Jargon of Men and Things: Production and Consumption in the Long Eighteenth Century

jargon of men and things

18 April 2015, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge
External Respondent: Dr. Corinna Wagner, University of Exeter

The Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Conference is an annual event at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, organised and hosted by students enrolled on the Faculty’s MPhil programme. The conference welcomes papers from graduate students of around 20 minutes in length, which will be organized into panels chaired by members of the Faculty at Cambridge. This year’s graduate conference is drawing its theme from current interdisciplinary interest in production and consumption of all kinds – bodily, intellectual and material – as it relates to issues such as power, desire, reception, regulation and identity in flux. We are seeking papers from graduate students that will interrogate this common collocation, and its mediation through eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century literature and textual ephemera, as well as material and visual culture. Papers from any disciplinary perspective would be welcome on any aspect of this conference theme.

Topics might include (but are not limited to):

- Concepts of appetite and taste
- Literary and artistic creation/reception
- Celebrity and canonicity
- Print culture and the material book
- Objects, hybrids and the non-human
- Luxury, excess, waste
- Trade, colonialism, the exotic
- Categories of identity such as gender, race, class, sexuality, disability


Please email proposals of no more than 400 words to english18.graduateconference@gmail.com. The deadline for the submission of proposals is March 15, 2015. Registration for attendance will close on the morning of Saturday, April 11. Please bring on the day a £10 fee in cash or cheque made out to the University of Cambridge. This price includes teas and coffees, lunch and an evening wine reception. We would appreciate it if attendees would reserve a space beforehand by sending an email to english18.graduateconference@gmail.com.

For further information, please contact the conference committee by email or visit the conference website at www.jargonofmenandthings.tumblr.com.