See https://vicusyd.wordpress.com/programme/



The final meeting of the Nineteenth-Century group for this year will focus on the governess.

Cressida Green (English) has sent the two attached readings, from Ellen Wood’s East Lynne (download) and Bronwyn Rivers, Women at Work in the Victorian Novel: The Question of Middle-Class Women’s Employment, 1840-1870. (download).

Rebecca Kummerfield (Art History and Education) has provided a link to:
Kathleen Fennessey, A People Learning: Colonial Victorians and their Public Museums 1860 – 1880, (2007), http://lft.ucc.usyd.edu.au/lft-download.cgi?id=5fba3295a3a968f178773503

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

Philippa Janu (Education) will be focusing on the brother-sister relationship as it is manifested in Mansfield Park, Wuthering Heights and The Mill on the Floss. She has sent four short readings for the session:

  1. Jane Austen, Mansfield Park (1814), volume II, chapter vi (download)
  2. Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847), volume II, chapter ix (download)
  3. George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (1860), volume I, chapter vi (download)
  4. George Eliot, Brother and Sister Sonnets (published 1874, composed 1869) (download)

Atilla Orel (English) will be looking at the sibling relationship depicted in Shelley’s ‘Laon and Cythna’ (download)

As always we will meet from 4 to 6 in the Rogers Room, John Woolley Building. Tea and coffee provided.

This session is focused around the broad theme of ‘furniture’. David Large (English) will talk about the two Borges pieces (download here and here) and Peter Kirkpatrick (Aust. Lit) will talk about Wild West shows, bush ballads and the Australian legend (download here).

This session will look at different aspects of travel and representation. Robert Dixon (English) will continue to take a multimedia approach in his presentation, looking primarily at visual material (download reading), while James Drown (History) will focus on physical injury (download reading).

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.