Monthly Archives: October 2012

Spectacle, Ritual and Festivity in the Ilford Hospital Carnival, 1905-1914



Speaker: Dion Georgiou (Queen Mary, University of London)

Time and Date: 5:15 PM, Monday, 5th November.

Location: Gordon Room (Room G34), Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.

Ilford, in Essex, typified the rapid suburban expansion that took place around London during the late Victorian and Edwardian era, its population quadrupling during the 1890s and then doubling again during the 1900s to reach nearly 80,000 by 1911. This huge growth in population fuelled demand for the establishment of a local emergency hospital and in order to finance this development, residents held an annual carnival every July from 1905 to 1914. The carnival was a huge success, raising increasing amounts for the hospital each year and eventually attracting crowds estimated at over 100,000. Continue reading

Forget Nostalgia – A Little Theatre of Self

Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following exhibition, opening in November.

Clarisse’s d’Arcimoles’ second solo exhibition with BREESE LITTLE, Forget Nostalgia – A Little Theatre of Self will explore photography’s ability to trap and record time. By recreating Victorian photographs of anonymous sitters with herself as the subject, d’Arcimoles will use a variety of styles, characters, and backdrops to encourage the viewer to follow the historical photographic journey of women and their victories of emancipation.

d’Arcimoles will reconstruct a local photographer’s studio in Britain a century ago, creating a space in the gallery for the viewer to be transported into a full experience of photography’s unique representation of particular past events. The project will facilitate a re-discovery of photography, presenting it as a powerful critical tool of reality and history, resulting in very different ideas of space and of ‘being-in-the-photographic-world’. Continue reading

Art Historiography Seminars at The Warburg Institute

Art Historiography Seminar

The Warburg Institute – The Burlington Magazine

Admission Free

This series investigates the changing histories of art produced by successive generations of art critics and art historians from the nineteenth century till the present. The seminar will explore the canonical formats of art-historical writing (connoisseurship, art criticism, and academic art history) but also aims to encourage discussion on how external factors shaped the construction of art history; it will include interpretations produced by museums, commercial galleries, auction houses and various types of art press. The series brings together scholars working on similar, often intersecting subjects, with the aim to share ideas and promote further research. Attendance to each seminar is free.

Lecture Room, The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB
All seminars start at 16.30. Free entrance, without a readers’ ticket. Continue reading

CFP: Translating Sherlock Holmes

Translating Sherlock Holmes: The Man, the Myth and the Mania.

Cardiff University, 7-8 November 2013

Organisers: the Crime Narratives in Context research network (CNIC).

The figure of Sherlock Holmes continues to permeate the popular consciousness of readers and writers on a global stage, over 100 years since his first appearance in Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘A Study in Scarlet’. This two-day conference aims to explore the multiple trajectories of such a figure – across histories, cultures and genres – and to investigate how and why this figure, and the ‘crime culture’ he inhabits, has translated so successfully into the 21 century.

To this end, we would welcome contributions (and panel suggestions) on the following topic areas but are open to other proposals: Continue reading

ICE workshop: Music and the Myth of Intelligibility (CFP)

Sylvia Gosse, ‘The Old Violinist’, c.1918-9

‘The universal language of mankind’: Music and the Myth of Intelligibility.

Friday 17 May 2012, Wadham College, Oxford

In his 1938 poem, ‘The Composer’, W. H. Auden praises the immediacy of music, juxtaposing it with painting and poetry as arts that require mediation (‘All the others translate’) and reception (‘by painstaking adaption’). Auden’s poem is just one of the most famous articulations of the idea that, of all the arts, music is the one that requires no intervention to render it intelligible across time and space (as suggested equally by Longfellow’s reference to music as ‘the universal language of mankind’). This workshop aims to scrutinise this influential yet problematic myth with a particular focus on the period 1870-1920. Papers may wish to address (but are not necessarily limited to) the following themes: Continue reading

Lord Dunsany, Call for Submissions

Lord Dunsany – Wanderer in Dream
Collected Essays

“Two players sat down to play a game together to while eternity away and
for their board they chose the sky from rim to rim, whereon lay a little
dust; and every speck of dust was a world upon the board of playing.”

Since the publication of The Gods of Pegāna in 1905, Lord Dunsany has
occupied a unique place in the cannon of fantasy literature. Beloved by
figures as diverse as H.P Lovecraft, Yeats and Jorge Borges he continues
to attract devotees and scholarly research in equal measure. This
collection of essays aims to address not only Dunsany’s works themselves
but also to relate them to wider critical, historical and theoretical
fields by publishing works that examine either Dunsany’s influences, his
presence in contemporary culture or his long-term effects upon literature. Continue reading

CFP: Modern Walks

Call for Papers: Modern Walks: Human Locomotion during the Long Nineteenth Century, c.1800-1914

A conference organized by UNC-Chapel Hill and King’s College, London, September 13 and 14, 2013

Conference organizers:
Chad Bryant (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Cynthia Radding (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Paul Readman (King’s College London)

The nineteenth century was a century of movement. Trains sped passengers across previously unimaginable distances, radically transforming our conceptions of time and distance. Steamboats chugged up rivers and across oceans, provided heretofore unimagined possibilities for travel, trade, and migration. Within cities, trams and subways redefined the urban experience and the urban landscape. Bicycles and – by the turn of the century—automobiles opened another chapter in the history of man and machine united in motion. Yet scholars have often overlooked a simple fact: people continued to walk. Indeed, this most basic of human functions arguably took on an increasing number of forms and meanings as the nineteenth century progressed. The window shopper, commuter, tourist, and trespasser made their appearances on the world stage. Old rituals such as the pilgrimage and the promenade adapted to the modern age. Newer practices, such as organized marching, rambling, hiking, and mountain-walking established themselves as important features of social and cultural life. Continue reading

CFP: International Henry James Conference

The Department of American Culture and Literature, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey, is pleased to announce its “International Henry James Conference,” which will be held on 9-10 May 2013, at Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey.

As a prolific writer of his time, Henry James’s writings cover a wide range of genres and modes that include fiction, drama, non-fiction, travel, criticism and letters, and today he remains a compelling literary presence for research, criticism, and film as well as stage adaptations. Therefore, it is expected that, during this two-day international conference, Henry James and his work will be addressed and discussed through multiple and interdisciplinary approaches, and the following topics among others may be suggested for papers: Continue reading

The Edwardian Roller Skating Boom

Our researcher’s database continues to grow in ever more intriguing directions, with scholar’s topics ranging from Gaiety Girls to Anglican aesthetics. Amongst the most fascinating recent additions is the work of independent historian Sean Creighton, whose wide interests cover the composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, the Workers Educational Association and – last but not least – the Edwardian Roller Skating Boom.

In June of this year Sean gave two talks on the Roller Skating Boom, both of which are available to listen to online at The National Archives and the Institute of Historical Research. Get your skates on…

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Centenary

One of the most significant composers of the Edwardian Era was Samuel Coleridge-Taylor who died on 1 September 1912 aged 37. His most famous composition was the Hiawatha Suite (1899-1900), though his large musical output also included incidental music for plays produced by Beerbohm Tree. To honour the 100th Anniversary of his death this year, there is a year-long Festival in Croydon. For more information on this please see the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network.

Coleridge-Taylor’s biographer Jeffrey Green (‘Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a Musical Life’ – Pickering & Chatto 2011) has also written ‘Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. A Centenary Celebration’ (History & Social Action Publications 2012).

Listen to the Hiawatha Suite here.