THE OSCHOLARS September 2003 FORTHCOMING CONFERENCES, SEMINARS & COURSES « 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 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. Click for the Table of Contents; click to jump the next section. Click to return to the September 2003 edition main pages. indicates that we are publishing the abstract of a paper being given. Clicking the flag will indicate this, or no. 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. If registering for any of these conferences, it would be helpful if you mentioned seeing this in 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 (email@example.com). 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: . 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; firstname.lastname@example.org. 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) email@example.com Dr Clare Pettitt (Newnham College, Cambridge) ============================ Dr Francis O'Gorman, School of English, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, England. Tel. 0113 343 4798. Fax. 0113 343 4774 « 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 » Click for the Table of Contents; click to jump the next section. Click to return to the September 2003 edition main pages.
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