'The death of Prince Albert has turned England into a land of mourning.’ Lord Dufferin, February 1862
Timed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Prince Albert’s death, this one-day symposium seeks to investigate how grief was manifested and mourning facilitated in the Victorian period through literature, material culture and the visual arts. Often satirised but rarely understood, this event aims to recover the rich culture of mourning in the Victorian period by showcasing current research and encouraging conversation, debate and interdisciplinary exchange.
10.00-10.15 Introduction , Claire Wood, University of York
10.15-10.45 ‘Posthumous Portraiture and the Materiality of the Corpse’ , Eoin Martin, University of Warwick
11.00-12.00 Panel One: The Materiality of the Body
12.00-13.00 Panel Two: Handling the Corpse
13.45-14.45 Panel Three: Apparel of Mourning
14.45-15.45 Panel Four: The Death of Children
16.00-17.00 Keynote Lecture: ‘Casts, Masks and Relics’ , Marcia Pointon, Emeritus Professor in History of Art, University of Manchester
17.00-18.00 Victorian Funeral Tea and Roundtable , foreword by Lucy May, Independent Scholar
Registration is now open for this event. There is a £5 registration fee that includes lunch, refreshments and a drinks reception. Participants will need to cover their own travel expenses. To register, please download the registration form and send a completed hard copy, along with a £5 cheque made payable to ‘The University of York’, to:Helen Jacobs, Humanities Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building,University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD, UK
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