May 3 through May 5, 2018

Convened by Ian Duncan, Department of English, University of California, Berkeley

and Nathalie Vanfasse, Department of English, LERMA, Aix-Marseille Université

Conference schedule

Thursday, May 3


Wheeler 330

Opening reception, introductions, and dinner

Friday, May 4

9:30 – 11:00 am

Wheeler 300




Conference papers, Session I

Kévin Cristin, LERMA, Aix-Marseille Université, “Science, Technology and Stevenson’s Kinetic Imagination”

Imogen Forbes-Macphail, UC Berkeley, “Topology and Literary Form”

Nathalie Vanfasse, LERMA, Aix-Marseille Université, “Victorian Visual Technologies and Literary Form: The Mechanism of the Diorama in Dickens’s Pictures from Italy

Veronica Mittnacht, UC Berkeley, moderator

11:00 am – 11:20 am Wheeler 330 Discussion and coffee
11:20 am – 1:00 pm


Wheeler 300

Readings in Victorian Texts

Anaïs Martin, LERMA, Aix-Marseille Université, “Sound Modernity in Dracula” and Chapter 17 of Bram Stoker’s Dracula,

Myriam Ardoin, LERMA, Aix-Marseille Université, G.K. Chesterton’s “The Mistake of the Machine” (The Wisdom of Father Brown) and “Some Aspects of Machinery” (The Outline of Sanity)

Imogen Forbes-Macphail, James Joseph Sylvester’s The Laws of Verse, “Preface” and “Inaugural Address”

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Wheeler 330 Lunch
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Wheeler 300

3:00 pm (break)

Workshop: Precirculated Papers

Grace Lavery, UC Berkeley, “Ugly Realism: Gender Dysphoria and the Rhetoric of Technique in Eliot and Freud”

Fanny Robles, LERMA, Aix-Marseille Université, “Dickens and His Urban Museum”

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Wheeler 300 Discussion of Aix-Berkeley website
6:00 pm Dinner at Revival Bar and Kitchen, 2102 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA
Saturday, May 5

9:30 – 11:00 am

Wheeler 300





Conference papers, Session II

Myriam Ardoin, “Detection vs. Criminology: Thinking Patterns in G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown Stories

Katharine Hobbs, UC Berkeley, “Sensation and Feminine Musical Agency in Jessie Fothergill’s The First Violin

Anaïs Martin, “From Phonograph to Podcast: Transmediating Dracula into Contemporary French Radio Drama”

Laura Ritland, UC Berkeley, moderator

 11:00 am – 11:20 am Wheeler 330 Discussion and coffee
11:20 am – 1:20 pm

Wheeler 300

Current Work in Victorian Studies

Character, Emma Eisenberg and Rudi Yniguez, UC Berkeley

Literature and Photography, Kévin Cristin

Literature and Science in France and Quebec, Fanny Robles

Religion, Jessica Ling, UC Berkeley

Economics and Literature, Nathalie Vanfasse Literature and Life Sciences, Ian Duncan

1:20 pm – 3 pm

Wheeler 330

Lunch and discussion on the future of Aix-Berkeley
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