NCRS: Call for Papers for Spring 2019

Nineteenth Century Research Seminars 
Call for Papers

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The Nineteenth Century Research Seminars (NCRS) invites proposals for twenty-minute papers from postgraduate and early career researchers that address any aspect of nineteenth-century literature, history, art, and culture.

The seminar series is designed to be a cross- and inter-disciplinary forum where postgraduate and early career researchers can meet, form connections, debate, and collaborate on all issues pertaining to the long nineteenth century.

We accept abstracts addressing any aspect of research on the 19th century, but would particularly welcome those addressing any of the following themes:

  • Philosophy from Hegel to Nietzsche 

  • Empire, War, and Politics

  • Religion and Society

  • Ecology, Environment, and Industrialisation

  • Travelling and Exploration

  • Gender and Sexuality

  • German Classicism and German Idealism

  • Art, Architecture, and Aesthetics


Monthly seminars take place at the University of Edinburgh, on the first Thursday of the month: 7 February, 7 March, 4 April, 2 May, and 6 June 2019 at 16:30-18:30. Each seminar will consist of 2-3 twenty-minute papers, with at least one paper from a University of Edinburgh-based researcher and the other(s) from a researcher based in another institution, followed by discussion and refreshments. 

Abstracts of up to 250 words along with a brief biography and institutional affiliation should be submitted in the body of an email to edinburgh19thcentury@gmail.com. The closing date for submissions is Sunday 1 December 2018; speakers will be notified of a decision by mid-December. If for any reason you are not available for any of the dates listed above for the 2019 seminars, please let us know in your email submission; this will help us to pair papers and schedule more effectively.

For those travelling from outside of Edinburgh, reimbursement of travel expenses (up to £40) is available.

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The NCRS is supported by the University of Edinburgh’s Student-Led Initiative Fund.

NCRS: Nation-Building and Identity

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Nineteenth Century Research Seminar Series

Spring 2018 Seminar 5: Nation-Building and Identity

Speakers:

  • Elly Grayson, Edinburgh. J. M. Barrie’s Margaret Ogilvy: Appropriating the Biography and Conceptions of Storytelling, “Scottishness”, Mothers and Children.
    • Elly Grayson is a first year English Literature PhD Candidate at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on J. M. Barrie, and his evocation of Scottish folklore and fairy tales in his prose and drama. She is particularly interested in highlighting the progressive nature of his work, his metafictional inclinations and how they relate to storytelling, myth-making and the presentation of the child in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 
    • Elly examined the female storyteller as the source of national identity in Barrie's works.

"I shall get no more old world Scotch out of her this afternoon, she weeds her talk determinedly, and it is as great a falling away as when the mutch gives place to the cap..."
J.M. Barrie, Margaret Ogilvy, 1896

  • Guy Hinton, Newcastle. Representing the Wars of the 1850s and 1880s: panoramas in the north east of England.
    • Guy Hinton is a PhD History candidate and teaching assistant at Newcastle University. His thesis looks at the representation and memorialisation of wars in the second half of the nineteenth century, through a range of cultural activities, war trophies and memorials in the North East. Guy previously worked in the cultural sector.
    • Guy examined panoramic paintings as a vehicle for depicting war, imperialism, and sensationalist news reporting.
Garibaldi, his life, character, and glorious career (1860), scene 5 Image Source:  https://library.brown.edu/cds/garibaldi/panoramaHTML5/panorama_scroll.php

Garibaldi, his life, character, and glorious career (1860), scene 5
Image Source: https://library.brown.edu/cds/garibaldi/panoramaHTML5/panorama_scroll.php

This was the final session of the 2018 Seminar Series. The NCRS will be back in Spring 2019.