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The day…


09.30-10.00                           Registration

10.00-10.45                           Keynote lecture

Prof. David Arnold, (University of Warwick, UK) – Travelling Landscapes, Epistolary Empires: British Women in Early Nineteenth-Century India

10.45-11.15                           Coffee and tea

11.15-13.15                           Session 1 – Chair: (tbc)

Kate Law (University of the Free State, South Africa) – Scribing Space: Miriam Staunton, Letter Writing and Life in Colonial Zimbabwe c.1940-1970

Sarah Longair (British Museum, UK) – Contrasting experiences of colonial service: professional women in 1930s Zanzibar

Noeme Santana (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK) – Representing Culture: Dr Killie Campbell’s photographic album of indigenous South Africans, 1930-1950

Sharlene Khan (Goldsmiths, UK) – Postcolonial Masquerading: A Discussion of the Masquerading Strategies of South African artists Tracey Rose, Nandipha Mntambo Senzeni Marasela, Mary Sibande

13.15-14.00                           Lunch

14.00-15.30                           Session 2 – Chair: Andrea Major (Leeds, UK)

Sabitha Thekke Prakkottuthody (University College London, UK) – Engendering Landscape: Is there a Feminine Colonial Picturesque?

Martina Ghosh-Schellhorn (Saarland University, Germany) – A Glimpse of Calcutta: The Burramemsahibs of Government House

Ellen Filor (University College London, UK) – ‘Of many enterprise, and female taste!: The Unmarried Malcolm Sisters as Imperial Agents, c.1790-1850

15.30-16.00                           Coffee and tea

16.00-17.30                           Session 3 – Chair (tbc)

Carl Thompson (Nottingham Trent University, UK) – ‘My finger is following him up the Nile’: Sarah Atkins Wilson’s Multimedia Construction of Colonial Space

Amy Miller (National Maritime Museum, UK) – At Home on the Ocean Waves: Lady Brassey, the Sunbeam and the display of collections in travelling domestic interiors

Rosie Spooner (University of Glasgow, UK) – ‘Prime Minister in the Home Department’: Female Gendered Identity in Nineteenth-Century Upper Canada

17.30-18.30                           Keynote lecture 

Caroline Jordan (La Trobe University Melbourne, Australia) – Spaces of Visual Encounter between White Women and Aborigines in Colonial Australia, 1840s-50s

18.30-19.30                           Drinks reception

Call for papers – deadline 31 Oct 2013

Visualising and Materialising Colonial Spaces: Female Responses to Empire

11 January 2014, University of Warwick

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers for Visualising and Materialising Colonial Spaces: Female Responses to Empire, a conference organized by Dr. Rosie Dias (Art History, University of Warwick) and Dr. Kate Smith (History, University College London) and funded by The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Confirmed keynote speakers include David Arnold, Emeritus Professor, Department of History, University of Warwick and Caroline Jordan, Honorary Associate in the Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University Melbourne.   

Visualising and Materialising Colonial Spaces: Female Responses to Empire demonstrates the significance of women’s cultural productions upon ideas of empire at home and abroad by examining the rich visual and archival sources created by British women in imperial spaces. It examines the paintings, sketches, writings, collections, and objects that women created to capture and record their experiences of empire. In doing so it questions the role women played in constructing particular understandings of and narratives about imperial experiences in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Please send a 250-word abstract and a brief biographical note to by 31 October 2013.