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CFP: When the Lamps Went Out: H. G. Wells and his World on the Eve of the War (6/20/2014; 9/27/2014)

warworldsWhen the Lamps Went Out: H. G. Wells and his World on the Eve of the War
H. G. Wells Society Conference
Palace Green Library, Durham University,
September 27, 2014
Deadline: June 20, 2014
Plenary speakers: Professor Matthew Pateman (Sheffield Hallam University) Megan Shepherd (author of The Madman's Daughter)
This year will see the anniversary of the outbreak of what H. G. Wells optimistically hoped would be “The War that Will End War”. When the Lamps Went Out is a conference that seeks to take a snapshot of the literary, political and social landscape at the end of the 'long nineteenth century' and the dawn of the First World War. The committee welcomes papers on Wells' Edwardian and early twentieth-century work, on his political and discussion novels, and/or on his journalistic, political, utopian and wargaming writing, and on the legacies of the nineteenth century in the early twentieth. We also invite papers on connections with the writers and people of significance from Wells' circle in this period: such figures may include (but need not be confined to): Elizabeth von Arnim, Arnold Bennett, Edward Carpenter, G. K Chesterton, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, John Galsworthy, Alfred Harmsworth, Violet Hunt, Vernon Lee, C. F. G Masterman, E. Nesbit, Amber Reeves, Dorothy Richardson, Elizabeth Robins, Robert Ross, Bertrand Russell, George Bernard Shaw, Frederick Soddy, Beatrice and Sidney Webb, Rebecca West... The organizers especially welcome proposals for papers on Wells, gender, sexuality and marriage.
Papers should be no more than 20 minutes long. Please send proposals (maximum of 250 words, by no later than June 20, 2014), or expressions of interest in attending, tos.j.james@durham.ac.uk.
When the Lamps Went Out is a collaboration between Durham University Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, the H. G. Wells Society and the Edwardian Culture Network. Attendance fee is: H G Wells Society members: unwaged £20, waged £30; non-Members: unwaged £25, waged £35. The Wells Society can be joined at: http://www.hgwellsusa.50megs.com/.
This conference also marks the launch of the exhibition Books for Boys: Heroism, Empire and Adventure at the Dawn of the First World War. Books for Boys tells the story of Britain and Germany in the years leading up to the Great War through showing what the public enjoyed reading. The exhibition will also display late-Victorian and Edwardian maps, toys, uniforms, photographs, pictures, medals, literary memorabilia and other artifacts and ephemera. Conference delegates will be invited to a private view of the exhibition on then evening preceding the conference.

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