CFP: London Victorian Studies Colloquium

London Victorian Studies Colloquium

Expanding Victorian Studies

Thursday 18th – Friday 19th April 2024, Royal Holloway, University of London

Sally Ledger Memorial Lecture: Dr Adrian Wisnicki (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)

The London Victorian Studies Colloquium is an annual residential colloquium for postgraduates and early career researchers working in Victorian Studies. The Colloquium is an informal event, combining postgraduate papers, training and professionalisation workshops, and time for networking in the beautiful Victorian surroundings of Royal Holloway’s campus on Egham Hill.

The Colloquium aims to bring together PGRs and ECRs from a broad range of research areas to consider what it means to ‘expand’ Victorian Studies. In recent years, scholars have called attention to the ways in which the field needs to be ‘widened’, ‘diversified’, and ‘undisciplined’. They have offered ways to question how the period has been ‘straitjacketed by neat temporal markers’ (Banerjee et al), and to challenge ‘the multiple rigidities, cultural, and conceptual, that have kept Victorian Studies isolated from other fields (Chatterjee et al). We are being asked to rethink who, what, or where is considered to fall under the remit of ‘Victorian Studies’. These field-shaking discussions have given scholars much to think about and this colloquium aims to bring junior researchers into the conversation in a supportive, welcoming environment. The Colloquium intends to offer researchers the opportunity to think through and enact these very methodological practices. We want to emphasise the co-operative and communicative strategies that are necessary for us to begin challenging our own ideas and methods. We will be addressing questions such as: What does it mean to broaden, widen, expand, or undiscipline our studies of the Victorian period? What methodologies do we employ; what texts do we include (or exclude); with which fields do we engage; and how do we disseminate this work, even beyond the academy?

We are delighted to include within the colloquium the annual Sally Ledger Memorial Lecture, which will be given this year by Dr Adrian Wisnicki (University of Nebraska, Lincoln), founder of the digital humanities recovery project One More Voice. The event will also include training sessions and workshops on:

¨ How to transform archival research into exciting public engagement (Pascal Theatre Company)

¨ Creative practices and the archive (Joanna Brown & RHUL Archives)

¨ Digital Humanities and undisciplining methodologies (Adrian Wisnicki)

¨ PGR/ECR Professionalisation: publishing journal articles (Helen Kingstone & others)

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and the colloquium is open to Masters, doctoral students and early career researchers from the UK or abroad, working on any nineteenth-century topic. Registration will open shortly.

Participants do not have to give papers, but we do seek proposals for a number of 15-20 minute papers on interdisciplinary topics related to the conference theme. Creative and Neo-Victorian approaches are welcome, and we encourage submissions from practice-based researchers including artists, writers, performers, and film-makers. Paper themes may include, but are in no way limited to:

¨ Undisciplining the field: methodologies and research practices

¨ Opening up different source types, forms and genres

¨ Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies

¨ The spaces and places of the ‘Victorian’: migration, local vs global, empire

¨ The Victorians and the non/post-human

¨ Victorian ecologies and environmentalism

¨ Queer theory, or Queering Victorian Studies

¨ What it means to ‘fill in’ gaps in the archive

¨ How Victorian Studies can relate to our contemporary moment

Please submit your proposals, to the conference organisers Yasmin Akhter and Helen Kingstone, at victorianstudiesrhul@gmail.com by Friday 19th January 2024.

London Victorian Studies Colloquium

Expanding Victorian Studies

Thursday 18th – Friday 19th April 2024, Royal Holloway, University of London

Sally Ledger Memorial Lecture: Dr Adrian Wisnicki (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)

The London Victorian Studies Colloquium is an annual residential colloquium for postgraduates and early career researchers working in Victorian Studies. The Colloquium is an informal event, combining postgraduate papers, training and professionalisation workshops, and time for networking in the beautiful Victorian surroundings of Royal Holloway’s campus on Egham Hill.

The Colloquium aims to bring together PGRs and ECRs from a broad range of research areas to consider what it means to ‘expand’ Victorian Studies. In recent years, scholars have called attention to the ways in which the field needs to be ‘widened’, ‘diversified’, and ‘undisciplined’. They have offered ways to question how the period has been ‘straitjacketed by neat temporal markers’ (Banerjee et al), and to challenge ‘the multiple rigidities, cultural, and conceptual, that have kept Victorian Studies isolated from other fields (Chatterjee et al). We are being asked to rethink who, what, or where is considered to fall under the remit of ‘Victorian Studies’. These field-shaking discussions have given scholars much to think about and this colloquium aims to bring junior researchers into the conversation in a supportive, welcoming environment. The Colloquium intends to offer researchers the opportunity to think through and enact these very methodological practices. We want to emphasise the co-operative and communicative strategies that are necessary for us to begin challenging our own ideas and methods. We will be addressing questions such as: What does it mean to broaden, widen, expand, or undiscipline our studies of the Victorian period? What methodologies do we employ; what texts do we include (or exclude); with which fields do we engage; and how do we disseminate this work, even beyond the academy?

We are delighted to include within the colloquium the annual Sally Ledger Memorial Lecture, which will be given this year by Dr Adrian Wisnicki (University of Nebraska, Lincoln), founder of the digital humanities recovery project One More Voice. The event will also include training sessions and workshops on:

¨ How to transform archival research into exciting public engagement (Pascal Theatre Company)

¨ Creative practices and the archive (Joanna Brown & RHUL Archives)

¨ Digital Humanities and undisciplining methodologies (Adrian Wisnicki)

¨ PGR/ECR Professionalisation: publishing journal articles (Helen Kingstone & others)

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and the colloquium is open to Masters, doctoral students and early career researchers from the UK or abroad, working on any nineteenth-century topic. Registration will open shortly.

Participants do not have to give papers, but we do seek proposals for a number of 15-20 minute papers on interdisciplinary topics related to the conference theme. Creative and Neo-Victorian approaches are welcome, and we encourage submissions from practice-based researchers including artists, writers, performers, and film-makers. Paper themes may include, but are in no way limited to:

¨ Undisciplining the field: methodologies and research practices

¨ Opening up different source types, forms and genres

¨ Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies

¨ The spaces and places of the ‘Victorian’: migration, local vs global, empire

¨ The Victorians and the non/post-human

¨ Victorian ecologies and environmentalism

¨ Queer theory, or Queering Victorian Studies

¨ What it means to ‘fill in’ gaps in the archive

¨ How Victorian Studies can relate to our contemporary moment

Please submit your proposals, to the conference organisers Yasmin Akhter and Helen Kingstone, at victorianstudiesrhul@gmail.com by Friday 19th January 2024.

London Victorian Studies Colloquium

Expanding Victorian Studies

Thursday 18th – Friday 19th April 2024, Royal Holloway, University of London

Sally Ledger Memorial Lecture: Dr Adrian Wisnicki (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)

The London Victorian Studies Colloquium is an annual residential colloquium for postgraduates and early career researchers working in Victorian Studies. The Colloquium is an informal event, combining postgraduate papers, training and professionalisation workshops, and time for networking in the beautiful Victorian surroundings of Royal Holloway’s campus on Egham Hill.

The Colloquium aims to bring together PGRs and ECRs from a broad range of research areas to consider what it means to ‘expand’ Victorian Studies. In recent years, scholars have called attention to the ways in which the field needs to be ‘widened’, ‘diversified’, and ‘undisciplined’. They have offered ways to question how the period has been ‘straitjacketed by neat temporal markers’ (Banerjee et al), and to challenge ‘the multiple rigidities, cultural, and conceptual, that have kept Victorian Studies isolated from other fields (Chatterjee et al). We are being asked to rethink who, what, or where is considered to fall under the remit of ‘Victorian Studies’. These field-shaking discussions have given scholars much to think about and this colloquium aims to bring junior researchers into the conversation in a supportive, welcoming environment. The Colloquium intends to offer researchers the opportunity to think through and enact these very methodological practices. We want to emphasise the co-operative and communicative strategies that are necessary for us to begin challenging our own ideas and methods. We will be addressing questions such as: What does it mean to broaden, widen, expand, or undiscipline our studies of the Victorian period? What methodologies do we employ; what texts do we include (or exclude); with which fields do we engage; and how do we disseminate this work, even beyond the academy?

We are delighted to include within the colloquium the annual Sally Ledger Memorial Lecture, which will be given this year by Dr Adrian Wisnicki (University of Nebraska, Lincoln), founder of the digital humanities recovery project One More Voice. The event will also include training sessions and workshops on:

¨ How to transform archival research into exciting public engagement (Pascal Theatre Company)

¨ Creative practices and the archive (Joanna Brown & RHUL Archives)

¨ Digital Humanities and undisciplining methodologies (Adrian Wisnicki)

¨ PGR/ECR Professionalisation: publishing journal articles (Helen Kingstone & others)

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and the colloquium is open to Masters, doctoral students and early career researchers from the UK or abroad, working on any nineteenth-century topic. Registration will open shortly.

Participants do not have to give papers, but we do seek proposals for a number of 15-20 minute papers on interdisciplinary topics related to the conference theme. Creative and Neo-Victorian approaches are welcome, and we encourage submissions from practice-based researchers including artists, writers, performers, and film-makers. Paper themes may include, but are in no way limited to:

¨ Undisciplining the field: methodologies and research practices

¨ Opening up different source types, forms and genres

¨ Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies

¨ The spaces and places of the ‘Victorian’: migration, local vs global, empire

¨ The Victorians and the non/post-human

¨ Victorian ecologies and environmentalism

¨ Queer theory, or Queering Victorian Studies

¨ What it means to ‘fill in’ gaps in the archive

¨ How Victorian Studies can relate to our contemporary moment

Please submit your proposals, to the conference organisers Yasmin Akhter and Helen Kingstone, at victorianstudiesrhul@gmail.com by Friday 19th January 2024.

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