NAVSA Virtual Series
March 19 (9a.m. HKT)/18 (9 p.m. EDT) ‧
April 15 (9 p.m./a.m.) ‧ May 14 (8 p.m./a.m.)
Following from the recent call to “undiscipline” Victorian studies, this series of virtual events asks how scholars can move beyond the framework of metropole/periphery in thinking about the relationship between nineteenth-century Asia and Britain. Recent scholarship challenges the vision of Asia as periphery, writing of competing empires (Ross Forman, Grace Lavery) and its imbrication in the “intimacies” of global exchange and violence (Laura Doyle, Kendall Johnson, Lisa Lowe), yet Asia and the Pacific remain on the fringes of scholarship in Victorian studies.
This roundtable brings together scholars whose research challenges binary approaches to Britain and the world, instead considering the triangulations, intersections, exchanges, and (un)making involved in these encounters. In what ways can an attention to scholarship on/in Asia help to “undiscipline” and “unmake” Victorian studies and scholarly fields more broadly? The virtual event will be hosted in Hong Kong, a city shaped by the expansion of empires, trade, war, and migrations of the nineteenth century, and where current events reflect the enduring legacies of this fraught past.
Victorian Studies, Asia, and the Pacific
“Treaty Port(al): Wuhan in Three Acts”
“Opium-intoxication, progressive liberalism, and Charles Gutzlaff’s Voyages”
“Victorian women writers and Japan as Britain’s Asian Ally”
Panel 1: Intersections, Networks, and Exchanges:
New Models for Victorian Studies
HKT March 19, 9-10:30 a.m.; EDT March 18, 9-10:30 p.m.
Jacqueline Jean Barrios
University of Strasbourg
Nara Women’s University
“Hunting the Moa: Paleontology, Cannibalism and Deep Time Politics between New-Zealand, Great Britain and Madagascar (1840-1890)”
“Robert Louis Stevenson, Albert Wendt and the Romance of ‘Tusitala’: Resituating critical indigenous thought within Victorian studies”
“Neo-Victorian Fashion in Singapore: Race and Empire(s)”
“The Making of the Theatre of Empire: The Colonial Public and the Parsi Stage (1853-1893)”
Panel 2: Colonial Pasts and Presents:
Food, Fashion, Literature
HKT April 15, 9-10:30 p.m.; EDT April 15, 9-10:30 a.m.
University of Birmingham
University of London
Rashna Darius Nicholson
University of Hong Kong
“Consuming Food, Consuming Opium: Crises Converged in Timothy Mo and Amitav Ghosh”
“How Mawlana Jalal al-Din Rumi Shaped Mary Coleridge’s Poetry and Feminist Literary Criticism”
“‘The Truer Artists’: Japanese Screen Painting at Ichi Ban Studios, San Francisco”
“On the Relationship between Victorian Fiction and Chinese Literary Revolution”
“Intersecting Visions of China and America in Victorian Fiction”
Panel 3: Mobile Forms, Objects, Genres
HKT May 14, 8-9:30 p.m.; EDT May 14 8-9:30 a.m.
University of Houston
Bryn Mawr College
Rae X. Yan
University of Florida
Jessica R. Valdez
University of Hong Kong
Designed by Shellie Audsley