pathogeny,  and management. Whether this geographical focus is a matter of re-establishing  pre-eminence or  in want of psycholinguistic reference, thereby centred on a gap in universal scientific communication, it invites intriguing and challenging enquiries.

We  welcome contributions  from different fields in humanities, social and life sciences in the following categories and other relevant areas:

-Diversity in the geography of melancholia and pain
-The relationship between Western theories of emotions and Oriental conceptions
-The European hypothesis of melancholia-pain in non-European cultures
-Orientalism, grief, and abstinence
-Emotionality as negativity
-Gender attributes and tearfulness
-Art history, muscle tension, and the painful posture
-Interpretation, assumption, semantic relation
-Fear, Pain, and melancholy dominance
--Depression and pain
-Paranoia, melancholia, and pain
-Misconceptions; cyclothymia and bipolar disorder
-Melancholy appropriation, ethnicity, multicultural perspectives
-Cosmology and elegiac pain management
-Cinematic symbols
-Literary emotionality, fictive superiority
-Embodied cognition
-Anaesthetics, the relationship between medical management and other models
-Lyric manifestation of melancholy and pain

Abstracts and panel proposals of up to 300 words per 20-minute papers are welcome plus a short biographical note. If you wish to attend without presenting a paper, please email the organisers with your CV and a statement as to how your research relates to the conference. Postgraduate students can apply for the Dr Wasfia Mhabak Memorial Grant by sending your abstract, 1000-word research statement, and CV to the conference board.

A selection of papers expanded and edited after the conference will be considered for publication in the International Journal of Literature and Psychology (issues 2014). Full details can be found here.
The submission deadline is 1 March 2013. Email your proposal to painpara@liv.ac.uk

Victorians Institute 2013 Conference: Through the Looking Glass
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, 1-2 November 2013

Please send 300-500 word proposals for papers and a 1-page CV via email to Rebecca.King@mtsu.edu by 1 May 2013.

We invite papers on any aspect of the theme, which refers to Lewis Carroll’s 1871 sequel to Alice in Wonderland, but invites much wider consideration.  The story begins on November 4, the day before Guy Fawkes Night, and is also associated with issues of time and space, the game of chess, fairy tale and fantasy, neologism, history, curiosity, epistemology, dress and wigs, and of course, mirrors.

Possible topics might include mirrors and mirroring; microscopes and telescopes; Victorian mathematics, science, and science fiction; arts and crafts; illustrations and media adaptations; language; hybridity; history and discovery; new worlds and cultures; travel; empire; Victorian pedagogy; childhood; gender and sexuality; fantasy and play; pseudonyms; biography; photography; music; linguistic play; poetic parody; and others.

Selected papers from the conference will be refereed for the Victorians Institute Journal annex at NINES. Limited travel subventions will be available from the Victorians Institute for graduate students whose institutions provide limited or no support. Please visit the website for information about the conference, the Victorians Institute, and Victorians Institute Journal.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Reading Group Report: 'All hearts were chill'd into a selfish prayer for light' - The Byronic Hero, Aspiration, and the Post-Revolutionary Decade

Led by Dr. Leanne Stokoe
Newcastle University, 17 January 2013

At this month’s meeting, Dr. Leanne Stokoe presented us with two excerpts from Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage alongside his famous and accessible short poem, Darkness, with an aim to explore Byron’s political awareness and its presence in his poetry that may have been heretofore overlooked. Discussion began with Darkness, which Leanne noted demonstrates Byron’s natural aptitude for verse and his visionary power. We all observed both the religious thematic content stemming from Byron’s Calvinistic upbringing and also his rebellion from that tradition in the way that he placed less emphasis on the inherent sinfulness of man. The Miltonic approach to the pervading dark within the poem also drew our focus to the historical context of the poem--Byron wrote it during his stay with the Shelleys in Geneva during the stormy and darkened summer of 1816, caused by a volcanic eruption in Indonesia which blotted out the sun over most of Europe. The larger political context of the poem was also brought in at this point, with the chaos of post-Napoleonic Europe resonating at the heart of the poem’s imagery and central narrative. 
 
We also noted that Byron’s vision of fallen empires and mankind’s destructiveness was reminiscent of the imagery and sentiment in Shelley’s Ozymandias, which gave us opportunity to move discussion to Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, which also shares that thematic concern. In Childe Harold we discussed the warring interpretations of Byron’s work--where Victorian criticism had often favoured Byron’s self-destruction and egotism when interpreting his work, it became increasingly clear that he was far more outward-reaching and politically aware in his poetry than he was given credit for. 
 
We also observed with interest the various points of critique and homage to Wordsworth which we were able to find. We questioned the melodrama and cliche of Byron’s prose during his meditations on the Battle of Waterloo, wondering whether he was making an affectionate dig at The Prelude, or perhaps whether he was making a reference to a specific type of battle eulogy that we were unfamiliar with. Additionally, we took interest in his interpretation of the Wordsworthian moment of Romantic epiphany, noting that, in fact, both he and Wordsworth were in some form critical of the idealised notion of the event. We posited that perhaps while Wordsworth was willing to selectively manage and curate such events through memory, Byron eschewed them entirely in favour of looking back towards civilisation.
 
Along related lines, we were particularly struck by Byron’s choice to bookend Book V of Childe Harold with dedications to his daughter Ada, which seemed to tie his more solitary feelings firmly back to feelings of family and nationhood. This led us to consider why Byron might have been so intent upon including Ada so prominently within his work--was this a matter of guilt, a ploy for sympathy given his exile, or a carefully posed framework upon which he could place his feelings of both estrangement and connection to mankind? Those conflicting feelings of kinship and inability to dwell among man lay at the heart of discussion, leading us to feel that even if Byron’s own motivations had been cynical, Victorian scholars were, in focusing their criticism on the construction of the Byronic hero, were only accessing part of the Byron’s intent.
 
Overall, we were most engaged by the complicated legacy of Byron’s works as presented by the problematic lens of Romantic periodicity, and by the end of the session,
we appreciated the need for a more nuanced approach to his legend when studying his works.  
 

Kate Katigbak
Durham University
 

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Calls for papers: a weekly round-up

Sherlock Holmes, Past and Present
Senate House, London, 21-22 June 2013

This conference offers a serious opportunity to bring together academics, enthusiasts, creative practitioners and popular writers in a shared discussion about the cultural legacy of Sherlock Holmes. The Strand Magazine and the Sherlock Holmes stories contribute one of the most enduring paradigms for the production and consumption of popular culture in the twentieth- and the twenty-first centuries. The stories precipitated a burgeoning fan culture including various kinds of participation, wiki and crowd-sourcing, fan-fiction, virtual realities and role-play gaming. All of these had existed before but they were solidified, magnified and united by Sherlockians and Holmesians in entirely new ways and on scales never seen before. All popular culture phenomena that followed (from Lord of the Rings to Twilightvia Star Trek) shared its viral pattern. This project aims to unpick the historical intricacies of Holmesian fandom as well as offering a wide variety of perspectives upon its newest manifestations. This conference invites adaptors of and scholars on Holmes, late-Victorian writing, and popular culture internationally to contribute to this scholarly conversation. Our aims are to celebrate Conan Doyle’s achievement, to explore some of the reasons behind Holmes’ enduring popularity across different cultures and geographical spaces, and to investigate new directions in Holmes’ afterlife. This conference will precede Holmes’ 160th birthday in 2014. It will launch a new volume of essays on Holmes co-edited by Dr. Jonathan Cranfield and Tom Ue, and form part of the larger celebrations in London and internationally.

Possible topics include:

Holmes and Detective Fiction
Holmes and Science
Becoming Holmes
Holmes and Gender
Holmes’ Costume
Holmes in Retirement
Holmes and His Boswell
Holmes and Steampunk
Holmes and Philosophy
Holmes and Moriarty
Holmes computer games
Holmes/Victoriana in the graphic novel (From Hell, Grandeville...)
Post-2000 film and television adaptation
Fan letters addressed to Holmes

Submit proposals of 350 words and biographies of 150 words by email to BOTH Jonathan at J.L.Cranfield@ljmu.ac.uk AND Tom at ue_tom@hotmail.com by 15 January 2013.

Proposals sought: Victorian Popular Fiction Association 2013 Research Seminar Series 


The Victorian Popular Fiction Association is now accepting proposals for the 2013 Research Seminar Series to be held in Senate House, London. Open to both the general public and the academic community, this series is part of the Association’s ongoing commitment to the dissemination of the latest research in the area as well as the revival of understudied texts and writers. Proposals may take the form of individual papers or panels of three and may be drawn from any aspect of Victorian popular literature and culture.

Queries and proposals should be sent to Dr Janice Allan and Joanne Parsons.Those who wish to be considered for the Spring Seminar in April (date TBC) should submit their proposals by 31 January 2013.

The Victorian Popular Fiction Association website is here.

RLS 2013: "Stevenson, Time and History" 
8-10 July 2013, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Keynote Speaker: Professor Adrian Poole, University of Cambridge

Topics for discussion include:

History and historiography
The historical novel
Theories of evolution
The ideas of progress
Generation and degeneration
Narrative temporalities
Genealogy and ancestry
Stages of life: childhood, youth, age
Memory and nostalgia
Change

Proposals for papers (250 words) should be emailed to Roslyn Jolly or Chris Danta. The deadline has been extended to 15 February 2013.

BAVS 2013: "Nineteenth-Century Numbers" 
29-31 August 2013, Royal Holloway, University of London



Keynote Speakers: Alice Jenkins (University of Glasgow); Michael Hatt (University of Warwick); Mary Poovey (New York University); Theodore Porter (University of California, Los Angeles)

The BAVS conference 2013 will be held at Royal Holloway, University of London which was founded by the Victorian entrepreneur and philanthropist Thomas Holloway at Egham, Surrey in 1886. The College and the nearby former Holloway Sanatorium are products of surplus wealth accumulated in the course of Holloway’s activities as financier, in the large-scale manufacture of patent medicines, and in mass marketing – including advertising to Britain’s overseas colonies. While its theme reflects these institutional origins, the Conference aims to explore the relevance of numbers to nineteenth-century studies in a wide variety of ways. We welcome proposals for papers and panels which speak to the interdisciplinary conference theme broadly and innovatively. 

The deadline for abstracts is 28th March 2013. Please submit all abstracts to BAVS2013@gmail.com. Visit our blog for a full call for papers, regular updates, downloads, and discussion pages. Enquiries about proposing themed panels can be sent to ruth.livesey@rhul.ac.uk or juliet.john@rhul.ac.uk.

North East forum and British Academy lecture by Professor Richard Cronin

Two (consecutive) upcoming events may be of interest to NENC members:

The next meeting of the North East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies will take place on Friday January 18th from 3-5 pm in the Williams Library of St. Chad’s College, Durham. A map can be found here

In the first hour, Oliver Clarkson (Durham) will be talking about ‘Shadows of Language in The Ruined Cottage’. After the coffee break, Robert Jones (Leeds) will give a paper entitled ‘Staging Richard Coeur de Lion: Gothic Politics and Whig Theatricals at Drury Lane’.

Immediately following the forum at 5pm, Professor Richard Cronin (Glasgow) will be giving a talk at Hatfield College, Durham. This will be the first of a series of seminars sponsored by the British Academy that will run more or less monthly during 2013, under the title ‘Making A Darkness Visible: The Literary Moment 1820-40’. The events will feature invited speakers of international distinction to address the two decades habitually regarded as an interval or fringe dividing Romanticism and Victorianism.


Professor Cronin's talk has been timed to reflect that many forum attendees will also wish to hear him speak; the two venues are only a few minutes walk apart.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Calls for papers: a weekly round-up

Literature, Community and its Limits
Institute of English Studies, University of London, 15-16 July 2013
 
On the 30th anniversary of both Jean-Luc Nancy's La communauté désoeuvrée and Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities, this conference seeks to explore ways that "community" and literature (in its widest acceptation) are and have been conceived over the last 250 years. Through exploration of the past, the conference hopes to begin formulating new ways of thinking about how we do and can live together in an environment mediated by words on a page.
Besides continuing the questions asked by Anderson and Nancy, conference speakers might wish to address the following:
  • How has literature been used to promote communities alternative to the hegemonic?
  • What are the possibilities and limits of thinking community as a friendship group or coterie that generates literary output available beyond the limits of that group?
  • What are the implications for community of human and non-human overlap?
  • Is the idea of class as both socially active community and analytic concept really dead? If so - or if not - how far might economics rather than (literary) myth underpin concepts of community?
  • To what extent are readers of a printed (or print-simulating) text really members of a community? How have such communities been imagined - and recorded?
  • What alternative ways of conceiving community beyond Nancy and Anderson might be mobilised to help us understand literature (e.g. Wenger and Lave's "communities of practice")?
  • How might the marginal be and have been conceived? What advantages, if any, accrue from this position vis-à-vis the community, to whom and in what circumstances?
The deadline for abstracts (250 words) is 1 February 2013. Please send copies of the abstract and 1-page CVs to both a.king@greenwich.ac.uk and L.Secomb@greenwich.ac.uk.
More detail can be found here.
 
"Shaw at Home": a George Bernard Shaw conference 
 17-22 June 2013, Ayot St. Lawrence, United Kingdom

“Shaw at Home,” a conference of international scholars, which will take place mostly in the village of Ayot St. Lawrence north of London, reminds us that“Shaw’s Corner” in Ayot was the Shaws' home longer, 44 years, than any other residence. “Shaw’s Corner” is now maintained partly as a museum and as the stage for annual productions of Shaw's plays on the back lawn. The Shaws also had several residences in London, of course, and the conference will spend a day in London touring Shavian sites there, starting at the London School of Economics. The keynote address will be by Sir Michael Holroyd. Paper topics are open, but of course papers that relate Shaw’s work and life to his residences would be especially welcome, as would papers on the two Shaw plays that will be provided by Michael Friend Productions: Buoyant Billions and Geneva. The deadline for submission of paper abstracts and travel grant applications is 15 February  2013 (please send by attachment to an email to Professor Michael O’Hara. Details on registration, accommodations, transportation, the schedule and travel grants and scholarships for emerging scholars can be found on the conference website and the National Trust Shaw's Corner page.

Byron: the poetry of politics and the politics of poetry
The 39th International Byron Conference, 1-6 July 2013, King’s College London, Strand Campus

This conference will examine Byron’s engagement with politics in the widest sense: as a poet, as a member of the House of Lords, as a commentator on his time, and latterly as a would-be revolutionary.

Academic sessions might include:
  • Byron and the politics of culture
  • Political style in Byron’s writing
  • Byron and the politics of the ‘Other’
  • Byron and the politics of emergent nations (Italy, Greece, the Americas)
  • Byron and the House of Lords
  • Byron and Napoleon
  • Byron as social satirist
  • Byron and revolution
  • Byron as liberal and/or libertine
  • Byron and religion
  • Byron and social class
  • Byron and gender/sexual politics
  • Byron and British political parties
  • Byron and imperialism
  • Byron and celebrity
  • Byron’s posthumous political influence
  • The ‘Byron legend’ (construction and/or appropriation)
  • ‘Words and things’ (literature versus action in Byron’s life and work)
Proposals for papers on these and other aspects of Byron and politics, or the politics of Byron’s poetry, are welcome. Please send 250-word proposals by 28 February 2013 to byron.conference@kcl.ac.uk.
 
More information can be found here.
 
“We Speak a Different Tongue” Maverick Voices and Modernity, 1890–1939
International Conference, St. John’s College, Durham University, 5-6 July 2013


Plenary speakers: Professor Chris Baldick (Goldsmiths College, University of London) and Professor Michael O'Neill (Durham University)

With a focus on the fiction, poetry, and drama of the period 1890-1939, “Maverick Voices” registers the diversity of innovation beyond the traditionally defined boundaries of literary Modernism. Famously in “Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown” (1924), Virginia Woolf distinguishes between two literary camps: the Edwardians and the Georgians. By praising the Georgians and vilifying the Edwardians, Woolf privileges an aesthetic of what later became identified as Modernism against a continuing tradition of realism. This is indicative of both continuities and discontinuities – between Modernism and, in Yeats’s phrase, those different tongues of nineteenth-century sensibilities – which have prevailed as a persistent presence in much recent literary criticism.

“Maverick Voices” contributes to current debates about where the boundaries of literary Modernism should be drawn. In so doing, our conference explores the alternative visions of those individuals who hover at the fringes of cosmopolitan artistic milieus. Relevant questions that could be explored in relation to these marginal voices are: Does a privileging of Modernism undervalue texts that are perceived to operate outside either the parameters of its understood aesthetic and/or periodization? Are there marginalised or obscure texts whose avant-garde experiments renew a sense of the plurality of types of modernisms? Can the ascription of a proto-Modernist tag expand understandings of how texts respond in distinct ways to the pressures of modernity? Indeed, do some literary texts in their own inventive ways produce an alternative poetics to the widely recognized canon of such authors as Woolf and Pound? To what extent do these texts disrupt or engage in dialogue with critical narratives of Modernism?

By addressing these questions in relation to those responses and counter-responses to literary Modernism our conference aims at highlighting those alternative visions of contemporaneous maverick individuals. It further hopes to challenge strict periodization and suggest new points of inception. Authors of relevance to these vital questions might include, but are not limited to: Ford Madox Ford, D. H. Lawrence, George Egerton, W. B. Yeats, Katharine Burdekin, Arthur Machen, Rebecca West, Evelyn Waugh, Noël Coward, Charlotte Mew, George Bernard Shaw, John Galsworthy, Ella Hepworth Dixon, George Moore, Aldous Huxley, Walter de la Mare, James Elroy Flecker, A. E. Housman, G. K. Chesterton, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, Thomas Hardy, H. G. Wells, and Arnold Bennett.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

-Responses to labels and manifestoes
-Counter-experiments
-Individual counter-subjectivities
-Canonicity and marginality
-Individuals, groups, and cosmopolitanism
-Late Victorianism and modernity
-Poetics of the fin-de-siècle and beyond
-Continental interludes in Anglo-American modernity
-Avant-garde and Decadence
-Science fiction
-Gothic revivals
-Innovations in popular fiction
-New Woman discourse
-Experimentalism in Fantasy/Romance
-Experimental Realisms
-Mysticism/esoteric forms of modernity
-Pornography/censorship
-Georgian poetry
-Writers on the periphery of Modernism
-Utopian/Dystopian narratives

Proposals for twenty-minute papers on any aspect of maverick voices and modernity should be submitted as email attachments by Friday, 1st March 2013 to maverick.voices@durham.ac.uk. Abstracts should be between 200-250 words. Please attach a one-page CV and state name, affiliation, and contact details in the body of the email. For queries please contact co-organisers by email.

Winter Archives School

The History of the Future: Archives, Museums and their Value
14-15 January 2013, Miners’ Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne

Organisers: Ruth Connolly (NU), Adrian Green (DU), Rachel Hammersley (NU), John J. Thompson (QUB)

This Winter School is being run by the Medieval and Early Modern Research group at Newcastle University on behalf of Newcastle University, Durham University and Queen’s University, Belfast. The disciplinary reach is concentrated on English Literature, History, Geography, History of Art and Music and within a chronological range of 1400-1900. We hope this event will be both a fact-finding mission and a community-building exercise, conducted by researchers, archivists, and curators seeking to find the best ways to work together.

The event is free and all sessions are open to all interested researchers, archivists and curators in North-East England, Northern Ireland and elsewhere. We particularly welcome postgraduate researchers. If you intend to come, please send a brief email to Dr. Ruth Connolly. This is for administrative and catering purposes.

More information, including a programme, can be found here.