Water, a one-day conference ( 7 April 2017)

The programme for the NNCN conference on Water is now available for download here: Water Programme

There are five PGR/ECR bursaries available, see application details here: NNCN Water bursary application guidance

Registration is now open at http://store.leedstrinity.ac.uk/product-catalogue/conferences-events/conferences/water

Fees are £30 regular, £15 unwaged and postgraduates; lunch and refreshments are included (please let us know at NNCNWater@leedstrinity.ac.uk if you have special dietary requirements)

Call for Papers: NNCN Conference on Water, Leeds Trinity University, 7 April 2017

Omnipresent yet largely ignored: We want to bring water in the long nineteenth century into focus. Therefore, we are now inviting submissions from postgraduate students and academic staff across the humanities, from the constituent universities and other universities (particularly in the Yorkshire and Humberside region), on the theme of ‘Water’.

Paper proposals are invited on topics including but not limited to:

  • Bodies of water, waterways, and water-related transport (canals, rivers, lakes, seas, streams, barges, boats, ships, ferries, steamboats and trains, lightships)
  • Communities living & working on or near water (sailors and the navy, bargemen/boat people, fishermen/fishwives, whalers, ports, harbours, seaside towns and tourism, coastal communities, Lake Districts and Fenland communities)
  • Water in various forms (steam, mist, fog, liquid, ice, frost, snow) and science and medicine dealing with water and water-borne diseases (cholera, biology of water creatures (fish, birds, bugs, etc.), aquaria, flushing toilets)
  • The politics of water (sanitary reform, the provision of clean drinking water, reservoirs and sewers, wells, ponds, privies, public baths, laundry industry, the ‘great unwashed’)
  • Water mythology and creatures and their cultural representations (the Kraken, Moby Dick, mermaids, naiads, the Lady of the Lake, the Lady of Shallot, Neptune)
  • Artistic and literary representations of water and water-related architecture (seascapes, maritime novels, travel literature relating to the sea/arctic, angling stories, harbours, piers, bridges, lighthouses)
  • Religious and spiritual uses of water (living water, baptism, truth in a well, the temperance movement) and material forms of water (watery foods (e.g. soups, ice-cream))

This conference aims to be interdisciplinary, and the theme of water will be interpreted broadly, as too the chronological range of the nineteenth century (1780s-1920s).

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words for a paper of 20 minutes to NNCNWater@leedstrinity.ac.uk by 30th January

Supported by the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS): http://www.bavs.ac.uk/


Nineteenth-Century Tyrannies

University of Hull: 28 October 2015

12.00 – 6.00pm

Keynote Speaker: Dr Andrew Smith, University of Sheffield

Call for Papers: Deadline 30 September

Paper proposals are invited for ‘Nineteenth-Century Tyrannies,’ a symposium to be held at the University of Hull in the Northern Nineteenth-Century Network research event series.

We invite submissions from postgraduate students and academic staff across the humanities from the constituent universities on the theme of ‘Nineteenth‐Century Tyrannies’.

Topics might include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Monarchs
  • Military leaders
  • Politicians
  • Gothic and Sensation Writing
  • Friends and Enemies
  • Families, Parenthood, Husbands, Wives, Siblings and Children
  • Economic Tyrannies
  • Bullies
  • Monsters
  • Ghosts
  • Tyrannies of the body
  • Tyrannies of the landscape
  • Race and/or Slavery
  • Employers, Employees
  • Arrogance
  • Anger

There will be no charge for the conference.

Please send an abstract of 250–‐300 words for a paper of 20 minutes to Valerie Sanders (V.R.Sanders@hull.ac.uk) by 30 September.

We aim to host two to three day events a year, within convenient travel distance for all Yorkshire and Humberside members.

Any member of the NNCN can take the lead in organising an event, which may be a colloquium, a workshop, a conference or any other useful scholarly gathering.  If you would like to co-ordinate and host an event, please contact us.

NNCN events are hosted by the founder members and at other HEIs and sites in the Yorkshire and Humberside region, as well as by our international partners.

Previous Events

Paraphernalia! Victorian Objects 17 April, Leeds Trinity University.

Victorian Studies Professionalisation Day 26 May, University of York.