A look at Victorian studies and its interdisciplinary scope will be the focus of the eighth annual Victorian Studies Network symposium on Oct. 23.
The event, titled Victorian Studies Across the Disciplines, will run from 10am to 3pm for faculty and graduate students from all of York University’s Faculties. It takes place in the Stong Master’s Dining Room, 101 Stong College on the Keele campus.
The symposium will look at the cross-disciplinary scope of the program, including Victorian engagements with music, urban planning, public policy, literature, landscape design, and science and technology. It will also provide a glimpse into the latest e-research tools in the field.
The Victorian Studies Network at York was established to connect researchers and enhance connections among faculty and graduate students; to facilitate interdepartmental and interdisciplinary work; to enrich personal and collective experience of research in the field; and to showcase York University as a centre of excellence for Victorian studies.
This year’s symposium presents:
- Dorothy DeVal (Department of Music, School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design), “‘A Wholesome and Seasonable Enterprise’: Victorian Folk Song Collectors and Their Role in the British Musical Renaissance”
• Peter Duerr (York University Libraries), “Archives, Collections and Databases! Oh My! A Glimpse Behind the Curtain of Academic Resources for Victorian Studies”
• Natalie Neill (Department of English, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies), “Pre-Cinematic Horror: Nineteenth-Century Gothic Adaptations”
- Sylvia Nickerson (Science & Technology Studies, Faculty of Science), “Darwin in the Public Sphere: Evolutionary Narratives and Macmillan Publications, 1859-1890”
• Sheri Repucci (Science & Technology Studies, Faculty of Science), “The Other Side of Miasma: ‘Good’ Air, Public Parks, and the Rise of Landscape Design in 19th-Century England”
• Karen Stanworth (Faculty of Education/School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design), “Staging a Siege: The Spectacular Representation of Citizenship in Victorian Toronto, 1874‒1901”
Lunch and refreshments will be served. To RSVP, contact Lesley Higgins, Department of English, at firstname.lastname@example.org.