After a very long hiatus from delivering talks, I’m back out there to promote several projects, the first among them my recent monograph with Ohio UP (2015). The second a general talk about Digital Humanities. If you’re in the area of Salzburg, Austria or Munich Germany on Sept 1 or Sept 2, please join us for a discussion on two diverse but related topics:

Sept 1, 2015, 11am
University of Salzburg
Unipark, Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1, 4th floor, room 4.202 (poster)

Title: British Ingenuity from German Invention: The Legacy of Rudolph Ackermann and Nineteenth-Century Literary Annuals

Dr. Ralph Poole is graciously hosting a meeting on Sept 1 at 11am at the University of Salzburg where I’ll discuss my work in 19th-century literature and literary annuals. If you or any of your colleagues are interested in joining, please let me know. (I have not learned of the location yet but am assuming that it will take place at the university.) Please feel free to pass along this information to anyone who is interested.

Brief description:
The overwhelming evidence of Rudolph Ackermann’s ingenuity as a publisher in early nineteenth-century London culminates in the development and execution of the first literary annual, The Forget Me Not, which was published by Ackermann 1823-1847. His efforts caused an explosion of British literary annuals that encouraged the production of portable thematic artwork, the gothic short story, poetry by women authors, ekphrastic writing, travel narratives, political and comic writings, among other literary and visual culture. By engaging with the literary annual as a material representation of British Romanticism, I propose to take the audience through an exploration of the development of British nationalism, alternative forms of femininity, and literary taste — all the while based on “borrowing” literary and print culture from Germany, France, and Spain.

The talk is based on my recently published literary history, Forget Me Not: The Rise of the British Literary Annual 1823-1835 (Ohio UP 2015).

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Sept 2, 2015, 5pm
Location: Besprechungsraum, Bavarian Academy of sciences
Sponsored by Prof. Dr. Hubertus Kohle
Dekan der Fakultät für Geschichts-und Kunstwissenschaften
Institut für Kunstgeschichte
LMU München

Title: Digital Humanities and Visual Culture
This symposium will focus on Digital Humanities projects literary and visual cultures and is based on Dr. Harris’ work on the 19th-century British literary annual and the subsequent digital archive. Over the last 5 years, Digital Humanities in North America has evolved into discrete arenas based on disciplinary need. Harris pulls together work in visual culture to demonstrate the primacy of the material object through her digital archival work.