Borders, Boundaries and Beyond in the Long Eighteenth Century

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Borders, Boundaries, and Beyond in the Long Eighteenth-Century

Keynote speaker: Dr Adam Rounce, University of Nottingham

The aim of this one-day conference is to explore the shifting conceptions of borders and boundaries in the long eighteenth-century (c.1680-1815). Often viewed as a period in which the pre-modern shades into the modern, new material, political, and commercial developments throughout the century offered a series of challenges to understanding the natures of borders and boundaries. The Act of Union in 1707, advances in communication networks – in the form of print, commerce, trade, and travel – and the subsequent expansion of Britain’s imperial projects were a few of the many developments that contributed to reconceptions and revaluations of borders, boundaries, and the space in between and beyond. The exploration of borders and thresholds – both metaphorical and literal – was widespread and it is a motif which emerged as crucial for many figures. Identities, nationhood, geographies, language and civil society were all bound up and defined by recognising, negotiating and transgressing borders between. The conference invites papers that investigate how these issues were borne out or engaged with by contemporaries in a variety of forms: literature, print, scholarship, antiquarianism, history, art, material culture, cartography, geography.

The conference has been very generously funded by White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities, BSECS, and University of Sheffield Arts & Humanities Post Graduate Research Forum.

Conference Programme:

9.15 - 9.45: Registration

9.45 - 10.00: Welcome and Introductions

10.00 - 11.30: Panel 1 - Urban and rural spaces and boundaries
Meg Kobza: "The Liberty of the Mask: Breaking Social and Gender Boundaries at the Eighteenth-Century London Masquerade"
Jennifer Buckley: "Conceptualising the coffee-house: paratext and the (re)configuration of urban space"
Jessica Davidson: "Revelry, Rules and Reputation: Ritual Boundaries at English Provincial Fairs"

11.30 - 11.45: Coffee Break

11.45 - 1.15: Panel 2 - Identities and dissolving boundaries
Mary Going: "He is supposed to be a Foreigner, but of what Country nobody can tell: An exploration of the Borders and Boundaries of Jewish Identity in Matthew Lewis' Wandering Jew"
Joe Holloway: "Death infecting Life: conjoined twins, personal identity and the abject in the eighteenth century"
James Metcalfe: "Between and beyond the borders of history and memory in the mid eighteenth-century"

Panel 3 - Imagining Scotland
Thomas Black: "The Boundaries of Britain in Highland Poetry 1688-1707"
Yusuke Wakazawa: "Crossing borders and the transformation of the self: Scottish cosmopolitanism in the eighteenth-century Enlightenment"
Paul Arant: "'Let them stay in their own barren mountains': Walter Scott and the Upending of Negative Scottish Depictions"

1.15 - 2.15: Lunch

2.15 - 3.45: Panel 4 - The Aesthetics of National Identity
Alice Little: "Music across borders: categorising 'national music' in eighteenth-century Oxford"
Paul Meosky: "Representing Voice and Re-Imagining History in Thomas Gray's 'The Bard" and Iolo Morganwg's Forgeries"
Emily Roy: "Virtual Promenades: Russian garden prints and their afterlives"

Panel 5 - Women: Creativity and Commerce
Hannah Moss: "'In the veil of retirement': Exploring the place of female creativity in Ann Radcliffe's The Italian (1797)"
Eva Lippold: "Sneaking into the Seraglio: Crossing gender boundaries in Inchbald's The Mogul's Tale and Cowley's A Day in Turkey"
Peter Collinge: "Inevitable Ruin? Gender, Identity, and the Boundaries of Guild Authority in Early Eighteenth-Century Prosecutions of Female Traders"

3.45 - 4.00: Coffee Break

4.00 - 5.00: Keynote - Dr Adam Rounce, University of Nottingham

5.00 - 6.00: Wine Reception


For more info and updates, please visit our webpage: https://bordersandboundaries18thc.wordpress.com/. You can also follow us on twitter: @borders18thc.


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