Public Conference: Re-Visioning the Brontës (Brotherton Room, Brotherton Library, University of Leeds)
29 January 2013, 9.30-5pm
On 29 January 2013, the University of Leeds will host 'Re-Visioning the Brontës', a conference in conjunction with the exhibitions ‘Wildness Between the Lines’ (Leeds College of Art) and ‘Visions of Angria’ (Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds).
Recent adaptations and interpretations of the Brontës’ lives and works through film, art, literature and theatre raise questions about the continuing fascination with these literary figures, as well as highlighting the wider potential for artistic intervention or collaboration between artworks and audiences. Similarly, it is through innovative contemporary arts programmes that organisations like the Brontë Parsonage Museum and the Brontë Society seek to move beyond simple ‘caricatures’ of the family and encourage diverse audience engagement.
This one day cross-disciplinary conference will explore the recent ‘re-visioning’ of the Brontës through critically examining artistic responses and interpretations of their work. The conference will address ways in which the legacy of the Brontës is exerting an influence in a range of creative fields, and across a variety of media.
The event is free, but booking is essential.
9:30-10:00 - Registration, coffee
9:50-10:00 - 'Air on Brontë Moor' (Wilson & Warner)
10:00-10:10 - Welcome and Introduction, Nick Cass, Conference Organiser, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
10:10-10:25 - 'Keynote' Welcome, Jane Sellars, Curator of Art, Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate
10:25-10:50 - 'Southern Flight: Brontëan Migrations in Kate Chopin’s At Fault', Dr Carl Plasa, Cardiff University
10:50-11:15 - 'Righting the Life of the Mind: The Significance of Psychological Discourse in the Brontës’ Interwar Afterlives', Amber Pouliot, University of Leeds
11:15-11:35 - 'The Brontës, Materiality, and Resonance: Three Ways of Looking', Aislinn Hunter, University of Edinburgh
11:35-11.50 - Introduction to the Brontë manuscripts in Special Collections (University of Leeds), Sarah Prescott, Literary Archivist
11:50-12:10 - Discussion
12:10-12:15 - 'Air on Brontë Moor' (Wilson & Warner)
12:15-13:15 - Lunch break
13:15-13:20 - ‘Air on Brontë Moor’ (Wilson & Warner)
13:20-13:45 - '"…like a new picture introduced to the gallery of memory": Re-Visioning Jane Eyre through Paula Rego', Dr Sarah Wootton, Durham University
13:45-14:10 - 'Charlotte's Dress', Lisa Sheppy, Contemporary Artist
14:10-14:45 - Dr Richard Brown (University of Leeds) in conversation with Professor Blake Morrison (Goldsmiths, University of London) on Morrison's play We Are Three Sisters.
14:45-15:05 - Coffee
15:05-15:30 - 'Listening Out: the Soundtracks and Film Scores of Wuthering Heights', Dr Jenny Bavidge, University of Cambridge
15:30-15:55 - 'Wuthering Heights in Japan: the film Arashi ga Oka (1988, dir. Yoshishige Yoshida)', María Seijo-Richart, University of A Coruña
15:55-16:40 - Roundtable discussion chaired by Adam Strickson (Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing, University of Leeds), Sarah Fermi (Writer and Trustee, Brontë Society), Dr Jenny Bavidge (Lecturer,University of Cambridge), Dr Tiffany Murray (Writer and Senior Lecturer, University of Glamorgan), Simon Warner (Artist and Photographer) and Jenna Holmes (Arts Officer, Brontë Parsonage Museum).
16:40-16:50 - Discussion
16:50-17:00 - Closing Remarks, Ann Sumner (Director, Brontë Society)
17:00:-17:30 - Tour of the exhibitions 'Visions of Angria' and ‘Wildness Between the Lines’, followed by a wine reception at Leeds College of Art.
Organised through the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries & Heritage and the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, the conference is funded by CCI Exchange, (the University of Leeds Higher Education Innovation Fund).
Image: Wuthering Heights. Aymee Smith, 2011.