Monthly Archives: January 2013

Art History in the Pub: Picturing the Psyche and the Avant-Garde Asylum c.1890 – 1914


Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following two talks:

As part of the AAH’s commitment to bringing the best in cutting-edge art-historical research to a wider community, we are pleased to be able to announce a hopefully-regular “Art History in the Pub” series of talks, lectures and events. Our talks present a selection of the wide vareity of topics, periods, methods and approaches common in art historical study, and are aimed at a generalist audience.

Monday 28th January 2013. 7:30pm: Picturing the psyche: Fragments of the insane body in the late 19th century
Jennifer Wallis, Queen Mary University of London

Monday 25th February: Art, the Archive and the Avant-Garde Asylum, c. 1890 – 1914 Sarah Chaney (UCL) & Nicholas Tromans (Kingston)

See here for abstracts and for further information. Continue reading

Edwardian Art and its Legacies

'A Problem in White' by Charles Moxon Quiller Orchardson

‘A Problem in White’ by Charles Moxon Quiller Orchardson

The most recent issue of Visual Culture in Britain, guest-edited by Andrew Stephenson, is dedicated to ‘Edwardian Art and its Legacies’. It contains six essays by leading scholars of Edwardian art, drawn from the recent Tate symposium of the same name. Subjects include: Japonism, the Transatlantic art market, the post-war legacy of Walter Sickert, and ‘character-reading’ at the Royal Academy. Needless to say, this comes highly recommended! Click on the link above for more information.

Upstage: A Journal of Turn-of-the-Century Theatre


The fifth issue of UpStage: A Journal of Turn-of-the-Century Theatre, is now available online.

In it, you will find:

– Two scholarly articles: Suzanne J. Flynn analyzes Thomas Hardy’s rarely-discussed play The Dynasts, and Jill Wolfe sheds light on little-known late-Victorian Scottish popular theatre companies.

– A “Current Research” section focused on Italy: Antonius J. Jesenšek discusses G. B. Shaw’s reception in Italy, and Maria Pia Pagani introduces a multimedia research project at the University of Turin dedicated to fin-de-siècle theatre.

– Several book and performance reviews: Ibsen’s Foreign Contagion: Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Wing Pinero and Modernism on the London Stage, 1890-1900 by T. Carlo Matos (reviewed by Petra Dierkes-Thrun); Symbolism in Nineteenth-Century Ballet: Giselle, Coppelia, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake by Margaret Fleming-Markarian (reviewed by Heather Marcovitch); Strindberg: A Life by Sue Prideaux (reviewed by Sven-Johan Spanberg) Continue reading

CFP: ‘Shaw at Home’


Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following CFP:

‘Shaw at Home’: The Ayot St. Lawrence/London, England
Shaw Conference – June 17-22, 2013

This conference will take place mostly in Ayot St. Lawrence, a small country village just north of London, England where Bernard Shaw and his wife lived for 44 years at “Shaw’s Corner,” but registrants will be bused into London for a day during the week to see important Shavian sites there as well. Accommodations will be available in the towns and villages in the urbanized area around Ayot St. Lawrence. The keynote address will be given by Sir Michael Holroyd. All the details about accommodations, registration, transportation, featured speakers, and the conference schedule is provided here.


For now, we simply want those interested in submitting papers to know what is called for and how to do that. Continue reading

CFP: Imagining the Cosmopolis at the long fin de siècle


Internationalism and the Arts: Imagining the Cosmopolis at the long fin de siècle

Tate Britain, 5-6 September 2012

This conference follows a series of workshops organised by the AHRC-funded research network “Internationalism and Cultural Exchange c. 1870-1920 (ICE). Previous events have explored different aspects of cultural internationalism at the long fin de siècle, from world exhibitions, to the global rise of the vernacular, and the idea of music as a universal language. This conference adapts Benedict Anderson’s theory of the nation as an imagined community in order to examine certain questions – about the locations, languages and citizens of an ‘imagined cosmopolis’ – which have been fundamental to our enquiry. In particular, it asks what alternatives to nationhood were proposed by artists working at the turn of the twentieth century. What were their sites of operation? How did they use the arts to communicate? And what real and imagined communities did they build to cross national boundaries? Continue reading

CFP: ‘Tradition and the New’


Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following CFP:

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) Annual Conference
University of Salford, Manchester UK , 12-13 July, 2013

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) will hold its annual conference at the University of Salford, on 12th and 13th July 2013. Please go to for details of this conference, which offers the opportunity to visit libraries and museums in Victorian Manchester as well as take part in what promises to be an exciting conference.

Proposals for papers that address any aspect of nineteenth-century British magazines or newspapers will be considered. However, this year, we
particularly encourage proposals on ‘tradition and the new’ in nineteenth-century periodicals. Continue reading

Art and the Literary in Victorian England


Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following:

The Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies Annual Public Lecture
‘Art and the Literary in Victorian England’ Presented by Hilary Fraser
11 March 2013 in AG32: 6pm Wine Reception; 7pm Lecture.  All are welcome!

This lecture explores the creative dialogue between practices of writing, reading and viewing in the Victorian period evident from the proliferation of new or greatly enhanced intermedial forms: illustrated books and magazines; narrative and genre paintings; pictures with accompanying texts; the portrait as an experimental literary form; fiction about art; ekphrastic poetry; and the new genre of art literature. It asks what were the historical conditions for this extraordinary syncopation of word and image, writing and seeing? Continue reading

Devils and Dolls – Registration Now Open

'Essie, Ruby and Ferdinand, Children of Asher Wertheimer' by John Singer Sargent, 1902

‘Essie, Ruby and Ferdinand, Children of Asher Wertheimer’ by John Singer Sargent, 1902

General registration for ‘Devils and Dolls: Dichotomous Depictions of the Child’ a two day international, interdisciplinary conference in the Arts and Humanities is now open!

The conference is open to both postgraduates and academics at any stage of their career, seeking to examine the contrasting images and representations of children as angels or devils, innocent or evil, light or dark in fiction and culture and the field of Humanities. Why are children offered little dimension in representations? What is the significance of representing the child either as innocent or evil – to both the originating discourse and in a wider context? Is such polarization detrimental to our understanding of what it means to be a child and how we respond to real children?

The conference will be held at Clifton Hill House, University of Bristol, on the 27-28 March 2013. Plenary speakers are Professor George Rousseau, (Magdalen College, University of Oxford) and Dr Anna Green (University of East Anglia, Norwich Castle Museum). Continue reading

2013 at the Edwardian Culture Network

'Portrait of an Edwardian Gentleman' by Unknown Artist

‘Portrait of an Edwardian Gentleman’ by Unknown Artist

Happy New Year to all followers of the Edwardian Culture Network! 2012 saw the official launch of the network, including the creation of this website, with its timeline, list of resources, and ever-expanding list of current researchers in the field (fifty-seven and counting).  It also saw us gather 100+ ‘likes’ on our facebook page.

Along the way we have catalogued events that may be of interest to scholars of Edwardian culture, from the latest CFPs to book reviews and television programmes. Many thanks to everyone who has drawn our attention to these events. We hope to be able to continue our good work this year. If you know of an event or publication that we might be interested in, please e-mail us at

2013 will also be the year of our inaugural conference, to be held in Durham and York across two days in April. The deadline for CFPs has now closed and a provisional schedule will be available soon. Registration will begin at the end of this month.

Many thanks to everyone who has supported the Edwardian Culture Network so far.