AVSA Conference: "Small Worlds: Connections, Collaborations, and Conflicts"
Abstr. due: 20.01.2020
Dates: 17.06.20 — 19.06.20
Area Of Sciences: History and archeology;
Organizing comittee e-mail: Michelle.Smith@monash.edu
Organizers: Australasian Victorian Studies Association
Technological advances, imperial expansion, emigration to the colonies and beyond, and an increase in leisure travel made the nineteenth-century world seem smaller. Fuelled by industrialisation, the population of cities boomed, putting masses of people in closer proximity than ever before. The development of transportation, particularly the railways and steamship, meant culture could be disseminated more widely. The various ways in which ideas and people moved aided by technology such as the telegraph enabled new connections, cultures, and ideas to flourish. However, encounters with the unfamiliar and challenges to accepted ways of being provoked anxieties, injustices, and outright conflict.
We invite papers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including Literature, History, Music, and Art History that interpret any aspect of the nineteenth century in relation to the conference theme of “Small Worlds”.
Proposals might address such topics as the following:
- Travelling, tourism and travel writing
- Urbanisation and the city
- Empires, nationalism, colonialism
- Race, ethnicity, indigeneity
- Literature and the periodical press
- Scientific and medical advancement
- Intellectual, artistic, and political communities
- Religion and missionary work
- The Victorian city
- Collaborative research within Victorian Studies