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Registration Open: Julia Margaret Cameron—A Bicentenary Conference (7/3-5/2015)

E095-2-May-QueenConference 2015: Julia Margaret Cameron—A Bicentenary Conference
Centre for Studies in Literature=
University of Portsmouth
July 3-5, 2015

Keynote speakers:

  • Joanne Lukitsh (Massachusetts College of Art and Design)
  • Marion Wynne-Davis (University of Surrey)
  • Lindsay Smith (University of Sussex)

The bicentennial anniversary of Julia Margaret Cameron's birth is a timely opportunity for a reappraisal of the interdisciplinary significance of her work. The last twenty years have witnessed growing art-historical and literary interest in this pioneer of Victorian photography, yet much remains to be said about the range and import of her cultural influences, as well as her participation in Victorian debates surrounding the arts and sciences, religion and philosophy.

This conference aims to evaluate the importance and legacy of Cameron's contribution to Victorian culture; to emphasise the interdisciplinary appeal of her photography; and to examine her intellectual and aesthetic exchanges with other artists and writers.

The conference will include an evening performance of Virginia Woolf's Freshwater: A Comedy (Friday 3rd July) and an organised trip to Dimbola Museum and Galleries, Cameron's home in Freshwater, on the Isle of Wight (Sunday 5th July).

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