Monthly Archives: February 2014

CFP: Tailored Trades: Clothes, Labour and Professional Communities (1880-1939)

'Sheffield Seamstresses' by William Rothenstein, c.1917

‘Sheffield Seamstresses’ by William Rothenstein, c.1917

Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following CFP:

Tailored Trades: Clothes, Labour and Professional Communities (1880-1939).

Clothes, Working Lives and Social Change, 1880–1939 

Two-Day International Conference Bishopsgate Institute, London 12–13 September 2014)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: 

Professor Eugenia Paulicelli (Queen’s College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Professor Lou Taylor (University of Brighton)

This cross-disciplinary conference explores the relationship between work, clothes and social change at the turn of the twentieth century.

During the long nineteenth century mechanized manufacturing, accelerated modes of production and innovative trades and industries created employment possibilities for an increasingly professionalized workforce. While factory and clerical workers, shop girls and other members of a newly established workforce faced changing working hours and environments, a transformation of clothes paralleled this revolution in trades and industries. New vocations required new vestments at a time when the affordability of mass-produced clothing launched the ready-to-wear industry. Social mobility expressed itself in new sartorial patterns and specific uniforms or dresses became the markers of professional identity and social mobility. At the turn of the twentieth century the histories of dress and labour shared many common threads. Continue reading

CFP: Transatlantic Fame in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America

'Rossetti's Name is First Heard in America' by Max Beerbohm

‘Rossetti’s Name is First Heard in America’ by Max Beerbohm

Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following CFP:

Celebrity Encounters: Transatlantic Fame in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America

University of Portsmouth, UK, July 4-5, 2014

Building on recent scholarship that has demonstrated that the discourses, practices and conditions associated with twentieth- and twenty-first-century celebrity culture were already in place in America and Europe by the end of the eighteenth century, this conference explores the transatlantic dimensions of nineteenth-century constructions of fame and fandom. It considers the ways transatlantic celebrity affected relationships between, and the identities of, celebrities and fans, and facilitated a questioning of geographically located notions of identity, race, gender and class. In the context of new forms of communication, transport and media that irrevocably altered celebrity cultural exchanges across the Atlantic, this conference focuses on the nature of celebrity encounters and the complexities of relationships between famous Americans and their British fans; British lions and their American devotees; and British and American celebrities.

Possible topics include: Continue reading

CFP: Recoveries 2014: Reconnections – 1714-1914.

Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following CFP:


Reconnecting with three centuries of literature and history.
A one day conference at the School of English, University of Nottingham.
23 June 2014.

2014 marks the centenary of the Great War, the bicentenary of Napoleon’s exile to Elba, and the tricentenary of George I’s accession to the throne.

Building on the success of the 2011 conference, Recoveries – Revisiting the Long Nineteenth Century, the University of Nottingham is pleased to announce a second conference in association with Centre for Regional Literature and Culture: Reconnections. This one-day interdisciplinary conference seeks to re-evaluate the scholarly practice/s of recovery projects and to consider how they impact on our understanding of literary, political and cultural developments, changes, fads and fashions over the last three centuries.

We invite proposals from postgraduates and early career researchers in literature, history, politics and any other branch of the humanities. Papers can deal with any period/s, author/s or text/s produced between 1714 and 1914. They could focus on, but are not limited to, the following: Continue reading

Edwardian Encounters: ‘A Fancy Dress Dinner Party’ by Charles Ricketts

'A Fancy Dress Dinner Party' by Charles Ricketts, c.1904

‘A Fancy Dress Dinner Party’ by Charles Ricketts, c.1904

A small canvas in the Tullie House Gallery, Carlisle, offers a fascinating insight into the social life of a small group of Edwardian artists. The painting, by the multi-talented Charles Ricketts, depicts seven guests assembled at 11-13 Lansdowne Road, Holland Park, the house of Sir Edmund and Lady Mary Davis, on the 10th December 1904.

The Australian-born Edmund Davis was a highly successful businessman, who made most of his money in various South African ventures; not least gold and diamond mining. In 1889 he moved to London and married the talented Mary Halford, who encouraged his interest in art, which the couple started collecting in the late 1890s. Their tastes ranged widely, incorporating Old Master paintings, eighteenth century sculpture and contemporary works by the likes of Rodin (it is said that Edmund ‘liked to exercise surrounded by Rodin statues’). Continue reading

CFP: Modernist Criticisms


Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following CFP:

Modernist Criticisms: Graduate Conference, Saturday 7 June 2014

Centre for Modernist Studies, University of Sussex

Keynote Speaker: Professor Tim Armstrong, Royal Holloway

Our conceptions of modernism are not just informed by its literature. As is widely recognized, essays including Woolf’s ‘Modern Fiction’ and Eliot’s ‘Tradition and the Individual Talent’ provide these writers – and their readers -alternative methods of approaching literary questions and a wider arena within which to expound and explore their theories. But while the critical texts of these canonical figures are well known and studied, work by various minor figures of the period, and this work’s engagement with their artistic concerns, is still frequently overlooked. Many kinds of writing remain marginalized within studies of modernist literature, including work for commercial publications and political movements, for educational instruction, and writing beyond the literary scenes of London and Paris. Research into early twentieth-century literary culture has stimulated important discussions surrounding the production and reception of modernist criticism, including the impact of publishing practices and the professionalization of intellectual pursuits. But this research prompts a need for further enquiry into how critical and creative writing in this period are mutually engaged with these cultural contexts in view. Continue reading

CFP: Cosmopolis: Ford Madox Ford and the Cultures of Paris

Robert Delaunat, 'Eiffel Tower', c.1910

Robert Delaunay, ‘Eiffel Tower’, c.1910

Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following CFP:

Cosmopolis: Ford Madox Ford and the Cultures of Paris

An International Conference organised in association with the Ford Madox Ford Society, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, and Università degli Studi, Milano

Paris, France
11-13 September 2014

As in the case of many Anglo-American modernist and avant-garde writers, Paris features substantially in Ford’s narratives, criticism and recollections after having for many years offered him the familiarity of a home. But beyond the transnational encounter – experienced by quite a few of his colleagues – there is something exceptional, indeed unique, in Ford’s engagement with the French capital. A singularity due in the first place to the span of years which saw Ford busy exploring and enjoying the most exciting chapters of the lively and multiple cultures deployed in the city, from the late nineteenth century to the late 1930s. Continue reading