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April 2012: Victorian Thresholds: Between Culture and Anthropology

Keynote Speakers

Kathy Psomiades (Duke University)
“Darwin and the Anthropologists revisited: Sexual Selection, Primitive Marriage, and Victorian Race Theory”

Audrey Jaffe (University of Toronto)
Walk this Way: Adam Bede and the Production of Realist Space."

Session Panelists

Martin Danahay (Brock University) and Deborah Reed-Danahay (University at Buffalo)
"The Boundaries of Social Space in Jekyll and Hyde: Between Literature and Anthropology"

Sherrin Berezowsky (University of Windsor)
"Narrative of an Explorer in Tropical South Africa and the Imperial Roots of Galton’s Narrative of British Progress"

Alisha Walters (University of Toronto)
“Affective Hybridities: Dinah Craik’s Olive and British Heterogeneity”

April 2011: Manipulation: Victorian Variations on Hands, Handling, and Underhanded Behaviour

Keynote Speakers

James Eli Adams (Columbia University)
“The Dead Hand: George Eliot and the Uses of Inheritance”

Lorraine Janzen Kooistra (Ryerson University)
“Hands of Art, Eyes of Science: Vestiges of Corpses in Pre-Raphaelite Poetry and Pictures”

Session Panelists

Peter Capuano (University of Nebraska)
“Thackeray’s (In)Visible Manipulation in Vanity Fair”

Gregory Brophy (University of Western Ontario)
“Unauthorized Autobiographies: Graphology and the Science of ‘Character’ in Stevenson’s Strange Case”

Aviva Briefel (Bowdoin College)
" Crimes of the Hand: Detection and the Belgian Congo”

 

April 2010: Victorian Cultural Icons and Iconography, Then and Now

Keynote Speakers

Kate Flint (Rutgers University)
“Neo-Victorian Photography and Victorian Masquerade”

Bernard Lightman (York University)
“The Many Lives of Charles Darwin: Biographies and the Definitive Evolutionist”

Session Panelists

Ann-Barbara Graff (Nipissing University)
“Iconographies of Guilt: Three Façades of Eugene Aram”

Jo Devereux (University of Western Ontario)
“The Iconography of “Happy England”: Helen Allingham’s Domestic Genre Paintings”

Lesley Higgins (York University)
“Pater and the ‘Laws’ of Victorian Iconography”

 

April 2009: Victorians and the Spectacular

Keynote Speakers

Ann Colley (English, Buffalo State University)
"Mountains and Mountain Climbing as Spectacle in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century"

Keith Wilson (English, University of Ottawa)
"Thomas Hardy and Drama as National Spectacle: 'The Dynasts' On and Off Stage"

Session Panelists

Stephanie McAllister (University of Toronto)
 “'The daughter of my mind': Hysterical Movement as Resistence in Tomorrow’s Eve"

Frederick D. King (English, University of Western Ontario)
“The Spectacle of the Occult and Sexual Dissidence: Positioning Passive Men in the Victorian Spiritualist Movement”

Rob Breton (English, Nipissing University)
"The Rhetorical Strategies of the Unstamped Press"

April 2008: Victorian Interiors: Material and Metaphorical

Keynote Speakers

Janice Helland (Women's Studies and Fine Art, Queen's University)
"From Mud Cabin to Private Palace: Production, Display and Marekting of Craft in Ireland and Scotland, 1880-1900"

Matthew Rowlinson (English, University of Western Ontario)
"Foreign Bodies: Symptom, Race and Representation in Darwin and Freud"

Session Panelists

Jean Rosenfeild (History/Visual Arts, York University)
"'A Noble House in the City': The Victorian Ineriors of Elite Homes in Late-Nineteenth-Century Hamilton, Ontario"

D.M.R. Bentley (English, University of Western Onatrio)
"The Interior as 'Common Property' and 'Uncontrollable Heart' in Duncan Campbell Scott's In the Village of Viger (1896)"

Mary Wilson Carpenter (Emerita, English, Queen's University)
"Cow-heels and Water Drops: John Snow's Metropolitan Interiors"

April 2007: Bodies in Motion

Keynote Speakers

Marta Braun (Imge Arts, Ryerson University)
"Photography, Darwin, and Victorian Anthropology"

Paul Deslandes (History, University of Vermont)
"The Beautiful Man in Victorian Culture"

Session Panelists

Jaclyn Reid (Communications and Art History, McGill University)
"Sex for Sale: Mass Consumption of the Prostitute's Body"

Constance Crompton (Communication and Culture, York University)
"'We Admire Physical Strength and Beauty': Eugene Sandow in the Public Eye"

Jo Devereux (English, University of Western Ontario)
"Acting Lady Audley: The Female Body 'On and Off the Stage,' 1860-1890"

April 2006: Splendour in the Grass

Keynote Speakers

Martin Danahay (English, Brock University)
"John Ruskin's Garden"

Joy Dixon (History, University of British Columbia)
"'Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling': Sexuality, Religion, and the Troubled History of 'Secularization'"

Session Panelists

Barbara Leckie (English, Carleton University)
"Splendour and Squalor: Housing for the Poor in Harriet Martineau, George Eliot and Mary Ward

D.M.R. Bentley (English, University of Western Ontario) "'A Glorious Field upon which to Work': Environmental Determinismin Post-Confederation Canadian Culture and Aesthetics"

Lisa Smith (English, University of Toronto)
"The Other Side of Physiology: Desire and Knowledge in The Lifted Veil"

Barbara K. Seeber (English, Brock University)
"Women and Nature: Jane Austen's 'Catherine, or the Bower'"

April 2005: Pater, Periodicals, and the Weather

Keynote Speakers

Michael Wolff (English, University of Massachusetts)
"A Periodically Led Life: My 40 Years in the Field"

Katharine Anderson (Science, York University)
"Cloudy Wisdom: Local and Universal Knowledge in Victorian Weather Science"

William Whitla (Arts, York University)
"Rudyard Kipling, Horace, and Imperialism"

April 2004: Poetry, Imperialism, and Homology

Keynote Speakers

Donald Hair (English, University of Western Ontario)
"Why Read Robert Browning?"

Victor Shea (Arts, York University)
"'Pushing our way experimentally through an untrodden forest, where no white man's axe has been before us': Science, Adventure, and Imperial Authority in the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary"

Mary Winsor (History and Philosophy of Science, U of Toronto) "The Bull, its Killer, and the Killer's Wings; or, How Two Ladies in Toronto Solved Richard Owen's Mystery"

April 2003: Railway Erotics, Gendered Ekphrasis, and Female Community

Keynote Speakers

Peter Bailey (History, University of Manitoba)
"Adventures in Space: Victoria Railway Erotics"

Sophia Andres (English, University of Texas) "The Pre-Raphaelite Gendered Ekphrasis of the Victorian Novel"

Mary Arseneau (English, University of Ottawa)
"Recovering Female Community: Frances, Maria, and Christina Rossetti"

April 2002: The "Nineteenth Century" and the Reorganisation of Knowledge

Keynote Speaker

Tilottama Rajan (English, University of Western Ontario) "Prose of the World: Romanticism, the ‘Nineteenth Century,' and the Reorganization of Knowledge"

Panel Discussants: "The Place of Periodisation in the Academy Today, or Whither Nineteenth-Century Studies in the New Millennium"

Katharine Anderson (Science and Society Program, York University)

Mary Wilson Carpenter (English, Queen's University)

Stephen Heathorn (History, McMaster University)

William Whitla (Humanities, York University)

April 2001: Disciplines and Narrative

Keynote Speaker

Leslie Howsam (History, University of Windsor)
"Discipline and Narrative: History Books for Victorian Readers"

April 2000: Cultural Importation and Reproduction:
Britain in North America in the Nineteenth Century

Keynote Speakers

Laurel Brake (Literature, Birkbeck College, Univ. of London) "'Globalization' and the Press: The Nineteenth Century/ The 'new journalism'/W.T. Stead"

David Latham (English, York University) "'Count us by clay for them to fashion': Pre-Raphaelite Refashionings in Canada"

York University