Call for Papers

Public Drinking in the Nineteenth Century Conference

Centre for Romantic and Victorian Studies

University of Bristol

The University of Bristol’s Centre for Romantic and Victorian Studies is holding a one-day conference on ‘Public Drinking in the Nineteenth Century’ on Saturday 22 February 2014. Whether it be drinking in public or the public’s drinking habits, public drinking was taken seriously in the nineteenth century. The day explores the paradoxical status of alcohol in the period both as social enabler and source of pleasure, and cause for social and personal concern. The event will enable networking between scholars working in different subject areas to develop this dynamic field of study.

We invite papers to explore the spaces, habits and discourses of social and anti-social drinking. Speakers may discuss representations of drinking practices, drunks and drunkenness in fiction, theatre, periodicals, medical literature, art and the wider culture, and the afterlives of nineteenth-century drinking. We are open to international influence – rum, vodka, curaçao and absinthe are as welcome intellectual stimulation as British beer, whisky and gin.

Abstracts (300 words max.) should be sent to Pam Lock (            by 16 December 2013.

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