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Conference Organization

Spaces of Work 1770 - 1830 

University of Warwick, 28 April, 2012

**ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 1 DECEMBER 2011** Please have a look at the CFP!


A One-Day Interdisciplinary Conference

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Papers at the conference Spaces of Work, 1770-1830 will address the interfacing of workers and space in Britain in this period. We aim to showcase current research and are particularly interested in interrogating under-analyzed types of work and space. For example, we will further develop the theorization of types of work that critics have not conventionally understood as ‘work’ (music as practical activity, for instance). We are committed to bringing spatial theory and geography to the study of this period; as past HRC conference topics demonstrate, the ‘spatial turn’ is generally limited to the early modern period and the nineteenth/early twentieth centuries. Moreover, due to Romanticism’s traditionally rural focus, Romanticists have until recently ignored urban spaces; so, we are interested in other disciplines’ methodologies and knowledge relating to urbanism. We aim to analyze the interfacing of work and space as two factors that fundamentally shape everyday life in order to gain a greater understanding of material, lived life in the period. To these ends, the conference will aim to answer the following questions:

How do workers and their work uniquely shape space?

How does space facilitate or hinder workers and their work?

How does the social relationship among workers and between them and their supervisors/masters alter according to the work they are doing and the spaces in which they perform it?

How does gender, race, and class inform workers’ relationship to each other in different contexts of space and work?

Our conference topic is intrinsically interdisciplinary, dealing primarily with history, geography, economics, and our own literary background. The interdisciplinary nature of the Spaces of Work 1770-1830 will be emphasized by the interdisciplinary work of the two keynote speakers, Karen Harvey (Cultural History, Sheffield) and Jennie Batchelor (English, Kent). Harvey has worked on masculinity and the home and has an upcoming project on masculinity and work. Batchelor has worked on gender, work, and material culture studies.

Picturing Women's Health, 1750-1910

University of Warwick, 22 January 2011


A One-Day Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference

Picturing Women
Plenary speakers:

Prof. Hilary Marland (University of Warwick)

Dr. Claire Brock (University of Leicester)

The conference Picturing Women’s Health 1750-1910 will explore the interface of diverse discourses that constructed ideas about women’s health during the Romantic and Victorian periods. In these years, writers and artists documented extraordinary discoveries and advancements in science, anatomy, and medicine. This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference will examine the vicissitudes of attitudes towards women’s ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ bodies over the one-hundred-and-sixty year period. In particular, conference papers will consider representations of the female body in fictional/non-fictional literature, fine arts, and visual media and how they reflected or influenced women’s understandings and experiences of their own health and bodies.

BARS grant (150GBP)

Centre for the History of Medicine Grant (500GBP)