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Goodness, Truth, & Beauty in the Work of John Ruskin and his Contemporaries

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"So then, whatever may be the means, or whatever the more immediate end of any kind of art, all of it that is good agrees in this, that it is the expression of one soul talking to another, and is precious according to the greatness of the soul that utters it. And consider what mighty consequences follows from our acceptance of this truth!"

(John Ruskin, Stones of Venice)

In her review of Ruskin’s 'Modern Painters 3', George Eliot writes: ‘The truth of infinite value that he teaches is realism- the doctrine that all truth and beauty are to be attained by a humble and faithful study of nature, and not by substituting vague forms, bred by imagination on the mists of feeling, in a place of definite, substantial reality.’ Through the nineteenth-century, Ruskin, Eliot and a number of Victorian reformers sought to clarify the divine and human sources of, and the connections between, goodness, truth, and beauty. This conference will offer the opportunity to explore how belief in the inextricability of these concepts informed understandings of the self, the other, and the world and to investigate the shifts in perception witnessed later in the century.

The conference will include plenary lectures from Andrew Tate (Lancaster) and Rachel Dickinson (Manchester Metropolitan University). The conference is free to attend, but please reserve a ticket below. In addition, please inform Lizzie Ludlow of any dietery requriements before 29th August.

09:45 – 10:00

Welcome and Introduction: Lizzie Ludlow


10:00 – 11:00

Keynote Lecture #1. Chair: Lizzie Ludlow

Rachel Dickinson (Manchester Metropolitan University): 'Ruskin, Hagiography and Crafting Beauty'.


11:00 – 11:20

Break


11:20 – 12:20

Panel #1 – Ruskin and the Victorian Novel. Chair: Andrew Tate

Valerie Purton (Anglia Ruskin) Ruskin, Dickens and the nature of Realism.

Simon Marsden (Liverpool) "Face to face she speaks with God": Charlotte Brontë and the Ruskinian Artist.


12:20 – 13:10

Lunch


13:10 – 14:10

Panel #2 – The Transformation of Man. Chair: Rachel Dickinson

Chiaki Yokoyama (Keio University, Japan) Morris & Co. and the Industrial School at 44 Euston Road: Employing Destitute Boys.

Sean Lang (Anglia Ruskin) ‘Transformed from savageness to manhood, and redeemed from despairing into peace’ – John Ruskin and the Beauty of Imperialism.


14:15 – 15:45

Panel #3 – Sacred Space and Vision. Chair: Simon Marsden

Madeleine Emerald Thiele (Aberystwyth), John Ruskin’s ‘great angel of the Apocalypse’ and his unveiling of a truth beyond the clouds.

Zoë Bennett (Anglia Ruskin) ‘Heart-sight as deep as eyesight’: John Ruskin’s mature biblical hermeneutic of immediacy.

Sarah Hughes (Lancaster), ‘[A] range of suggestiveness […], [nor] a stone, leaf or shadow, nor anything so small, but he will give it meaning and oracular voice’ (Modern Painters, III, 262): The Significance of the Imagined Sacred Space of the Annunciation to Ruskin and Sacred Art’s Ability to Reveal Truth and the Divine.


15:45 – 16:00

Break


16:00 - 17:00

Keynote Lecture #2. Chair: Zoë Bennett

Andrew Tate (Lancaster): On Deceleration: Ruskin, Reflection and Ethics.


17:00 - 17:45

Roundtable Discussion. Chair: Nigel Cooper

Can engaging with Ruskin help us protect the natural world?


17:45 - 18:30

Drinks Reception


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