Uneasy Neighbours?: Rural-Urban Relationships in the Nineteenth Century

20 September, 2013 (All day)

UNEASY NEIGHBOURS?: RURAL-URBAN RELATIONSHIPS IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY   

AN INTERNATIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE   

20 SEPTEMBER 2013   

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: KEITH D.M. SNELL

Professor of Rural and Cultural History, University of Leicester   

 

The relationship between urban and rural communities in the nineteenth century was increasingly strained by the unprecedented rate and scale of social, industrial, technological and economic change worldwide. Cities demanded ever more from agriculture, while rural populations decreased; country life and work were changed by mechanisation and industrialisation, while newcomers to the cities had to adjust to alien ways of living and conditions of employment; poverty was commonplace in both the countryside and the cities, while the newly wealthy became landowners and urban leaders. This 1-day interdisciplinary conference aims to consider evidence of the tensions, anxieties and experiences resulting from the changing dynamic between rural and urban life, to examine how this shaped the perceptions of the country and the city, and to explore how these are articulated in different contexts.

Suggested topics might include (but are not limited to):

The rival attractions of rural and urban living; the rise of the suburb; changing ideals of national identity; representations of rural and urban life and work in art and science; women’s lives and work in the country and city; rural and urban health/wealth/poverty; utopianism; urban/rural perspectives in the contemporary press; the role and influence of religion; landowners as businessmen and entrepreneurs; the lives of chil