The Global and the Local: NAVSA/BAVS/AVSA Conference Report

By Barbara Franchi,  University of Kent The city of Venice is a labyrinth where the most different cultures and civilizations have met for centuries. So, no location could be better for the first NAVSA/BAVS/AVSA supernumerary conference. During June 3-6, 2013, Victorianists from every corner of the globe gathered on the Island of San Servolo for this unique opportunity to exchange and discuss ideas around the Global and the Local in the 19th century and beyond. With over one hundred participants

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Cruise Liners, Crypts and the Paradox of Venice

by Helen Kingstone (Leeds Trinity University / University of Leeds) Standing in the majestic Council Chamber of the Doge’s Palace, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Venice was still thriving as a Renaissance maritime empire. But suddenly a shadow falls over the room. The view from the window is obliterated, and filled instead with a different image: the huge white side of a cruise liner. This is a common occurrence in Venice, whose population is more than doubled each day

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John Addington Symonds, literary tourism and the colour of Venetian canals

Amber K. Regis (University of Sheffield) In the weeks leading up to the recent NAVSA/BAVS/AVSA conference, hosted by Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, I read the following passage from John Addington Symonds’s The Fine Arts, the third volume in his Renaissance in Italy series: Venice, with her pavement of liquid chrysoprase, with her palaces of porphyry and marble, her frescoed facades, her quays and squares aglow with the costumes of the Levant, her lagoons afloat with the galleys of all

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Venice: the sacred and the profane

Rachel Webster (University of Leeds) Walking through Venice, late Sunday afternoon (2nd June, 2013), in search of gelato, I found myself in St. Mark’s Square, and was absorbed into a crowd of people. Crowds in Venice, particularly in tourist hotspots, are not unusual, but it was apparent straight away that this crowd had spontaneously formed with a common intention: to observe a religious service. Before I could take in the details of what exactly was going on, I was overwhelmed

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Local/Global Dickens: seminar at “The Global and the Local” June 2013

Charlotte Mathieson, University of Warwick As part of The Global and the Local, the NAVSA/BAVS/AVSA conference held in Venice from 3rd-6th June 2013, I took part in one of the seminars that provided the opportunity for participants to put forward a short position paper on a chosen topic. The seminar on “Dickens: Local and Global” was led by Eileen Gillooly (Columbia University) and featured the following papers: Sharmaine Browne, “The Railroad as Architect in Dombey and Son” Beth Drumm, “Consigned

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Venice Advice: Four things to Remember when attending Conferences

J. Stephen Addcox 1) Go to the parties On the first day of the NAVSA/BAVS/AVSA Professionalization Workshop in Venice, I learned that I’ve been doing conferences all wrong. While I’ve always known on an intellectual level that conferences were about making connections to other scholars, my practice has tended toward driving to a conference, delivering my paper, and driving home (there is also a pitfall of only submitting to conferences near my home institution). But in reality, the guest speakers

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‘Stone of Venice’ Reading Group 2

Information on the discussion group can be found here Vol. II. Chapter VI. The Nature of Gothic Leader: Jonathan Memel PhD Candidate, University of Exeter jogm201@exeter.ac.uk John Ruskin’s appendix to The Stones of Venice, ‘Modern Education’, provides a number of discussion points for Victorianists interested in education, training and democracy. Ruskin begins by attacking a model of education which prizes classical learning over applied, practical knowledge. He states that teaching should better prepare students for their role in the world.

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‘Stones of Venice’ Reading 1

Information on the discussion group can be found here. Vol. II. Chapter 1. The Throne Leader: Samatha Briggs Ruskin’s introduction to the second volume of The Stones of Venice outlines much of his argument about architecture in and travel to Venice. Ruskin approaches the city as a modern traveller offering a glimpse of what it may have been like to see it in its original splendour. Ruskin discusses the importance of memory, romance, and the imagination, the ideals we form

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The Stones of Venice Discussion Group

In the run up to the BAVS/NAVSA/AVSA Global and the Local conference (3-6 June), the Journal of Victorian Culture Online has organised a short online reading group of John Ruskin’s Stones of Venice. The reading will extend over three weeks and each week will focus on a different extract. Extract One: ‘The Throne’ (Friday 11th May- concluding Friday 18th May) led by Samantha Briggs (University of Exeter) Extract Two: ‘Modern Education’ (Friday 18th May- concluding 25th May) led by Jonathan Memel (University

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