Victorian Studies Network at York hosts 11th annual symposium Nov. 9

The Victorian Studies Network at York University (VSNY) will host its 11th annual symposium on Nov. 9 with the theme “A Most Auspicious Research Gathering.”

The event begins at 10 a.m. with tea, coffee and welcoming remarks from Tina Choi, associate professor in the Department of English, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LA&PS).

A morning session runs from 10:05 to 11:45 a.m. and features the following guest speakers: Professor Bernard Lightman on “Popular Science Periodicals and the Public Sphere After Darwin”; Associate Librarian Rosa Orlandini on “Victorian Maps and Cartographic Resources”; and Professor David Latham on “‘Fearless Connections’: Noel Paton and the Pre-Raphaelite Paradigm.” The session will be moderated by Paula John.

After breaking for lunch, the afternoon session will run from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. with moderator Dorothy De Val. The afternoon session includes: Professor Julianna Will on “Wilde Boys who Won’t Leave Neverland: Classical Myth and Victorian Manhood in The Picture of Dorian Gray and Peter Pan”; Professor Malcolm Thurlby on “Interpreting Architectural Differences in Three Churches in St. John’s, Newfoundland: The Roman Catholic Basilica, the Anglican Cathedral, and St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church”; and Professor James Elwick on “Victorian Exams Beyond Foucault.”

For more information about VSNY and its roster of events, visit the website.

Founded in 2008, the Victorian Studies Network at York promotes excellence in interdisciplinary research. Its goals are to: connect scholars across the disciplines and increase their opportunities to engage with each other’s research; facilitate intradepartmental, interdepartmental and interdisciplinary research; enhance scholarly conversations among faculty and graduate students at York; enrich our personal and collective experience of research in the field; and organize an annual program of lectures, symposia and conferences at which we share our scholarly interests and wide-ranging expertise.