Month: May 2016

Week in Review – 21 May

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My pick of the week is the  Paul Mellon Centre’s new online resource, A Catalogue Raisonné of Francis Towne (1739-1816), by Richard Stephens. The site includes a full catalogue of Towne’s known works, accompanied by discursive essays on his outputs. The Catalogue is particularly important for highlighting (and providing access to) a significant body of work by a lesser-known artist, and I’ve no doubt that it will become a crucial resource for scholars of eighteenth-century art and culture.

Other CFPs, conferences, fellowships and courses that caught my eye this week included:

Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo is offering 5 Fellowships for scholars working on “Ornamentation and decoration.The grammar of the orders, the rhetoric of opulence, the appeal to the eye at European Courts (1680-1750)“.

The CFP for the forthcoming Carl Fabergé Conference.

Details for the Paul Mellon Centre’s public lecture course: ‘The English Country House: Art, Politics and Taste‘ (13 October – 1 December 2016).

The Writing Buildings Conference.

The CFP for the Queer Media in the 21st Century Conference.

The new website for The Centre for Travel Writing Studies at Nottingham Trent University, including details of a fully-funded PhD opportunity with the Centre.

The CFP for the Photo-Objects. On the Materiality of Photographs and Photo-Archives in the Humanities and Sciences.  

The CFP for Routledge’s History of the Working Class.

The programme for the Thinking Colour Conference.

The CFP for the A Year’s Art The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 1769-2016 conference.

The Style as (Intellectual) Property Conference.

The Body^Space^Object^Memory^Identity Symposium.

The Fraud, fake and make-believe: Transregional and transdisciplinary perspectives workshop.

The programme for The Art Market, Collectors and Agents Conference.

The CFC for the ‘Intersections & Disconnections‘, special issue of the Melbourne Historical Journal, 44.1 (2016).

The CFP for the A Sense of Proportion: Architect-Designed Objects, 1650–1950 Conference.


Storify for The (After) Lives of Things: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Material Culture, AAH 2016

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I’ve now Storified our AAH 2016 panel, The (After) Lives of Things: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Material Culture, which is available here. We’re currently working on a publication from the session, so watch this space for details of this as they come.

ECRS – 23 May

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Please join us for the ninth and final session in the University of Edinburgh’s Eighteenth-Century Research Seminar series. The session will present new work in eighteenth-century studies, and will feature Sally Holloway (Richmond, The American International University in London), whose presentation is titled ‘Manufacturing Romance: The Economy of Courtship in Georgian England’.

All are welcome. Seminars are held at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, from 5:00-6:30pm, and are followed by a drinks reception. 

You can also follow the series on its twitter account @ECRS_Edinburgh. We’ll be live-tweeting the papers from that handle.

Week in Review – 14 May

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My object of the week comes from this fascinating articleThe Lost Gardens of Emily Dickinson‘, which includes images of the author’s botanical specimen albums (now housed at the Houghton Library), also shown above.

Other CFPs, conferences, podcasts, and articles that caught my eye this week included:

The programme for the & the rest is book history conference, presenting new research from students at Edinburgh’s Centre for the History of the Book.

The Chawton House Library podcast.

This interview with Kevin Mumford on his book Not White, Not Straight.

The CFP for the Reception, Reputation and Circulation in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800 conference.

Grayson Perry’s articleAre computers killing off craft? Not a chance‘.

The latest issue of Romantic Circles on ‘Systems’.

The new bookAgents of Space: Eighteenth-Century Art, Architecture, and Visual Culture. 

Award: BARS Stephen Copley Research Award

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I’m excited to announce that I’ve been awarded a Stephen Copley Research Award from the British Association for Romantic Studies for research on my project ‘A Literary Inheritance: Romantic Family Histories and Textual Afterlives in the Commonplace Books of Ellen Warter‘. The project takes as its starting point two commonplace books made by Ellen Warter, the granddaughter of the Romantic poet Robert Southey, around 1885, now housed in the Centre for Research Collections at the University of Edinburgh, and will situate these in relation to the domestic literary and material practices of her family, as well as the later nineteenth-century practice of compiling ‘Bronteana’. The Stephen Copley Research Award will facilitate the consultation of three albums produced by members of the Southey family, and will take me to Bristol, Leeds, and Keswick.

The award will accordingly enable me to develop the research that I began as part of our recent AAH panel The (After) Lives of Things, and which in many ways has become the pilot study for my postdoctoral research project on assemblage. In utilising a small sample of my chosen primary sources for the broader project, I have been able to test and evaluate the planned methodologies that I will utilise throughout its course, experience which has proved invaluable whilst writing applications for funding and other postdoctoral positions. I’ll write a longer post about the utility of the postdoc project pilot study soon. In the mean time, I’ll also be presenting this research in a forthcoming session of the University of Edinburgh’s Nineteenth-Century Research Seminars on 26 May – do come along if you’re in Edinburgh.

Week in Review – 8 May

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London’s Outrage punk fanzine

My object of the week comes from Jon Savage’s article ‘Fanzines: the purest explosion of British punk‘, which showcases objects that will be on display in the British Library show, Punk 1976-1978Savage’s descriptions of ‘handwritten articles, stark montages and jagged juxtapositions of image and text’ are highly suggestive of the relationship between the production of assemblage and individuals’ creative responses to contemporary musical, artistic, and literary culture – as appropriate to the construction of punk fanzines as they were to Ellen Warter’s documentation of the Brontes in the late nineteenth century.

Other CFPs, podcasts, conferences and articles that caught my attention this week included:

The CFP for Household Gods: Religious Domesticity in Britain, 1700 to the present day

The CFP for Colonial Formations: Connections and Collisions

The wonderful Women in Book History Bibliography

The call for contributions for the book MATERIAL PRACTICES of ART AND DESIGN 

The CFP for Politics and Poetics of Friendship 

The CFP for Object Lessons and Nature Tables: Research Collaborations Between
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The schedule for the Queer Asia 2016 Conference

Alison MacCormaic’s articleCarved in time: the craftwork legacy of the hunger strikes

The latest episode of the Hidden Histories podcast on ‘Unsex’d females’.

The CFP for the conference Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literatures

This conference on Biographies & the Production of Space (Stuttgart, 19-21
May 16)

Award: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library Short-Term Research Fellowship

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I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been awarded a Short-Term Research Fellowship from the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, which I’ll be taking in August 2017. The award will facilitate research for my postdoctoral research project, which is provisionally titled, Crafting the Self: Assemblage & Identity, 1770-1900. As I’ve noted previously, the project will provide a history of ‘assemblage’ produced in Britain, North America, and British India between 1770 and 1900, highlighting its pervasiveness across an array of artistic, literary, and cultural practices, and its enactment in disparate geographic locations. The project will accordingly examine a broad variety of assemblages made by men, women, and children across the Atlantic world and Britain’s colonies in order to understand the universality of assemblage during this period.

Primarily, the Winterthur Short-Term Research Fellowship will facilitate research on the Winterthur’s collection of ‘collage albums’. Also known as ‘scrapbook houses’, collage albums comprise imagined interior spaces arranged from carefully clipped images of interior furnishings. My research will examine the collage albums in relation to women’s self-fashioning in the mid-late nineteenth century, arguing that their production both expressed and reflected women’s creative and domestic identities during this period.

As the project develops, I’ll post more information about my motivations, methodologies, and the specifics of what I’ll be examining in each of my six case studies. For now, however, I’m concentrating on revising my doctoral thesis for publication, a process that I’m also keen to write about on the blog. Stay tuned for posts on going from PhD to published, and if there are specifics of this journey that you’d like me to discuss, get in touch with me via my twitter handle, @Freya_Gowrley.