Announcements – 6 February 2012

>> New Publications

Claire Lowrie, ‘The Transcolonial Politics of Chinese Domestic Mastery in Singapore and Darwin 1910s-1930s,’ Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 12, 3 (Winter 2011).

Maram Epstein, ‘Patrimonial Bonds: Daughters, Fathers, and Power in Tianyuhua,’ Late Imperial China 32, 2 (December 2011): 1-33.

Rebecca J. Mancuso, ‘Three Thousand Families: English Canada’s Colonizing Vision and British Family Settlement, 1919-39,’ Journal of Canadian Studies 45, 3 (Fall 2011): 5-33.

Leonore Davidoff, Thicker than Water: Siblings and their Relations, 1780-1920 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).

>> Call for Submissions

The Victorian Review invites submissions for a special issue mapping out new ideas of the family in the nineteenth century, including:

• adoption and foster care
• cultural directives about proper filial behavior
• romantic marriage
• sibling relationships
• perceived threats to the family
• family formation in a colonial context
• the effect of changing marriage laws
• family unions
• narratives of unusual or idealized families
• discourses about primitive families
• primogeniture and inheritance
• incest and familial unions
• same-sex and non-normative couples
• lateral relations: cousins, uncles, aunts
• domestic fictions
• ex-spouses, love triangles, bigamous relations
• families without parents
• political/journalistic debates about familial roles
• servants, companions, governesses
• in-laws, poor relations, extended family

From the CFP: ‘We aim to showcase the subjects not usually considered in the nuclear family: the servant, the grandparent, the poor relation, the foster child, the ex-spouse. What does family look like when we see it as a permeable, flexible, shifting configuration? Thus, we particularly invite essays that resist the privileging of the nuclear family and work against the teleological narrative of the (heteronormative) courtship plot.’

The deadline is April 1, 2012. Submit essays of not more than 8,000 words (including endnotes), in MLA style to both guest editors by email attachment. Please consult the Victorian Review website for further submission guidelines.

>> Events

The East India Company and Me
Sammy Ofer Wing, National Maritime Museum, London (UK)
11:00-18:00 – Saturday 25 February 2012

From the website: ‘Amitav Ghosh’s Man Booker-nominated novel Sea of Poppies, partly researched at this museum, sets the tone for our closing day.

‘Set during the Opium Wars, it features a polyglot cast and crew: a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts – people only hinted at in official records. As they sail down the Hooghly River and into the sea, their old family ties are washed away and they forge new lives in remote lands. Ghosh’s Ibis trilogy attempts to fill in the blanks left by the archives.

‘Might you be descended from merchants, soldiers, seamen, indentured labourers? Does someone in your family have a connection to the East India Company?

‘Discover and share your own connections to the East India Company with the help of experts from The National Archives, London Metropolitan Archives and National Maritime Museum. Hear from historians and genealogists who have successfully traced their own ancestors, from Anglo-Indians to Chinese-Caribbeans and British Yemenis. The day will culminate in an interview with Amitav Ghosh by Razia Iqbal.

Part of the Traders Unpacked season, 25 September 2011–25 February 2012. Events programme sponsored by Sharwood’s.

The East India Company was given its first royal charter by Elizabeth I. By the time it was abolished 250 years later, Queen Victoria was on the throne. Traders: the East India Company and Asia is a new gallery at the museum which examines the history and relevance of Britain’s trade with Asia, through the East India Company.’

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