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The British World:

Religion, Memory, Culture and Society

University of Southern Queensland,
July 2nd to July 5th, 2012

Call for Papers

Download the call for papers here and visit the conference website here

Proposals are now invited for ‘The British World Conference, to be held at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, in conjunction with the Public Memory Research Centre and the Anglican Historical Society of Australia. The conference seeks to increase scholarly understandings of the religious and cultural adjustments that accompanied British political change and expansion.

This conference is an exciting regional and international opportunity for the convergence of scholars in a range of disciplines, from history, religious studies, literature, e-pedagogies, education, post-colonialism, anthropology, legal studies, sociology and indigenous studies. This conference will provide a stimulating forum for the latest research in a range of disciplines.

Abstracts are welcome on any aspect of history and or place where the government, religion, people and cultures of the British Isles have been of influence. The time period is open and may extend from the medieval to the modern period.

From a teaching perspective, the landscape in which we teach history has clearly changed over time. In recognition of such developments, under our ‘Precious Past and Digital Future’ stream, we invite papers which investigate the digital dimension of teaching history and religious studies. We especially welcome paper proposals from early career researchers and postgraduates.


Christopher Haigh
New College, Oxford

Alison Wall
New College, Oxford

Peter Goodall
University of Southern Queensland

Lynette Olson
University of Sydney

Helen Farley
Australian Digital Futures Institute

Possible themes include (but are not limited to):

The British World

  • Empire and colonial reach
  • Music, art and architecture
  • Education and schooling
  • The English language and translation
  • Environmentalism and the Church
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Indigenous religion meets the British
  • The British Isles and the Church in literature
  • The Church and the law
  • Liturgical reform and Biblical Scholarship
  • Medieval and the early modern Church
  • Migration and transnationalism
  • Religious identity
  • Relations with extra-western religions

Precious Past and Digital Future

  • Virtual worlds in history teaching
  • E-religion
  • Images and texts in teaching
  • E-pedagogy
  • Writing and teaching history and religious studies

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The Poetry of Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Designs, Studies and Watercolours

The Art Gallery of New South Wales

18 June – 4 September 2011

The Poetry of Drawing exhibition includes rarely seen works by the original members of the Brotherhood: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt; alongside works by their followers and associates such as John Ruskin, Edward Burne-Jones, Frederick Sandys, Simeon Solomon and William Morris.

This major exhibition includes over 140 works – drawings, sketches, watercolours, illustrations and designs for textiles and stained glass – exploring the central role played by drawing in the artists’ creative process.

This is a unique opportunity to view important works from the renowned collection of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

At the Art Gallery of New South Wales until 4 September.

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As part of its Victorian Visions exhibition, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is holding an afternoon of lectures, including one on Darwinian ideas in Victorian art to be presented by our very own Dr Bruce Gardiner.

Bookings are not required, but seats will be allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.

Saturday 24 July 2010, 1.30-5pm : Fashioning Modern England

1.30pm Prof Peter McNeill, UTS, From the love of finery to honest cloth: clothing in Victorian Britain
2.15pm Dr Bruce Gardiner, Department of English, University of Sydney, Throwbacks and fossils: Darwinian ideas in Victorian art
3.15pm Film: The Young Victoria (directed by Jean-Marc Valee, 2008)

Domain Theatre, Lower Level 3
Art Gallery of New South Wales

At 12pm there will be a free guided tour of the exhibition Victorian visions.

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‘European Masters: Städel Museum, 19th–20th Century’ brings together a remarkable collection of masterpieces from the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, one of the finest collections in Europe. Alongside masterpieces by German artists are works by the greatest French, Belgian, Dutch and Swiss masters of the time.  Included are iconic Neo-Classical, Realist, Impressionist and Symbolist works, through to German Expressionist paintings and sculpture, rarely seen in Australia.

The exhibition runs from 19 June to 10 October 2010.

See the National Gallery of Victoria website for more details.
180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne Victoria 8004
Open 10am-5pm
Closed Tuesdays

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A New Exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Victorian Visions: Nineteenth-century art from the John Schaeffer Collection

(20 May – 29 August 2010)

The prosperity of the Victorian era (1837–1901) transformed the British art world and a community of artists emerged who offered new visions for a new age. They created grand paintings with a new richness of colour and detail, depicting romantic images of love and death, historical events and the harsh reality of a modern world.

Victorian Visions presents 45 superb works by some of the luminaries of this era including Rossetti, Holman Hunt, Burne-Jones, Leighton, Poynter, Watts and Waterhouse. This is a rare opportunity to see such significant works in Australia including paintings, watercolours, drawings and sculptures.

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Open daily 10am-5pm
Wednesdays until 9pm

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Theatricality and the Performative in the Long Nineteenth Century
Dramatic expression and self-conscious performances marked almost every aspect of nineteenth century life and artistic culture, as theatrical turns and performative mindsets introduced in the 17th-18th centuries expanded in the 1780s through the beginning of World War One. We invite paper and panel proposals that explore these themes and subjects in the long Nineteenth Century (1780-1914).

Papers might address the theatrical shows-whether serious drama, circus displays, vaudeville, operas, or Shakespearean revivals-that appeared in cities and towns on both sides of the Atlantic (as well as in more distant lands). Or they might investigate how politics, social events, military engagements, domestic affairs, public trials, crime reports, religious rituals, architectural spaces, sculptural moments, exhibition halls, artistic and musical compositions, and the early moving pictures of the cinema, assumed a theatrical sensibility. Welcome also are proposals for papers and panels that bring scholarly and theoretical interests in performativity to bear on concepts of identity, individuality, and audience in the given era.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 500 words along with a brief (one page) c.v. to the Program Co-Chairs, Janice Simon (U of Georgia) and Regina Hewitt (U of South Florida) at the conference address ncsa2010@earthlink.net by Sept. 15, 2009. Speakers will be notified by or before Dec. 15.

Any graduate student whose proposal is accepted may at that point submit a full-length version of the paper in competition for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses. Conference sessions will be held at the University of Tampa, a campus with both the historic late-19th century Plant Hall (formerly the Tampa Bay Hotel) and a state-of-the-art conference center.

Accommodations will be available at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tampa, a short walk from campus. For further information-available in midsummer-please visit the NCSA website http://www.english.uwosh.edu/roth/ncsa/ or contact
Elizabeth Winston, Local Arrangements Director (U of Tampa), at the conference address ncsa2010@earthlink.net.

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The Art of Evolution: Charles Darwin and Visual Cultures
This conference will be held at the Courtauld Institute, London from July 2-4, for any members who will be in London during the semester break.

Sarah Thomas, a member of this group, will be presenting her research.

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