Spring Conference 2024

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“The Victorian World [as] a Space of Invention”:

Returns to and Revisions of the Nineteenth-Century Past

Glendon College, York University

2275 Bayview Avenue

Saturday 27 April 2024

9:30 am – 5:00 pm

9:30-10:20 am                                                           Registration and Tea                                                            (York Hall 317)

10:30-12:15                                                                 Morning Session                                                                     (Glendon Hall 102)

Marjorie Stone (Dalhousie University)

Aurora Leigh, ‘The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon,’ and Sex Trafficking Debates in the Nineteenth and Twenty-first Centuries”

Rachel Friars (Queen’s University)

“‘No longer any I, only All’: Lesbian Gender Disruption in the Neo-Victorian Novel”

Charles Reeve (OCAD University)

“‘My strength, my comfort, my intense delight’: Elizabeth Murray’s Sixteen Years of an Artist’s Life in Morocco, Spain, and the Canary Islands

Alisha R. Walters (Penn State University)

Histories of Feeling and Empiricism: Inventing Victorian Racial Science

12:30-1:45 pm                                                           Lunch                                                                            (York Hall 317)

1:50-2:50 pm                                             Keynote Address I                                                                  (Glendon Hall 102)

Dennis Denisoff (Department of English, University of Tulsa)

“Natural Kinship: Inventing Intimacies in Fin-de-siècle Eco-Writing”

3:00-4:00 pm                                           Keynote Address II                                                                   (Glendon Hall 102)

                Natalie Neill (Department of English, York University)

                “Gothic (Re)Turns: Jane EyreWuthering Heights, and Gothic Mash-Up”

4:00-5:00 pm                                             Sherry Hour                                                                                (York Hall 317)

^image c. 1886-1905, William Holman Hunt, “The Lady of Shalott,” Manchester Art Galler


Spring Conference 2023

Victorian Experiments: Science, Technology, and Art

Glendon College, York University

2275 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

Saturday 29 April 2023

9:30 am – 5:00 pm

9:30-10:20 am                                    Registration and Tea        (York Hall 317)

10:30-12:15                                        Morning Session          (Glendon Hall 102)

Holly Forsythe Paul (University of Toronto)

“Owen Jones, Innovation, and Opportunities for Women in the Book Arts”

Jennifer Bates Ehlert (Emmanuel College, Boston)

“Virtue, Technology, and Cloth: The Book Cover Designs of Sarah Wyman Whitman”

Joanna Holliday (York University)

“Double Vision: Stereoscopy and the ‘Poor Man’s Gallery’”

Taylor Tomko (Western University)

“Snapshots Across the Veil: The Cyborgian Agency of Ectoplasm-Producing Mediums”

12:30-1:45                                          Lunch                                     (York Hall 317)

2:00-3:45                                            Afternoon Session       (Glendon Hall 102)

Laura Johnson Dahlke (Salve Regina University)

“Chloroform à la reine: How the Victorian Era Changed Childbirth Practices Forever”

Martin Danahay (Brock University)

“Victorian Trauma: Railway Accidents, War and the Body”

Marlis Schweitzer and Sara Masciotra-Milstein (York University)

“Performance and Medical Education: Bridging the Gap Between Public and Private Phrenology”

Alanna McKnight (Toronto Metropolitan University)

“Electric Corsets: A Shocking History”

4:00-5:00                                            Sherry Hour                         (York Hall 317)