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					                              THE OSCHOLARS

                                   September 2003




    FORTHCOMING CONFERENCES, SEMINARS & COURSES


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As with the Calls for Papers, these items 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


                                   The Society Page


    Details are as supplied by our sources, but should be checked with the
                                      organisers.




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                              TABLE OF CONTENTS
 1. Currencies.                            5. The Victorian Periodical Press :
                                           Texts and Contexts.


 2. The Whistler Centenary                 6. Hilaire Belloc
 Conference University of
                                           Conference.
 Glasgow.
   3. Shifting Scenes: Theatre               7. The State of the Real.
   Histories Beyond London.


   4. Herbert Spencer, 1820-1903.            8. Rethinking the 1880s.




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                                  THE OSCHOLARS.




                                      SEPTEMBER

1. CURRENCIES


The Society of Dix-Neuviémistes is delighted to announce that the programme
for its 2003 Annual Conference (1st and 2nd September at Devonshire Hall,
University   of   Leeds)   is   now    available   on   the   Conference   Website,   at
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/french/sdn/conf2003.htm.
     This year's theme is 'Currencies'. The Plenary Speakers are Mary
     Donaldson-Evans, Jacques Neefs and Pamela Pilbeam; over 50
     speakers will explore the theme from a varietyof disciplinary
     perspectives. A booking form is available on the website. Enquiries
     should be addressed to Paul Rowe (p.rowe@leeds.ac.uk).

Dr Paul Rowe, French Department, University of Leeds LS2 9JT. Tel. +44 (0)113
343 3485 Fax +44 (0)113 343 3477. www.leeds.ac.uk/french
2. THE WHISTLER CENTENARY CONFERENCE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW


3rd-6th September


See the August NOCTURNE for details by clicking Whistler:




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3. SHIFTING SCENES: THEATRE HISTORIES BEYOND LONDON


University of Manchester, 8th and 9th September.


Royal Holloway and Manchester University Drama Departments are pleased to
announce an interdisciplinary conference on portable and provincial theatre,
and early British film, to celebrate the opening of the      new home base of
Manchester Drama.


     The conference will be held under the auspices of the AHRB, as part
     of   the funded project 'An Alternative History of the Victorian
     Theatre.'   That   project is exploring portable theatres, circuses,
     drama in the music halls        and other Victorian entertainments.
     Papers to be presented range widely, beyond the nineteenth century
     and outside London, bringing new historiographies to bear upon
     new texts and subjects, all seeking to appreciate alternative energies
     in the past life of British entertainment. The draft programme
     includes

                 o   Jacky Bratton on new readings in theatre history

                 o   Viv Gardner on the theatrical 5th Earl of Anglesey

                 o   Ann Featherstone on the repertoire of the portable
                     theatre

                 o   Linda Fitzsimmons on York in the 1840's
                  o   Barbara Bell on alternative formations and Georgian
                      community theatre

                  o   Claire    Cochrane      on   commercial     theatre    in
                      Birmingham

                  o   Anselm Heinrich on York 1877 to 1945

                  o   David Mayer on melodramatic burlesque on film

                  o   Patrick O'Neill on the forgotten tours of Canada's
                      military entertainers

                  o   Mike Pearson on shipboard theatre in the Arctic

                  o   Catherine Pendley on the theatricality of provincial life

                  o   Joanna Robinson on Victorian Nottingham: mapping
                      theatrical culture

                  o   Richard Schoch on royal regionalism

                  o   Vanessa Toulmin on early commercial cinema

                  o   Ioan Williams on the drama movement in Wales 1880-
                      1920


Bryony Dixon and colleagues from the BFI will present a programme of films
made by the early travelling showmen.


      The Northern Branch of the Society for Theatre Research is
      sponsoring student bursaries to defray some of the costs of
      attendance for postgraduate students in the field. If you would like
      to apply for a fee waiver/help with travel and accommodation costs,
      please include a letter outlining your research field and affiliation
      with your registration.




4.   HERBERT SPENCER, 1820-1903: FOUNDING FATHER OF MODERN
SOCIOLOGY


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.




5. THE VICTORIAN PERIODICAL PRESS : TEXTS AND CONTEXTS


19th-20th September 2003.


Conference sponsored by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP)
2003 Conference (Meeting jointly with the Victorian Studies Association of
Western Canada) at the Varscona Hotel. All students, teachers, and scholars
interested in publishing history, the Victorian periodicals press, and the history
and culture of the Victorian world are invited to participate. Internationally
renowned speakers will be featured.


     For questions about local arrangements, please contact: Merrill
     Distad, Associate Director, University of Alberta Library, Cameron 5-
     02, Edmonton AB T6G 2J8; merrill.distad@ualberta.ca. The RSVP
     conference will run in parallel session with the VSAWC conference at
     the same hotel. VSAWC's conference theme is 'Reading the
     Nineteenth Century: Texts, Pasts. Interpretations'. Registration for
     either conference, at a fee to be announced shortly, will cover both
     conferences.   There will be shared plenary sessions with invited
     speakers, a common reception and banquet. Further details will be
     posted as available at RSVP's website at http://aztec.asu.edu/rsvp.
6. HILAIRE BELLOC CONFERENCE

Friday and Saturday, 29th and 30th September. Plater College, Oxford.


 Contact: Dr Grahame Clough, 1 Hillview Cottage, Elsted, near Midhurst, West
 Sussex    GU29       0JX,    England     (tel:     01730   825575).      E-mail:
 HilaireBelloc1@Aol.com




7. THE STATE OF THE REAL. AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE


Glasgow School of Art, 'How real can you get?'


21st-22nd November 2003.


      This two-day conference will debate the subject of the real in
     aesthetic philosophy, criticism and practice. For more information,
     and    a      registration   form,    e-mail     the   organisers   at:
     http://www.gsa.ac.uk/research/statereal.htm




                                     APRIL

8. RETHINKING THE 1880S

19th-20th April 2004, Centre for English Studies, Senate House, University of
London, England.
More details through: http://www.sas.ac.uk/ies/



     We envisage this conference as offering an opportunity to explore
     a decade peculiarly available to alternative readings. At one level,
     the 1880s have been customarily acknowledged as a transitional
     period; but at another, the decade has been noticeably absent from
     literary and cultural histories of the Victorian period. This conference
     will provide an occasion to delve into its doubleness as a period of
     intriguingly crossed generations, as a time when a sense of
     newness and    the   past,   of   modernity      and   belatedness,   were
     intriguingly present. Freshly investigating the 1880s and the complex
     patterns of its culture will provide various opportunities to bring
     back a period easily marginalized in current debates and perhaps
     facilitate new engagement with the idea of the Victorian itself.


The four plenary speakers will be addressing themes as follows:


     Dr   Peter   Mandler,   'Progress   and    its   discontents:   who   was
     disappointed by the 1880s and why?';

     Dr Matthew Campbell, Irish poetry and the question of the 'United
     Kingdom';

     Professor Dinah Birch, 'Mary Ward and the Duplicities of the
     Modern';

     Professor Elleke Boehmer, 'Margaret Noble and radical cross-
     currents in London in the 1880s'.


Conference organizers:


     Dr Gail Marshall (University of Leeds),

     Dr Francis O'Gorman (University of Leeds) f.j.o'gorman@leeds.ac.uk
     Dr Clare Pettitt (Newnham College, Cambridge)

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Dr Francis O'Gorman, School of English, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT,
England. Tel. 0113 343 4798. Fax. 0113 343 4774




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