Mapping Victorian Empires, Cultures, Identities

13-16 May 2019 • Jerusalem & Haifa

Featuring keynote lectures by
Regenia Gagnier (University of Exeter)
and Robert L. Patten (Rice University)

Nineteenth-century Britain treated mapping as a paradigm for literary texts. This four-day conference, co-hosted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Haifa, in collaboration with the University of California Dickens Project, explores mapping across a range of themes and cultural practices which include:

  • Mapping nineteenth-century LondonVictorian_Mapping_Poster cropped
  • Tracking British travellers and networks
  • Representing fictional maps and places
  • Analyzing Charles Dickens’s works and contexts
  • Reimagining the dimensions of time and place
  • Shifting boundaries between religious and secular imaginaries
  • Reconsidering nineteenth-century conceptions of the Holy Land
  • Examining Victorian imperialism and racism
  • Remembering the Victorians
  • Figuring Victorian music, architecture, art, and more

Regenia Gagnier is Professor of English at the University of Exeter and the author of Idylls of the Marketplace: Oscar Wilde and the Victorian Public; Subjectivities: A History of Self-Representation in Britain 1832-1920; The Insatiability of Human Wants: Economics and Aesthetics in Market Society; Individualism, Decadence and Globalization: on the Relationship of Part to Whole 1859-1920; and the forthcoming Literatures of Liberalization: Global Circulation and the Long Nineteenth Century. She specializes in the global circulation and transculturation of political-economic languages, ideologies, commodities and institutions.

Robert L. Patten is Lynette S. Autrey Professor Emeritus in Humanities and Emeritus Professor of English, Rice University, and Senior Research Scholar, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. He has written extensively about Victorian print history, fiction and art. His two-volume biography of George Cruikshank was named the biography of the decade in a 1999 Guardian review, and his 2013 Charles Dickens and “Boz” won the Colby Prize from the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals. Within Victorian studies, he specializes in Dickens, his illustrators, and the business of publishing. He has also written about Charlotte Bronte, Tennyson, and nineteenth-century European realism in poetry, fiction, art, and theatre.