Thursday, April 17, 2014

CFP: Anxious Forms (5/15/2014; 8/22/2014)

Anxious Forms: Bodies in Crisis in Victorian Literature and Culture
The University of Glasgow
August 22, 2014 
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Anxious Forms is a one-day interdisciplinary conference which seeks to engage with the Victorian era as a period of anxiety manifested in physical form, be it the human body, national, ideological, and scientific bodies, or literary and artistic forms. Recent criticism of the long nineteenth century has viewed the period as one of crisis: a collection of critical moments which are framed as decisive, paradigmatic shifts. Criticism frequently considers the physical manifestations of anxieties surrounding industrial progress, imperial expansion, and scientific and medical advancements, as well as shifting concepts of gender, religion, race, class, and sexuality.

However, some scholars have started to question the basis of such a reading, asking to what extent this is a contemporary application of the concept of 'anxiety'. This conference intends to open up this debate and stimulate discussion across disciplines. 

Confirmed speakers include Dr Nicholas Daly (University College Dublin), Dr Christine Ferguson (University of Glasgow) and Dr Megan Coyer (University of Glasgow). Through this conference we wish to highlight the University of Glasgow as a major centre for multidisciplinary Victorian research and intend this to be the first annual nineteenth-century conference hosted by the University, with an accompanying published collection of papers.

Topics for papers might include, but are not limited to:
  • Bodies of publication
  • Narrative Forms
  • Identity crises
  • Objectified, pornographic or voyeuristic bodies
  • Bodies of commodification and consumption
  • Spiritual, supernatural and spectral bodies
  • Bodies politic, national and foreign bodies
  • Environmental, geological and archaeological bodies
  • Medicine and the medical humanities
  • Biological, mechanical and prosthetic bodies
  • Forms of cartography and travel writing
  • Art, illustration, film and photography
  • Collected and classified bodies
  • Neo-Victorianism
  • Bodies of knowledge

We welcome proposals from postgraduate and early career researchers, as well as from more established academics. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words for 20-minute conference papers, together with an academic CV, to by May 15, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of the following week.

The conference is free to attend for both speakers and non-speakers; please contact us (Abigail Boucher and Alexandra Foulds at to register.

CFP: PAMLA 2014 "Literature and the Other Arts" (5/15/2014; 10/31-11/2/2014)

PAMLA 2014: Literature and the Other Arts
Riverside, CA
October 31-November 2, 2014
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Proposals for papers are invited on any subject relating to the session theme of literature and the other arts. PAMLA 2014’s special conference theme is “Familiar Spirits,” so papers that consider the familiar, familial, and the commonplace in relation to the paranormal, strange, and uncanny, or reference spiritualism, spirits, hauntings, manifestations, conjuring, or magic will be particularly appropriate, but proposals on any topic related to literature and the other arts are equally welcome.

Please submit your proposal via the PAMLA website ( For questions about the session, please contact Judy DeTar at

The 2014 PAMLA conference will be held Friday, October 31st through Sunday, November 2nd at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, California. More information is available at the PAMLA website, Conference guidelines and procedures and the answers many frequently asked questions can be found at

CFP: MMLA '14 "The City and the Aesthetic" (5/31/2014; 11/13-16/14)

CFP for English II: English Literature 1800-1900
MMLA 2014
Detroit, MI
November 13-16, 2014
Deadline: May 31, 2014

Please consider submitting an abstract to the nineteenth-century section of the Midwest Modern Language Association's annual conference.

"The City and the Aesthetic"
From William Wordsworth’s “Upon Westminster Bridge” to William Morris’s horror at modern cityscapes, from the craze for Aesthetic housewares to debates over working-class access to art museums, the nineteenth-century city presented both aesthetic problems and aesthetic opportunities. How did urbanization transform both the aesthetic experiences that were available and the categories through which these experiences were understood? Implicit in this question is a recognition that the city may provide an especially fertile ground for exploring negative aesthetic reactions like distaste or disgust, which remain comparatively under-theorized.

Papers that approach “The City and the Aesthetic” through the lens of perception, affect, or pleasure are welcome, as are papers that connect aesthetics to politics, consumption, or class.

Send abstracts to Julia Bninski ( by May 31. Abstracts should be approximately 250-500 words. Please provide the following information: your name, institutional affiliation, email address, and paper title. For more information visit

Monday, April 07, 2014

Registration: The Turbulent Mind (5/16-17/2014)

The Turbulent Mind: Madness, Moods and Melancholy in the Art of the Nineteenth Century
Ghent, Museum of Fine Arts,
In collaboration with the Research Platform XIX and the European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art
May 16-17, 2014

With the support of the Research Foundation - Flanders, Flemish Art Collection, Museum of Fine Arts Ghent, Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History (OSK), Ghent University - Faculty of Arts and Philosophy

On May 7, 1824, Eugène Delacroix wrote in his diary: “I do not care for reasonable painting at all. I can see that my turbulent mind needs agitation, needs to free itself, to try a hundred different things before reaching the goal whose tyrannous call everywhere torments me. (...) If I am not quivering like a snake in the hands of Pythoness, I am cold; I must recognize it and submit to it; and to do so is happiness.”

In these lines, Delacroix evoked the age-old theme of the mad artist, tormented but divinely inspired, balancing on the verge of insanity and genius. The attraction of this idea to Delacroix was hardly an isolated phenomenon. The rise of romanticism saw an exploding interest in the irrational and its potential to liberate the arts, and even the world at large, and this interest resonated throughout the rest of the nineteenth century. 

On the occasion of the Théodore Géricault exhibition in the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, the museum joins forces with the Research Platform XIX and the European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art to organise a two-day conference to explore the theme of madness and art in the nineteenth century, a time when artists first deliberately turned for inspiration to the mentally deviant and fully developed the idea of art as an expression of the emotional self. The conference brings together international specialists in the field and deals with both the myth of the artistic temperament and representations of madness, moods or melancholy.

Organising committee: Jan Dirk Baetens (Radboud University, Nijmegen), Koen Brosens (KU Leuven), Rachel Esner (University of Amsterdam), Bruno Fornari (Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent), Jenny Reynaerts (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), Johan De Smet (Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent), Marjan Sterckx (Ghent University) and Cathérine Verleysen (Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent)

Scientific committee: Werner Adriaenssens (Royal Museum of Art and History, Brussels), Maite van Dijk (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam), Mayken Jonkman (RKD, The Hague), Herwig Todts (Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp), Francisca Vandepitte (Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Brussels), Filip Vermeylen (Erasmus University, Rotterdam) and Catherine de Zegher (Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent

More information:
Jan Dirk Baetens, Radboud University Nijmegen:
Cathérine Verleysen, Museum of Fine Arts Ghent:
Admission: € 40 (students € 25) 
Includes coffee breaks and lunch on 16 and 17 May
Max. registrations: 100

Registration: Email to (mentioning your institutional affiliation), and transfer of the registration fee to: 
AGB Kunsten en Design – Botermarkt 1 – B-9000 Ghent – Belgium
IBAN BE11 0910 1974 1448
Mentioning name of participant and ‘The Turbulent Mind’ 
Confirmation of registration takes place only after receipt of the conference fee.
Languages: English / Français

Registration Open: Remarkable Reynolds: Dickens's Radical Rival (7/26/2014)

Westminster City Archives and
The University of Roehampton Present:
Remarkable Reynolds: Dickens's Radical Rival
University of Roehampton
London, UK
July 26, 2014

“a name with which no lady’s, and no gentleman’s, should be associated…”- Charles Dickens
A FREE bicentenary event exploring the life & work of George W M Reynolds

Saturday 26 July 2014
11.00am – 4.00 pm
City of Westminster Archives Centre
Tea and coffee available from 10.30
Exhibition of Reynolds-related material

Keynote Speakers:
Anne Humpherys
Louis James
Readings by Michael Slater from Bleak House and The Mysteries of London

Places are FREE but limited.
To reserve your place, REGISTER at:
Westminster City Archives, 10 St Ann’s St, London SW1P 2DE
tel.: 020 7641 5180
Email Mary L. Shannon at the University of Roehampton with any questions:

CFP: '14 ICR "Romantic Reflections" (4/21/2014; 9/25-28/2014)

“Romantic Reflections”
2014 International Conference on Romanticism
Minneapolis, Minnesota
September 25-28, 2014
Deadline: April 21, 2014

The 2014 meeting of the International Conference on Romanticism will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the heart of downtown on the banks of the Mississippi river September 25th-28th. In keeping with the spirit of the ICR, the conference organizers wish to focus on the cross-disciplinary and international aspects of Romanticism. The theme will be Romantic Reflections, which should be interpreted in its broadest context. Possible topics could include but should not be limited to:
  • Reflections in the arts
  • Reflections in the sciences
  • Romantic reflections
  • Sociological reflections
  • Cross-national echoes
  • Colonial reflections
  • Reflections in nature
  • Gothic appropriations
  • Intertextual echoes
  • Boundary and border crossings
  • Romantic collaborations
  • Interdisciplinary Romanticism
  • Aesthetic reflections
  • Romantic appropriations of archetypes and myths
  • Environmental reflections
  • Romantic Others
  • Class reflections
  • Gender reflections
  • War and Peace
  • Critical reflections
  • Philosophical reflections
  • Traveling reflections
  • Economic echoes
Abstract for complete panels and individual papers are welcome. Please send 250 word abstracts to The deadline for submissions is April 21, 2014.

Forum: Birkbeck Summer Programme (Summer 2014)

Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies
Summer Term 2014 Programme

Friday 9 May 2014, 6.00–8.00pm
Pamela Gilbert (Florida): 'Body Objects and History: The Skin of the Marquis'

Monday 19 May 2014, 7.30–9.00pm
"Clouds: Objects, Metaphor, Phenomena"
Panel Discussion with Vladimir Jankovic (Manchester), Richard Hamblyn (Birkbeck), and Esther Leslie (Birkbeck)

Wednesday 21 May 2014, 6.00–9.00pm
"From Text to Screen and Back: Adaptation Across Media"
Workshop with Richard Taws (UCL), Silke Arnold-de Simine (Birkbeck), and Ann Lewis (Birkbeck)

Thursday 22 May 2014, 7.40–9.00 pm
Sarah Thomas (Birkbeck): "Curating 'Empire' at Tate: Dissonance and British Art"
To be held in Room G01, 43 Gordon Square

Wednesday 4 June 2014, 6.00–8.00pm
Mary Hunter (McGill): "Ladies in Waiting: Time and Gynecology in Toulouse-Lautrec's Rue des Moulins (1894)"

Monday 16 June 2014, 6.00–8.00pm
Nicholas Gaskill (Rutgers): "Interior Designs: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Progressive Art of Pure Colour"

Tuesday 1 July 2014, 6.00-8.00pm
Rachel Teukolsky (Vanderbilt): "Cartomania: Sensation, Celebrity, and the Democratized Portrait"

Tuesday 8 July 2014, 6.00-8.00pm
Sue Zemka (Colorado State, Boulder): "Prosthetic Hands and Phantom Limbs"

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions take place in the Keynes Library (Room 114, School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD). The sessions are free and all are welcome, but since the venue has limited space it will be first come, first seated.

For more information, see:

For more information on Arts Week 2014, a list of other events, and to book free tickets, see:

Please email to join our mailing list or to obtain further information about the series.

Extended Deadline: The Prosaic Imaginary: Novels and the Everyday, 1750-2000 (4/11/2014; 7/1-4/2014)

The Prosaic Imaginary: Novels and the Everyday, 1750-2000
University of Sydney
July 1-4 2014
FINAL Deadline: April 11, 2014

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: 
Professor Maud Ellmann, Randy L. & Melvin R. Berlin Professor of the Development of the Novel in English, Chicago
Assist. Professor Julie Park, Vassar
Professor John Plotz, Brandeis

The conference will open up the nuances of the term ‘prosaic’ by exploring the privileged relationship between the novel genre and multiple and complex categories of the ‘everyday’. Building on John Plotz’s notion of the novel as exemplary ‘portable property’, the conference will address the relationship between novel-reading as everyday activity and the novel’s prosaic subject matter, whether this is conceived as material object, cultural practice, or speech act.

Suggested topics:  
  • The novel and things
  • The novel and film/and TV
  • Readerships of the novel
  • The novel and gender
  • The novel and childhood
  • Queer novels
  • Psychologies of the novel
  • Novel genres
  • The odd or uncategorisable
  • The secular imagination
  • Book history and the novel
  • The novel and the digital everyday
  • Characters as quasi-persons
  • Novel worlds
  • The novel and the institutionalisation of affect
  • The novel as political action
  • Temporalities of the novel
  • The novel and the forms of property
  • The scale of the novel

Proposals for 20 minute papers or for 3 paper panel sessions should be sent to Vanessa Smith ( by April 11, 2014. Postgraduate submissions welcomed.

For more information visit:

Thursday, April 03, 2014

CPF: “Longevity Networks” Special Issue Victoriographies (6/30/2014; Fall 2015)

CFP: “Longevity Networks” Special Issue
Victoriographies, A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Writing, 1790-1914
Fall 2015: “Longevity Networks.”
Deadline: June 30, 2014

Essays are sought for a special number of Victoriographies inspired by the concept of textual longevity. There is a great deal of energy in media studies, new materialism, and print culture around questions of textual longevity. We understand longevity to mean the iterability of text, broadly conceived: reprinting, versions, editions, revisions, translation, interpretation, appropriation, the readymade, intermediality, homage, modernization, spoof, and parody.

Scholars in textual studies challenge us to consider the variability of the text over time, historical eras, national borders, print format, and genre. At the same time, Caroline Levine’s suggestion of "birth-time" in a recent issue of Victorian Studies (Summer 2013) begs the related question whether there is also a "death-time" for texts. She argues that we should turn to form, and specifically to networks, to understand literary history in ways that nation-focused approaches overlook. Texts moving through time and space develop relational networks, which raises a number of productive questions: If we consider networks of textual circulation as organic forms (networks as organisms), what might such readings yield? What might readings of the "birth-time" or "death-time" (or lack thereof) for a text teach us about how we define a text? About nationalist claims and canonization? About authorial and textual identity? About generic distinctions and ways of reading? Or about crafting a more expansive, interpenetrative literary history that extends beyond a critical reliance on place of origin or periodization?

We seek contributions to this special issue that generate a discussion on the iterable textual body as an object that simultaneously resists decay and requires human intervention to assist its regeneration, as that which is at once inanimate and living, embodied and disembodied, singular and networked. We invite articles invested in Victorian literature and in interrogating, recharting, reinscribing, and retracing the long nineteenth century.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Genre and periodization
  • National identification, borders, boundaries
  • Publication formats, print culture, the literary market place
  • Recycled narratives, interpretations, versions, fan fiction
  • Artifacts, archives, special collections, the museum, digitised treasures
  • Chronotopes, memory, preservation, and nostalgia; deep time readings
  • Literary aesthetics of death and afterlives
  • Translations, intermediality, circulation, appropriation
  • Media studies, history of the book
  • Matter and meaning-making; materialist poetics
  • Literary assemblages, paratextual matter
  • Possibilities/limitations of new materialism in literary studies
  • History of science and technology, the posthuman
  • Neo-Victorian, steampunk

Please submit essays of 5,000-7,000 words (inclusive of end notes), a 250-word abstract, a brief biographical sketch, and 5-6 keywords (preferably not words used in the title) for online searches to Guest Editor Amy Kahrmann Huseby (University of Wisconsin-Madison) at by June 30, 2014.

Please do not submit a manuscript that is under consideration elsewhere.

Public Lecture: Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies (5/19/2014)

Annual Public Lecture
Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies
Leeds Trinity University, West Yorkshire
May 19, 2014 

Everyone is warmly invited to attend the annual Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies public lecture, which will be on Monday 19 May 2014 at 7pm in the Auditorium at Leeds Trinity University, West Yorkshire.  It will be delivered by our fourth visiting professor, Regenia Gagnier (Professor of English at the University of Exeter) on the topic “The Global Circulation of Victorian Actants and Ideas: in the Niche of Nature, Culture and Technology”. The lecture will be preceded by a wine reception at 6pm in the Conference Suite to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies.

Professor Gagnier is a distinguished scholar in the field of Victorian Studies and an outstanding critical thinker, whose work has contributed substantially to our understanding of the modern human condition. She has published numerous books on Victorian literature and culture, including Idylls of the Marketplace: Oscar Wilde and the Victorian Public (Stanford, 1986), Subjectivities: A History of Self-Representation in Britain 1832-1920 (Oxford, 1991), The Insatiability of Human Wants: Economics and Aesthetics in Market Society (Chicago, 2000) and Individualism, Decadence and Globalization: on the Relationship of Part to Whole 1859-1920 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

For further information and to book on to this free event, visit: or

CFP: The Victorians and Literary Theory (5/15/2014; 10/31-11/2/2014)

Special Session, PAMLA 2014
Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, California
October 31- November 2, 2014
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Paper proposals sought for an approved PAMLA special session entitled "The Victorians and Literary Theory."  Proposals may address British Victorian fiction, poetry, drama, or non-fiction, but the emphasis should be on literary/critical theory and/or the history of literary criticism.  In keeping with the conference theme of "Familiar Spirits," this special session aims to reflect on the continuing value of Victorian literature to those who engage with literary theory.

Submission Deadline: The deadline for proposing papers to the approved sessions will be Thursday, May 15, 2014. Proposals should be submitted via the online submission form to be available at the following address: Questions may be directed to Al Drake

Reminder: Essay Prize: RSVP "The 2014 Rosemary VanArsdel Prize" (5/1/2014)

The 2014 Rosemary VanArsdel Prize
Research Society for Victorian Periodicals
Deadline: May 1, 2014

The VanArsdel Prize is awarded annually to the best graduate student essay investigating Victorian periodicals and newspapers. The prize was established in 1990 to honor Rosemary VanArsdel, a founding member of RSVP whose groundbreaking research continues to shape the field of nineteenth-century periodical studies.

Graduate students are invited to submit essays for the 2014 VanArsdel Prize for the best graduate student essay on, about, or extensively using Victorian periodicals. The winner will receive $300 and publication in Victorian Periodicals Review. Submissions should be 15-25 pages, excluding notes and bibliography. Manuscripts should not have appeared in print. Send e-mail submissions to VPR Editor Alexis Easley (maeasley @ by May 1, 2014. Submissions should be formatted as Word files in Chicago style with identifying information removed. In an accompanying e-mail, applicants should include a description of their current status in graduate school.

For more information please visit:

Special Event: Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies Podcast

Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies Podcast

More audio recordings for the Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies have now been posted on our website:

Here is a list of the new recordings:

  • Angela Dunstan (Kent): "Sculptography, Sculpturing Machines, and Inanimate Sculptors: Sculpture, Authenticity and Replication in Victorian Literature"
  • Vladimir Jankovic (Manchester): "Climate Fetishism in the Long Nineteenth Century?"
  • Dennis Denisoff (Ryerson): "The Eco-Politics of Women's Pagan Desires"
Recordings and event reports of other Forum events will also be posted to this website in the future. For more information about the Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies or to view other events going on at the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at Birkbeck, please visit the website at:

To be added to the mailing list for the Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies, please email:

CFP: The "Exotic" Body in 19th-century British Drama (5/25/2014; 9/25-26/2014)

The ‘Exotic’ Body in 19th-century British Drama
University of Oxford
Faculty of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford
Funded under the 2011 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships scheme, European Commission
September 25-26, 2014
Deadline: May 25, 2014

Convenor: Dr Tiziana Morosetti (Oxford)

Confirmed speakers:
Professor Ross Forman (Warwick), Dr Peter Yeandle (Manchester),
Dr Hazel Waters (Institute of Race Relations, London)

Increasing attention has been paid in recent years to the representation of the Other on the 19th-century British stage, with key studies such as Acts of Supremacy: The British Empire and the Stage, 1790-1930 (Bratton et al. 1991), The Orient on the Victorian Stage (Ziter 2003), Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910 (Brooks 2006), Racism on the Victorian Stage: Representation of Slavery and the Black Character (Waters 2007), Nineteenth-Century Theatre and the Imperial Encounter (Gould 2011), China and the Victorian Imagination: Empires Entwined (Forman 2013). Building on these, the conference aims at exploring the concept, politics, and aesthetic features of the ‘exotic’ body on stage, be it the actual body of the actor/actress as s/he performs in genres such as the ‘Oriental’ extravaganza, or the fictional, ‘picturesque’ bodies they bring on stage. A term that in itself needs interrogation, the ‘exotic’ will therefore be discussed addressing the visual features that characterize the construction and representation of the Other in 19th-century British drama, as well as the material conditions, and techniques that accompany the ‘exotic’ on stage on the cultural and political background of imperial Britain.

One of the dissemination activities for the two-year project ‘The Representation of the “Exotic” Body in 19th-century English Drama’ (REBED), funded under the 2011 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships scheme, the conference also hopes to function as a site for discussing the state of the art on the ‘exotic’ in the theatrical cultures of both Romantic and Victorian Britain; contributions on ongoing research and/or recently completed projects are therefore particularly encouraged.

Although attention will be paid mostly to the non-European Other, papers addressing a European ‘exotic’ are also welcome. Topics include the following: 
Definitions of ‘exotic’:
  • Is the non-European Other on stage really ‘exotic’?
  • Are any genres more ‘exotic’ (or more liable to convey ‘exotic’ stereotypes) than others?
  • Do different dramatis personæ and/or settings convey different degrees of ‘otherness’?
  • Can the British on stage be ‘exotic’, and, if so, to what extent?
  • Is the spectacular on stage itself ‘exotic’?

Staging the ‘exotic’ body:
  • How are costumes, make-up, scenery, movements employed to construct the ‘exotic’?
  • Are any visual features more recurrent than others?
  • To what extent is the visual representation of the ‘exotic’ body historically accurate?
  • How does music contribute to the staging of the Other?
  • Who embodies the ‘exotic’? Is the acting career informed by bringing the Other on stage?
  • Who were the audiences? Did their composition have an impact on the performance of the ‘exotic’?
  • Are any experiences abroad relevant to how managers staged the Other in Britain?
  • In what ways were representations of the ‘exotic’ body informed by venues?
  • The Other on the London stage and the provinces

Cultural and political backgrounds:
  • To what extent did audiences’ expectations affect theatrical representations of the Other?
  • In what ways do class, gender, race inform the acting and managing of ‘exotic’ pieces?
  • To what extent did scientific and anthropological accounts inform theatrical portraits of the Other?
  • Were illustrations of (European and/or) non-European countries informed by theatre?
  • In what ways have political narratives influenced (or been influenced by) the ‘exotic’ on stage?
  • Has the legal frame for the theatre influenced the staging of the Other?
  • Visual points of contact between popular entertainment and theatrical representations of the Other

The travelling ‘exotic’:
  • How do texts such as Arabian Nights, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, or Mazeppa ‘travel’ between dramatic and non-dramatic genres?
  • Survival of a Romantic ‘exotic’ in the Victorian staging of the Other;
  • Is Othello on the Romantic and Victorian stage ‘exotic’?
  • How do translations/adaptations from other languages contribute to the construction of the Other on the British stage? Can we define a British specificity when it comes to the ‘exotic’?
  • Has the theatrical representation of the ‘exotic’ in Britain had an impact on non-British stages?

The legacy of 19th-century ‘exotic’ body:
  • Contemporary plays/performances addressing the Other on the 19th-century British stage (e.g. Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet)
  • The ‘exotic’ body on the British stage in a diachronic perspective
  • The non-European Other in the 20th- and 21st-century Christmas pantomime

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short bio should be sent to by May 25, 2014. Speakers whose abstracts have been accepted will be notified by June 15.

CFP: “Dickens and Conviviality” (5/31/2014; 10/11/2014)

Dickens Day 2014
Senate House, London (WC1)
Saturday October 11, 2014
Deadline: May 31, 2014

“Dickens and Conviviality”
Dickens’s works are famously convivial, depicting sociability in myriad forms: from the famously boozy Pickwick Papers, through the Crachits sentimental festive celebrations in A Christmas Carol, to the miserable family gatherings of Martin Chuzzlewit and Great Expectations, and the skewering of upper-class social pretentions and false conviviality in Bleak House, Little Dorrit and Our Mutual Friend. Dickens’s works were famous from the outset for their emphasis on humor, celebrations, family gatherings, theatrics, eating and drinking, and good cheer. Dickens was also himself famously convivial and sociable, accruing a wide circle of friends across the social spectrum and notorious for his love of parties, jamborees, practical jokes, theatrics, and other forms of high-spirited sociability. Yet Dickens was also a chronicler of the flipside of bonhomie, exploring loneliness, isolation, poverty and want, social aping and pretension, and the feelings of inadequacy, anxiety and exclusion that may fuel conviviality.

How do conviviality, sociality, and humor operate in Dickens’s work, and how and why do such depictions continue to amuse and entertain? What critical, biographical and psychological frameworks can the committee apply to analyze Dickensian good feeling? These are some of the questions the day seeks to address.

The committee  warmly invite proposals for 20-minute papers from scholars of all backgrounds and career stages. We are always keen to feature new work from postgrads, postdocs, early career teachers and researchers, and those working outside the academy. Topics might include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
  • Humor, laughter and good cheer
  • Food and drink
  • Christmas
  • Picnics, outings, excursions, holidays, parties
  • Class and representations of conviviality
  • Dickens’s reputation – then and now – as a comic novelist
  • Humor, satire and Dickens’s radical politics
  • The adaptation of Dickens’s humor into other mediums – theatre, film, television
  • Amateur theatrics
  • Bodily expressions of the convivial: laughter, smiling, glowing and other non-verbal, physical cues and manifestations
  • Biography – Dickens’s famous conviviality and many friendships
  • Conviviality’s ‘others’: social anxiety and isolation, shyness, poverty and want
  • False conviviality: masks, social climbing and pretension
  • Religion and Victorian social and moral attitudes towards conviviality
  • Dickens’s relationship with his community of readers
  • Dickensian good feeling: how the work and life of Dickens encourage conviviality and good feeling amongst the academics, enthusiasts and readers of his work. The purpose, history and success of the Dickens Fellowship and similar organizations and groups that celebrate Dickens and his work through social events.
Please send proposals (maximum 500 words) to Bethan Carney, Holly Furneaux and Ben Winyard at, The deadline for paper proposals is 31st May 2014.

CFP: SAMLA '14 “Maps & the Victorian World” (5/31/14; 11/7-9/2014)

Sustainability and the Humanities 
2014 South Atlantic Modern Language Association
Atlanta, GA.
November 7-9, 2014
Deadline: May 31, 2014

Sustaining Victorian Spaces Through Maps
“Maps & the Victorian World”
This panel welcomes essays exploring how the Victorians attempted to preserve an interpretation or vision of their world through maps AND/OR current projects that preserve or represent the Victorian world through maps. By May 31, 2014, please submit a 350-500 word abstract, a brief CV (both as attachments in MS Word or PC compatible document format), and A/V requirements to Shannon N. Gilstrap, University of North Georgia, at

For more information visit: 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

CFP: Creativity and Commerce in the Age of Print (5/5/2014; 7/26/2014)

“Creativity and Commerce in the Age of Print”
Centre for the History of the Book
University of Edinburgh
July 26, 2014
Deadline: May 5, 2014

Hosted by the Centre for the History of the Book at the University of Edinburgh, this interdisciplinary conference will explore the sometimes-fraught connections between the ‘art’ and ‘trade’ of books from the Western invention of printing to today. Are the interests of authors and publishers always opposed, or can they lead to productive forms of collaboration? Does work undertaken for the marketplace necessarily compromise its moral and cultural standing? How does literature become property, and how has authorship evolved between the starving writer of ‘Grub Street’ and the modern book festival circuit? Can the requirements of the printing and bookselling industries constitute a form of de-facto censorship, determining the types of work that are published and circulated?

The organizers are currently seeking papers from postgraduate and early career researchers interested in questions such as these, with potential topics including (but not limited to):
  • Authorship and other creative professions
  • The printing and bookselling industries
  • Author-publishers relationships
  • Dissemination networks
  • Subscription and patronage
  • Book advertising, illustration
  • Serial publication
  • ‘Tie-ins’, merchandise, and material culture
  • Libraries and book collecting
  • Commerce and censorship
  • Originality, copyright, and intellectual property
  • Book piracy and its national boundaries
  • Creative work and gender
  • The impact of new technologies for production and dissemination
  • The ‘rise’ or ‘death’ of print.
Proposals in all relevant subject areas and historical periods post-1450 are welcome. Please send a 200-word abstract to by May 5, 2014. Limited travel bursaries may be available; indicate if you would require one to attend. The conference will take place in Edinburgh on July 26, 2014, with registration opening in June.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

CFP: PAMLA '14 George Eliot (5/15/2014; 10/31-11/2/2014)

Special Session: George Eliot
PAMLA 2014
Riverside Convention Center, Riverside, California
October 31-November 2, 2014 
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Paper proposals are currently being accepted for a special session on George Eliot for the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association 2014 conference. This panel will explore the complex ideas and themes throughout Eliot’s work. Contributors are encouraged to submit work that examines the many facets of Eliot’s output, as she engaged the historical, literary, philosophical, and cultural trends of her day.  

Deadline for submission: Proposals and abstracts of 300 words should be submitted via the online system at by May 15, 2014. Questions or inquiries can be directed to