Conference | George I 300 Years On

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on June 17, 2014

From the conference website:

George I 300 Years On: Reconstructing the Succession
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 18–20 June 2014

This interdisciplinary conference takes the theme of the accession of the first Hanoverian king, George I. It will examine not just the end of the Stuart era, but the defining characteristics, outcomes and consequences the Hanoverian succession.

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2:00  Registration and afternoon tea
Welcome from Elaine Chalus (Bath Spa University), Nichola Hayton (Mannheim Universität), and Stefano Weinberger (Cultural Attaché for the German Embassy in London)

3:45  Opening Plenary, Dominic Aidan Bellenger (Abbot of Downside Abbey), George I and the Catholics

Drinks reception; delegates may wish to visit the Georgian exhibition at the Fashion Museum or take a walking tour of Bath.

7:30  Conference Dinner

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9:00   Tea and coffee

9:30 Panel I, chaired by Elaine Chalus
• Ruth Paley (History of Parliament), Seditious Libel in the Last Years of Anne
• Robin Eagles (History of Parliament), The Duke of Shrewsbury and the Politics of Succession in the Last Days of Anne
• Matthew Kilburn (History of Parliament), The Missing Queen

11:00  Tea and coffee

11:30 Panel II, charied by Kevin Grieves
• Mark Walker (University of Essex), The Bittersweet Death of Queen Anne, 1714
• Noel Cox (Aberystwyth University), The Law of Succession
• Heike Bormuth (Universität Mannheim), From Georg Ludwig to George I: An Absolutistic Elector in the English Parliamentary Monarchy. The Settling in of the Hanoverian Dynasty
• Richard Johns (University of York), ‘A New Breed of Men’: George I and his Progeny at Greenwich

1:30  Lunch

3:00  Panel III Postgraduate Panel, chaired by Georgina Moore
• James Camp (Bath Spa University), By Royal appointment: Bath and the Reception of Royalty, 1660–1714
• Kate James (Bath Spa University), Newton Park and the Country House in Transition
• Kelly Yates (University of Manchester), Jeffrey the Jacobite Poltergeist

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9:30  Tea and coffee

10.00  Panel IV, chaired by Andrew Thompson
• James Caudle (Yale University), A Revolution in Political Broadcasting: The Political Sermon in the Hanoverian Revolution, 1714–16
• Ralph Stevens (Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge), ‘King George’s Religion’: The Religious Politics of the Hanoverian Succession
• James Lees, Schism, Succession: Chaplains of George Augustus and Caroline as Prince and Princess of Wales, 1714–27

11:30  Tea and coffee

12:00  Panel V, chaired by Arnd Reitemeier
• Kevin Grieves (Bath Spa University), The London Press and the Succession
• Stewart Tolley (University of London), A Popular Rail? Press and Public Interest in George I’s Ministers, 1714–27
• Benjamin Bühring (Göttingen University), An Expatriate Community: The London German Court of George I

1:30  Lunch

2:45  Panel VI, chaired by Jackie Collier
• Philip Loft (University of London), Parliament, Petitioning, and the Public, 1714–20
• Pauline Chakmakjian (Independent Scholar), A Sociable King: George I and the Rise of Speculative Freemasonry
• Nigel Aston (University of Leicester), A Mixed Ministry? The Tories in government, 1714–16

4:45  Closing Plenary, Clarissa Campbell Orr (Anglia Ruskin University), Life and Culture at Court in England and Hanover: An Anglo-German Comparison

Call for Articles | Picturing the Eighteenth-Century Novel

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on June 17, 2014

Picturing the Eighteenth-Century Novel through Time:
Illustration, Intermediality and Adaptation
Special Issue of Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2016)

Guest-edited by Christina Ionescu and Ann Lewis

Abstracts due by 1 August 2014

‘Have you noticed that no book ever gets well illustrated once it becomes a classic?’, asked in passing Aubrey Beardsley when faced with the challenge of illustrating Les Liaisons dangereuses in the Art Nouveau era. Yet visually intriguing and conceptually intricate illustrations of eighteenth-century classics are abundantly present at key moments in the history of the book (Romanticism, the fin-de-siècle, the interwar period, amongst others). Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Voltaire’s Candide, Rousseau’s La Nouvelle Héloïse, Goethe’s Werther and Bernardin’s Paul et Virginie are just some examples of canonical texts that have inspired artists not only through time but also across national boundaries and different media. Such texts have produced visual corpora that are as vast as they are diverse. The timeless fascination with Paul et Virginie, for example, has resulted not only in illustrative series that steadily accompanied the text in its various incarnations as a book, but also in drawings, prints, sculptures, caricatures, tapestries, ceramics, clocks, etc., which circulated and were displayed independently of the text. Artistic transpositions and intermedial engagements with eighteenth-century bestsellers range from these visually static, yet geographically mobile forms of expression, to dynamic, performative adaptations such as films, operas and plays.

In spite of the increasing availability of digital images, critical approaches still tend to privilege the authorially sanctioned series (such as Gravelot’s engravings for Rousseau’s bestselling novel, commissioned and designed with the writer’s direct involvement), or ‘intervisual paradigms’ (patterns of iconographic representation considered independently of their text of origin). Moreover, theatrical or cinematic adaptations of eighteenth-century novels are seldom considered in relation to other forms of visual crossover, such as book illustration and decorative objects, though they all a priori rely on similar processes of visualising and adapting the text. The comparative analysis of different series of illustrations and of other forms of artistic representation of the same novel through time and space, however, allows us to explore the complexity of adaptation, to understand the visual representation inspired by text as an intermedial product and cultural phenomenon, and perhaps to grasp the fascination that the eighteenth century continues to exert upon us.

We invite submissions of papers that address any of the following questions through interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches:
•    How does the illustration of an eighteenth-century novel through time respond to new techniques and to changing views of the function of illustration itself?
•    How do successive generations of artists shape the reception of an eighteenth-century novel at different moments in time?
•    How do illustrated translations of eighteenth-century classics reflect the geographical, linguistic and cultural displacement of the original text?
•    How does the gradual shift from the poorly paid artisan to the internationally known artist affect the illustration of an eighteenth-century classic?
•    How do publishers operating from lucrative centres of book production (Amsterdam, Brussels, The Hague, London, Paris, etc.) respond to the specific expectations of their subscribers or readerships in regard to illustration?
•    How do artists, publishers and/or stage directors facilitate or negotiate verbal/visual crossover? What is their respective involvement in this process?
•    How do individual artists re-view an eighteenth-century text when they illustrate it again for a different publisher or edition?
•    How does the phenomenon of extra-illustration exemplify a unique rapport of visual closeness between the collector and text? How is the reading process impacted by the insertion within a single volume of parallel illustrations of the same scenes, which were executed at different moments in time?
•    How do objects inspired by eighteenth-century novels become cultural artefacts and exist independently of the text? How are they integrated in home décor, private collections or museum space? And what impact do they have as things commissioned, inherited, or collected?
•    How is visual representation transposed from one medium to another (for example, from book illustration to film adaptation)? What are the similarities and differences in the ways in which the text is visually adapted for each medium of expression?

Please send an abstract of 500 words to a.lewis@bbk.ac.uk and cionescu@mta.ca by 1 August 2014. The deadline for submission of completed articles will be June 2015 (approximately 8000 words). Articles may be in French or English. As is usual for peer-reviewed journals, all final decisions concerning the acceptance of articles for this special issue will be made by the JECS editorial board. We also intend to host a workshop around the collection at the BSECS annual conference in January 2016.

Call for Papers | CAA 2015 Session, Home Subjects

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on June 17, 2014

A late addition to the CAA 2015 sessions:

Home Subjects: Domestic Space and the Arts in Britain, 1753–1900
HBA Session at the 103rd Annual Conference of the College Art Association
New York, 11–14 February 2015

Proposals due by 15 August 2014

Session chairs:
Melinda McCurdy (Associate Curator of British Art, Huntington Art Collections), mmccurdy@huntington.org
Morna O’Neill (Wake Forest University), morna.oneill@gmail.com
Anne Nellis Richter (independent scholar and adjunct instructor, American University), anne.nellis@gmail.com

Home Subjects is a new research working group which aims to illuminate the domestic display of art in Britain. Our goal is to examine the home as a place to view and exhibit works of art within the historical context of the long nineteenth century.

Recent scholarship has emphasized the importance of the house itself and notions of ‘domesticity’ as important touchstones in British culture. At the same time, art historians have tended to focus on a history of British art premised on the display of art in public; according to this important narrative, British art developed in relationship to the public sphere in the eighteenth century. Art institutions and exhibitions asserted the importance of the display of art in forming audiences into publics in cultural and political terms. Such efforts continued in the ‘exhibition age’ of the nineteenth century, when display of artwork in museums, galleries, and special exhibitions solidified the important role given to art in articulating a public sphere. This narrative overlooks the continuation of older paradigms of display, especially those premised on the private and domestic audience for works of art. Within this context, the country house takes it place alongside the townhouse as an important venue for the display of art. We aim to explore this ‘counter-narrative’ of the home as the ideal place to view works of art, a view which permeated all areas of art and design and which persisted throughout the nineteenth century, despite the prevailing narrative of the development of public museums.

Also at stake in this project is a reconsideration of domesticity and its relationship to modernity. Important recent scholarship has illuminated some of the ways in which entrenched narratives of modernity and artistic modernism were defined in opposition to the domestic sphere. In a typical avant-garde gambit, artists distinguished works of art from objects of interior decoration by rejecting the private and the domestic.

This session aims to bring together scholars whose work addresses this topic in order to posit a new trajectory for modernity, one that can be traced through the private, domestic sphere. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
• the display of easel painting and its relationship to the domestic interior
• decorative arts, their status as works of art and relationship to interior decoration
• domestic architecture and museum/gallery architecture, both public and private
• collecting and taste
• the interrelationship between private and public modes of display and decoration

Proposal abstracts should be no more than 500 words, and should be accompanied by a current 2-page c.v. and must be received by email to homesubjects@gmail.com by August 15, 2014. Please also include a mailing address, telephone number, and email.