CFP – Moralities in the Long Nineteenth Century – 18 Feb, 2017 – Durham

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Moralities in the Long Nineteenth Century

Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies One-Day Conference
Saturday 18 February 2017
Durham University, UK
CFP Deadline: 5pm, 1 September 2016

Keynote Address

‘Alternative moralities in the long nineteenth century’
Paul Watt, Monash University, Australia

Call for Papers

‘We do not look in our great cities for our best morality’
—Jane Austen

‘Conventionality is not morality’
—Charlotte Brontë

Austen and Brontë are just two of myriad examples reflecting the complexity of moral discourses of the long nineteenth century. Morality was not fixed in time and place but subject to change often driven by public opinion. Although moral and social reformers tried to regulate morality and construct narratives to universalize attitudes and behavior moral codes were varied, contested and constantly changing.

This conference aims to explore the extremely varied nature and meanings of morality in the long nineteenth century and contest the usual top-down moral discourses…

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