City, Space, and Spectacle in Nineteenth-Century Performance
A conference organised in conjunction with Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film
Palazzo Pesaro-Papafava, Venice
University of Warwick
8 - 10 June 2018
The city played a central role in nineteenth-century performance, whether as a setting for stage drama, the site of festivals, carnivals, and street theatre, or as a context for the performative interactions of everyday life. A favourite subject of new types of show such as the Panorama and Diorama, the city itself offered a compelling spectacle to inhabitants and visitors alike. Throughout the century, crowds were frequently drawn to particular sites and scenes in which the city was felt to reveal its secrets, while gaslight rendered the metropolis into a drama of lights and shadows, what Lynda Nead has called ‘a poetics of gas’.
The organisers invite the submission of abstracts on any topic connected to the themes of city, space, and spectacle in nineteenth-century performance. They welcome papers on all types of urban performance and also its representation in other media such as fiction, poetry, painting, photography, periodicals, and early film. Possible subjects could include, but are not limited to:
Speakers will be asked to present 20-minute papers with questions and discussion at the end. Please submit abstracts of 200 words and a biography of 100 words to P.M.Smyth@warwick.ac.uk by 31 January 2018. The conference is convened by the editors of Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film: Professor Jim Davis, Dr Janice Norwood, Dr Patricia Smyth and Professor Sharon Aronofsky Weltman.
Details of the Palazzo Pesaro-Papafava including location and accommodation can be found at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/international/world/venice/. The conference registration fee will be £60.00 (£30.00 for postgraduates). For informal inquiries regarding this event, please contact Patricia Smyth at P.M.Smyth@Warwick.ac.uk.