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Victorian Performances
Lancaster, September 2001

The British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS)

Annual Conference 2001

The second annual conference of the Association will focus on "Victorian
Performances" and take place at Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
between Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th September, 2001.

Keynote speakers are Professor Hilary Fraser, Professor of English,
University of Western Australia, and Professor Jacky Bratton, Professor of
Theatre and Cultural History, Royal Holloway, University of London.


We seek proposals and expressions of interest for twenty minute papers, as
well as proposals and/or suggestions for longer panels, roundtables and
workshops on aspects of the "long nineteenth century"  (from 1789 to
1914), with particular emphasis on the idea of the performative in
Victorian culture, and Victorian performances in all their permutations.
Topics might include: the performances of politics of empire; of public
and private life; performances and the performative in fiction and poetry
(as well as theatre); the performances of authorship; the performance of
gender and sexuality; and the performance of race, ethnicity and class.
Selected papers may be published in a special number of Nineteenth-Century

Special events include a reception in the Ruskin Library at Lancaster
University, including a discussion of the current exhibition, "Ruskin and
Switzerland," and an opportunity to view the specialist Ruskin Collection,
a forum on publishing in Victorian Studies, and a postgraduate
work-in-progress roundtable.

BAVS is offering four bursaries (to cover registration and accommodation)
on a competitive basis to postgraduate research students who are giving
full papers at the conference.  Please indicate if you would like to be
considered for a bursary when forwarding your paper proposal and abstract.

For further enquiries, registration information, and offers of papers,

Dr Kate Newey
Head, Department of Theatre Studies
Lancaster University
Lancaster, LA1 4YW, UK

+44 (0)1524 594163
fax:  +44 (0)1524 39021