2013: “Inventing Victorian Race” Program

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All events take place in the Martin E. Segal Theater unless otherwise indicated

Morning Session

8:45 A.M.-12:00 P.M.


Mario DiGangi

Executive Officer

PhD Program in English

CUNY Graduate Center


Morning Moderator: Sean O’Toole, Baruch College

Mapping Mid-Victorian Race

Neville Hoad

University of Texas, Austin

“Racial Desire in H.G. Wells and E. Bulwer-Lytton”

Daniel Hack

University of Michigan

“‘You paint us well’: The African American George Eliot”


Discussion and Break


Writing Fin-de-Siecle Race

Aviva Briefel

Bowdoin College

“What’s in a Hand?: Manual Amputation and the Congo Debates”

Bryan Cheyette

University of Reading

“Kipling and the Jews: Victorian ‘race’ theory and the Imperial Character”


Lunch (on your own)

12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.


Afternoon Session

2:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.


Afternoon Moderator: Elizabeth Harris McCormick, Laguardia Community College, CUNY

Caribbean Identities

Faith Smith

Brandeis University

“Genealogies for the Future in the British Caribbean”

Tim Watson

University of Miami

“Global Creoleness”


Discussion and Break


Racial Imaginaries

Irene Tucker

University of California, Irvine

“Before Racial Construction”

Keynote Address:

Patrick Brantlinger

Indiana University

“Inventing Victorian Race?”



6:00 P.M.

English Common Space, Room 4406

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