CFP: [Victorian] Instruction, Amusement and Spectacle: Popular Shows and Exhibitions 1800-1914

full name / name of organization: 
Jill Sullivan

Conference at the University of Exeter, UK 16-18 April 2009.

Keynote speakers: Prof. Bernard Lightman, Prof. Vanessa Toulmin, Prof.
Jon Burrows, Dr. Ann Featherstone, Prof. Martin Hewitt
This conference aims to examine the eclectic range of popular
entertainments in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, with a
particular focus on exhibition practices. The intention is to provide a
forum that brings together the range of research currently being
undertaken by different disciplines in this area, including film studies,
Victorian studies, history of science, performance studies, English
literature, art history and studies of popular culture. Potential topics
could include but are not limited to:

• The role of visual entertainments (e.g. magic lantern,
        panoramas,dioramas, photography, peep shows)
• Early cinema: exhibition and reception
• Local and regional exhibition cultures
• Science and technology: demonstration and instruction
• Improvement and rational recreation
• Exhibitions of 'Otherness' (e.g. freak shows, ethnographic shows,
• Music hall, pantomime, vaudeville and variety
• Public lectures and lecturing
• Galleries, museums and civic institutions (e.g. The Royal
        Polytechnic Institution, Mechanics Institutes)
• Travelling shows, fairgrounds and circuses
• World's Fairs and international exhibitions
• Magic, illusion and spiritualism
• Concerts, recitals and readings
• Pleasure gardens, tourism and seaside exhibitions
• Dance and physical performance
• Literary and other representations of popular entertainments
• Showmen and showmanship
• Audiences: composition and reception
• Intermediality and exhibitions
• Image, narrative and performance

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words, together with your
designation and affiliation to no later than
31st October 2008

Part of the AHRC funded project Moving and Projected Image Entertainment
in the South West 1820-1914.
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