Victorian Colloquium

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Victorian Colloquium

The Victorian Colloquium is a group of Princeton graduate students and faculty working on the British nineteenth century and related fields. Our primary responsibility is to invite scholars from other universities (as well as Princeton-affiliated scholars) to share their work with us at formal talks, often followed by receptions and dinners that allow students the opportunity to speak more informally with our guests. Along with our neighbors at Rutgers, delegates from the Victorian Colloquium also organize a yearly symposium for graduate students at both universities; the 2017 theme was “The Un/natural Nineteenth Century.” Many members of the Victorian Colloquium are moreover active participants in the Long Nineteenth Century Workshop, an interdisciplinary works-in-progress group for graduate students working in the period. But beyond our purely academic initiatives, the Victorian Colloquium seeks to foster a close intellectual community of students (and faculty!) with shared interests. Happy hours and dinners give Princeton Victorianists a chance to connect across cohorts, and to share advice and experiences. The first events for 2017-18 will be announced in the summer. We hope to see you there next academic year.

Upcoming Events

Nov 06
Yopie Prins, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Michigan
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 4: 30 PM

Title TBA

Reception in the Thorp Library to follow talk.

Feb 26
Karen Weisman, Department of English, University of Toronto
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 4: 30 PM

Title TBA

Receptio in the Thorp Library to follow talk.

Apr 12
Amanda Anderson, Department of English, Brown University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 4: 30 PM

Title TBA

Reception in the Thorp Library to follow talk.

Past Events

2016-2017

May 01
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Chloë Kitzinger, Perkins-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Princeton Society of Fellows
Hinds Library 4: 30 PM

Please join us for a lecture by Chloë Kitzinger, a Perkins-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Princeton Society of Fellows, and Lecturer in Slavic Languages and Literatures and Humanistic Studies at Princeton.

Apr 20
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Ian Duncan, Department of English, University of California, Berkeley
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 4: 30 PM

We're delighted that Professor Ian Duncan (UC Berkeley) will be coming on Thursday, April 20th at 4:30 to give a talk on "Dickens’s Teratology: The Natural History of Bleak House." His paper explores how the transformist biology of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and Geoffroy St.

Feb 10
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106 McCormick Hall (All day)

This graduate student conference will examine how conceptions of the natural and the unnatural fundamentally shape cultural expression in 19th-Century Britain.

Dec 08
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Elaine Hadley, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Chicago
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 4: 30 PM

The Victorian Colloquium is welcoming Professor Elaine Hadley (U of Chicago) at 4:30 pm in the Hinds Library to give a talk about Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure and education as it is figured in labor and economic terms set out by Gary Becker.

Oct 06
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Isobel Armstrong, Long-Term Visiting Fellow, Council of the Humanities, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 4: 30 PM

Professor Isobel Armstrong (Birkbeck College, Univ. of London), long-term visiting fellow at the Council of the Humanities at Princeton, will speak on "The Victorian Novel: A Challenge to Some Orthodoxies," at 4:30 pm in the Hinds Library.

Sep 14
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Yankee Doodle Tap Room 4: 30 PM

Please join us on the patio of the Yankee Doodle Tap Room (inside, in case of inclement weather) at 4:30 pm for our annual happy hour. Enjoy the company of fellow Victorianists, learn about the year’s upcoming events, and kick off the fall semester!