This two day colloquium will be hosted by Professor Keith Hanley (Lancaster), Professor John Walton (Central Lancashire) and Professor Brian Maidment (Salford) who are the three co-directors of an AHRC funded project on ‘Ruskin, Cultural Tourism, and Popular Access’. It forms the second annual colloquium derived from the project and follows last year’s successful event at Salford.
The colloquium will engage specifically with the ways in which John Ruskin’s thought and work have been, and continue to be, disseminated through such cultural and economic means as museums, books, social experimentation, and business or manufacturing practices. In particular the colloquium will discuss Ruskin’s books and their place within nineteenth century publishing history, Ruskin’s readers, and the museums and collections set up in his name or guided by his teaching.
Friday, 6th July
12.00-1.30 Registration with buffet lunch;
1.30-15.30 Session I: Curating Ruskin -- Colin Harrison (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford), Louise Pullen (Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield G&MT), Rupert Shepherd (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford), Stephen Wildman (Ruskin Library, Lancaster);
15.30-16.00 Tea & coffee;
16.00-17.15 Session II: Plenary -- David Finkelstein, ‘Cheap Publishing and Mass Markets in Nineteenth Century Britain’;
17.30-17.50 Session III: Presentation -- R. Martin Seddon;
18.00-19.45 Session IV: Ruskin Library Reception, Followed by Tour of ‘George Allen of Sunnyside’ -- Paul Dawson
20.00 Conference Dinner
Saturday, 7th July
9.00-10.00 Session V -- Hiroko Masui, ‘A Study of John Ruskin in Japan: How his Works Were Used in English Pedagogy before World War II’ and Laurence Roussillon-Constanty, ‘John Ruskin into the 21st Century: a French Outlook’;
10.00-10.45 Session VI: Presentation -- John Spiers;
10.45-11.15 Tea & coffee;
11.15-12.30 Session VII: Plenary -- Brian Maidment, ‘Reading Ruskin and Ruskin Readers’;
13.30-15.00 Session VIII -- Andrew Leng, ‘Retracing Ruskinism: Patronage, Protégés and Disciples’, Marcus Waithe, 'John Ruskin and the Idea of a Museum’, and Malcolm Hardman, ‘The Virgin of Murano: Memory and the Contradictions of Cultural Accessibility in Ruskin’;
15.00-15.30 Closing ;
15.30-16.00 Tea & coffee.
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