2006 Conference. Aug. 31st - Sept. 3rd. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN USA

Pre-conference workshops

Two pre-Conference workshops will run on Thursday, Aug. 31, one on the nineteenth-century theater, one on nineteenth-century electronic scholarship. These will be followed by Catherine Gallagher's plenary talk and an opening reception Thursday night. As details come available, they will appear on this web page.

Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship in the era of "Web 2.0"

Workshop directed by Steven Jones and Neil Fraistat; this workshop will begin at 9:00am and end at 3:30pm

This workshop is generously sponsored by Purdue University Libraries

Though it arguably began as a term of commercial hype, "Web 2.0" has become a way to refer to a whole cluster of recent developments in Internet technologies--developments that matter to scholars working in digital media, and about which literary and humanities scholars should have a great deal to say. Less a new "version" of the Web than a new emphasis and a new ethos, these developments cluster around XML and what it has made possible:  Javascript applications with XML adding up to "Ajax" (e.g., Google Maps),  RSS feeds for media subscriptions, including podcasts and video podcasts, basically media extensions via attachments of blogs and vlogs, user-generated and maintained content (think Wikipedia) and metadata tagging (think del.icio.us), and a shift towards greater interest in collaborative, social, and modular applications (with "the Web as the platform"). What can scholars working in digital media learn from these new developments, both as cultural phenomena and as practical technologies?

Morning presentations will be followed by lunch and a roundtable discussion by all participants. After an introduction by Steven Jones, presentations will include Doug Guerra (on using XML to syndicate Romantic Circles' "Poets on Poets" Podcast), Laura Mandell (on using XML to build the Poetess Archive as an interoperable NINES resource), Carl Stahmer (on "Semantic Circles"), Perry Willett on the partnership with Google, and the digitization they've been doing with the University of Michigan Library), and Neil Fraistat on the vision behind NINES, the Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship). Linda Bree of Cambridge UP will join the group for the roundtable discussion after lunch. Editors, archivists, and all scholars who are interested in the increasingly important role of digital textuality in the humanities are invited to participate in the workshop.

Romantic and Victorian Theater Workshop

Workshop directed by Emily Allen and Danny O'Quinn

This workshop is generously sponsored by the Theater Department at Northwestern University, the Theater Program of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University, and the Department of English at the University of Kentucky.

This day-long workshop brings together innovative theater scholarship from across the nineteenth century.   Our focus will be on stimulating conversation:   all workshop papers will be pre-circulated, and presenters will begin with a brisk recap, followed by a response; provocative questions and animated discussion will follow. Our hope is to foster dialogue among scholars of Romantic and Victorian theater, and to form new ways of thinking about the field(s). Plus, dancing dogs and equestrian feats!

9am-10:15 Julie Carlson, UC Santa Barbara
MS Word Icon"New Lows in Eighteenth-Century Theater:
The Rise of Mungo"

Response:   Lyndon Dominique, Georgetown U

10:15-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-12:00 Jeff Cox, U of Colorado, Boulder
"Melodramatic 'Realities', Romantic 'Virtualities'"
Response:   Ted Ziter, NYU

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:15 Jane Moody, U of York
MS Word Icon"Exit the Metropolis: A [Polemical] Drama in Three Acts"
Response:   Tracy Davis, Northwestern U

2:15-2:30 Refreshments

2:30-3:45 Lynn Voskuil, U of Houston
"Theater Histrionics; Or, Why Victorian Theater Matters."
Response:   Mark Phelan, Queen's University, Belfast

3:45-4:00 Coffee break

4:00-5:00 Open Forum:   "New Directions in Nineteenth-Century Theater Scholarship"
Moderators Michael Gamer and Danny O'Quinn will engage the pre-conference participants in a wide-ranging conversation about the current state of theater research in our respective fields and about the kind of methodological innovations and historical enquiries that will motivate future projects.

6:00-7:30 Conference opening reception:   drinks and dinner