Friday 17 June: ‘Embarrassing Bodies: Feeling Self-Conscious in the Nineteenth Century’

When: Friday 17 June 2016, 9.30 – 17.30

Where: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

Registration is now open for ‘Embarrassing Bodies’, a one-day symposium on ‘Feeling Self-Conscious in the Nineteenth Century’. This event is funded by a Wellcome Trust ISSF Grant and is free to attend, but spaces are limited. To secure your place, please register.

 

Programme:

9.00 – 9.30
Registration and refreshments

9.30 – 11.00
Welcome and Keynote Panel
Dr Paul White (University of Cambridge)
Dr Philippa Lewis (University of Bristol)
Chair: Dr Emma Curry

11.00 – 11.25
Break and refreshments

11.25 – 12.40
Panel 1: Embarrassment and the Sciences
Alison Moulds (University of Oxford): ‘From awkwardness to impropriety: conceptualising the male doctor’s embarrassing body in Victorian medical literature’
Dr Royce Mahawatte (Central St Martins): ‘”A ghost of what he was”: Dr R J Culverwell, the Gothicized Foreskin, and Muscular Christianity’
Ryan Sweet (University of Exeter): ‘Wigs’ Worst Enemies: Representations of Animals Embarrassing Artificial Hair Users in Late Victorian Britain’
Rosalind White (Royal Holloway, University of London): ‘Caught “with all your implements about you”: Spider-Stuffers, Hay Botanists and Embarrassment in Nineteenth-Century Natural History’
Chair: Dr Heather Tilley

12.40 – 13.30
Lunch

13.30 – 14.45
Panel 2: Literary Self-Consciousness
Dr Amelia Worsley (Amherst College): ‘The Embarrassment of Autobiographical Verse’
Dr Michael Davis (University of the West of England): ‘”Above her darker-flowing thoughts”: The Possibilities of Self-Consciousness in George Meredith’s The Egoist’
Dr Hao Li (University of Toronto): ‘”A Self-Conscious Nerve in Pain”: Self-Consciousness and Ethical Affect in The Picture of Dorian Gray’
Katherine Parker-Hay (University of Oxford): ‘Saving Face in the Realist Novel: Politeness Against a Backdrop of Furniture’

14.45 – 15.05
Break and refreshments

15.05 – 16.20
Panel 3: Embarrassment and Visual Culture
Dr Stephanie O’Rourke (University of St Andrews): ‘Tissot’s Self-Consciousness’
Eva M. Kenny (Princeton University): ‘Neither Expression nor Emotion: Darwin and the Art of Blushing’
Dr David Russell (University of Oxford): ‘Embarrassing Ruskin’

16.20 – 16.30
Break

16.30 – 17.30
Discussion Panel: ‘Awkward Academics: Embarrassment, Anxiety, and Modernity’
Professor Francis O’Gorman (University of Leeds)
Professor Joe Moran (Liverpool John Moores University)

17.30
Wine reception

For more information, contact the organiser, Emma Curry (e.curry@bbk.ac.uk), or see the conference blog: awkwardvictorians.wordpress.com.

 

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