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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