26 JanuaryProfessor Colin Kidd, Queen's University, Belfast, presented a paper on 'Race, Difference, and the Theological Origins of Anthropology' to the Modern Cultural History Seminar.
23 SeptemberBefore and After Toynbee: Conceiving the Industrial Revolution during the Long Nineteenth Century.
A one day syposium to be held 9:30am-6pm, Lucia Windsor Roon, Newnham College, Cambridge. Click here to see the Programme.
28 MayLoose Canons: How the Victorians Selected Thier Pasts
Newnham College, Cambridge, 2-6pm. Click here for the event poster.
A symposium featuring Christian Mueller, Ankhi Mukherjee, Leanne Langley, Melanie Keene, Jenny Graham with commentary from Stefan Collini and Isobel Armstrong.
24 MarchAdelene Buckland, 'Novel Science: Fiction and the Geological Imagination', Leicester Victorian Studies seminar. For further information email Adelene Buckland.
MarchAdelene Buckland, 'Maps and Legends', Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Seminar, University of East Anglia. For further information email Adelene Buckland.
17 FebruaryJos Betts, ‘Storms, mutinies and sighting land: the business enterprise in the mid-nineteenth-century novel’, Modern Cultural History Seminar, Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. Helen Brookman, 'From Romance to Ritual: Jessie L Weston’s Gawain', Middle English Graduate Seminar, Faculty of English, Cambridge.
1 DecemberAnna Vaninskaya, 'The Political Middlebrow from Chesterton to Orwell', History/Literature Research Seminar, University of Hertfordshire.
20 NovemberSadiah Qureshi, 'Dying Americans: Race, Extinction and Conservation in the New World', Annual History of Science Society Meeting, Phoenix, AZ.
10-24 NovemberMary Beard gave the Geddes-Harrower lectures at the University of Aberdeen. The Series, entitled 'From Ancient Athens to Old Aberdeen', will featured:
10 November, 'Old Aberdeen'
12 November, 'Ancient AThens in the nineteenth century'
17 November, 'Roman Pompeii: the dead resurrected'
19 November, 'The archaeology of fiction'
24 November, 'Cooks Tours: archaeology and democracy'
7 NovemberAdelene Buckland, '"Nature's Syntax": Adam Bede and Richard Owen', Adam Bede Conference (in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Adam Bede), Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London.
29-30 OctoberSadiah Qureshi, 'Tipu’s Tiger and Images of India in British Museums, 1799-2009' for a symposium on Museums, Material Culture and the British Empire, London.
28 OctoberAdelene Buckland, 'Science in Story: Forming the Earth in the 1830s', University of East Anglia English Faculty Research Seminar.
17 OctoberAdelene Buckland, 'Lyell's Plots', London Nineteenth-Century Seminar.
2-5 SeptemberAnna Vaninskaya: University of Sheffield: The Historical Imagination in the Nineteenth Century, Britain-Low Countries Conference "A True Conception of History": "Making the Past Part of the Present" in Late-Victorian Historical Romances.
30 JulySadiah Qureshi, 'Showcasing Imperialism at World Fairs, 1851-1904', Davison College Summer School
13-15 JulyJoint Conference, British Association for Victorian Studies/North American Victorian Studies Association, Cambridge. Past versus Present Conference website. Click here.
5-10 JulyDarwin Festival, Cambridge. Link to website
6-10 July'Omar Khayyam, Edward FitzGerald and The Rubaiyat: An international conference', celebrating the bicentennial of FitzGerald's birth and the sesquicentennial of the publication of his Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (1859) at Cambridge University. Organised by the Faculty of Middle Eastern Studies and the English Faculty in collaboration with the Cambridge Victorian Studies Group.
Click here to download the programme, abstracts or participants' biographies.
25-26 JuneAnna Vaninskaya, '"Inspired Writer,""Subtle Critic," and "Intellectual Westerner": Korney Chukovsky in Britain', for a conference on 'Russia in Britain, 1880-1940: Reception, Translation and the Modernist Cultural Agenda', Institute of English Studies, London.
16-18 AprilSadiah Qureshi, 'Performing Race: Displaying and Studying ‘Exotic’ Humans in Victorian Britain'
Anna Vaninskaya, 'Cheers and Jeers: Lecturer-Audience Interaction in the Fin-de-siècle Socialist Movement'
Instruction, Amusement and Spectacle: Popular Shows and Exhibitions 1800-1914 conference, University of Exeter.
21-22 MarchConference From Plunder to Preservation: Britain and the "Heritage" of Empire, c.1820 to c.1940.
Click here for the conference website.
9-10 JanuaryCities of God: The Bible and Archaeology in Nineteenth-Century Britain. A two day workshop held at King's College, Cambridge.
6 DecemberAnna Vaninskaya: Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester: Envisioning Utopia: British Art and Socialist Politics, 1870-1900 "The Socialist Sunday School: From Local Practice to International Ideal".
5-7 DecemberPeter Mandler, 'The Popular Cult of the Olden Time', Colston Research Society Symposium, 'Tudorism: Historical Imagination and the Appropriation of the Sixteenth Century', University of Bristol.
5 DecemberPicturing the Past. An afternoon symposium on the use of visual technologies to engage with the past in the nineteenth-century. Speakers will included John Plunkett, Michael Ledger-Lomas, Megan Price and Ralph O'Connor. There was a magic lantern show by Prof. Mervyn Heard.
29 NovemberSadiah Qureshi, 'Converting "Unfruitful Wonder": R. G. Latham, Displayed Peoples and the Natural History of Race, 1843-1863', Institut Francais, South Kensington, London.
31 OctoberLecturing the Victorians: an afternoon symposium on popular lecturing in Victorian Britain. Speakers included Martin Hewitt, Janette Martin, Iwan Morus, Clare Pettitt and Anna Vaninskaya. Finally, actor and art historian Paul O'Keeffe performed Ruskin's lecture on the political economy of art: "A Joy Forever".
19 SeptemberAnna Vaninskaya, "G. K. Chesterton and George Orwell: Eminent Edwardians and 'The English Genius'", Oxford Brookes University, conference on 'Cultivating Britons: Culture and Identity in Britain, 1901 to 1936'.
31 July-3 AugustEuropean Science Foundation, Representations of the Past: The Writing of National Histories in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Europe (NHIST), Workshop on Popular National Histories, Sinaia, Romania
- Simon Goldhill: "Who Killed Chevalier Gluck"
- Astrid Swenson: "Popularizing 'National Heritage' in Nineteenth-Century Britain, France, and Germany"
- Peter Mandler: Concluding Comment.
21-23 July'RED conference: Reading the Evidence, Evidence of Reading', Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London.
CVSG members will present a panel on 'Reading in Victorian Britain':
'Rocks and their Readers: Adam Sedgwick, Walter Scott, and the Problem of Narrative' (Adelene Buckland)
'How Caroline read Paul: Biblical commentaries as evidence in Victorian Britain' (Michael Ledger-Lomas)
'Reading Ephemera'(Sadiah Qureshi)
'Learning to Read Trash: Late-Victorian Schools and the Penny Dreadful' (Anna Vaninskaya).
Download the poster.
4-6 JulyAdelene Buckland (panel participant) 'Borrowing Concepts and Spreading Knowledge in (and out of) Nineteenth-Century Geology', Sixth Joint Meeting of the British Society for the History of Science, the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, and the History of Science Society, Keble College, Oxford, For further information, please contact Adelene Buckland.
27-28 JuneClare Pettitt, plenary lecture: 'Transatlantic Rome' at The Idea of America in Nineteenth-Century British Culture, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London. For further information please contact Clare Pettitt .
26-28 JuneAstrid Swenson 'Heritage, the Victorians and Empire' at 'Heritage and the Victorians' Conference, St. Deiniol's Library. For further information contact Astrid Swenson.
16-17 JuneWorkshop on "Seriality and Scientific Objects", Department of History and Philosophy of Science.
11 JuneForms of History in the Nineteenth Century: A Symposium, Room K.018 (South Range 3), King's College, London, 3-6 pm. Download the poster.
2 JuneLearned Societies, Associations and Clubs in Nineteenth Century Europe: A Symposium, Darwin College, Cambridge, 2-5 pm. Download the poster.
28-29 MayCatherine Hall (University College London) gave two work-in-progress seminars, based on chapters of her book on Macaulay. For further information, please contact Peter Mandler.
21 MayJonathan Sachs (Concordia University) 'Romantic Republicanism: Ancient Rome and Literary Modernity', at the Modern Cultural History Seminar, Senior Parlour, Gonville and Caius College, 5pm. For further information, please contact Peter Mandler.
19 MayBrian Young, University of Oxford, ‘'John Morley's Liberal Eighteenth Century'. 5 p.m. in the Franck Room. Queen’s Building, Emmanuel College.
Brian Young’s visit was co-sponsored by the CVSG and the Faculties of History and English.
For further information please contact Phil Connell, Lawrence Klein or Mina Gorji
9 MaySadiah Qureshi,'Glimpsing the Urban Savage: Henry Mayhew and Street Spectacle in Victorian London', Victorian Streetlife conference, Kings College, London. For further information please contact Sadiah Qureshi.
2 MayNineteenth-Century Epic: A Symposium, Newnham College, Cambridge, 2-5 pm. Download the poster.
19 AprilAnna Vaninskaya "William Morris and 'The Ship of the Community'" Kelmscott House, London: William Morris Society Lecture (invited speaker). For further information, please contact Anna Vaninskaya.
19 AprilAstrid Swenson 'Picnic parties', 'London noise' and 'vulgarity': Debates about the commodification of heritage in nineteenth-century France, Germany and Britain', at Packaging the Past: The Commodification of Heritage. 9th Cambridge Heritage Seminar, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. For further information see http://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/heritage-seminar/programme08.html
27-29 MarchAdelene Buckland 'Geology and Knowledge in Thomas Hardy's A Pair of Blue Eyes', British Society for Literature and Science, Keele University. For further information, please contact Adelene Buckland.
15 March'Victorian Ethics' conference, Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies
Michael Ledger-Lomas "The problem of Paul in Victorian ethics". For further information, please contact Michael Ledger-Lomas.
David Gange "Homer, the Bible, and Victorian ethics: 'the primeval religious traditions' as models for modern life, 1858-1900". For further information, please contact David Gange.
4 MarchCVSG and the Reading Experience Database project hosted Reading the Past in the Nineteenth Century: A Symposium, chaired by William St. Clair. The speakers were:
Rosemary Mitchell on "Charlotte M. Yonge: Reading, Writing, and Recycling Historical Fiction in the Nineteenth Century"
Annika Bautz on "Scott's Victorian Readers"
Michael Ledger-Lomas on "First-Century Fiction in the Late Nineteenth Century"
Shafquat Towheed on "Reading History and Nation: Robert Louis Stevenson's Reading of William Forbes-Mitchell's Reminiscences of the Great Mutiny 1857-9 in Samoa"
and Jonathan Rose as Respondent.
The Symposium was held at King's College, Cambridge on 4 March, 2-5pm. For further information, please contact Anna Vaninskaya.
22 FebruaryAstrid Swenson 'Patrimoine/ Kuturerbe, Denkmalpflege'. Seminar of the Centre d'études et de recherches interdisciplinaires sur l Allemagne (CIERA) on 'Les mots de l'histoire: historiens français et allemands face à leurs sources et à leurs outils' (invited speaker). Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. For further information contact Astrid Swenson.
12 FebruaryAstrid Swenson 'Originals, Copies and Fakes: The Visual Culture of Heritage', Darwin College Humanities Group. For further information, please contact Astrid Swenson.
11 FebruaryAdelene Buckland 'Gideon Mantell, Thomas Hardy, and the Politics of Geological Knowledge', Cabinet of Natural History, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Free School Lane. For further information, please contact Adelene Buckland.
5 FebruaryAnna Vaninskaya "'It Was a Silly System': Writers and Non-elite Education, 1870-1939" University of Oxford: Modern British History Research Seminar (invited speaker). For further information, please contact Anna Vaninskaya.
23 JanuaryClare Pettitt, 'Dickens in the Old World and the New', Modern Cultural History Seminar, Senior Parlour, Gonville and Caius College, 5pm. .
22 JanuaryAstrid Swenson 'Monuments or junk? The invention of national heritage in nineteenth century Europe', Peterhouse History Society.
9-11 JanuaryAstrid Swenson 'Geschichte und Umgang mit Kulturellem Erbe in Grossbritannien und Deutschland', Seminar for new DAAD Lectures, Cumberland Lodge.
7 JanuaryMary Beard "Classics Transformed", American Philological Association Annual Meeting in Chicago.
13 DecemberClare Pettitt "'Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?' Newspapers, Celebrity & Anglo-American Relations in the 1870s", Institute of Historical Research British History Seminar (invited speaker). For further information please contact Clare Pettitt.
5-7 DecemberAstrid Swenson 'Musées des moulages et protection du patrimoine: Regards croisés sur la France, l'Allemagne et l'Angleterre au XIXe siècle' for the conference 'De l'imitation dans les musées. La diffusion de modèles de musées XIXe-XXIe siècles', École normale supérieure, Paris. For further information contact Astrid Swenson.
24 NovemberAnna Vaninskaya "Dreams of John Ball: The Many Histories of the Peasant Revolt", University of Oxford: Modern Book History Conference (invited speaker). For further information, please contact Anna Vaninskaya.
21 NovemberElizabeth Edwards (University of the Arts, London) '"A credit to yourself and your country": Public Histories and the Photographic Survey Movement 1885-1918' Modern Cultural History Seminar, Senior Parlour, Gonville and Caius College, 5pm. For further information, please contact Peter Mandler.
20 November'To be a source of pride: local histories and national identities'. Elizabeth Edwards (University of the Arts, London)gave a talk on an extract from her book Camera as Historian: Photography and the Making of History 1885-1918 at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Free School Lane, 4.30pm to 6pm.
For further information, please contact Sadiah Qureshi.
9 NovemberPanel discussion on Peter Mandler's 'The English National Character: The History of an Idea from Edmund Burke to Tony Blair', North American Conference on British Studies, Crowne Plaza Hotel, San Francisco. For further information, please contact Peter Mandler.
29-30 OctoberEvelleen Richards seminars, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.
24 OctoberRosemary Hill (Queen Mary, University of London) 'Catholics, Modernists and Biographers: Researching a Life of A.W.N. Pugin' Modern Cultural History Seminar, Senior Parlour, Gonville and Caius College, 5pm. For further information, please contact Peter Mandler.
10-13 OctoberJoint conference of NAVSA and VSAWC 'Victorian Materialities' hosted by the University of Victoria, BC, Canada.
Adelene Buckland 'Pictures in the Fire: Coal, History and Fictional Form in Dickens Our Mutual Friend' and Clare Pettitt 'Peggoty's Work-Box: Victorian Souvenirs and Material Memory'
'Urban Utopias and Conservation' panel chaired by Clare Pettitt:
Simon Goldhill gave a paper on 'The Cotswolds in Jerusalem: Ashbee, Arts and Crafts, and the Politics of Empire Building', Astrid Swenson on 'The Morris Dance around St Marks and other international campaigns for national monuments' and Anna Vaninskaya on 'A Patron Saint or a Case of Mistaken Identity? William Morris and the Garden City'
24 SeptemberSimon Goldhill Headmasters' Conference, Newport, Gwent 'Classical Education'
30 August-1 September8th Annual British Association for Victorian Studies Conference, University of Salford.
Anna Vaninskaya "M'Choakumchild's Lighthouses: Writers and the Late-Victorian School". For further information please contact Anna Vaninskaya.
Clare Pettitt "Peggotty's Work-Box: Victorian Souvenirs and Material Memory". For further information please contact Clare Pettitt.
Peter Mandler "Progressive Tourism in the Olden Time". For further information please contact Peter Mandler.
17 JulyMary Beard "The Pantheon at Pompeii? Reinventing the ancient city in the early nineteenth century", lecture at Bristol University, "Ruins and Reconstructions" conference
12-14 JulyAnna Vaninskaya 'The Coast of Utopia: Stoppard, Herzen, and the Strange Death of the Liberal Intelligentsia', 8th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society, University of Plymouth
13-17 JuneClare Pettitt, 'Dickens in the Old World and the New' for the 'Dickens in Italy' Conference at University of Genoa, Italy. For further information please contact Clare Pettitt .
4 JuneClare Pettitt, 'Livingstone, Stanley and their Servants: Biography and the Problems of Race and Class' Public Lecture at King's College London in a Life Writing at King's Series. For further information please contact Clare Pettitt .
23 MayPhilippa Levine (University of Southern California) 'Science, empire and the measurement of difference'. Modern Cultural History Seminar (Faculty of History). 5 p.m. in the Senior Parlour, Gonville Court, Gonville and Caius College. For further information please contact Peter Mandler
21-22 MayHarriet Ritvo seminars, Dept of History and Philosophy of Science
21 MayPostponed due to illness
Brian Young, University of Oxford, ‘The Victorian Eighteenth Century’. This seminar is part of the 'Restoration to Reform 1660-1832' series 2006-2007 sponsored by the Faculties of English and History
5 p.m. in the Franck Room. Queen’s Building, Emmanuel College.
Brian Young’s visit is co-sponsored by the Cambridge Victorian Studies Group.
For further information please contact Phil Connell or Lawrence Klein
17-18 MaySimon Goldhill The painting of desire: Victorian Classicism and J.H. Waterhouse, Glasgow, Distinguished Visitor Lecture 17th May, Seminar 18th May
26 AprilSimon Goldhill University of Columbia, New York 'Imaging Classical Desire: Victorians like Waterhouse and Warhol' Seminar 4.30pm
16-17 MarchAnna Vaniskaya presented a paper entitled "'The clear Thames bordered by its gardens green': William Morris and the Garden City" ; at the "The Red and the Green: Ecology and the Literature of the Left" conference in Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford.
13 MarchAstrid Swenson gave a paper on 'National Heritage as Transnational History in 19th Century Europe' at the Heritage Research Group, Department of Archaeology, Cambridge.
23 FebruaryMary Beard "The Parthenon in Ruins", lecture at Archives of European Archaeology (AREA) Conference, Rome
23 February"What the Victorians Learned: A Roundtable on Nineteenth Century Schoolbooks", featuring Leslie Howsam on History, James A. Secord on Science, Christopher Stray on Classics, Alice Jenkins on Maths, and Anna Vaninskaya on Literature. Held in the Morrison Room in the University Library, Cambridge.
22 FebruaryLeslie Howsam (University of Windsor) 'The Victorian Reinvention of Scholarly Publishing: Macmillan and the Historians'
21 FebruaryLeslie Howsam (University of Windsor) 'The Past Into Print: Historians and Publishers in Late-Victorian Cambridge', Modern Cultural History Seminar Gonville and Caius College.
13 FebruaryAstrid Swenson gave a talk on 'The Invention of National Heritage' at the Darwin College Humanities and Social Sciences Group.
27 JanuaryClassics Rejected, an interdisciplinary conference, generously supported by the Cambridge Faculty of Classics. More information can be found on the website www.classicsrejected.co.uk.
22 JanuaryTimothy Larsen (Wheaton College, Illinois) 'For the Bible and the British: The Reception of Austen Henry Layard's Nineveh and its Remains (1849)', Trinity College, Modern British History Seminar.
20 JanuaryAnna Vaniskaya,"Bestsellers in the Classroom: The Novel in the Textbook", at the "Print Culture and the Novel: 1850-1900" conference in the Oxford English Faculty .
Tue. 6 FebDr Clare Pettitt (King's College, London): '"Dr Livingstone I Presume": Newspapers, Celebrity and Anglo-American Relations in the 1870s',Cambridge English Faculty (Nineteenth-Century Seminar)
Tues. 16 Jan.- Conference on Arthur Lovejoy’s Great Chain of Being, Department of the History and Philosophy of Science.
Tues. 14 Nov.- Seminar by Billie Melman, co-sponsored by the English and History Departments of Kings College, London.
Mon. 27 Nov.-Seminar by Astrid Swenson (Darwin College, CVSG) 'The Preservation of Historic Monuments in France, Germany and England, 1870-1914', Modern European History Seminar at Caius College.
Mon. 13 Nov.- Public Symposium: 'The Culture of History: Tudors and Jacobins in Modern Memory'. Keynes Room, Kings College, Cambridge. Tudor historian Jason Scott-Warren (Cambridge) and French historian Robert Tombs (Cambridge) in discussion with Billie Melman (Tel Aviv) on the subject of her new book, The Culture of History.
Friday 27 Oct-Lecture by Mary Beard, "What is a "Liberal Education" (for)? Some nineteenth-century answers at the University of Buffalo, Humanities institute.
Wed. 25 Oct.- Seminar by Anna Vaninskaya (Kings and CVSG), My Mother, Drunk or Sober: The Discourses of Patriotism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, Modern Cultural History Seminar at Caius College.