A Time of Judgement
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    Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

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This international, interdisciplinary conference seeks to examine the role of ‘judgement’ in the 19th century, in both the Anglophone and European cultures. As a theme, related to but distinct from notions of justice, judgement has not attracted much attention from humanities scholars in contrast to the interest expressed in philosophy and psychology.

The 19th century saw judgement operating and developing in a multiplicity of ways: with national and international architectural and art competitions, and awards for design at universal exhibitions, and the proliferation of a literary market that saw judgement (understood as discrimination and evaluation) exercised in popular and learned reviews. Scientific controversies also involved judgements.

The legal aspect of judgment is an obvious theme and can be explored from both legal history and literary perspectives, as well as through visual culture. The conference is also, however, interested in how non-legal acts of judgement were depicted, for example in Pre-Raphaelite and other artistic representations of the ‘judgement of Paris’, or Christian works such as John Martin’s ‘Last Judgement’.

Keynote speakers 

  • Professor David Amigoni, School of Humanities, Keele University, on the dispute between Samuel Butler and Charles Darwin and its attendant call for ‘judgements’ in the scientific world.
  • Professor Leslie J Moran, School of Law, Birkbeck College, on audiences and users of judicial photographic portraiture in the era of the carte de visite.

Other confirmed speakers include Ginger Frost, Samford University, Gail Savage, St Mary’s College of Maryland and Meg Arnot, University of Roehampton. 

And from the SOLON [Promoting Interdisciplinary Studies in Law, Crime and History] network: Dr Judith Rowbotham, Plymouth University, Professor Kim Stevenson, Plymouth University, Sarah Wilson, University of York, and Dr Daniel Grey, Plymouth University.

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