This working group investigates “race” in the Victorian period as a complex, contested concept rather than a self-evident and/or monolithic term referring primarily to colonized peoples. This expanded focus includes, but is not limited to, research on: people of color in British cities; visual/scientific/narrative/poetic depictions of race; fears of miscegenation; abolitionism; conflations of religion with race; racialization of the Irish, Anglo-Jewish, or Roma; race and domestic policies; rhetorics describing indigenous peoples; migrations within empire; conceptions of whiteness; writing by non-white Victorian subjects; contemporary legacies of 19thC paradigms.
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Participants include:
Zarena Aslami (Michigan State U)
Sukanya Banerjee (U of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
Jessica Durgan (Bemidji State U)
Gretchen Gerzina (UMass, Amherst)
Taryn Hakala (U of California, Merced)
Mary-Catherine Harrison (U of Detroit Mercy)
Jodie Matthews (U of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, U.K.)
Michael Meeuwis (U of Warwick, Warwick, U.K.)
Lucy Sheehan (Texas A&M U, Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi)
Andrea Kaston Tange (Macalester C, Saint Paul)
Doreen Thierauf (U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
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See the Discussion Board for conversations between Working Group members and links to the bibliographies-in-progress.

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