'The Victorian Environment', AVSA, University of Melbourne, 6-8 Feb 2013
With the pressures of industrialism and the clustering of workers in urban centres, the Victorians were acutely aware that their environment was changing. Torn between nostalgia for a countryside that was in jeopardy and exhilaration at the rapidity with which their surroundings altered, Victorian literature and culture reflects a world undergoing radical change. Colonization and assisted emigration schemes expanded the scope of the environment still further, pushing the boundaries of the home environment on an unprecedented scale. These untamed physical environments enabled new freedoms, but also posed hostile challenges that invited attempts to control the natural world.
We seek papers of no more than twenty minutes in length, which consider any aspect of how the Victorians engaged with or sought to retreat from their environment. Note that submission of an abstract signals an intention to attend the conference and that absentee papers will not be permitted.
Topics might include:
Landscape/cultivation of the land
Natural disasters and responses to them
Pollution, industrialism and place
The country versus the city
The natural world
Sanitation, health, and disease
The colonial environment
Science and the classification of nature
Exploration and mapping
Visualizing the Victorian environment
Soundscapes and noise pollution
Excavation and archaeology
The environment of Victorian studies in the present
Nostalgia/the sense of an elsewhere
Please email abstracts of 200 words maximum and a brief biographical note to AVSAfirstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 30 November 2012.
Further information will be made available at http://www.avsa.unimelb.edu.au/AVSA2013.htm