CFP: [Victorian] British Association for Victorian Studies Annual Conference

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Holly Furneaux
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The British Association for Victorian Studies
Ninth Annual Conference

Victorian Feeling: Touch, Bodies, Emotions

Organised by Gowan Dawson, Holly Furneaux,
Julian North and Joanne Shattock on behalf of the
Victorian Studies Centre at the University of Leicester

1-3 September 2008

Plenary speakers:
Professor William A. Cohen (University of Maryland)
Professor Christopher Lane (Northwestern University)
Dr Samantha Matthews (University of Sheffield)
Dr Michael Roper (University of Essex)
Professor Rebecca Stott (University of East Anglia)
Dr Paul White (University of Cambridge)

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to address all aspects of
nineteenth-century tactile, emotional and embodied experience. Drawing on
three decades of rich attention to Victorian bodies inspired by thinkers
as diverse as, for example, Bakhtin, Foucault, and Poovey, this event
pursues and endeavours to contribute to new developments in the ways that
we can conceive of physical and psychical experience in this period.
Alongside attention to personal feeling and its expression in verbal,
visual and aural culture, we encourage contributions that address
collective and (anti)social experiences, political, philosophical,
economic, scientific and religious sensibilities, cultures of feeling and
interpersonal relations. We welcome proposals from all disciplines and
from postgraduate students. A number of bursaries for postgraduates and
for early career academics will be available. Please send proposals
(maximum 500 words), together with details of your institutional
affiliation (if any) to Holly Furneaux, on behalf of the organising
committee, at
The deadline for paper proposals is 31 March 2008.

Topics could include but are not limited to:
Tenderness and brutality, The body in pain, and/or pleasure, Affect and
Sentiment, Sympathy, Faith, Death, (Anti)Sociability, Misanthropy, Hatred
and Enmity, Fear and Hysteria, The Mob, The body politic, The Residuum,
Cultural Phenomenology, Sensation, Spasmodics, The Fleshly School,
Sensory Experience, Performing Feeling, Music and feeling, Health,
Illness and Disability, Medicine and Science

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