CFP: “Confluence(s)”, S.A.E.S. conference, 2-4 June 2016, l’Université Jean Moulin – Lyon III, Société Française d’Etudes Victoriennes et Edouardiennes (SFEVE)
The SAES general theme of “Confluence(s)” is an invitation to reflect on the Victorian and Edwardian age as a period of multiple cross-cultural encounters. Contrary to conflict and influence, the notion of “confluence” suggests a natural coming together of ideas, forms and spaces through crosspollination and the overcoming of boundaries. In exploring this notion, we encourage speakers to propose papers examining “confluence(s)” in terms of culture and history as much as in terms of artistic and literary kinship.
Paper proposals may address (but are not limited to) the following aspects:
– Geographical confluences in the public/political spheres (town planning / landscaping/ urban/maritime development)
– Cultural convergence versus cultural clash in Britain’s relations to the Empire (exoticism/métissage)
– Religious or spiritual practices and the blending of various traditions.
– Cosmopolitanism and travelling as a way to import new tastes and acquire new perspectives on one’s own culture.
– Artistic convergence and museums practices (Great Exhibitions/ Fairs, playhouses…)
– Disciplinary boundaries versus hybridisation (for instance in the way science and literature may produce new narratives)
– Literary convergence and the birth of new genres blending distinct forms (the dramatic monologue/ the epistolary novel…)
– Confluence of politics and ideologies
– Meeting places of confluence (the Great Exhibition in 1851 for example)
– Crossbreeding and mongrelization
– Gender transvestism, cross-dressing, third sex…
Send your abstracts to:
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Deadline: 10 January 2016.