Call for Papers: Embodied Spectatorship and Performance in Theatre and Visual Culture, 1780-1914

Throughout the long nineteenth century the ways in which spectators observed the world in which they lived and entertainments on offer changed radically. New modes of viewing were facilitated by technological developments and innovations in this period: a range of optical toys were produced, while developments in painting techniques contributed to new spectacular entertainments such as panoramas and dioramas, and new printing methods facilitated the circulation of images to a wider audience. These changes created an opportunity for significant developments in theatrical performance. Images and motifs were frequently realised or remediated across different media, including the theatre, providing multivalent experiences for their audiences.

We invite papers and panels that consider embodied spectatorship and performance from a multiple range of perspectives, and in the widest possible terms. See to read the full call for papers and to find out more, or contact Dr Kate Holmes,

We anticipate this conference will be of particular interest to scholars from art history, visual culture, cultural geography, theatre history and those with an interest in curation.

Conference date: 23-26 June 2020

Conference location: University of Exeter

Organised as part of the AHRC-funded ‘Theatre & Visual Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century’ project.