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Week in Review – 28 February

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Image from the MGHG Biennial Conference site.

The upcoming MGHG Biennial Conference: Gendering Museum Histories (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 7-8 September 2016). You can find the CFP here.

The AAH Summer Symposium 2016Gender in art: production, collection, display.

The Online Introduction to Oral History Workshop

The Migrating Objects: Material Culture and Italian Identities conference.

The Smithsonian-Mason Summer Field SchoolTreasure Houses of Scotland: Royal Heritage. 

The World, Empires and Nations: The Redefinition of “Colonial Art” conference.

The latest volume of the Journal of Curatorial Studies on Museums and Affect.

The programme for Constructing the Architectural Canon (Wassenaar, 22-23 Feb 16).

The CFP for the What do Contentious Objects Want? conference.

The following posts for Notches blog: Olivia Weisser on “She was both Poxt and Clapt together”: Confessions of Sexual Secrets in Eighteenth-Century Venereal Cases’, and Kristin Collins on ‘Rape and Manhood in Nineteenth-Century Caucasus’.

The CFP for the Towards a cultural history of the decorator conference.

The CFP for Which craft? Politics & aesthetics of handicraft.


Week in Review – 13 February

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This week my twitter feed has been full of historical valentines and love themed art objects, such as this ‘Lobster in Love’ valentine’s card from the Museum of London, and these digitised images from Arthur Freeling’s Flowers, Their Use and Beauty, Language and Sentiment (1857). Follow the hashtags #valentinesday #paintedlovers and #victorianvalentines to see more.

Other things that caught my eye this week:

Alun Whitley & Jennifer Evans’ call for chapters for their edited volume Framing the Face: New Perspectives on the History of Facial Hair. 

This blog post on wallpaper studies, complete with introductory bibliography.

Matt Lodder’s new article ‘Things of the sea’: iconographic continuities between tattooing and handicrafts in Georgian-era maritime culture‘.

The Pre-Raphaelites on Paper: Victorian Drawings from the Lanigan Collection exhibition.

Stephen Etheridge’s thoughtful post on whether you can be a ‘post-doctoral researcher’ without having an official post-doctoral position.

CFP for a special issue on Gothic Studies on the ‘Nautical Gothic’.

Mary Beard muses on why more women historians aren’t best-selling authors.

This talk and pop-up exhibition on  The Rise of the Literary Annual, Powerful Femininity, and Beautiful Books.

This conference on Chinese Wallpaper: Trade, Technique and Taste.

Frank Trentmann’s new book Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First.

The programme for LGBT History Month at the National Maritime Museum.

The National Archives’ creative workshop Out of the Archives: A zine workshop on 20th century women’s movements.

Week in Review – 6 February

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Friendship book of Anne Wagner (1795-1834), New York Public Library.

Another week in review, another favourite from the Public Domain Review. However, I couldn’t help but include the incredible Friendship Book of Anne Wagner (1795-1834), held at the New York Public Library. These ‘Memorials of Friendship’ feature a range of dedicatory passages as well as a number of intricate mixed-media collages, some of which were made by the young Felicia Dorothea Browne (later Hemans). Thanks to its use of collage and affective nature, I’m keen to research the album as part of my new research project on the relationship between assemblage and identity, 1750-1900.

Other things that caught my eye this week included:

The forthcoming Gender Stereotypes in the Long Nineteenth Century Symposium at the University of Stirling.

The On Top of the World world history podcasts.

Two exciting funding initiatives from the Hakluyt Society for the History of Travel, Exploration and Global Encounters.

The Collecting, Exhibiting and Preserving in Museums of Applied Arts in the
Nineteenth Century conference.

The programme for the Photo Archives V. The Paradigm of Objectivity workshop.

This call for articles on ‘Gender in Victorian Popular Fiction, Art, and Culture,’ in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies. 

Nineteenth-Century Research Seminars

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Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 09.02.03.pngOn 26 May, I’ll be presenting new research on the commonplace books of Ellen Warter at the University of Edinburgh’s Nineteenth-Century Research Seminars. The title and abstract for the paper are below, and the programme for the series as a whole can be found here.

Object biographies: family histories and textual afterlives in the commonplace books of Ellen Warter

This paper will focus on two commonplace books made by Ellen Warter c.1885 (CRC, University of Edinburgh). Unlike many commonplace books, which tend to comprise transcriptions from a wide variety of texts by a range of different authors, over 300 pages of Warter’s texts refer to the history and literary productions of the Brontë family, including excerpts from the sisters’ writings, literary criticism relating to their publications, and information pertaining to their home in Haworth, North Yorkshire. Beyond her documentation of the Brontës, the practice of commonplacing was firmly intertwined with Warter’s own family history. Her father had edited the letters and commonplace books of his father-in-law, the Romantic poet Robert Southey, whilst her mother’s own commonplace book was published in 1861. For Warter then, commonplacing was not only an educative practice, but also an inherently familial one, with her compilation of ‘Brontëana’ consistent with the domestic material practices of her own literary family.

This paper will situate the books between other examples of ‘Brontëana’ and the ‘culture of commonplacing’ more broadly. Employing the framework of the object biography, the paper will consider Warter’s commonplace books as literary assemblage, tracing the constitutive elements of Warter’s commonplace books as they passed from one literary form into the next. At the same time, the paper will demonstrate how the books were inherently biographical objects, redolent with potent familial association, both of Warter’s own family, and that of the Brontës, and whose compilation created material and familial afterlives for its collected contents.

Programme for Edinburgh’s Eighteenth-Century Research Seminar Series 2016

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The programme for the University of Edinburgh’s forthcoming Eighteenth-Century Research Seminar Series has just been published on the project’s website. For more details, see here.

All seminars will be held at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (time TBA). All welcome.

Monday 11th January 2016

Martha McGill, University of Edinburgh

‘Women and the Supernatural in Eighteenth-Century Scotland’

Dr Tim Stuart-Buttle, University of Cambridge

‘Hume, Locke…and Cicero? Debating the Moral Consequences of Religion’

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Yuanyuan Liu, University of Edinburgh

‘Garden, City and Visuality: The Twenty-Four Views of Yangzhou in Yangzhou huafang lu (1797)

Carlos Portales, University of Edinburgh

‘Unity in Multiplicity towards the Eighteenth-Century: The Objective Formula of Beauty and its Transition to Subjectivity’

Monday 8th February 2016

Jessica Patterson, University of Manchester

‘The East India Company and Asian Despotism: Alexander Dow’s Civil Religion of India’

Dr Sundar Henny, University of Cambridge

‘(In)dependent Thinking: Isaak Iselin and the Scots’

Monday 22nd February 2016

Elisabeth Gernerd, University of Edinburgh

‘“Thrusts her arms into a muff”: The Sensory Position of Silk Muffs’

William Tullett, King’s College London

‘From Womb to Nose: Smell and the Performance of Gender in Eighteenth-Century England’

Monday 29th February 2016

Jonathan Singerton, University of Edinburgh

‘Thomas Jefferson and the Habsburg Monarchy: A Tale of Intrigue and Statecraft, 1783-1787’

Aurore Chéry, University of Lyon 3

‘Redefining the Image of the King of France after the Seven Years War’

Monday 21st March 2016

Kang-Po Chen, University of Edinburgh

‘The Archetypological Antithesis in William Blake’s America: A Prophecy (1793)’

Josh Dight, University of York

‘“Let sound morality, and genuine Christianity be goals from which you commence your political career”: Religion in the Courtroom and Trial of Thomas Muir’

Monday 11th April 2016

Heather Carroll, University of Edinburgh

‘“What a fat nasty B—”: Satirical Prints of Female Political Rivals’

Rosanne Waine, Bath Spa University

‘Eighteenth-Century Sartorial Culture: Politically Dressing the Body and Home’

Monday 25th April 2016

Alastair Noble, University of Edinburgh

‘“The Power of the Highlands”: Rivalries within the Whig Government and the Response to the ’45’

Dr Philip Loft, University College London

‘Making and Judging Law in a Composite State: Scottish Appeals to the House of Lords during the Eighteenth Century’

Monday 9th May 2016

Emily Knight, University of Oxford

‘The Death of a Child: Posthumous Portraits of Children in Eighteenth-Century Britain’

Sarah Burdett, University of York

‘“Weeping Mothers Shall Applaud”: Sarah Yates as Margaret of Anjou on the London Stage, 1797’

Monday 23rd May 2016

Dr Freya Gowrley, University of Edinburgh

‘“To preserve remembrance of having approached it”: Souvenirs at A la Ronde, Devon’

Dr Sally Holloway, Richmond, The American International University in London

‘Manufacturing Romance: The Economy of Courtship in Georgian England’


Week in Review – October 16

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A roundup of CFPs, conferences, articles, job listings and seminar series that have caught my eye in the last (few) week(s).

As always, the Bard Graduate Center’s Seminar Series for the Autumn/Winter term looks fantastic. See here for details. You can also catch up on the seminars on the Bard’s youtube channel. My recommendations include this recent lecture by Anne Higonnet on ‘A Digital Enlightenment: Experiments in the Teaching of 18th-Century Decorative Arts‘ (also embedded above).

Christine Guth’s chapter on ‘Layering: materiality, time, and touch in Japanese Lacquer‘ in Surface Tensions: Surface, Finish and the Meaning of Objects, is an interesting meditation on materiality.

This CFP for a special issue of European Journal of American Studies – ‘Re-Queering the Nation: America’s Queer Crisis‘.

The new issue of Design and Culture. Includes articles on ‘Circulation: A Theoretical Toolkit’ (Basile Zimmermann & Nicolas Nova) and ‘Exphrasis: Verbalizing Unexisting Objects in the World of Design’ (Jonathan Ventura & Gal Ventura).

This CFP for the Word, Image, and Power in Africa and the African Diaspora Conference (New York, 1-2 April 2016).

Lilith: A Feminist History Journal is interested in publishing short historiographical and methodological pieces for its 2016 issue. See the CFP here.

The programme for the ‘Art History 40: Image and Memory – 40 Years of Art-Historical Writing‘ Conference.

The Artist and Empire: New Dynamics Conference – which ‘will consider art created under the conditions of the British Empire, its aftermath, and its future in museum and gallery displays’ looks fantastic.

This CFC for ‘Empires, Beliefs, Emotions: Cross-Cultural Affective Histories (1400-1900)’ a forthcoming special issue of the OA journal CROMOHS.

This symposium on American Material and Visual Culture of the “Long” Nineteenth Century, which welcomes submissions that engage with ‘the materiality of images and the visuality of objects while addressing their interrelationship’.

The CFP for our Eighteenth-Century Research Seminars Series, which will be held in the University of Edinburgh in 2016.

The programme for the “Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds” Mellon Research Initiative Symposium.

CFP for the Connected Histories, Mirrored Empires British and French Imperialism – 17th to 20th Centuries Conference

The conference on Reconsidering the Rococo (Lausanne, 5-6 Nov 15).

And finally Russell Jacoby’s article ‘The Object as a Subject‘ is a witty and thought provoking meditation on the current state of material culture studies.

Podcasts from Emotional Objects Conference

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For those of you who are interested in forms of emotional material culture, the podcasts from the Emotional Objects: Touching Emotions in History conference are now online. Listen to the podcasts, which include my paper ‘Life Shall Triumph over Death’: the souvenir as memorial and mourning device at A la Ronde‘, here.