Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies

The Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies offers a space in which to share the latest interdisciplinary research in the field from a range of internationally-renowned scholars. We host regular lectures and panel discussions throughout the year, as part of a flexible programme of events.

Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies

Autumn Term 2018 Programme

Saturday 13 October 2018 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Desubjugating Knowledges in Nineteenth-Century Print Culture, a Study Day in Celebration of Laurel Brake

This study day, organised by Birkbeck and the University of Greenwich is dedicated to the effects of Laurel’s work on the desubjugation of knowledge, to the politics of truth, and to the art of critique as voluntary insubordination.
The day will open with a brief plenary by Professor Aled Jones assessing the impact of Laurel’s work, before the rest of the morning is devoted to a workshop on nineteenth-century periodicals for research students. The afternoon will comprise a series of short talks given by Laurel’s former PhD students and colleagues, concluding with a plenary by Laurel herself on the future of the desubjugation of knowledge.
Registration free but required. Please book your free tickehere
Saturday 20 October 2018 All day
Dickens Day: Dickens, Families and Communities, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Please see here for more details and how to book this event run jointly by Birkbeck, Cardiff, the Dickens Fellowship and the IES
 Friday 26 October 2018, 
‘The Disease of Caring’: Medical Professionals and Activism from the Nineteenth Century to the Present
Keynote speaker: Dr Anne Hanley (Birkbeck)
Roundtable participants: Dr Jenny Crane (Warwick), Dr Julian M. Simpson (independent), and Dr Alex Mold (LSHTM) For more information see here
Friday 2nd November 6.00-8.00pm
Experimenting in the Galleries: Performing with Vernon Lee
This event comprises a first ‘scratch’ showing of a collaborative performance project that originates in the work of the late nineteenth-century ghost story writer, aesthetic theoretician and queer thinker – Vernon Lee.
For more information see here
Thursday – Friday 22 – 23 November 2018
Classical Material Culture in the Nineteenth Century
22 November 6pm Holly Trusted (V&A) on the Redevelopment of the Cast Courts
23 November all day Symposium  ‘Classical Material Culture in the Nineteenth Century’.
For more information and to book see here
Call for Papers for Monday – Tuesday 17 – 18 December 2018
2-day Symposium ‘Who Shall Deliver Me?’ Christina Rossetti and the Illustrated Poetry Book
17 December Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village (Compton, Surrey). A shuttle service will be available from Guildford Station.
18 December 43 Gordon Square, School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London WC1H 0PD
Organised between the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth –Century Studies and Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, this two-day symposium will include an opportunity to tour the exhibition ‘Christina Rossetti: Vision and Verse’ and a launch of the new digital edition of Goblin Market edited by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra and Anthony Harrison.
Call for paper is now open, deadline Monday 8 October 2018. For more information, please see here
Unless otherwise noted, all sessions take place in the Keynes Library, School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD. Unless otherwise noted, the sessions are free and all are welcome, but since the venue has limited space it will be first come, first seated.

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Unless otherwise noted, all sessions take place in the Keynes Library (Room 114, School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD), and sessions are free and all are welcome, but since the venue has limited space it will be first come, first seated.

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