Nature and the Long Nineteenth Century welcomes postgraduate researchers and early-career researchers, who are warmly invited to submit proposals for 20 minute papers or for panels. Delegates are encouraged to view the theme as a broad suggestion rather than in any way restrictive.
Possible topics could include but are not limited to:
Representations of nature in history, literature, drama, poetry, art, theatre
Representations of, or human relationships with: oceans and the seaside, mountains and the countryside, rivers, lakes, gardens, working animals, pets
Natural history, specimens, collecting, displaying
Science and human or animal nature: hybridity, husbandry, eugenics; Darwinism and biology; Lyell and geology
Climate change, environmentalism, eco-criticism, the ecotopia
The natural world in romance, Gothic, the fantastic
Horror: biological monstrosity and the limits of the human
Human identity in the natural world
The (un)natural city, machine, media
The (super)natural world: ghosts, spiritualism, Gothic
Theoretical approaches to human and animal nature or the representation of nature in nineteenth century culture.
Please send panel proposals or individual proposals of 300 words, plus a brief biog (150 words), to firstname.lastname@example.org by 16 November 2009.
This conference will be held at the University of Edinburgh on February 6th 2010. Conference organisers: Dr Emily Alder (Edinburgh Napier University) and Claire McKechnie (University of Edinburgh).
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