The Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies is pleased to be hosting Virginia Woolf and Heritage: The 26th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. This will take place at Leeds Trinity University from 16-19 June 2016.
The theme of Virginia Woolf and Heritage was chosen to chime with the interests of the Centre, and the panels will cover a wide range of Victorian and nineteenth-century topics, with papers on the Brontës and Haworth, Jane Austen, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Leslie Stephen, the Stephen family and the Clapham Sect, Sir Walter Scott, Thomas Carlyle, Thomas Hardy, Tennyson, Lewis Carroll, Edward Carpenter, and Herbert Fisher. Broader topics include literary tourism, English Heritage, religion and spirituality, the Victorian/Edwardian public school, conceptions of heritage, history and historiography, stately houses and historic homes (e.g. Knole, Monk’s House, Garsington, Charleston), archives and print culture, and art history.
The conference's plenary speakers are David Bradshaw (‘“The Very Centre of the Very Centre”: Herbert Fisher, Oxbridge and “That Great Patriarchal Machine”’), Laura Marcus (‘“Some Ancestral Dread”: The Transmission of Instinct and Feeling in Virginia Woolf’), and Suzanne Raitt (‘Houses and Heritage: Virginia, Vita and Knole’). There will also be a plenary dialogue between Marion Dell on Anne Thackeray Ritchie and Jean Mills on Jane Harrison.
Cultural events include a concert, Virginia: A Musical Portrait, including the world premiere of three works inspired by Virginia Woolf and an Open Mic evening with Leeds Trinity’s creative writing group, Wordspace (contributions welcome from all delegates).
The Centre invites all to join them for some or all of these events. The registration fee is £200 (concessions £120; day tickets £80). Please see the conference website, http://www.woolf2016.com, for further details and for booking.