Monday, February 25, 2013

Program: NVSA 2013 Conference (4/5-7/2013)

“1874” – The Northeast Victorian Studies Association conference
Boston University, April 5-7, 2013

Please see the conference website for information on registration, travel, and accommodation:


Friday, April 5
1:30 pm Tour of Victorian Boston with Martha Vicinus

2:00-3:30 pm Registration

3:45 pm Welcome

4:00-5:45 pm: Literary Culture, 1874: Will Lee (Yeshiva U), Moderator
Maia McAleavey (Boston College), “Aurora Floyd (1874)”
Sarah Weaver (U of Cambridge), “Tennyson Turns Playwright”
Laura Green (Northeastern U), “Bathsheba Everdene, Young Brown, and Zelda the Gypsy: At Home in Cornhill Magazine, January, 1874”
Dennis Taylor (Boston College), “Catholicism and Literary Culture in 1874”

5:45-7:15 pm Welcome Reception

7:30-9:30 pm Optional dinner off campus

Saturday, April 6
Book Exhibit

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast and Registration

9:00-11:00 am Keynote panel: James Eli Adams (Columbia U), Moderator
Isobel Armstrong (Birkbeck, U of London)
Robert J. Richards (U of Chicago)
Herbert Tucker (U of Virginia)

11:00-11:15 am Coffee Break

11:15 am-12:45 pm Science, 1874: Vanessa Ryan (Brown U), Moderator
Elisha Cohn (Cornell U), “Playful Atoms and Beautiful Cells: Scientific Aestheticisms, 1874-1890”
Kyle Fetter (SUNY Buffalo), “Anxious Scribblings: Genre, Heredity, and Periodization in Samuel Butler’s First Notebook of 1874”
John Mulligan (Brown U), “Richard Proctor’s Sense of Scientific Duty and the 1874 Transit of Venus”

1:00-2:30 pm Lunch
The Saturday lunch, a long-standing tradition, is a convivial event at which topics are proposed and voted on for the following year. All are welcome.

2:30-4:00 pm Technology and Design, 1874: Aaron Worth (Boston U), Moderator
Dory Agazarian (CUNY Graduate Center), “Past into Present: The 1874 Design Debate over the Completion of St. Paul’s Cathedral”
Christopher Keep (U of Western Ontario), “Bodies, Machines, and the QWERTY Keyboard”
Ayla Lepine (Yale U), “Watts and Company, Founded 1874: Religion, Decorative Arts, and Political Controversy”

4:00-4:15 pm Coffee Break

4:15-5:45 pm Philosophy, 1874: Vincent Lankewish (Professional Performing Arts School), Moderator
Patrick Fessenbecker (Johns Hopkins U), “Sidgwick, Meredith, and Parfit on Reasons and Egoism”
Matthew Sussman (Harvard U), “Henry Sidgwick and the Methods of Aesthetics”
S. Pearl Brilmyer (NYU), “Schopenhauer’s Drive: Sex, Agency, and Victorian Literary Feminism”

6:00-7:00 pm Reception (The Castle, 225 Bay State Road)

7:00-9:30 pm Dinner Banquet (The Castle)

9:45 pm After-dinner Drink (Beacon Street Tavern, 1032 Beacon St., Brookline, MA)

Sunday, April 7
8:00-9:00 am Breakfast

9:00-10:30 am Empire, 1874: Sebastian Lecourt (Rutgers U), Moderator
Lucy Sheehan (Columbia U), “Present Pasts: Performances of Slavery and Abolition in George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda”
Mark Doyle (Middle Tennessee State U), “The Bombay Riots of 1874: Liberty and Violence in an Imperial City”
Jane McGaughey (Concordia U), “The Orangeman in Winter: Ogle Gowan, Masculine Frailties, and the Rise of the Orange Order”

10:30-10:45 am Coffee Break

10:45 am-12:15 pm Teaching 1874: Lisa Rodensky (Wellesley College), Moderator
Anne Humphreys (Lehman College)
Timothy Alborn (Lehman College)
Rosemarie Bodenheimer (Boston College)

12:15-1:00 pm Conference Wrap-Up
John Plotz (Brandeis U)
Jonathan Loesberg (American U)