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									                                 THE OSCHOLARS
                                          May 2003


      «   After we have discussed some Chambertin and a few ortolans, we will

          pass on to the question of the critic considered in the light of the

                                        interpreter    »

     As with the Calls for Papers, these are given as a rolling list, new ones being
                   added each month, old ones being removed on expiry.

            Lectures, visits and other events arranged by specialist societies and
                                     associations are on

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                               TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. SOUNDINGS: innovations in &                  X. The International Conference of the

reflections on MUSIC THEATRE.                   Society of Dance History Scholars.
II. Material Culture: A symposium in            XI. MAKING WAVES: Literary Studies in

memory of Chris Brooks.                         an Interdisciplinary Frame.
III. Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian
                                                XII. Literary London.
Studies Seminar.
IV. Seminar on Literary Aesthetics.
                                                XIII. IASIL 2003 'Getting into Contact'.

V. Advanced Seminars for Queer                  XIV. Nineteenth-Century Worlds:
VI. The Tenth International Ibsen                XIV. The AITA/IATA 2003 World Theatre

Conference.                                      Congress & Festival.
VII. Seminar on Literary Æsthetics (2).
                                                 XVI. Thomas Hardy In Cambridge.

VIII. Vernon Lee: Literary Revenant.             XVII. The Whistler Centenary Conference

                                                 University of Glasgow.
IX. Ireland and Europe in the                    XVIII. Herbert Spencer, 1820-1903:

Nineteenth Century.                              founding father of modern sociology.
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   Rose Bruford College Symposium 2003, Tuesday 6th May – Friday 9th May.
   Rose Bruford College, Lamorbey Park, Burnt Oak Lane, Sidcup, Kent DA15 9DF,

        2003 is a year of celebration for the College.           The Symposium
        launches the College's new buildings. All events will take place in the
        studios, workshops and performance spaces recently completed.

        Each year the College chooses a different theme to reflect an aspect
        of the wide range of the College's work. Past events have focused on
        Acting, Stanislavski, Brecht, and Theatre Memory.

        In 2003 the theme is MUSIC THEATRE - in all its forms.

   Programme of Events

        The Symposium explores the creative possibilities of the relationship
        between Music and Theatre.

        The programme will include opera, musicals, multimedia design, new
        work, and different kinds of collaboration. The Symposium is
     intended for practitioners in all aspects of theatre and opera,
     students, scholars, and members of the general public.

         The College's European partners, l'Institut del Teatre, Barcelona, and
         the Estonian Academy of Music will contribute performances and
         workshops. The College's Honorary Fellows and Professors particularly
         associated with the Symposium's theme – Bill Bryden, Professor David
         Burnand, Simon Callow, David Hersey, Professor Sally Grace, Sir
         Jeremy Isaacs, Ralph Koltai, and Dr Marion North – have also been
         invited to contribute, and Professor Lou Stein and Dr Deirdre Gribbin
         will launch a new research project for The Society for the Performance
         of New Music.

         The Symposium will begin on the evening of Tuesday 6th May with a
         reception, an opening address, and a performance of Carmen by John
         Doyle's award winning company. This production, seen at the Royal
         Opera House in the Covent Garden Festival after a European tour, will
         play every evening in The Rose Theatre.

The next three days share a similar pattern:

                Mornings: Interactive workshops
                Afternoons: Demonstrations, panel discussions, illustrated
                 papers, 'in conversation' sessions, and
                Evenings: A choice of performances.

On Friday there will also be a keynote address and plenary session. Every day
has a rolling programme to include the large number of events.      Exhibitions,
installations and screenings will take place throughout.

Interactive Workshops

     John Doyle's Company (UK), Cantadoros (Germany), Calypso Theatre
     (Ireland), Academy of Music (Estonia), Pan Centre for Intercultural
     Arts, David Taylor, Theatre Projects, USA Lighting for musicals,
     Society for Producers, Composers of Applied Music, ust FX

     Also voice and movement workshops, including Suzuki Training by
     Dr Antje Diedrich, and a rehearsal/performance of an opera chorus.

     Joe Aveline: Lighting consoles for musical theatre
     Dr Stephen Baysted: Electronic score for Rousseau's Pygmalion,
     designed by Nigel Hook & Nick Hunt
     Chris Challis: Choreographing musicals
     Mark Constable & Matt Ottewill: Creating an IMLE
     Steven Dykes & Paul Englishby: Coming to our Senses, a new
     Colin Ellwood: Dufay Collective- Early Music
     Mary Hammond & Karen Rabinowitz: Training opera singers
     Phil Knight: Third Theatre's Carmen
     Ali MacLaurin: Music Theatre &Community Cohesion
     Donald Maxwell: Playing Iago for Peter Stein
     Prof. Pau Monterde: Acting for opera
     Stewart Nicholls: The British Musical
     Donal O'Kelly & Trevor Knight: Creating The Hand
     Stewart Pedlar: Stephen Sondheim
     Barry Seaman: Electronic score, 1915 silent film of Ivan the Terrible
     Mark Tinkler & Annabel Lee: Pocket Opera
     Stuart Wood: When Harry Met Barry, a new musical
     David Zoob: A new adaptation of Isaac Bashevis Singer's The Dead
     Fiddler for actor-musicians.

Illustrated Papers

     Prof. Clive Barker: 'Showstoppers'
     Dr Paul Fryer: 'Wagner and the Cinema'
     Dr Jane Davidson:      'Directing& performing Schoenberg's Pierrot
     Prof. David Osmond-Smith: 'The Rediscovery of Discontinuity: 20thC
     Music Theatre'
     Dr George Rodosthenous: 'The Aural Versus the Visual'
     Dr Brian Singleton: 'Oscar Asche & British Musical Theatre'
     Dr Victoria Stec: 'The Dying Dreamer: Hamlet Danced 1942'
     Dr Millie Taylor: 'Clod Ensemble's The Overcoat by Gogol'
     Prof. Nicholas Till: 'Writing Opera ?an impossible metaphysics'

Discussion Panels & 'In Conversation'

     The following people have been invited to talk 'in conversation' or
     contribute to discussion panels:
     Judith Ackrill, Annabel Arden, Roger Allam, Simon Russell Beale,
     Joanne Benjamin, Matthew Bourne, Bob Carlton, Annie Castledine,
     Paule Constable, Mark Dornford-May, Rick Fisher, Maria Friedman,
     Tim Higgs, Malcolm Jones, Graeme Kay, Mary King, Phyllida Lloyd,
     Carol Metcalfe, Malcolm McKee, Tom Morris, Kate Napier, Mark
     Ravenhill, Jonathan Reekie, Tim Rice, Hilary Strong, Robert Styles,
     Graham Vick, Stephen Warbeck, Dick Vosborough.


     Carmen: The John Doyle Theatre Company (UK)
     At Home with Art: Post-Operative Productions (UK)
     A Season in Hell: Altitude North (UK)
     The Singing Nun: Triangle Theatre (UK)
     Arhythmia: Pan Intercultural (UK)
     Songs Set Free: PROimPRO (Estonia)
     Standing Perhaps on the Edge of Darkness: Cantadoros (Germany)
     Catalpa: Calypso Theatre (Ireland)
     From Morningtime to Moonshine Darling: Operajam (Jamaica)
     Safarki: BSCA Productions (Somalia)

Symposium Plan

     Tuesday 6th - Friday 9th May
        The Symposium is scheduled as a rolling programme.
        Refreshments and meals can be purchased throughout the day in
        The Rose café and the Lamorbey House refectory.
     Tuesday 6th May
        17.00 – 20.00 Registration and light refreshments
        20.15 – 20.30 Welcome and Opening Address
        20.30 – 22.00 Bizet's Carmen, John Doyle's Company in The Rose
     Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th May
        10.00 – 12.30 Interactive workshops
        12.30 – 18.00 Demonstrations, panel discussions, illustrated
        papers, 'in conversation' sessions
        18.00 – 22.30 Performances in The Rose Theatre, The Barn
        Theatre, Studio 1 and Studio 2
     Friday 9th May
        10.00 – 12.30 Interactive workshops
        12.30 – 18.00 Demonstrations, panel discussions, illustrated
        papers, 'in conversation' sessions
        16.00 – 17.00 Keynote Address
        17.00 – 18.00 Plenary Session
        18.00 – 22.30 Performances in The Rose Theatre, The Barn
        Theatre, Studio 1 and Studio 2.

Each day, all day
     Exhibitions, installations, screenings, cabaret
     The work of designers/directors Nigel Hook, Iona McLeish, Pip Nash
     and Colin Window will be on exhibition. Design projects for The Turn
     of the Screw and Nine will be on display, and performances by The
     Lawn will be scheduled in the exhibition areas. Demonstrations of
     multimedia in the digital arts complex and of lighting in the
     laboratories will beheld each day. Throughout the Symposium there
     will be screenings of films and videos, and each evening will conclude
     with a cabaret.

The finalised programme will be regularly updated on the College website and will also be circulated by e-mail.

     Further information may be obtained from Lindsay Gear, telephone
     +44 (0)20 8308 2666; fax +44 (0)20 8300 2863; e-mail


Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E

     Saturday, 10th May

     10.30 Registration

     11.00 - 12.40 Opening Remarks (Josephine McDonagh)

Session 1: Buildings

     Isobel Armstrong: 'Covering London in Glass'

     Michaela Giebelhausen: 'To make the building speak': Of the
     Fictional Nature of Gothic

        12.30-2.00 Lunch

2.00-3.30 Session 2: Empire

     Elleke Boehmer: (Nottingham Trent), Playing the Game in Camp:
     Editing Scouting for Boys
      Inga Bryden: (King Alfred's Winchester), Signs of the Times: the
      Haveli as Hybridised Space

         3.30-4.00 Tea

4.00-5.15 Session 3: Print Culture

      Sally Ledger: Political Showmen: Radical Print Culture 1819-20

      Laurel Brake: Punching Above Our Weight? Problems of Reading an
      Illustrated Comic Journal.

5.30- 6.30 John Plunkett: Screen Practice Before Film: the Victorians and
Virtual Reality

      Closing Remarks and Drinks:        Angelique Richardson on Chris

Registration Fees: £25 Standard; £15 Concessionary (IES members, students,
OAP's, unwaged). Book either by phone or e-mail, at +44-(0)20-7862-8675) or Enquiries about programme: Dr Josephine McDonagh, School of
English and Humanities, Birkbeck


Sponsored by the British Association for Victorian Studies.

Shakespeare       Room,   Birmingham   Central   Library,   Chamberlain   Square,
Birmingham, Saturday 10th May, 2.00 p.m.

      Jonathan Reinarz (University of Birmingham):Uncommon Scents:
      Smell and Victorian England.

      David Nash (Oxford Brookes University): Republicanism and the
      Victorian Middle Class: Radical Fantasy or Cultural Triumph?

Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1

Wednesday, 14th May 2003, 2.00 p.m. (Room 265)

      Simon Jarvis (Cambridge): The Critique of Pure Noise


Given the importance of Oscar Wilde in the construction of how the 20th
century   (at    least)     viewed   the   homosexual/gay/queer,        we    welcome   the
announcement of the series of Advanced Seminars for Queer Research 2003 at
University College, Dublin under the ægis of The(e)ories, a multi-disciplinary,
methodologically eclectic, and internationally diverse forum for the theoretical
examination and discussion of all (non-) normative acts, identities, desires,
perceptions, possibilities, and propensities.

The convenors are

      Noreen      Giffney    (Department     of   Medieval   History)   &     Michael
      O'Rourke (Department of Modern English & American Literature),
      c/o Women's Education, Research & Resource Centre (WERRC) Arts
      Annexe Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4,
      Ireland. or

 The series (which covers Byzantium to Belfast) began on 14th January, and
 THE OSCHOLARS will look in detail at those which advert to Wilde and /or
 the late nineteenth century. For further information or to join the The(e)ories
 information bulletin, e-mail the convenors:

 This           prospectus           is     available        on         the       Internet:
    Monday 19th May: David Cregan (Trinity College, Dublin), 'The Wilde
    Irishman: Theatre Theatrical in Frank McGuinness's Gates of Gold'.

    Wednesday       28th    May:   Geraldine       Cuddihy   (University    College
    Dublin), 'Queer Desiring: The Foldings of Bodies and Texts'

Geraldine Cuddihy completed a B.A. in women's studies and policy studies at
the University of North London. She is currently studying for an M.Litt. in
women's studies at University College, Dublin. Her research interests include
feminist theories of the body, postmodernist/poststructuralist constructions of
the body, deconstruction, and queer theory. She is, at present, exploring the
relation between queer theory and desire using the works of Luce Irigaray and
Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

    Abstract. The purpose of this paper is to explore queer desiring.
    Focusing on the relation between queer theory and desire I propose
    to examine how the former suggests other ways of approaching the
    latter. To this end I will turn to the works of philosophers Maurice
    Merleau-Ponty      and Luce Irigaray and more                specifically   their
    phenomenology of touch. For both Merleau-Ponty and Irigaray desire
    is not about lack or intention but is subjectless. The emphasis here
    is on proximity and difference as opposed to distance and sameness.
    A key theme of the paper will be queer desiring as monstrous.
    Drawing on theories of the monstrous, abject, Other, and using the
    notion/structure of the fold ; as deployed by both Merleau-Ponty and
    Irigaray;   I   will   argue   that   desire    is   never   singular   but    is
    transgressive, transformative, and in a constant state of becoming. In
    addition I will show how the texts of Merleau-Ponty and Irigaray are
    monstrous in that they show the impossibility of closure and warn of
    the impossibility of predicting the future.

Seminars take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the John Henry Newman
(Arts)Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland (see web-
site for venue for each talk).


Held under the auspices of the International Ibsen Committee.

Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, 1st-7th June.

  * Preliminary Conference Programme.

Over a hundred scholars from over twenty countries–from Eastern and Western
Europe, from Asia, from the Sub Continent, from the United States–will gather
on the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University from 1st-7th June, for the
10th   International   Ibsen   Conference,   held   under   the   auspices   of   the
International Ibsen Committee. The conference is open-themed, with papers on
multiple aspects of Ibsen's art, including Ibsen in performance (on stage and in
film), Ibsen in translation, teaching Ibsen, Ibsen in political and social contexts,
Ibsen's dramaturgy, and Ibsen's affinities with and influence on other writers.

       CONFERENCE LOCATION: The main location of the conference will
       be the downtown Brooklyn campus of LIU, whose entrance is located
       at the corner of Flatbush Avenue Extension and De Kalb Avenue. The
       conference lodging site. A secondary location for the conference is
       Scandinavia House, the U.S. cultural center for the Nordic countries,
       at Park Avenue and 38th Street in Manhattan, where one of the
       plenary speeches will take place.

       PLENARY SPEAKERS: The plenary speakers for the conference are
       Eric Bentley, the great scholar, translator, and critic of modern
       drama, and Emeritus, Columbia University; Marvin Carlson, the
       Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative
       Literature, Graduate Center, City University of New York, an
       international authority on drama and performance; and Inga Stina-
       Ewbank ,a distinguished Ibsen scholar who has also translated
       Ibsen's texts for major British productions and who is Professor
       Emerita of the University of Leeds.

       IBSEN PERFORMANCE: The conference will feature a production of
       Ibsen's Lady from the Sea by the Wax Factory performance group.
       The production is a site-specific installation performance inspired by
       Ibsen's play, and will take place in the American Can Factory, a
     multi-media performance space in Carrol Gardens, Brooklyn. For a
     review of an award-winning workshop production of this performance
     and an interview with the director, Ivan Talijancic, click here.

For further information, contact Joan Templeton at


Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1

Wednesday, 4th June 2.00 p.m. (Room 265)

  Alison   Ross   (Monash    University): The   Æsthetic     Anomaly:    Philosophy,
 Criticism and Art,


Institute of English Studies School of Advanced Study University of London in
conjunction with Queen Mary School of English and Drama 10th June 2003.

     Vernon Lee (Violet Paget, 1856-1935) was the author of over forty
     books and numerous articles. Her extensive oeuvre includes works
     on aesthetics, ethics, history, literary criticism and biography as well
     as novels, short stories, and essays of travel. She enjoyed a high
     reputation during the late nineteenth century for her writing and
     scholarship and her books were considered essential reading for
     educated people. Remarkable for her boldly-expressed views, her
     distinctively European outlook and her unconventional lifestyle
     which included a series of romantic relationships with other women,
     Lee lost stock in England after her pacifist stance during the First
     World War and when it suited a rising generation of writers to view
     her as a relic of the literary past. After a long period of neglect, she is
     currently enjoying a come-back as scholars begin to uncover the
     riches of her work, and she offers them the fascinating figure of the
     independent female intellectual and woman of letters whose career
     spans the transition from Victorian to Modernist writing.

     The critic Desmond MacCarthy wrote of Vernon Lee: 'There is no
     doubt hat Vernon Lee will be read by posterity, for her work is a rare
     combination of intellectual curiosity and imaginative sensibility.' As
     Lee returns to view, this seems a timely moment for a Conference
     that aims to explore some of the different kinds of research on her
     currently underway and to provide an opportunity for exchange
     among those interested in her work.

Programme (subject to change)

     9.30-10.00 REGISTRATION & COFFEE

        10.00-10.15 INTRODUCTION

        10.15-10.45 a.m. 1st Plenary (Angela Leighton)


        Taura Napier: 'Vernon Lee's Venice: Gothic Mystery and Byzantine
        Splendour in an Age of Literary Moralism'

        Peter Christensen: 'The Delirium of History in "Prince Alberic and
        the Snake Lady"'

        Margaret Stetz: 'The Snake Lady and the Bruised Bodley Head'


        Shafquat Towheed: 'Vernon Lee and Popular Fiction'

        Sophie Menoux: 'Taste, Entitlement, and Power: Vernon Lee's
        Subversive Comedy of Masks, "The Prince of the Hundred Soups"'

        Sylvia   Mieszkowski:    'Getting     in   Touch:   Vernon    Lee's
        Representations of the Past's Past'


        Rita Severi:' Vernon Lee and Contemporary Italian Writers'

        Elisa Bizzotto: '"The earliest days of our Florentine spring":
        Vernon Lee & her Italian Circle'

        Benedetta Bini: ‘Genius Loci and Italian Villas: Vernon Lee, Edith
        Wharton and the Rediscovery of Viterbo'
12.05-12.45 2nd Plenary (Hilary Fraser)

12.45-2.00 LUNCH


   Catherine Maxwell: 'Vernon Lee and Eugene Lee-Hamilton'

   Rory Drummond: 'Vernon Lee, Henry James, and the Dialogue

   Laurel Brake: 'Vernon Lee and the Pater Circle in the 1880s'


   Patricia Pulham: 'Blaming Portraits: Doubling and Desire in
   Louis Norbert'

   Christa Zorn: 'Vernon Lee's The Handling of Words and Victorian
   Reader Response Theory and Postmodern Literature'

   Renate Brosch:          'Empathy and Ekphrasis in Vernon Lee's


   Sally Newman: 'Vernon Lee: Friendship, Desire, and the Lesbian

   Richard Dellamora: 'The Queer Comradeship of Outlawed
   Thought: Vernon Lee, Max Nordau and Oscar Wilde'

   Catherine      Wiley:   '"Warming   me    like cordial":   Vernon   Lee's
   Reinstatement of the Body in Aesthetics'

3.20-4.00       3rd Plenary (Vineta Colby)

4.00-4.20 TEA & COFFEE

4.20-5.15       SESSION       III:   ECONOMICS,         CULTURE,       AND

   Dennis Denisoff: 'Vernon Lee and the Decadence of Stability'

   Kristin Mahoney: 'Collecting and Historicized Consumption in
   Vernon Lee's Haunting'


   Grace Brockington: 'Performing Pacifism: The Battle between
   Author and Artist in The Ballet of the Nations'

   Jo Briggs: 'The Reception of Vernon Lee's Writings on Aesthetics'

        Stefano       Evangelista:     'Closet    Hauntings:      Madness,
        Homosexuality, and Possession in Vernon Lee's "A Wicked Voice'"
        and Pater's "Apollo in Picardy"'

        Sonny Kandola: 'Vernon Lee and the New, New Hellenism’

     5.15-5.55 4th Plenary (Martha Vicinus)

     5.55-6.25 QUESTIONS

     6.25 RECEPTION

Organizers: Dr Catherine Maxwell and Dr Patricia Pulham at The School of
English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London,
E1 4NS. They can also be e-mailed directly to


A Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland conference, Queen's
University, Belfast, 20th-22nd June.

     For    further    information,    please    contact   Leon    Litvack
     ( or Colin Graham (


This will be held at the Irish World Music Centre, University of Limerick,
Limerick, Ireland, from 26th-29th June.

     This is the first time that the conference has been held outside North
     America and because of the conference's location in Ireland it is
     expected that there will be a number of papers relating to Irish dance
     practices and Irish dance practitioners both in Ireland and in the
     diasporic    locations   of   England,    North      America,   Canada,
     Australia...etc. The role dance has played within the diasporic
     experience is a significant one and this, together with other aspects
     of dance research will be presented and addressed at this conference.

 For further information contact

     Dr Catherine Foley, Chair Local Arrangements Committee, Course
     Director MA in Ethnochoreology and MA in Irish Traditional Dance
     Performance, The Irish World Music Centre, University of Limerick,
     Limerick, Ireland. e-mail:



Robinson College Cambridge, 4th-5th July.

A conference being held under the auspices of the Faculty of English, University
of Cambridge, designed to foreground aspects of contemporary literary studies in
relation to some of the interdisciplinary exchanges exemplified or made possible
by the work of Professor Dame Gillian Beer. For more information please e-mail: or telephone: (01223) 765778.

Draft Programme of Speakers

Friday 4th July

     Professor Homi Bhabha (Harvard University): What is a Post-Colonial
     Professor Terry Castle (Stanford University): A Jazz Age Belinda
     Dr Robert Douglas-Fairhurst (Oxford) :Making Magic
     Professor Kate Flint (Rutgers University): Peter Walsh's Penknife
     Professor Evelyn Fox Keller (MIT) : Imitation, Identity, and Difference
     Professor Martin Jay (UC, Berkeley) : No State of Grace: Violence in
     the Garden
     ••Professor Suzanne Raitt (William and Mary) : Waste and Repair in
     Dorian Gray
     Professor Jacqueline Rose (Queen Mary, London) : Coetzee's Women
     Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern (University of Cambridge) :
     Commons and Borderlands
     Works in Progress, Poetry and Fiction Readings by Writers: Ruth
     Padel, Jo Shapcott, Ali Smith, Marina Warner.

Saturday 5th July

     Professor Malcolm Bowie (University of Cambridge) : Freud on Music
     Professor Rachel Bowlby (University of York) : Recapitulations
     Professor Catherine Gallagher (UC, Berkeley): Political Economy,
     Culture, and George Eliot
     Professor Ludmilla Jordanova (UEA) : Artin Fiction
     Professor Angela Leighton (University of Hull) : Just a Word: On
     Professor George Levine       (Rutgers   University):   Reductionism,
     Positivism, Darwin, and Us
     Dr Christopher Page (University of Cambridge): A Woman's Shirt, a
     Museum, and the Rise of European Music
     Dr Ato Quayson (University of Cambridge): Africando: On the
     Multiple Temporalities of Contemporary Africa
     Professor Harriet Ritvo (MIT) : Discovering the Victorian Environment
     Professor David Trotter (University of Cambridge) : Virginia Woolf and
     Dr Alison Winter (University of Chicago): Sciences of Identity and
     Psychiatric Film


The second Literary London Conference will be held at Goldsmiths College,
University of London 25th to 27th July.

Those papers of chiefly late Victorian interest are listed below. Others can be
found at
where the Conference details can also be reached.                 The Director of the
Conference, which is linked to the e-journal of the same name, is Dr Lawrence

        Chu-chueh Cheng: 'The Importance of Being London: Looking for
        Signs of the Metropolis in Thomson's City of Dreadful Night', National
        Chung-Hsing University (Taiwan).

        Anna Despotopoulou: 'Aestheticising the Modern Nightmare: The
        London of Henry James and Joseph Conrad', University of Athens

        Elizabeth Evans: 'Consuming Gender: Shops and Shop Girls in Late
        Nineteenth-Century     London    Novels',   University    of   Wisconsin-
        Madison (USA).

        Samantha Matthews: 'London's Dead: The London Cemetery in
        Victorian Literature', Goldsmiths College (England).

        Aaron Matz: 'City and Satire in The Secret Agent', Yale University

        Ralph Parfect: 'A Terrorist's Guide to London: Political Violence and
        the City at the Fin de Siecle', King's College, London.

        Lindsay River: 'A Bohemian Rhapsody? Alternative London in the
        Fiction of the Early Twentieth Century', Leeds Metropolitan(England).

        John Seed: 'Limehouse Demi-Monde: Orientating the London Docks,
        1880-1930', University of Surrey (England).


The International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures invites you to
attend the 2003 conference at the University of Debrecen, Hungary 7th to 11th

Plenary Lectures

        Plenary speakers include Anthony Roche, University College Dublin,
        and former editor of the Irish University Review, Maureen Murphy,
      Hofstra University, USA, former president of IASIL, and Dáithí Ó
      hÓgáin, University College Dublin, Irish folklorist and poet.           A
      special plenary session will also be devoted to 'Celebrating John
      Montague' with John Montague and Richard Cave, Royal Holloway-
      University of London. Other writers have been invited.

As part of the conference, participants will have the opportunity to tour
Debrecen and go on a half-day local excursion. In addition, there will be a
special night of Irish drama along with readings by several invited Irish writers,
including special guest, John Montague. The conference will conclude with a
festive Farewell Dinner and there will be an optional post-conference tour.

Conference Fees and Accommodation

Conference registration fees of approximately 150 euros will include the opening
Monday evening reception, luncheons during the conference, the local excursion,
coffee breaks, book of abstracts, and program. Accommodation will include a
choice of a very inexpensive well-appointed student hostel, quite moderately-
priced hotel, or luxury air-conditioned hotel.

Central European Attendees

      Colleagues from Central Europe and environs should email the
      Conference Organizing Committee at about
      local currency conference and membership fees.

For Further Information

      For more information on all aspects of the conference, programme,
      and   venue   periodically   log   on   to   the   conference   web   site; or e-


Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies, University of Notre Dame. London
Center, 10th-12th July.

     Jane Rendall, Department of History, University of York

     David Arnold, Director, Centre for the History and Culture of
     Medicine, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University
     of London

(No further information at time of going to press)


 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 13th - 19th July.

 50th anniversary. For details, click the banner.


The Thomas Hardy Society and The Thomas Hardy Association announce
Thomas Hardy In Cambridge, a Conference at Magdalene College, Cambridge,
Monday 28th to Wednesday 30th July.

Talks, Walks, Lectures and Poetry Readings

     Enjoy the communal spirit of living in the 15th Century Magdalene
     College (where Hardy was made an Honorary Fellow), combined with
     an exciting programme of lectures, a chance to view the manuscripts
     of Moments of Vision, Jude the Obscure, and Times Laughingstocks
     and Augustus John's portrait at the Fitzwilliam Museum.   There will
     also be the opportunity to explore this fine university city and to
     trace where Hardy walked when he visited his friend and mentor,
     Horace Moule.


Places are limited, so please book early.

If you would like any further information, please contact Helen Gibson, The
Thomas Hardy Society, P.O.Box 1438, Dorchester DT1 1YH (t/f: +44 (0)1305

251501, or (0)1300-341434).



     Please reserve me/us a place(s) for ‘Thomas Hardy in Cambridge’
     Full conference membership from 28-30th July 2003 is £195 per
     (This covers all conference events, 2 nights bed/breakfast, plus 2
     2 dinners and coffee/tea) or
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3rd-6th September

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The Galton Institute Symposium at the Linnean Society of London, Thursday
18th September.

     Speakers include J.D.Y. Peel on Spencer in the Twentieth Century,
     Robert J. Richardson Spencer and Darwin, John Laurent on Spencer
     and Economics, Thomas Dixon on Spencer and Altruism, Naomi
     Beck on Spencer in Italy and France, and Greta Jones on Spencer
     and His Circle.
Admission free but strictly by ticket only, available from The General Secretary,
The Galton Institute, 19 Northfields Prospect, London SW18 1PE, England.

  «   After we have discussed some Chambertin and a few ortolans, we will

      pass on to the question of the critic considered in the light of the

                                   interpreter   »

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