POLITICS, PERFORMANCE AND POPULAR CULTURE IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY BRITAIN

full name / name of organization: 
Universities of Birmingham and Lancaster
contact email: 
k.newey@bham.ac.uk

POLITICS, PERFORMANCE AND POPULAR CULTURE IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY BRITAIN

7-9 JULY 2011

To be held at the Storey Institute, Lancaster.

This is advanced notice of the second conference held under the auspices of our AHRC-sponsored project ‘Cultural History of English Pantomime, 1837-1902’.

We welcome proposals for 30 minute papers which explore the connections between politics and popular culture, 1820-1910. In particular, we are interested in examining the extent to which popular theatre can reveal public perceptions of contemporary social and political issues. And conversely, how might popular entertainment influence and shape contemporary political debate?

Confirmed speakers include: Jim Davis (Warwick), Tracy Davis (Northwestern), Brian Maidment (Salford), David Mayer (Manchester), Rohan McWilliam (Anglia Ruskin), Kate Newey (Birmingham) and Mike Sanders (Manchester).

Further information available here:

http://www.drama.bham.ac.uk/conferences/19thcentury.shtml

Deadline for proposals: 1 April 2011

For further information, please contact: p.yeandle@lancaster.ac.uk

Peter Yeandle

Kate Newey

Jeffrey Richards

Topics and themes might include:

· Politics as theatre/theatre as politics

· Conceptual approaches to notions of “performance” and “popular culture”

· Theatrical metaphor

· Topical allusion/topical referencing

· Gender, class and representation

· Style/Genre/Form

· Popular politics – eg., Chartism; Fabianism; Christian Socialism.

· Crowd, audience, presentation

· Children on stage/children in the audience

· Subversion/inversion

· Theatre reform/political reform

· Censorship, regulation, control

· Metropolis, periphery and region

· Historiography of leisure and pleasure.

cfp categories: 
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
theatre
victorian