Located at the edge of Vancouver’s city limits, the University of British Columbia is perched on the edge of an ocean. Down an interminable set of winding stairs is Wreck Beach, and with a few more steps you are submerged in the saltwater of the sea. As a West Coast school, the possibility of submersion is always waiting at our door. What does this mean in a time of climate catastrophe and imminent sea level rise? How do we navigate relationships to the ocean, to submersion, and drowning in these chaotic times? Submersion evokes the existence of multiple, nuanced truths and interpretations.
Britain Afraid: Imperial Insecurities and National Fears, 1798-1945
Liverpool John Moores University, 11-12 June 2020
Keynote Speaker: Professor Kim Wagner (Queen Mary, UCL)
“Samuel Beckett and Nature”
October 16-18, 2020
VISAWUS 2020: Victorian Transitions
Reno, NV October 15-17, 2020
The Victorian Era was one of transitions. Victorian Britain transitioned from a rural to urban society. It transitioned from an emergent empire to the dominant imperial power. It transitioned from a walking, water, wind, and animal-based transportation system to a steam-powered transportation system. It transitioned from a regional to national and then imperial culture.
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE
Food, Masculinity & Power
DATES: 24-25 July 2020
VENUE: School of English, University of St Andrews
Dr Emma Bond (Modern Languages, University of St Andrews)
Dr Sam Goodman (English & Communication, University of Bournemouth)