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CFP: Culture on the Move in Edwardian Britain (Lancaster, 8-9 Sep 17)

University of Lancaster, September 8 - 09, 2017
Deadline: Jun 4, 2017

The Spirit of Speed: Culture on the Move in Edwardian Britain

‘Before us stretched the deserted road; we could trace it for miles and 
miles, a long line of grey in a vastness of green space that faded into 
blue, rising and falling with the rise and fall of the hills. Then the 
spirit of speed took possession of us, the fascination and the frenzy 
of speed for speed’s sake […] We had escaped from the fetters that bind 
man to earth; we were intoxicated with a new-born sense of splendid 
freedom; without exertion or effort we lightly skimmed the ground […] 
We were rushing into infinity.’ (James Hissey, An English Holiday with 
Car and Camera, 1909)

The fourth annual conference of the Edwardian Culture Network will be 
held at the University of Lancaster this coming September, in 
association with the Edwardian Postcard Project. Taking our lead from 
James Hissey’s 1909 evocation of travelling in a motor car, or H.G. 
Wells’s equally-breathless sea-bound finale to Tono-Bungay – we will be 
exploring the ‘spirit of speed’, as represented, reflected, challenged 
or wilfully ignored by British culture c.1895-1914. We invite 300-word 
proposals for papers on any aspect of this theme. Topics might include, 
but are not limited to:

- Culture on the move: the significance of postcards, advertisements, 
newspapers, travelling exhibitions, etc.
- Reactions to new technologies: motor cars, steam turbines, radio, 
film, etc.
- Speed and freedom: travel, independence and access.
- Rushing into infinity: Speed and the representation of time in art.
- Placing the brakes on speed: antidotes to the quickening pace of 
life: stillness, slowness and spirituality.
- Speed and exchange: The impact of Atlantic crossings on 
Anglo-American culture.

We will accept proposals for 15 minute presentations and panels; we are 
also happy to consider experimental approaches and poster ideas. Please 
e-mail proposals (not exceeding 500 words) to 
edwardianculture@hotmail.co.uk. The closing date for applications is 
June 4th, 2017. Participants from inside and outside academia are 
equally welcome!
 
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