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Day 2: How Victorianists (Might) Talk about Race: An Interdisciplinary Symposium sponsored by the Rutgers British Studies Center and Berkeley's Center for British Studies

Friday, February 18, 2022 - 11:15am - 04:45pm

A Coloured Lady on a Race Course Jamaica by From a painting by Archibald Stevenson Forrest 1905. Coloured antique print 12.5 x 11.0cm 4.75 x 4.25 inches

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“The Rutgers British Studies Center and Berkeley’s Center for British Studies are proud to present a two day event on Zoom, “How Victorianists (Might) Talk about Race: An Interdisciplinary Symposium.” To see the Day 1 schedule click here.

Recent years have witnessed renewed emphasis on the study of race in Victorian studies. The aim of this event is to sustain this important conversation by querying the specific connotations that “race” subtends in and through our study of what the field designates as “Victorian." The last several decades have seen groundbreaking work on topics involved in addressing this issue—often in conjunction with feminist studies, postcolonial studies, queer studies, critical race theory, studies of empire, and Indigenous studies, among other key areas of inquiry.  In order to refocus attention on the specificity of race in the nineteenth century, speakers will consider its workings along various registers: aesthetic, material, economic, and geopolitical.


DAY 2: Friday February 18, 2022 


Sukanya Banerjee (English, U of California, Berkeley) & Lauren M.E. Goodlad (English/Comparative Literature, Rutgers-New Brunswick)


11:30am-12:50pm EST

Moderator: Daniel Hack (English, U of Michigan)

WAYNE MODEST (Head, Research Center for Material Culture, Rotterdam) TBA 

AVIVA BRIEFEL (English/Cinema Studies, Bowdoin College) “Honto’s Shawl: The Fabric Production of Indigenous Ghosts”

PANEL 2.2 

1:30-3pm EST

Moderator: Ryan Fong (English, Kalamazoo College)

CAROLINE BRESSEY (Geography, University College London)- “Histories of Anti-Racism and Victorian Studies”

MARY MULLEN (English, Villanova) “Comparison, Colonial Unknowing, & Ireland”

SAREE MAKDISI (English/Comparative Literature, U of California, LA) “Mapping Race & Class in the Metropolis”  


3:30-4:45pm EST

Moderator: Lara Kriegel (English/History, Indiana U, Bloomington)

Zarena Aslami (English, Michigan State)

Catherine Gallagher (Professor Emerita of English, U of California, Berkeley)

Antoinette Burton (Swanlund Chair of History, U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Robbie Richardson (English, Princeton U) 

Alisha Walters (English, Penn State, Abington)