An interdisciplinary conference.
University of Reading, 26th March 2018.
Plenary speaker: Prof. Alexis Easley, University of St. Thomas
Sponsored by the British Association for Victorian Studies and the University of Reading.
Papers on everything from the digital afterlives of Jane Austen and Marie Corelli’s fan mail.
For full details, programme and registration information, go to www.authorshipcelebrityfandom.wordpress.com
22nd March, 12-1pm, Museum of English Rural Life.
Jos Smith, Vibrant localism: the story of Common Ground
Jos will introduce the work of Common Ground and explore the group’s relationship to rural England, in which ideas of the local are re-energised through a close engagement with the arts.
Thursday, 15th March at 4.30 pm in Edith Morley 124
Victoria Flood (University of Birmingham)
‘Fairy Narratives from the Welsh March: Re-localisations of the Melusine Legend’
Drinks and nibbles to follow in G27L
An exhibition of illustrated editions of Oscar Wilde’s The Ballad of Reading Gaol, curated with Michael Seeney, and held in the 120th anniversary year of the Ballad’s first publication
Opens Wednesday, 14th March 2018 at Berkshire Record Office, Coley Avenue, Reading RG1 6AF.
On 13 February 1898 the first edition of The Ballad of Reading Gaol was published in London. It was attributed to an anonymous author, ‘C.3.3’, which was the cell occupied by the writer Oscar Wilde. Wilde’s poem dealt with his experience of prison as filtered through the death sentence passed on a fellow convict, Trooper Charles Wooldridge, for the murder of his wife, Ellen. ‘Yet each man kills the thing he loves’ is the Ballad’s famous conclusion, and that line and others have inspired artists across the globe to translate the Ballad’s stanzas into imagery. Wilde once remarked to a friend that he liked ‘lines more than words, and colours more than sentences’. Exhibiting the illustrated Ballads means we can enjoy all of these together.
Thursday 8th March, Edith Morley Building, Room G25, 5-7pm
‘International Women’s Day Debate and Celebration: ‘Press for Progress’.
Dr Madeleine Davies (SLL) organises an ‘International Women’s Day’ event for students every year. This takes the form of talks from senior colleagues at UoR and a student-led debate following the talks. The event is primarily student-facing and is always a lively affair. The evening will conclude the series of celebrations that constitute ‘Feminism 100’.
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Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold (Centre for Publishing, UCL)
‘The Social Author: Identifying a new generation of influencers and innovators in contemporary authorship’
2018 marks the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK and staff and students from the School of Languages and Literature, and the School of Humanities, have collaborated on a series of events called ‘Feminism 100’ held throughout the Spring Term. The SLL International Women’s Day annual talk and debate will conclude this series on Thursday 8th March, 5pm-7pm (Edith Morley, G25)
A party to celebrate the date has been generously supported by the Vice-Chancellor’s Endowment Fund so we are able to offer wine and party food to our guests. The evening involves brief talks by three staff members (Maddi Davies – Dept of Eng Lit, Carol Fuller – IoE, and Jacqui Turner – Dept of History), each raising an equalities issue that matters to them. We would then like our students to take the floor and express their own ideas, and this will then be followed by a debate.
This event is always very well subscribed and produces strong argument and an excellent atmosphere of staff/student partnership and dialogue. Colleagues and students are warmly welcomed to the evening. There is no need to register for the evening – please just come along to EM G25, drink wine, celebrate, and join a conversation that matters to us all.
If you need any more information, please email Maddi Davies (email@example.com), or any one of our student co-organisers, Imi Snell, Maeve DeBordons-Alvarez, Vicky Matthews and Jack Champion.