Pre-Raphaelitism: Past, Present and Future 13–14 September 2013

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Dinah Roe / Oxford Brookes University
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Keynote speakers

Dr Alison Smith (Tate Britain)
Professor Isobel Armstrong (Birkbeck)

Context and aims

In the wake of recent major exhibitions and publications such as Tate Britain's Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde and The Cambridge Companion to Pre-Raphaelitism, this two-day conference will present new and innovative approaches to the study of Pre-Raphaelitism by bringing together established academics, museum curators and research students. This conference also seeks to examine Pre-Raphaelitism as a bridge between Romanticism and Aestheticism, and to engage with current critical work regarding its relationship to Modernism in literature.

The breadth and diversity of Pre-Raphaelite art, literature and design will be drawn on in order to consider major questions such as: What is Pre-Raphaelitism? Where does the movement begin and end? Who should be included or excluded? What are its major influences, and to what extent has it influenced other artists and movements? How have perceptions of Pre-Raphaelitism changed or remained the same since its nineteenth-century beginnings?

This will be a two-day conference, organized jointly by Professor Christiana Payne and Dr Dinah Roe (Oxford Brookes University), Colin Harrison (Ashmolean Museum) and Dr Alastair Wright (Oxford University). Academic sessions will be held at the Ashmolean Museum (Friday 13 September) and St John's College (Saturday 14 September). A programme of guided walks and talks around Pre-Raphaelite sites in Oxford will be held on Sunday 15 September.

We invite proposals for papers on all aspects of Pre-Raphaelite work, especially with a cross-disciplinary focus. Papers by current or recently graduated research students are welcome, as well as those by more established scholars.

Please submit abstracts of 300 words for 20 minute papers with a CV to: Dr Dinah Roe ( and Professor Christiana Payne (cjepayne@brookes. no later than 31 March 2013.

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