The Other Victorian Bicentenary
23 November 2012, Cross Street Chapel, Manchester
Speakers confirmed include Carolyn Steedman, John Bowen, Bertrand Taithe, Donna Loftus, Karl Sabbagh and HENRY MAYHEW
In celebration of Henry Mayhew’s 200th anniversary in November 2012, Manchester Victoria (Centre for Victorian Studies at the University of Manchester) is glad to invite the public and scholars to re-visit the world of Victorian Poverty and the complex work of Henry Mayhew, journalist and wit, playwright, founder of Punch, educational writer, novelist for children, travel writer, hack and social explorer – author of London Labour and the London Poor. A major contributor to all debates on Victorian poverty and urban life in his lifetime, Henry Mayhew’s work has been an essential part of our understanding of the Victorian era since the 1960s.
Yet Henry Mayhew’s work is still in need of revisiting and further research. In order to advance our understanding of this neglected yet important author, the University of Manchester will host a day symposium at Cross Street Chapel on Friday 23 November, two days before his birthday.
We welcome paper proposals which address aspects of Henry Mayhew’s life and his work on the London poor: his less studied novels and plays, his travel writing and, of course, his journalism and social exploring.
Conference fee: £35 waged, £15 unwaged/concessions. Includes lunch and refreshments.
The conference is organised in association with the ESRC-funded project, ‘Charitable consumption’, led by Dr Julie-Marie Strange and Professor Bertrand Taithe.