Calls for papers – Appels à communication/publication

Curiosity and Desire in Fin-de-Siècle Art and Literature – 11&12 May 2018

University of California

Abstract due Dec. 1, 2017

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Victorian Periodicals Review special issue – abstract due Sept. 15, 2017

Special Issue of Victorian Periodicals Review:

The Material Culture of Victorian Domestic Life and the Press

Guest Editor, Julie Codell

The Victorian press actively shaped Victorians’ notions of domestic life around several topics: material culture, architecture, interior design, and the gendering of domestic space. In addition to the many studies of Victorian domestic life and coffee table books on Victorian interiors and furnishings are new readings of Victorian authors Isabella Beaton, Charles Eastlake, and Mary Eliza Haweis on domestic taste and furnishings, as well as a neo-Victorian fascination with Victorian design, food, cooking culture, and household management.

Despite this literature, there are many still-understudied areas that are addressed in the periodical press:

  • working-class domestic lives
  • rural home decoration and furnishing in relation to urban design and furnishings
  • the ways Britons recreated British domestic life in the colonies
  • the physical organization of domestic space
  • changes in laws, aesthetics, and gender and class relations (e. g., the 1882 Married Women’s Property Act, the 1870 Education Act, Aestheticism, the department store, the New Woman) that introduced new objects, designs, family relations, gender roles and spatial structures in homes
  • advertising and illustrations of furnishings and the material page

This list is not meant to restrict, but to suggest topics. This CFP seeks to elicit essays on the press’s role in the production of domestic life as an ideal and a set of practices, including across class and the geography of Britain and the colonies. We encourage authors to address the texture of conflicting views on how to conduct and represent domestic life within individual periodicals and across periodicals that contained different ideologies, intentions and readerships in a range of periodicals—the women’s press, architecture journals, general periodicals, the art press and other specialized or trade periodicals.

Please submit a 300-word abstract outlining your proposed contribution and a CV by September 15, 2017 to   Final drafts of essays selected for inclusion in the special issue will be due January 5, 2018. These essays should be 5,000-9,000 words in length (including notes and bibliography) and formatted in Chicago style.


Curiosity and Desire in Fin-de-Siècle Art and Literature

11-12 May 2018

William Andrews Clark Memorial Library,
University of California, Los Angeles

“Curiosity, and the desire of beauty, have each their place in art, as in all true criticism. When one’s curiosity is deficient, when one is not eager enough for new impressions and new  pleasures, one is liable to value mere academical properties too highly, to be satisfied with worn-out or conventional types.”
Walter Pater

“What is termed Sin is an essential element of progress. Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colourless. By its curiosity Sin increases the experience of the race. Through its intensified assertion of individualism it saves us from monotony of type. In its rejection of the current notions about morality, it is one with the higher ethics.”
Oscar Wilde

Victorian theorists of aesthetics such as Walter Pater and Oscar Wilde saw curiosity and desire working in tandem in the creation of beauty. And while these two quotations reflect the dissidence across interpretations of aestheticism at the time, they are united in their emphasis on passionate engagement and creativity as necessary elements of academic scholarship itself. We wish to capture this spirited energy by bringing together scholars from around the world to explore the ways in which the fusion of curiosity and desire permeated the art and literature of the British fin de siècle.

This two-day conference is jointly organized by the International Walter Pater Society and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, world-renowned for its holdings of rare and manuscript materials from the period, notably Oscar Wilde, George Egerton, Alfred Douglas, Charles
Ricketts, Aubrey Beardsley, Max Beerbohm, and the fine presses of the fin de siècle. The conference will include workshops in which groups of scholars will carry on exploratory discussions that relate to the Clark’s extensive fin-de siècle collections.

We welcome proposals for either conference papers or workshop contributions.

Conference papers will be twenty minutes in length and should address the conference theme in relation to works by Pater, Wilde, or other figures from this period. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches, linking literature to the visual arts, music, performance, or science, as well as exploring the international dimension of the British fin de siècle. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

·      Critical methods and the critics’ desires
·      Desire and the senses
·      Scientific and literary curiosity
·      Tastes and taxonomies
·      Empiricism and its discontents
·      Textual and material objects
·      The bizarre and the grotesque
·      Curiosity and the archive
·      The collection and the fetish
·      Ekphrastic practice
·      Different desires

Workshop contributions will consist of pre-circulated papers (circa 2,000 words), which speakers will introduce in five-minute presentations on the day. They should address one of the following three themes:

·      Aestheticism, curiosity, and desire
·      British aestheticism and French culture
·      The aesthetic book: fin-de-siècle printing and publishing

Proposals (300 words) for either papers or workshop contributions should be sent to no later than 1 October 2017. Conference Organizers: Joseph Bristow, Dennis Denisoff, Stefano Evangelista, and Charlotte Ribeyrol. The conference is cosponsored by the International Walter Pater Society, the UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies, and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.



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Illustrating Identity/ies

A conference organised by IDEA, Illustr4tio and Illustration Research Network

9th-10th November 2017, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France

Confirmed keynote speaker: Professor Alan Male

This conference, co-organised by IDEA (EA 2338, Interdisciplinarité Dans les Études Anglophones) at the Université de Lorraine, the Manchester School of Art (UK), the Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté (EA 4182 TIL, Texte Image Langage), Université de Haute Alsace (EA 4363 ILLE, Institut de recherche en Langues et Littératures Européennes) and Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis (EA 4343 CALHISTE, Cultures, Arts, Littératures, Histoire, Imaginaires, Sociétés, Territoires, Environnement), invites participants to explore the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural means through which illustration, in all of its forms, contributes, and has contributed historically, to the shaping of ‘identity/ies’.

The study of illustration provides powerful insights into not only the representation, but also the construction of identity – including gender identities, national and political identities, subcultures, hybrid identities and performative identities. Illustrators as cultural agents have the power to both reinforce and problematise ‘the visual vocabulary of politics’ (Steven Heller, Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State, 2008; rep. 2010) through their use and manipulation of cultural narratives and stereotypes.

Illustrators often navigate several personas when creating artwork – for example the desires of the client, the reception of the audience, and the voices within the text. They may also produce highly personal and subjective work documenting emergent or performed identities in relation to historical, geographical, social, cultural and phenomenological matrices.

We are keen to encourage critical and theoretical frameworks which foster understanding of the cultural relevance of illustration, and to examine the links between book history, print and digital culture and identity. Both practice-led and theoretical papers are welcome. Papers may cover any form (book illustrations, extra illustrations, press cartoons, digital art, etc.) or type (decorative, narrative, scientific, technical, historical, educational, satirical, etc.) of illustration from the Early Modern period or Renaissance to the present day.

Subjects for discussion may address (though are not limited to) the following themes and questions:
◾The political agenda of illustration/illustrators: illustration as critique and social or political protest
◾The illustrator as agitator, mediator, witness and/or opinion former
◾The performance and performative aspects of illustration
◾Illustrating identity/ies and changing technologies
◾The participation of illustration in the construction and definition of individual identity
◾The participation of illustration in the construction and definition of collective / cultural / social / political / ethnic identity/ies
◾The illustration of historical and ‘grand narratives’ relating to national identity/ies

Please submit 300 word proposals for a 20 minute presentation to Nathalie Collé (IDEA & Illustr4tio) at and Desdemona McCannon (Illustration Research) at Proposals for workshops and poster presentations are also welcome. Deadline: Monday 15th May 2017.



Illustration et Identité(s)

Colloque organisé par IDEA, Illustr4tio et Illustration Research Network

9-10 novembre 2017, Université de Lorraine, Nancy

Invité d’honneur confirmé: Prof. Alan Male

L’équipe d’accueil IDEA (Interdisciplinarité Dans les Études Anglophones, EA 2338) organise, les 9 et 10 novembre 2017, un colloque international et bilingue (français – anglais) sur la question des rapports entre illustration et construction d’identité(s). Intitulé “Illustration et Identité(s) / Illustrating Identity/ies”, ce colloque est organisé par l’Université de Lorraine en partenariat avec la Manchester School of Art (Angleterre, Royaume Uni), l’Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté (EA 4182 TIL, Texte Image Langage), l’Université de Haute Alsace (EA 4363 ILLE, Institut de recherche en Langues et Littératures Européennes) et l’Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis (EA 4343 CALHISTE, Cultures, Arts, Littératures, Histoire, Imaginaires, Sociétés, Territoires, Environnement).

Il réunira, sur le Campus Lettres et Sciences Humaines de Nancy, des chercheurs d’universités françaises et étrangères, ainsi que des praticiens de l’illustration et des professionnels du livre, mais aussi des étudiants de Master et des doctorants.

Il vise à explorer des questions relatives à la manière dont l’image d’illustration, sous ses différentes formes, contribue aujourd’hui et comme elle l’a toujours fait, à la construction d’identité(s) – identités politiques, culturelles, sexuelles, sociales, nationales, et autres. L’étude de l’illustration permet en effet d’appréhender non seulement la représentation mais également la construction de l’identité à travers l’image et les motifs iconographiques. En effet, les illustrateurs sont, de manière consciente ou inconsciente, de véritables agents culturels qui ont le pouvoir de façonner, voire de problématiser, le langage visuel et les messages qu’il transmet, notamment par leur utilisation et leur manipulation, intentionnelle ou accidentelle, de récits, d’images, de clichés et de stéréotypes divers et variés. Lorsqu’ils créent une image ou une série d’images, les illustrateurs intègrent diverses demandes et attentes et divers points de vue : ceux du texte ou de tout autre support qu’ils illustrent, ceux de leurs commanditaires, ceux de leurs co-créateurs (auteurs, graveurs, imprimeurs, éditeurs) et ceux de leurs publics. Ils peuvent produire des œuvres très personnelles et subjectives, qui reflètent des identités ancrées ou naissantes, en lien avec des matrices historiques, géographiques, sociales, culturelles et phénoménologiques sous-jacentes ou évidentes.

Ce colloque s’intéresse donc aux cadres pratiques, critiques et théoriques qui permettent d’éclairer et de mieux comprendre l’impact historique, culturel et social de l’illustration, et d’examiner les liens entre l’histoire du livre, la culture de l’imprimé et la culture numérique, l’iconographie et les images numériques, et la notion d’identité. Il invite les chercheurs et les praticiens à explorer l’illustration dans ses différentes formes (illustration du livre et hors du livre, illustration de presse, illustration numérique, etc.) et ses différentes fonctions (illustration décorative, narrative, technique, scientifique, historique, didactique, satirique, etc.), de l’époque moderne à nos jours.

Il encourage la réflexion sur les thèmes et sujets suivants:
◾L’agenda politique de l’illustration/l’illustrateur: l’illustration comme forme de commentaire ou de critique social(e) et politique
◾L’illustrateur comme témoin, médiateur, commentateur et agitateur
◾La dimension performative et performante de l’illustration
◾Illustration, identité(s) et technologies changeantes
◾L’illustration de grands récits historiques et la (dé)construction des identités nationales
◾Le rôle de l’illustration dans la construction et la définition de l’identité individuelle
◾Le rôle de l’illustration dans la construction et la définition de l’identité collective / culturelle / sociale / politique / ethnique, etc.

Merci d’envoyer vos propositions de communications (environ 300 mots, pour une présentation de 20 minutes) à Nathalie Collé (IDEA & Illustr4tio) et à Desdemona McCannon (Illustration Research) Les propositions d’ateliers ou de présentations de type poster sont également les bienvenues. Date limite d’envoi des propositions: lundi 15 mai 2017.