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Registration open: Victorian Network's 'Other Worlds'

Registration is now open for the Victorian Network and King's College London Conference 'Other Worlds.' Please find the programme and link to online registration below.

3rd December 2012, Senate House, London

9:00 – 9:30 Registration
9:30 – 10:30 Keynote by Dr. John Holmes (Reading): ‘Pre-Raphaelite Other Worlds’
10:30 – 12:00 Panel A: Visions of the Future
Chair: Adelene Buckland (King’s College London)
Julia Courtney (Independent Scholar): ‘The Island of Progress’
Christina Lake (Exeter): ‘Amazons, Science, and Common Sense in Elizabeth Corbett’s New Amazonia
Dany Van Dam (Leiden): ‘The Victorian Neo-Victorian Story? Future Nostalgia for a Present Past in H.G. Wells’ A Story of the Days to Come
Panel B: Within the Walls
Chair: TBA
Serena Trowbridge (Birmingham City): ‘The Nursery World: Christina Rossetti’s Sing-Song’
Alicia Carroll (Auburn): ‘“Quite Hidden in the Woods”: Secret Sisters of the Arts and Crafts World’
Charlotte Boman (Cardiff): ‘Photography, Domesticity and the Nineteenth-Century Imagination’ 
12:00 – 1:30 Panel C: The Mind’s Eye
Chair: TBA
Gillian Daw (Sussex): ‘New Prospects and Other Worlds: The Victorian Cosmic Journey’
Owen Holland (Cambridge): ‘William Morris’s Utopian Optic of Alterity’
Grazia Zaffuto (Independent Scholar): ‘“Visual Education” as the Alternative Mode of Learning at the Crystal Palace, `Sydenham’
Panel D: Distant Shores
Chair: TBA
Brian Murray (Cambridge): ‘“Dazzled by Oriental Analogies”: The Other-Worldly Past of Nineteenth-Century Ireland’
Luz Elena Ramirez (California State): ‘The English to the Rescue in Frank Aubrey’s Devil Tree of El Dorado: A Romance of British Guiana’
Hannah Lewis-Bill (Exeter): ‘Dickens, China and the Transnational Conversations in Dombey and Son
1:30 – 2:30 Lunch
2:30 – 4:00: Panel E: The World Surveyed
Chair: Rosalyn Gregory (Oxford)
Will Abberley (Exeter): ‘“Other Worlds, Other Tongues”: The Evolution of Language in Victorian Scientific Romances’
Mark Fitzpatrick (Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle): ‘“The Ever-Undiscovered Country over the Hill”: The Temporality and Geometry of Adventure’
Derek Ball (Leicester): ‘“A Mathematical Dreamland, where nothing is but what is not”: Alternative Geometries in Daniel Deronda
Panel F: Beyond the Body
Chair: Ian Henderson (KCL)
Georgina O’Brien Hill (University of Chester): ‘The Spiritualist Memoirs of Florence Marryat’
Will Tattersdill (King’s College London): ‘Intrinsic Intelligibiity: Francis Galton’s Attempt to Communicate with Other Worlds, 1896’
Martin Danahay (Brock University): ‘Other Worlds, Other Bodies’
4:00 – 4:30: Tea Break
4:30 – 5:30: Keynote by Prof. Cora Kaplan (King’s College London): ‘Visitors From Another Planet: Imperial fantasy, Racial Thinking and the Human’
5:30 – 6:30: Wine Reception
7:00: Conference Dinner
For further details, please see the conference website:


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