We kicked off the new annual Passau-Regensburg Research Colloquium on 23 and 24 June! The colloquium is jointly run by Katharina Boehm (Passau), Benjamin Kohlmann (Regensburg) and Anne Zwierlein (Regensburg). It brings together distinguished guest speakers, postdocs, and doctoral students and provides a forum for the discussion of research projects, work in progress, and current issues in the field.
Working-class writers, Enlightenment economies, and Romantic new media were just a few of the topics which speakers explored at the first colloquium. You can find the programme here.
The next colloquium will take place on 11-12 May 2023.
A roundtable entitled “Publishing in Victorian Studies”, organized by Katharina Boehm under the auspices of DACH Victorianists, looked at current trends, publishing opportunities for early career researcher, and practical matters relating to the publishing process. Marco Caracciolo(Ghent University) and Monika Pietrzak-Franger (Universität Wien) joined the roundtable and shared their expertise and publishing experiences. The roundtable took place on 1 July 2022.
Together with colleagues in American Studies, Sarah Beyvers and Paul Hamann-Rose organized the Passau Midsummer Readings – an open-air event featuring literary readings, recitals, and music performed by staff and students.
Two distinguished experts of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature will join us for guest lectures in the upcoming term.
- Susanne Scholz (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt) will give a paper on late-Victorian fiction on 10 November 2022.
- Rebecca Barr (University of Cambridge) will talk about her current project on humour and gender in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novel. Her guest lecture will take place in January 2023, the exact date will be published here soon.
The Chair will host two conferences in the summer of 2023.
- The conference “Soil – Dirt – Earth: Ecologies below Ground, 1750-1850” explores how a focus on (literary and non-literary) figurations of soil, earth, and dirt can help us rethink Romantic and early Victorian perceptions of natural environments and how it might enhance our conception of ecologies. The conference is jointly organized by Katharina Boehm (Passau), Paul Hamann-Rose (Passau), and Frederike Middelhoff (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt). It will be held from 22-24 June 2023.
- The conference “Books In and Out of Time: Media, History, and Print Culture, 1700-1900” will focus on the book as a key medium of historical cognition, providing writers and readers with flexible ways of measuring, (re)ordering, and conceptualizing their relationship to different pasts, presents, and anticipated futures. Participants will explore how eighteenth- and nineteenth-century authors and artists harnessed new technologies of reproduction, as well the book's capacity to engage with and host multiple media, in order to think about historical time, historical experience, and the different temporalities manifested by the material cultures of the book. The conference will take place in summer 2023 (date tba). It is jointly organized by Katharina Boehm (Passau), Luisa Calè (Birkbeck), and Victoria Mills (Birkbeck).