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37th Annual Conference of Midwest Victorian Studies Association

Posted: 5/2/2014 5:18:37 PM
The 37th annual conference of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association was held from April 11th to April 13th at the University of Michigan.  Co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Departments of English and History and the Nineteenth Century Forum along with the University of Detroit Mercy Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Education, and Office of Academic Affairs, the 3-day 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 US and Canada as well as England, Scotland, Australia, and India.  
Highlights of the conference included panels on topics including “Violence in Industrial Fiction,” “Violence in the Age of Separate Spheres,” and “Violence in the Age of Empires”; scholarly seminars on the topics of “Colonial Violence,” “Sensational Violence,” and “Political Violence”; and a plenary panel on the “Visual Afterlives of Victorian Violence” featuring talks about nineteenth-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 nineteenth-century prints and photographs on the conference theme sponsored by the University of Michigan Museum of Art, an exhibit of nineteenth-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.
Ruth McAdams, doctoral candidate in the University of Michigan English Department, was and the winner of the William and Mary Burgan Prize for best graduate student paper presented at MVSA and the runner-up for the Walter Arnstein Prize for Dissertation Research.
The complete conference program can be seen at this link.  Pictures from the conference can be seen here.


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