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Archive for February 2019

Call for Papers: Radicalism and Reform in the Long Nineteenth Century

The London Victorian Studies Colloquium is an annual residential colloquium for postgraduates and postdocs working in Victorian Studies, to be held at Royal Holloway Centre for Victorian Studies, from 26-27th April, 2019.

This is a relatively informal weekend of postgraduate papers, plenary talks, and training and professionalisation workshops, allowing generous space also for participants to socialise and study in the beautiful surroundings of the college. We hope to include a viewing of the Victorian art collection in the Royal Holloway picture gallery.

This year’s event will include:

  • Plenary talks from Dr Carol Jacobi (Curator of British Art, 1850-1915, Tate Britain) and Dr Helen Goodman (Bath Spa University)
  • Research Beyond the Article with Professor Redell Olsen (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Dr Joanna Taylor (University of Manchester)
  • Panel Discussion on Academic Careers and the Place of ECRs in the University
  • Training in Nineteenth-Century Collections and Designing Innovative Teaching

Participants do not have to present a paper but we will be looking for a small number of speakers to give short papers (20 minutes) on any topic. For details of the CFP, please see below.

The Centre for Victorian Studies is grateful to the techne consortium and Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London for supporting this event.


Registration

The colloquium is open to Masters, doctoral students and postdocs from the UK or abroad, working on any nineteenth-century topic.

This year’s event is free to techne students. Please use the dedicated ticketing link.

The deadline for applicants is 5.00pm on Friday 29th March, or as soon as places are full.

To book your place, visit the Royal Holloway Online Store.


Call for Papers

Radicalism and Reform in the Long Nineteenth Century: The London Victorian Studies Colloquium 2019

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th April 2019

Participants do not have to give papers, but we do seek proposals for a small number of 15-20 minute papers on interdisciplinary topics related to the conference theme.

These may include, but are in no way limited to:

  • Reforming Movements: Theosophy, the Salvation Army, women’s movements, animal rights, prison reform, law reform
  • Radical Politics: socialism, anarchism, anti-slavery
  • Reform as a return to past practices: Tractarianism/the Oxford Movement, anti-industrialism, artistic revivals
  • Imperialism and its afterlives
  • Radical Networks: local, national, transnational
  • Radical Bodies: Women’s Suffrage and Queer Histories
  • Past, Present, Future Time: From Utopias to Apocalypse
  • Representing social problems and constraints in the ‘Condition of England’ novel
  • Artistic, literary and cultural reforms, radicals and movements
  • Scientific and technological progress
  • Radical approaches to Victorian Studies; reforming the discipline

Please submit a 200-250 word abstract and a brief biography to Gursimran Oberoi (g.oberoi@surrey.ac.uk) by 15th February 2019.

Seeking a Postgraduate Representative to Join the BARS Executive – Deadline February 28th

Supporting postgraduates and early career researchers has always been an important part of the remit of the British Association for Romantic Studies.  We are currently looking for a postgraduate student willing to join the Executive in order to represent our postgraduate members and students in the field more generally.

The Postgraduate Representative serves for a term of two years (renewable according to the status of their studies – often, people go on to serve as Early Career Representative).  During their term, they will attend four Executive meetings and have the opportunity to co-organise special postgraduate events at the BARS International Conferences.  They will also work with the current postgraduate representative, Paul Stephens, to organise the next biennial Early Career and Postgraduate Conference, due to be held in 2020 and announced later this year.

The position offers valuable experience of conference organisation, together with excellent networking opportunities.  Most importantly, it offers the chance to help shape the Romantic Studies postgraduate community by feeding in to the Executive’s discussions and launching new initiatives to support postgraduates in the field.  The post is unpaid, but any travel expenses incurred are met by the Association.

Eligibility: We are especially keen to receive applications from students who expect to have postgraduate status until the summer of 2021, although this is not required.  The new representative will officially stand for election at the next International Conference, Romantic Facts and Fantasies, which takes place at the University of Nottingham between the 25th and the 28th of July 2019.

Please send expressions of interest, together with a one-page CV including a brief description of your research, to the Secretary of the Association, Jennifer Orr, copying in the President, Ian Haywood.  The deadline for expressions of interest is the 28th of February 2019; applications will be considered at the next Executive meeting in March.

If you would like to discuss the position further, please feel free to get in touch with Paul, who will be happy to talk about what the position entails.