“Oceans 19: Currents in Victorian Transoceanic Studies” – The Annual CUNY Victorian Conference, 5/6/16


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

The Annual CUNY Victorian Conference

Organized by Tanya Agathocleous, Richard Kaye, Caroline Reitz, and Talia Schaffer

Friday, May 6, 2016

CUNY Graduate Center

New York, New York

Sponsored by the Victorian Committee of the PhD program in English, the CUNY Graduate Center, Dickens Studies Annual, the Office of the President, the Center for the Humanities, and The Advanced Research Collaborative of the Graduate Center.

This year the theme is “Oceans 19”.

It’s an all-plenary and free conference (no advanced registration required); all interested graduate students and faculty are welcome.

8:45AM – Welcome

Moderator: Maeve Adams, Manhattan College


9:00-10:30AM – Hydroinformation

Charne Lavery

University of Witwatersrand

“Conrad, Cables and the Deep Indian Ocean”


Hester Blum

Pennsylvania State University

“Arctic Dead Letters”

10:30-10:45AM – Break

10:45-12:15PM – Oceanic Ultimatums

Jason Rudy

University of Maryland

“Oceans Away: Radical Elsewheres”


Christopher Taylor

University of Chicago

“Let Them Sink into the Sea: The West Indies in the Free-Trade Empire”

Lunch – 12:15 – 2:15 P.M.

2:15-3:45PM – Maritime Alterity

Cannon Schmitt

University of Toronto

“Soft Water: A Metaphor and Its Vicissitudes”


Margaret Cohen

Stanford University

“The Queer Life under the Sea”

3:45-4:00PM – Break

4:00-5:45PM – Keynote

Amitav Ghosh (Skylight Room)


6:00 P.M.

English Department Lounge

Room 4406

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