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Imagined Civities

Cities and Alternatives in the 19th Century

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Published on Friday, February 24, 2012 by Loïc Le Pape


Imagined Civities is an interdisciplinary conference examining the changes in the Victorian city. Stemming from The Guild, the 19th century seminar held at Cambridge University, the conference aims to explore any aspect of cultural and intellectual responses to urbanisation in the 19th century. The keynote address will be delivered by Prof. Peter Mandler. For more information and registration, please see http://theguild.posterous.com/


Imagined Civities: Cities and Alternatives in the 19th Century, organised by ‘The Guild: Interdisciplinary 19th Century Studies’, at the University of Cambridge



Keynote Speaker

  • Prof. PETER MANDLER, Faust comes to town:  The ‘creative destruction’ of the Victorian city.

Ancient and Ruined Cities

  • Dr. MARCUS WAITHE, The reconstruction of cities
  • LUCILA MALLART, The modern construction of a medieval image of Barcelona (1839-1897)
  • CATHERINE REDFORD, ‘In every street is solitude’: The deserted city in Romantic Last Man literature. The City in Fiction
  • Dr. BÉNÉDICTE COSTE, ‘Beata Urbs’: Pater and the city
  • EWA SZYPULA, Urban decay: Balzac and the debris of the everyday
  • LILI SARNYAI, ‘The huge oppressive amusing city’: late 19th century London in Henry James’s ‘The Lesson of the Master’

The Environment of the City

  • Prof. DEAN HAWKES, Sir John Soane and the climate of 19th century London
  • Dr. ORIEL PRIZEMAN, Imagining purity
  • OWEN HOLLAND, ‘And dream of London, small, and white, and clean’: William Morris and the re-visioning of the metropolis

Living with the Past

  • Prof. ROSEMARY SWEET, Excavation, improvement and urban history in the 1840s
  • Dr. KATE HILL, The representation of the urban and urban history in museums, 1850-1914
  • ESTELLE MURAIL, Imaginative reconfigurations of the cityscape and belatedness: the case of Thomas De Quincey and Walter Benjamin


If you would like to attend, please send a cheque for £10 (£5 students) payable to ‘Austen Saunders’, to Austen Saunders, Wolfson College, Cambridge, CB3 9BB, with your name, email, title, and affiliation.  Please also let us know if you would you like to attend the conference dinner (at your own expense).  For more information on The Guild please visit: http://theguild.posterous.com/.


  • 9 West Road (English Faculty)
    Cambridge, Britain


  • Friday, June 08, 2012

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  • aurelie petiot
    courriel : petiot [dot] aurelie [at] gmail [dot] com

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  • aurelie petiot
    courriel : petiot [dot] aurelie [at] gmail [dot] com

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« Imagined Civities », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Friday, February 24, 2012, https://calenda.org/207397

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