Dickens in Algeria: Mouloud Feraoun’s Fidelity to Charles Dickens

Unit member Abderrezzaq Ghafsi recently contributed this article to the Dickens Society Blog: http://dickenssociety.org/?p=1884. Do have a read!

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CFP: Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Bodily Fluids in the Long Nineteenth Century. One-day conference at Aston University

Call for Papers: Anxious Forms 2018

Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Bodily Fluids in the Long Nineteenth Century

Friday 27th July 2018, Aston University, Birmingham

Speakers:

Professor Talia Schaffer, CUNY

Dr Kate Lister, Leeds Trinity University

‘The power of blood is so difficult to decipher because it is at once the foundational social metaphor and the most basic necessity for life.’

(Priscilla Wald, foreword of The Cultural Politics of Blood, 1500-1900)

After the success of Anxious Forms: Bodies in Crisis (2014) and Anxious Forms: Masculinities in Crisis (2016), we are pleased to announce a third one-day conference which considers the construction of bodily fluids—both metaphorical and material, both abject and desirable—in the long nineteenth century. The period in question witnessed the first blood transfusion, the first English medical text on menstruation and menopause, anxieties around spermatorrhea and hysteria, the rise of vampire and werewolf fiction, and massive infrastructure reform around sewage and water to combat infectious diseases. This interdisciplinary event will explore the advancements, crises, contradictions, and understandings of bodily fluids in the long nineteenth century across a range of media, including fiction, poetry, drama, journalism, photography, visual arts, material culture, and medical and scientific texts. The event will also explore the challenges of critical discussions of topics traditionally considered taboo or hampered by the dynamics of disgust. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Blood

Bloodlines, lineage, and primogeniture

Diseases and treatments

Wounds and trauma

Blood as metaphor

Vampirism, and lycanthropy

Puberty, menstruation, and menopause

  • Sweat

Work and exertion

Sports and Christian masculinity

Fever and illness

 

  • Tears

Discourses of emotion

  • Digestion

Bile and vomit

Excrement

Sewage, wells, and communicable diseases

  • The Eucharist and Transubstantiation
  • Sexual Fluids
  • The Humours
  • Ectoplasm and the Supernatural

 

We welcome proposals for individual 20 minute papers or panels from PGRs and ECRs as well as more established academics. Please send 300-word abstracts with an academic CV and a 50-word biography to Abby Boucher and Daniel Jenkin-Smith at anxiousforms2018@gmail.com by 1st May. Successful applicants will be notified by 15th May.

We are able to award a number of postgraduate travel bursaries. If you would like to be considered for a bursary, please include a 200-word explanation about how the conference relates to your research, along with a breakdown of your expenses.

ALSS Research Seminar: Ruskin, Music and the Health of the Nation

Dear all,

This is just a reminder of Paul Jackson’s talk tomorrow. These are the details:

April 11th (Hel 251)Paul Jackson, Ruskin, Music and the Health of the Nation

John Ruskin wrote about music throughout his life, frequently employing musical analogies to frame his thoughts on drawing, painting and visual art. As his ideas on art developed to encompass matters of life, society, ethics, economics and religion, his relationship with music also developed. Ruskin increasingly saw not just the communication and reception of music as processes that might lift the spirits and ennoble the mind, but also the act of performing – specifically singing – as something that exercised both mind and body in beneficial synchrony. It will be argued that Ruskin’s engagement, in thought and in writing, with music’s practice, manifestation and meaning, add valuable insight into Victorian perceptions of music in society.