Victorian studies conference
April 11, 2014
Mary-Catherine Harrison, associate professor of English, organized the 37th annual conference of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association, which was held April 11-13 at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Co-sponsored by the UDM Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Education and Office of Academic Affairs along with the University of Michigan Departments of English and History and Nineteenth Century Forum, the conference featured lectures, panels and seminars on the topic of "Victorian violence." 115 scholars in the fields of history, literature, art history, and musicology joined the conference from across the U.S. and Canada as well as England, Scotland, Australia and India.
Highlights of the conference included panels on topics including violence in industrial fiction, in the Age of Separate Spheres and in the Age of Empires; scholarly seminars on the topics of colonial violence, sensational violence and political violence; and the plenary panel, "Visual afterlives of Victorian violence," featuring talks about 19th-century visual representations of ancient Egypt, the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and the Benin Punitive Expedition of 1897. The 2014 Jane Stedman Plenary Lecture, "Graceful exits: War cemeteries, violent legacies, and the afterlife of the Crimean War," was given by Lara Kriegel, associate professor of English and History and director of the Victorian Studies Program at Indiana University.
Also featured were performances by the University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society, a special concert on the Charles Baird Carillon, an exhibit of 19th-century prints and photographs on the conference theme sponsored by the University of Michigan Museum of Art, an exhibit of 19th-century manuscripts on the theme of violence as entertainment, organized by the University of Michigan Library Special Collections, and a docented tour of "An Eye on the Empire: Photographs of Colonial India and Egypt” at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.