Conferences, Lectures, Seminars, Readings

These are in chronological order and will be removed on expiry

JUNE 2017

The Octave Mirbeau centenary.

Pierre Michel writes:

Comme tout le monde ne le sait pas, vu le silence assourdissant de la “grande presse”, on commémore, à travers le monde, le centième anniversaire de la mort d’Octave Mirbeau, l’intellectuel éthique, le démystificateur, l’iconoclaste, qui n’a rien perdu de son actualité et qui, visiblement, dérange encore beaucoup, si l’on en juge par  le refus du Musée d’Orsay de rendre hommage au chantre attitré de Monet, Rodin et Van Gogh (voir http://www.mirbeau.org/mirbeaunirapas_au_musee_dorsay.htm), et par l’absence totale de soutien effectif du Ministère de la Culture.

Néanmoins les événements et initiatives se multiplient (voir http://www.mirbeau.org/calendrier.html) et le comité international de parrainage qui a été constitué est impressionnant : http://www.mirbeau.org/com.html.

Deux colloques ont déjà eu lieu : le 27 janvier, au Sénat (“Mirbeau et la société française de la Belle Époque”), et le 11 février, à Morlaix (“Mirbeau et la Bretagne”).  En juin aura lieu un important colloque de trois jours, Mirbeau-Zola, à Debrecen ; en octobre, un colloque Mirbeau à Tunis, une soirée Mirbeau à la BNF et une journée Mirbeau à Lódz ; en novembre, une semaine Mirbeau à Grenade ; et en décembre un grand colloque de deux jours à l’antenne parisienne de l’université de Chicago.  Pour la programme de Debrecen, cliquez ici.   Un des papiers est ça de Michael Rosenfeld (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, France/Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgique): “Zola et Mirbeau:
divergences et convergences à propos d’Oscar Wilde”

* Parution imminente  du n° 24 des Cahiers Octave Mirbeau (340 pages, 26 €), qui sera disponible à la Sorbonne et au colloque d’Angers : https://www.fabula.org/actualites/cahiers-octave-mirbeau_78588.php.

Nous espérons que nombreux seront les participants à cet hommage international rendu au père de l’abbé Jules, de Célestine et d’Isidore Lechat et que de nouvelles initiatives pourront voir le jour, en France et à l’étranger.

Pierre MICHEL
Société Octave Mirbeau
10 bis rue André Gautier
49000 - ANGERS
02 41 66 84 64
michel.mirbeau@free.fr
http://mirbeau.asso.fr/
http://www.mirbeau.org/
http://mirbeau.asso.fr/dicomirbeau/
http://michelmirbeau.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100014340181373
http://www.scribd.com/Oktavas

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A symposium ““The hand, the head, and the heart”: Ruskin, Morris, and Craftsmanship Today” will be held on 3rd June 10.00am-4.00pm at the University of Toronto,  jointly hosted by The Guild of St. George and the William Morris Society of Canada. The symposium will focus on the influence of John Ruskin and William Morris on craftsmanship, both in their own time and on those who continue to honour that legacy in their work today.

The day will feature scholars and artists from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

REGISTRATION 9:30-10am (Coffee)10-11am   David Latham (York University) “‘Noble Grotesques’: From Ruskin to Morris to Toronto”
11-12pm    Sara Atwood (Portland State University) “ ‘Syllable by syllable’: Ruskin and the Art of Language”
12-1 LUNCH
1-2pm   Kateri Ewing (Artist and Teacher) “Learning to See”
2-3pm  Rachel Dickinson (Manchester Metropolitan University)  “Ruskin, Morris and the Fabric of Craftsmanship”
3-3:15pm COFFEE BREAK
3:15-4pm Ann Gagné (George Brown College) “Craft, Maker Culture, and Repurposing Materials in Toronto: Morris and Ruskin in Practice”

Registration costs (includes lunch/coffee)
General $50
Grad/undergrad Students $15
For Tickets go to: http://ruskinmorriscraft.brownpapertickets.com/

For more information contact Ann Gagné at sensoryvictorian@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @RuskinMorris

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OCTOBER 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue of The Victorian Review on Trans Victorians

Submission Date: 15th October 2017

The Victorian Review invites submissions for its special issue devoted to Trans Victorians. From the Chevalier/Chevalière D’Eon, Fanny and Stella, Dr. James Miranda Barry, and Vernon Lee, to the intersecting identities found in gender diverse side shows, including Madame Clofullia and Julia Pastrana, and the political cross-dressing of the Welsh Rebecca Riots, the Victorian era was populated by all manner of non-binary and gender expansive slippages. At the same time, Richard von Krafft-Ebing’s conflation of queer sexual orientation and trans gender identity and expression became part of the scientific foundation that informed cisnormative and heteronormative standards not only in medicine and the law, but the popular imagination. This special issue seeks to explore the overt and covert constructions of resistance to the constructions of more rigid gender binaries throughout Victorian Britain and abroad.

Recent critical work in Transgender/Trans Studies has begun to reconsider narratives of “transness” within structures of intersecting identities that focus on race, class, national identity, ability, colonialism and imperialism, and has begun to tease out the mis-readings and differences between sexual orientation and gender identity and gender expression. Within post-colonial contexts, trans research has also begun to interrogate the British global mis-readings of gender diversity among various groups in the colonies such as the hijras in India and tangata ira tane and takatapui (Maori) in New Zealand. How might we approach Victorian Trans Studies while recognizing that the term “trans” or “transgender” and the meanings we now grant to them did not exist in the Victorian period?

Possible topics may include (but are not limited to):

Trans Representation in Victorian Literature (all genres) including Supportive and/or Derisive Depictions
Gender Diversity in Colonial Contexts
British and European Authoritative Readings of Trans
British and European Embodiments of Trans
Trans and Sex Crimes
Trans and Medicine
Trans and Law
Trans and Religion
Trans Communities and Cultures
Cross-Dressing as Theatrical Performance
Cross-Dressing as Political Theatre
Cross-Dressing as Embracing Trans Identity
The Spectacle of Trans Embodiment
Trans Celebrity/Trans Legends

Essays must be between 5000 and 8000 words and formatted according to MLA (8th edition) guidelines. Please submit manuscripts to Ardel Haefele-Thomas (guest editor):

Electronic Submissions: athomas@ccsf.edu

Mailed Submissions:

Dr. Ardel Haefele-Thomas, Chair
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
City College of San Francisco
50 Phelan Avenue
Box C11
San Francisco, CA 94112
USA


Christopher Keep
Associate Professor
Editor, Victorian Review
Acting Chair, Department of English and Writing Studies
Western University
London, Ontario, Canada
N6A 3K7

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