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How Victorianists (Might) Talk about Race: RBSC Symposium

Thursday, February 17, 2022

"How Victorianists (Might) Talk about Race: An Interdisciplinary Symposium"

February 17-18, 2022

Meeting Registration - Zoom


The Rutgers British Studies Center and Berkeley’s Center for British Studies are proud to present a two day event on Zoom, “How Victorianists (Might) Talk about Race: An Interdisciplinary Symposium.”


Recent years have witnessed renewed emphasis on the study of race in Victorian studies. The aim of this event is to sustain this important conversation by querying the specific connotations that “race” subtends in and through our study of what the field designates as “Victorian." The last several decades have seen groundbreaking work on all the topics involved in addressing this issue—often in conjunction with feminist studies, postcolonial studies, queer studies, and studies of empire. In order to refocus attention on the specificity of race in the nineteenth century, speakers will consider its workings along various registers: aesthetic, material, economic, and geopolitical. Presenters and discussants will include postcolonial scholars, Americanists, Caribbeanists, and others whose interests extend from the long eighteenth century to the present day as well as scholars of the literature and culture of the Victorian period.


Confirmed speakers and discussants will include:

Zarena Aslami, Caroline Bressey, Antoinette Burton, Aviva Briefel, Sumit Chakrabarti, , Ronjaunee Chatterjee, Belinda Edmondson, Catherine Gallagher, Sander Gilman, Catherine Hall, Allan Lumba, Saree Makdisi, Wayne Modest, Mary Mullen, Robbie Richardson,  Irene Tucker, Alisha Walters, Sara Winter, and Adrian Wisnicki.

Please join us for this exciting and thought-provoking event!

Registration link:


Flyer: Victorianists_Talk_Race_Symposium_RBSC_February_17-18_2022.pdf