18 December: Midlands Modernist Network’s Transitions: Bridging the Victorian-Modernist Divide Conference CFP Deadline

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The conference is set to be held on 9th and 10th of April 2018 at the University of Birmingham. Transitions is an international, interdisciplinary conference seeking to open a dialogue between Victorianist and Modernist scholars. The conference will interrogate the historical, theoretical and thematic divides that have evolved from the artificial critical boundary set at the turn of the century. Panelists are invited to reconsider and discuss the aesthetic, social, political, technological, artistic, scientific, cultural and textual relationship between the Victorian and Modernist periods, in a global context.

We are delighted to announce that our Keynotes will be Professor John Holmes (University of Birmingham) and Dr Sarah Parker (University of Loughborough).   Professor Holmes’ work focuses on the relationship between scientific ideas and cultural forms in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including poetry, architecture and the visual arts. Doctor Parker’s work focuses on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, with an emphasis on women’s poetry, decadence and aestheticism, gender and sexualities, and visual cultures.

We are further thrilled to announce that Transitions will include a performance by  Becky Cullen, who recently succeeded Lord Byron as the poet in residence at Newstead Abbey.

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