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Mapping Victorian Empires, Cultures, Identities (Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Haifa: 13-16 May 2019)

Deadline: 31 Oct 2018

Keynote Speakers: Regenia Gagnier: 'Global Circulation and the Long Nineteenth Century'; Robert L. Patten: 'Mapping Dickens.'

A conference on nineteenth-century literature, art, and history to be held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Haifa, co-sponsored by the University of California Dickens Project.

Nineteenth-century British culture was preoccupied with the paradigm of mapping across diverse areas of enterprise, including literature, popular culture, journalism, archeology, and art. Scholars have identified Victorian practices of mapping with the strategies of imperial planning and compartmentalization requisite for organizing a burgeoning empire, and for subsequent negotiations of shifting definitions of home.

We propose examining mapping in its various manifestations, from analyses of direct representations of maps in nineteenth-century literary texts and their cultural afterlives, through discussions of mapping as an aesthetic praxis with its own figurative imaginary. We invite explorations of the metaphorical maps that texts create by juxtaposing modern imperial tactics with artistic interests to form new intersections of literature with cartography, geography, archeology, scientific exploration, ethnicity, and the visual arts.

Topics may include:
* Ordinance Survey Maps and street naming
* London as the metropolis of Empire
* Narrative mapping narrative delineations of routes and boundaries
* Mapping British Cultures
* Mapping the human landscape: ethnicities, races, classes, genders
* Mapping the senses in the modern global empire
* Mental and cognitive aspects of mapping or map reading
* Women in the Situation of Empire
* Empire at home
* Empire in theatres and opera houses
* Empire within Psychology and Affect
* Imperialism and Evangelism
* Mapping Australasia and the antipodes
* The East and British Citizens
* Orientalisms: Enlightenment, Victorian, Self-orientalizing
* Victorian Culture and the Secularization thesis
* Victorian imperial afterlives and neo-Victorian representations

Please address inquiries and submit a 500-word proposal and 1-page CV to the organizers.

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