Paris and London 1851–1900: Spaces of Transformation

Paris and London 1851–1900: Spaces of Transformation was an international conference about the cultural transfers between the two capital cities in the second half of the nineteenth century. The conference was co-organised by Claire Bitoun, Alexandre Burin and Cécile Roche, doctoral students in French and English literature (Oxford and Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense), with the help of Céline Sabiron (Oxford/Nancy).

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Friday, 23 October

13:30–14:00 | Registration

14:00–15:30 | Panel 1: History and Spaces

  • ‘The modernization of Paris through the development of London, the perspective of Haussmann’, Tri Tran (University of Tours)
  • ‘Science in Translation: The Reception of Natural History in the Late XIXth Century’, Véronique Lyons Charriere (University of Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris)
  • ‘Paris-Londres (1870–71), entre séparation obsidionale et conscience commune’, Edouard Galby-Marinetti (Paul-Valéry University, Montpellier III)

15:30–16:00 | Coffee Break

16:00–17:30 | Panel 2: Art Out of Its Frame


  • ‘“Fancy liquors and sky-high kickers”: The Invention of Gay Paree, 1867–1914’, Jonathan Colin (University of Southampton)
  • ‘Cloudy Skies: Photography over Paris and London in 1862’, Anna-Louise Milne (University of London Institute, Paris)
  • ‘Paris-Londres, des “monster citi[es]”: le music-hall, ce “mardi gras de l’esprit” fin-de-siècle?’, Anastasia Scepi (University of Paris-Sorbonne)

18:00–19:00 | Keynote Speakers: Diana Cooper-Richet, Michel Rapoport

19:00–20:00 | Drinks

20:00–22:30 | Dinner

Saturday, 24 October

09:00–10:30 | Panel 3: Pictorial Art


  • ‘British Art through French Eyes: Paul Bourget’s “Lettres de Londres” and the Aesthetics of Transnational Encounter’, Juliet Simpson (Coventry University/Wolfson College, Oxford),
  • ‘L’angoisse de l’influence: la peinture anglaise et française dans la seconde moitié du XIXème siècle’, Anne-Estelle Leguy (University of Paris-Sorbonne)
  • ‘Devilish Designs: Debating the Use of Arsenical Pigments in Wallpapers in Paris and London, 1851–1900’, Amélie Müller (Oxford University)

10:30–11:00 | Coffee Break

09:00–13:30 | Panel 4: Literature

  • ‘Les bas-fonds de Paris et Londres dans les années 1880 : études de Bel-Ami et de The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, Dimitri Roboly (University of Athens)
  • ‘La Commune de Londres dans le Rimbaud des Illuminations’, Rafika Hammoudi (University of Rennes 2)
  • ‘“Haunted colours, haunting words”: Jean Lorrain’s La Princesse des chemins and the influence of Edward Burne-Jones’, Alexandre Burin (King’s College London)

13:30–14:30 | Lunch

14:30–16:00 | Panel 5: Translation


  • ‘Translation Transformations of Space in Wilde’s “Louis Napoleon” and Verhaeren’s “Londres”’, Daniel Finch-Race (Trinity College, Cambridge)
  • ‘“Ta voix m’enivre/Thy voice is music to my ear”: The in-between space of Oscar Wilde’s bilingual Salomé from Paris to London’, Elodie Degroisse (University of Paris-Sorbonne)

16:00–17:00 | Keynote Speaker: Patrick McGuinness

17:30 | Drinks