Eyetopia: Victorian Dreams of Place & Vision, Friday November 5th, 1pm – 6pm

A literature and science colloquium at the Anatomy Museum, King's College London, Strand Campus. All welcome.

Speakers: David Amigoni, Isobel Armstrong, Audrey Linkman, Paul White and Alison Wood.

How and what did the Victorians see? From blinking to staring, observing, voyeurism, to conjuring spectral visions of the dead, the Victorian imaginaire derived much of its power from the aqueous life of the eyeball. But to what worlds, both real and imagined, did their manifold forms of visualisation take them?


1.00 –1.30pm Coffee & tea

1.30pm  Welcome & Opening remarks

1.45 – 3.30 pm Session 1

Panel Chair:  Ian Henderson (KCL)
Alison Wood (KCL): ‘Image and Wonder: Stebbing, Gosse and the Miraculous Lens’
Paul White (Cambridge): ‘The Eye Observed’
David Amigoni (Keele): ‘“The Picture is Quite Washed Out”: Eye Power and Vision in Galton and Late Darwin’

3.30 – 4.00 pm Coffee & tea  

4.00 – 5.30 pm Session 2

Panel Chair: Josephine McDonagh (KCL)
Audrey Linkman (Independent): ‘Taken from Life: Post-Mortem Portraits in the Victorian Family Album’
Isobel Armstrong (Birkbeck): ‘Victorian Poetry and the Poetics of the Photograph’

5.30 – 6.00pm Wine Reception

All welcome and entrance is free. For more details, please see the KCL Shows of London website, or contact Tammy Ho (lai_ming.ho@kcl.ac.uk) or Dr Louise Lee (louise.lee@kcl.ac.uk).

Nearest tube: District Line, Temple.