Hannah Field (Sussex)
Benjamin Kohlmann (Freiburg)
‘“This Earthborn Song”: Edward Carpenter, Land Nationalisation and the Common Good’
Emily Senior (Birkbeck)
‘A Sort of Physicians and Conjurers: Obeah, Revolution and Colonial Modernity’
Timothy Michael (Oxford)
‘“Philosophy, baptiz'd”: The Romantic Construction of Cowper’
'Writing Political Economy, 1750-1850'
15th-16th January, 2016
This two-day conference brought together those currently working on political economy in literary studies and in the humanities more broadly. It featured keynote addresses from Professor Mary Poovey (NYU) and Professor Peter de Bolla (Cambridge), showcased current work on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century political economy and considered this work's implications for the state of literary studies today.
The British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) held an afternoon of special talks by leading researchers in Victorian literature and culture at the University of Sussex on the 10th of May, 2016.
The talks, listed and linked below, explored the state of the field in Victorian Studies through the current work of four distinguished researchers, following the success of the first BAVS Talks at Oxford in 2015.
Professor Holly Furneaux (Cardiff)
Dr Bethan Stevens (Sussex)
Professor Thomas Dixon (Queen Mary)
Professor Ian Gregory (Lancaster)
'Alice to Alice: Dalziel 1865 – 1871'
Alice to Alice features 200 images from The Dalziel Archive, an unparalleled collection of around 54,000 wood engravers’ proofs held in the British Museum. The exhibition, in ten thematic sections, brought the celebrated wood-engraved illustrations from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871) into dialogue with other work made by the Dalziels in the years bookended by these publications. Illustrations of literature by Dickens and Christina Rossetti featured alongside more unusual images of Victorian design and architecture; medical and veterinary art; and wood-engraved interpretations of radical photography by Julia Margaret Cameron.
The exhibition's launch event, on the 21st September 2016, featured talks by Bethan Stevens, George Mind, Nick Royle, Isabel Seligman from the British Museum, and Lindsay Smith.
The website, curated by Bethan Stevens and designed by George Mind, can be viewed here.
RESEARCH SEMINARS, SPRING 2017
Wednesday 15th February, 5pm, Jubilee G22
Luisa Calè (Birkbeck)
‘Extra-illustration and Ephemera: Altered Books, Loose Pieces, and the Alternative Forms of the Fugitive Page’
Tuesday 21st February, 5 p.m., Arts B B217
Martin Willis (Cardiff)
‘The Case of the Cataleptic Patient: Fictions of Sleep and Trance, 1850-1900’
Tuesday 14th March, 5 p.m., Arts B B217
Nan Da (Notre Dame)
‘Intransitive Encounter: China and the US's Form Before Literary Exchange’
Tuesday 28th March, 5 p.m., Arts B B217
Sharon Ruston (Lancaster)
‘Humphry Davy: Patents, Priority and Poetry’
'ANARCHY & CULTURE' DAY
Thursday 22nd June 2017, 2-8pm
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
As 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Matthew Arnold's Culture and Anarchy, the School of English is hosting a day of talks and debate concerning Arnold's terms and their legacy.
The day will comprise a symposium from 2-5pm and then a recorded panel discussion for BBC Radio 3's Freethinking from 6-8pm. There will then be a drinks reception in the ACCA bar.
Both these events are free and open to the public. More details are available here.
BRITISH MUSEUM DALZIEL ARCHIVE EVENT
'Woodpeckings: Victorian prints, book illustration and word-image narratives'
Friday 16th – Saturday 17th June, 9am-5pm,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre.
A two-day event with talks on the British Museum’s Dalziel Archive, as well on the latest research in Victorian illustration, print, and word-image narratives. There will be a round table and sessions inviting participants to examine material in the Prints and Drawings study room.