Deadline: February 1, 2015
Dates: July 10-11, 2015
Location: Ghent University, Belgium
Life and death dominate any culture, but especially Victorian culture. Not only was there an increase in population, Victorians also lived longer due to advancements in medicine, science and public health. This longer life went hand in hand with a fascination with death. Queen Victoria herself was obsessed with rituals of mourning, as were many other contemporaries who tried to grasp the afterlife via scientific, religious and/or spiritual modes of thinking. The press responded to this attraction with life and death: it published birth and death notices, advertised for funerals, mourning clothes and invigorating medicines and featured stories of murder, birth and eternal life.
This conference welcomes proposals for papers that address any aspect of nineteenth-century British magazines or newspapers. However, it will particularly encourage proposals on ‘Life and Death’ in the nineteenth-century press.
Please send a 300-word abstract and a short CV (1 page max) to RSVP2015ugent@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is 1 February 2015.
RSVP offers a number of travel grants for graduate students and independent scholars. If you want to be considered for one of these grants indicate that you are a graduate student or independent scholar and wish to be considered for one of these awards on your abstract.