(Some initial thoughts in advance of the ‘Institutions as Curators’ workshop.)
One of the main contentions that informs the ‘Institutions of Literature, 1700-1900′ network is that current criticism doesn’t give enough credit to institutions when it tries to chart the disciplinary development of literature. Most accounts of literary value have traditionally focused on the ideas, lives and works of particular authors, deemphasising the roles that systems of education, dissemination and acculturation have played in promoting, normalising and creating the frameworks within which individual geniuses are now recognised. When institutions are discussed, they are often analysed in ways that give credit to particular leading figures, most commonly the founder, a key administrative official or a particularly charismatic associate who achieved considerable feats in their own right. Institutional histories also tend to pay particular attention to organisations’ formative years, valorising processes of establishment and initial ambitions, often at the expense of examining later developments and retrenchments. One of the network’s major goals is to provide a forum for developing more rounded accounts of institutional operations that can better map the natures of the influences that institutions can assert.
The development of such accounts will be a necessarily collaborative process, but …read more
on of John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute (1713-92), and runs at both venues until 14 January 2018.
Paper proposals are invited for a three-day symposium inspired by themes explored in the exhibition. In addition to the interplay between art, politics and collecting, possible themes include (but are not limited to):
Aristocratic and royal collecting
Scottish Enlightenment and Scottish identity
Mid-eighteenth-century politics and political culture
Bute, satire and political prints
The symposium will be held 2-4 October 2017 at The Hunterian and Mount Stuart. Full details, including instructions for submitting proposals, are available …read more
The Call for Papers for the next Wordsworth Summer Conference has now been released. See below for further details, and follow the links for details on how to apply for a bursary/submit an abstract.
The 46th Wordsworth Summer Conference, 2017
Monday 7 August to Thursday 17 August at Rydal Hall, Cumbria
Keynote Lectures, 2017:
Gillian Beer Matthew Bevis James Engell
Richard Gravil Meiko O’Halloran Nick Halmi
Alexandra Harris Felicity James
Fiona Robertson Fiona Stafford
Heidi Thomson Kasahara Yorimichi
Thank you to Jessica Hindes for the following post, reporting from the Nineteenth Century Matters public engagement training day. This event was held at the stunning location of Chawton House Library on 28 January 2017, and was sponsored by BARS and BAVS. You can follow tweets from the event by searching for the hashtag #C19Matters. Jessica is also on twitter (@bleakho).
The Nineteenth Century Matters Training Day on Public Engagement: A Report for BARS
The Nineteenth Century Matters public engagement training day at Chawton House Library offered postgraduate researchers in Romantic and Victorian studies the opportunity to come together in order to consider both the wider purpose of public engagement in academia, and the types of engagement activity they might begin to develop from their own research. With bursaries on offer to researchers without permanent academic employment, the day’s organisers displayed a refreshing awareness of the pressures faced by those coming out of the PhD into a difficult job market. As an early career researcher without institutional affiliation, one of the aspects of the day that I most enjoyed was the chance that it offered to connect with others in the same situation.
We’ve been in touch with everyone who responded to our Call for Participants at this point, and now that the Glasgow workshop is largely in place, we’re working on finalising the running orders and arrangements for the second two workshops. We’ll be publishing details about these here as soon as they’re fully confirmed.