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Disseminating Ruskin

Date: 6-7 July 2007 Time: 12.00

Ruskin Centre, Lancaster University 6-7 July, 2007

Venue: The Conference Centre, Lancaster University. All papers will take place in meeting room 2 in the conference centre.

*PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR BOOKING IS 20th June 2007. Please contact us directly by telephone or email if you wish to attend but this date has passed (contact details are on the links below)*

This two day colloquium will be hosted by Professor Keith Hanley (Lancaster), Professor John Walton (Central Lancashire) and Professor Brian Maidment (Salford) who are the three co-directors of an AHRC funded project on 'Ruskin, Cultural Tourism, and Popular Access'. It forms the second annual colloquium derived from the project and follows last year's successful event at Salford. The colloquium will include contributions from museum curators and keepers of Ruskinian collections, who will be discussing the nature of their holdings, their original and continuing relevance to Ruskinian educational ideas, and their place in contemporary understanding of Ruskin.

Plenary papers will be given by Professor David Finkelstein (Queen Margaret University) on nineteenth century publishing and its relationships to popular education and Professor Brian Maidment (Salford) on Ruskinian discipleship, especially the Ruskin Reading Guilds and their periodicals. The colloquium is designed to coincide with the exhibition 'George Allen of Sunnyside' at the Ruskin Library, Lancaster University, and will include a private guided tour of the exhibition on Friday 6th July, led by its curator, Paul Dawson.

The colloquium will engage specifically with the ways in which John Ruskin's thought and work have been, and continue to be, disseminated through such cultural and economic means as museums, books, social experimentation, and business or manufacturing practices. In particular the colloquium will discuss Ruskin's books and their place within nineteenth century publishing history, Ruskin's readers, and the museums and collections set up in his name or guided by his teaching.

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Dr Rachel Dickinson, AHRC Research Associate:


Lauren Proctor, Ruskin Centre Administrator:

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Further information

Associated staff: Rachel Dickinson, Lauren Kenwright

Organising departments and research centres: Ruskin Research Centre


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