Center for British Studies

CBS Events

Fall 2018

“Strange Vernaculars: A Colloquium"
Thursday, October 4, 2018
4.30 pm to 6.30 pm
315 Wheeler Hall (Maude Fife Room)

featuring:
Janet Sorensen (Berkeley)
Celeste Langan (Berkeley)
Deidre Shauna Lynch (Harvard)
Maureen McLane (NYU)
Daniel Tiffany (USC)

While eighteenth-century efforts to standardize the English language have long been studied—from Samuel Johnson's Dictionary to grammar and elocution books of the period—less well-known are the era's popular collections of odd slang, criminal argots, provincial dialects, and nautical jargon. Strange Vernaculars delves into how these published works presented the supposed lexicons of the "common people" and traces the ways that these languages, once shunned and associated with outsiders, became objects of fascination in printed glossaries—from The New Canting Dictionary to Francis Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue—and in novels, poems, and songs, including works by Daniel Defoe, John Gay, Samuel Richardson, Robert Burns, and others. Shedding new light on the history of the English language, Strange Vernaculars explores how eighteenth-century British literature transformed the patois attributed to those on the margins into living symbols of the nation.

Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Department of English, the Center for British Studies, the Florence Green Bixby Chair in English, and the James D. Hart Chair

Workshop: "Governing healthcare networks: developing a decentred perspective on the narratives and situated practices of networks in health care settings"
Friday, September 28, 2018

Organized by Mark Bevir and Justin Waring

This workshop aims to develop a decentred analysis of network governance in healthcare settings. In particular, the workshops aims to explore the interplay between the elite narratives of networks found within health policy and service leadership, and the local traditions of (net-) working and resistance to networking located within the situated and meaningful practices of local actors.


Conference: British Art and the Global
University of California, Berkeley

September 17-18, 2018

What is the role of art history in the Brexit era? In the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, the history of Britain’s relationships with the rest of the world takes on renewed significance. This two-day, international conference explores how art history today can shed light on the history of Britain’s interaction with other countries and cultures.

Co-organizers: Imogen Hart (History of Art Department, UC Berkeley) and David Peters Corbett (Courtauld Institute of Art, London).

Keynote speakers: Tim Barringer (Yale University); Dorothy Price (University of Bristol); and Mary Roberts (University of Sydney).

Co-sponsors: the Center for British Studies, the History of Art Department, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Centre for American Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. More information is available here.

 

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