This interdisciplinary one-day conference considers the making of political, imperial and individual identities in the work of Harriet Martineau (1802-1876). Organized by Cora Kaplan (Queen Mary) and Ella Dzelzainis (Birkbeck) in association with the University of Londonís Institute of English Studies, it will be held at the Senate House, Bloomsbury on Saturday 21 April 2007. Confirmed speakers include the leading scholars Catherine Hall (UCL), Deborah Anna Logan (Western Kentucky) and Linda Peterson (Yale).
We are now seeking proposals for 20-minute papers on panels arranged along three broad themes: Politics; Empire; Mind and Body. Possible topics include tyranny and slavery; the politico-economic subject; mesmerism; Liberalism; racial thinking; the imperial subject; worker and machine; positivism; sickness and health; utopianism; feminism. Papers which explore Martineauís role as a popularizer of ideas under any of these rubrics are also welcome.
Please send an abstract (300 words maximum) to Ella Dzelzainis (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 1 June 2006.
School of English and Humanities
Birkbeck College, University of London
London WC1E 7HX
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