Monday, February 27, 2012

William Morris Society CFP MLA 2013: "Morris on the East Coast" (3/15/2012; 1/3-6/2013)

The William Morris Society in the United States invite proposals for a session at the Modern Language Association annual convention (to be held in Boston, 3-6 January 2013) on the subject "Morris on the East Coast."  Topics might encompass literary, political, and personal connections as well as art, design, bookmaking, and architecture.

A one-page prospectus and brief c. v. should be sent to by 15 March 2012.

William Morris Society website

Reminder: Print and Beyond: Publishing Rossetti, Morris and the Aesthetes (3/15/2012; 1/3-6/2013)

The William Morris Society in the United States invite proposals for a special session at the Modern Language Association annual convention (to be held in Boston, 3-6 January 2013), on the topic "Print and Beyond: Publishing Rossetti, Morris and the Aesthetes." The session is co-sponsored by the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing and the William Morris Society in the United States.

A one-page prospectus and brief c. v. should be sent to and by 15 March 2012.

William Morris Society website

Additional CFP: Reassessing the Dramatic Monologue: Browning, Before, Beyond (4/15/2012; 6/28-30/2012)

Additional Call For Papers:
Reassessing the Dramatic Monologue: Browning, Before, Beyond.
Royal Holloway, University of London, 28-30 June 2012

Organisers: Dr Vicky Greenaway, Dr Britta Martens, Dr Simon Avery

The Browning Society in collaboration with Royal Holloway, University of London, the University of Westminster, and the University of the West of England, is holding a three-day conference on the history and development of the dramatic monologue on 28-30 June 2012. The event is supported by the British Association of Victorian Studies and the Modern Humanities Research Association, and the keynote speakers will be Professor Isobel Armstrong, Professor Daniel Karlin, Professor Tricia Lootens and Professor Cornelia Pearsall. A dramatization of a selection of Robert Browning’s monologues by Primavera Productions is part of the conference programme.

The first call for papers has generated considerable interest in the conference and particularly from speakers on an array of nineteenth-century writers and topics. The organisers are now looking to augment this with an additional call for papers on the dramatic monologue in the 20th and 21st centuries, although further papers on the Victorian dramatic monologue are also welcome.

20 minutes papers are invited on any topic relating to the dramatic monologue, including:

  • the work of particular poets (for example, Charlotte Mew, T.S. Eliot, Philip Larkin, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Carol Ann Duffy);
  • new approaches to defining the dramatic monologue and its significance;
  • the relationship between the dramatic monologue and other genres such as drama or performance poetry;
  • the dramatic monologue and concerns with gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, etc.;
  • relations between the dramatic monologue and psychology;
  • possible future developments of the form.

Please send 300-word abstracts to Simon Avery at by 15 April 2012.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Last Call: Bernard Shaw and Debt Sealings (3/1/2012; 11/8-11/2012)

Bernard Shaw and Debt Sealings:
A Proposed Session on Bernard Shaw at the 2012 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention
November 8-11, 2012. Cincinnati, Ohio.

The proposed session seeks papers on Shaw's writings that dovetail with the conference theme of "Debt." Possible topics could include:

  • representations of borrowers and lenders, borrowing and lending, in Shaw's plays
  • debts Shaw and/or his plays owe to other thinkers, writers, and/or political figures
  • Shavian debts accrued by contemporary plays, playwrights, and/or theorists

Please send 300-500 word abstracts via electronic attachment to Christopher Wixson at by March 1st, 2012.

Selected presenters will be informed by May 1st, 2012 and must register for the conference by July 1, 2012.

More information on the MMLA and the 2012 conference can be found at:

Friday, February 24, 2012

CFP: Transporting Bodies and Minds: 18th- and 19th-Century Travel (5/1/2012; 9/15/2012)

Throughout  the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, travelers of all kinds  documented their experiences in private letters and diaries, official  correspondence, life writing, spiritual and religious narratives, and  ethnographic accounts. Furthermore, these experiences were often  transformed into works of art, with real and imagined moments of contact  serving as the inspiration for painting, music, poetry, prose fiction,  photography, and other creative ventures. These aesthetic productions transformed the foreign into the national, the known into the unknown,  appearing to expand access to other cultures—a model of cultural  transportation that recent criticism is troubling.

Scholarship  drawing on theories of post-colonialism, gender, material and visual  culture, cognitive studies, posthumanism, and other critical paradigms  has challenged our understanding of the impact—not just aesthetic, but  also commercial, martial, and religious—of travel in the eighteenth and  nineteenth centuries. This work has made strides in elucidating a more  dynamic picture of the way travel and cultural encounter could transform  (or fail to transform) prior understandings of both time and space.  Moreover, it has allowed for a more capacious appreciation of how  influence happens, extending beyond more uni-directional, Eurocentric  approaches.

Continuing  this work, the University of Michigan’s Eighteenth-Century Studies  Group and Nineteenth-Century Forum will co-host an interdisciplinary  graduate student conference on these topics, to take place in Ann Arbor  on September 15, 2012. We are pleased to announce that Kate Flint,  Provost Professor of English and Art History (University of Southern  California), will be our keynote speaker.

Graduate  students are encouraged to submit papers that explore the implications  of travel, tourism, boundary crossing, exploration, and other related  topics
from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. Submissions of  either individual papers or full panels are welcome. Please send  abstracts of no more than 300 words to Karen McConnell  ( by May 1, 2012.

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

  • mass tourism
  • emigration/immigration
  • travel and commercial enterprise
  • travel and photography
  • documenting travel/travel as documentation
  • Roma, Sinti, and other itinerant communities
  • time-travel
  • smuggling
  • travel and war
  • imaginative or mental journeys
  • travel and empire
  • exploration, conquest, contact
  • depictions in the visual arts (e.g., the natural world, native/foreign peoples, aesthetic judgment)
  • travel’s effect on genre
  • contagion/infection
  • consequences for epistemology (e.g., scientific, spiritual, ethnographic) 

Last Call: NAVSA 2012 "Victorian Networks" (3/1/2012; 9/27-30/2012)

This year’s conference follows the theme, “Victorian Networks,” and will feature keynotes by Amanda Anderson, Adam Phillips, and a visual networks panel with Caroline Arscott, Tim Barringer, Julie Codell, and Mary Roberts.   Seminars will be run by Kate Flint, Jules Law, Tanya Agathocleous, Elizabeth Helsinger, Linda K. Hughes and Mark Turner, Jason Rudy, Kate Thomas, and Jill Galvan.  

You can find more information, including the CFP, here:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Call for Applicants: Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for a project on the Bible and Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Culture (4/2/2012)

Applications are invited for 6 post-doctoral fellows to work on the European Research Council funded interdisciplinary, collaborative project entitled The Bible and Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Culture, to be located in the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.

Applications are encouraged with regard to any relevant field including history, art history, classics, literary studies, Jewish studies, history of archaeology, history of education, cultural history, history of scholarship, theology, history of biblical interpretation, philosophy, history of science, Egyptology, Assyriology. Applicants may propose to work on any relevant aspect of the five major themes of the project: the bible in and as history; the bible in and as fiction; the bible and its institutions; the material bible; archaeology and the bible.

As well as completing the proposed research project, fellows will be expected to help develop, organize and contribute to further collaborative and interdisciplinary research on the themes of the project; help develop, organize and participate in the group's weekly reading group, termly seminars and colloquia, and yearly conferences; and help select, invite and organize the visits of termly visiting professors.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the further particulars, available on, where you will also find details of the project and how to apply. Applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant field by the application deadline of 2 April 2012.

Limit of tenure: Appointment is for five years, from 1 September 2012, and is non-renewable.

Quote Reference: VM13252,Closing Date: 2 April 2012

Interview Date(s): 23 and 24 May 2012

Crossing the Highland Line in the 19th Century (6/8-10/2012)

Association for Scottish Literary Studies Annual Conference 2012
Crossing the Highland Line in the 19th Century: cross-currents in Scottish writing
8-10 June 2012, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye

The nineteenth century saw the romanticisation of the Highlander, the rise of tartanry and the emergence of the modern Scottish tourist industry. It also witnessed the worst excesses of the Clearances and the beginnings of an exodus from the Highlands to the industrial cities and to the colonies. This conference will examine the literary culture of Scotland - Highland and Lowland - during this transformational period, and will explore its interactions and intersections.


Friday 8 June
18:30—Optional buffet
20:15—Opening of conference (Boyd Robertson and Ian Brown)
20:30—Contacts and tensions between Highlands and Lowlands (Allan MacInnes)
21:15—"The Highland Drover": the plays of Archibald Maclaren (Ian Brown and Gioia Angeletti)
22:00—Bar open

Saturday 9 June
9:15—What can Walter Scott offer us today? (Christopher Whyte)
9:45—The poetry of Ailean Dall (Ronald Black)
10:15—Tea & coffee
10:45—James Hogg and the Highlands (Suzanne Gilbert)
11:15—The great folk collectors (D. W. Stewart)
12:00—The Edinburgh journals and the Highlands (David Manderson)
12:30—Gaelic periodicals (Sheila Kidd)
14:00—Robert Louis Stevenson: the Lowland Highlander (Christopher MacLachlan)
14:30—The unknown William Livingstone: four songs (Christopher Whyte)
15:00—Tea & coffee
15:30—Art, the Highlands and the Celtic Revival (Murdo Macdonald)
16:15—Conclusion of papers
19:00—Conference Dinner
21:00—Ceilidh: featuring Margaret Bennett

Sunday 10 June
10:00—Màiri Mhòr and the land struggle (Mark Wringe)
10:30—"That fairyland of poesy": the Highlands in 19th century novels by women (Pam Perkins)
11:00—Tea & coffee
11:30—Neil MacLeod, bard of Skye and Edinburgh (Meg Bateman)
12:00—From Celtic Revival to Scottish Literary Renaissance (Douglas Gifford)
13:00—Optional buffet lunch

Rate for ASLS members/students/unwaged: £40 per head
Full rate: £50 per head
(coffees/teas and Saturday lunch included)

Accommodation (including breakfast) at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is available at preferential rates:
Single room: £32 per night
Double room: £56 per night

Further information, including a booking form and travel details, can be found online at

Monday, February 20, 2012

CFP: Neo-Victorian Studies General Issue 2012/13

Neo-Victorian Studies is currently soliciting scholarly and creative work for its 2012/13 general issue.  The editors welcome articles from established and early career scholars and creative artists on any topic related to the exploration of nineteenth-century legacies from twentieth/twenty-first-century perspectives.  We encourage papers that push the understanding or cultural memory of the ‘Victorian’ beyond its usual temporal and geographical boundaries, investigating the politics of memorialisation, appropriation, adaptation and revision within inter-disciplinary frameworks and across multimedia. We seek work that expands current theoretical concepts of neo-Victorianism and actively interrogates the conditions under which the nineteenth century re-appears in and continues to inform our globalised present. We welcome work on issues as diverse as historical trauma; nationalism and legacies of empire; the politics of nostalgia; ‘the repressive hypothesis’; cultural and economic neo-colonialism/reverse colonisation; aesthetic and political ideologies; the ‘neo-Victorian’ as hybrid genre, mode, or trace; and the 'after-lives' of Victorian figures, texts and artworks. We invite projects that explore the different genres, cultures and spaces of re-doing the nineteenth century or that examine the neo-Victorian as style, performance and practice.

In addition to

  • scholarly theoretical/critical articles of 6000-8000 words (plus bibliography)
  • creative pieces (any genre of creative writing or creative arts)

 NVS also invites:

  • polemical pieces
  • interviews
  • notices of work in progress
  • reviews of relevant critical/creative publications in the field
  • critical/creative responses to previous contributions
Please direct enquiries and send electronic submissions via email with Word Document attachment to the General & Founding Editor, Marie-Luise Kohlke at Please consult our submission guidelines, prior to submission.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Call for Applications: PhD studentship on Hardy and Education (3/9/2012)

Great Western Research and National Trust 
fully-funded Doctoral Studentship
Thomas Hardy and Education Ref: 945 
(application deadline 9th March 2012; studentship to begin October 2012)

The primary aim of this doctoral studentship is to ask how the study of Hardy can be taken beyond the academic research community. Focusing particularly on young audiences, but also on other learning groups, the project is interdisciplinary and in part practice-based, drawing on the research methods of English studies, history and education. It will involve some practical work in schools as well as with the National Trust and Dorset County Museum learning groups and the student will be required to develop and disseminate relevant, original research in the field. The student will also be expected to undertake up to six hours per week voluntary work from March to October each year at one of the Hardy properties in Dorset (birth place cottage or Max Gate) and will work with other parties in order to ensure the wider understanding both of Hardy and his work and of his importance to the cultural life of the South West region as well as more broadly.

The University of Exeter (Centre for South West Writing and Centre for Victorian Studies, College of Humanities, in consultation with Exeter Graduate School of Education), in conjunction with the National Trust and in collaboration with the University of St Andrews and the Hardy Country Steering Group (among which current partners include Dorset County Museum (DCM), Dorset County Council, Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Thomas Hardy Society) has been awarded funding from Great Western Research (GWR) for this three-year doctoral research studentship on Thomas Hardy and Education.

For further details please see:

NCSA 2012: Spiritual Matters/Matters of the Spirit (3/22-24/2012)

Please join us for the 33rd Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association: Spiritual Matters/Matters of the Spirit (March 22-24, 2012) in Asheville, North Carolina.

From Romanticism's spiritual resurgence to the interrogations of Darwinism and science, the nineteenth century was immersed in conversation about the place of spirituality and religion in society, politics, and the arts. This year's NCSA conference will feature papers addressing all aspects of belief, religion, and spirituality in the long nineteenth century, from 1789 to 1914.

Our keynote speaker this year is Alexandra Owen, Professor of History and Gender Studies at Northwestern University. The title of her presentation is “Spirit, Matter: Modern Ghosts and the Haunting Effect in the Shadow of the Long Nineteenth Century.” The program also features "An Evening with the Ghosts" (a reenactment of a Victorian séance conducted by Eric Hall) and an excursion to the Biltmore Estate. The complete conference program, as well as information about travel, accommodations, and registration can be found on the conference website:

We look forward to seeing you there!

CFP: MLA 2013 Special Session "Neo-Victorianism and Marginal Voices" (3/15/2012; 1/3-6/2013)

This proposed special session panel seeks papers that explore the parameters of neo-Victorian literature from a variety of historical, formal, or theoretical approaches.  Questions addressed might include (but are certainly not limited to) the following:

  • What is neo-Victorian literature?  What are the genre’s boundaries?   What are its defining characteristics?  Are there exemplary texts?
  • What is “new” about neo-Victorian literature?  Form?  Subject positioning?  Narrative technique?  The alignment of readers’ sympathies?  Something else?
  • How has it developed as a genre?  From where does it come, and where might we expect it to go?
  • How does neo-Victorian literature provide a site for marginal voices to address issues of identity, subjectivity, politics, race, class, etc.?  How does it work in establishing alternative histories?
  • What do these texts aim to do?  Do they (or must they) have political agendas?  In what way do they question ideologies or ideas of history or given knowledge in other epistemological categories like science or sexuality?  Do they always represent an alternative to the dominant cultural narrative?
  • What relationships does this literature depict between the metropolitan center and the colonial margins?  Must it be set in one or the other?  As a genre, does it represent a particular subject position?  Must it address the colonial experience?
  • Is neo-Victorian literature best understood as a subset of postcolonial literature, or is it a distinct genre?
  • What time period forms the boundaries of neo-Victorian literature?  When can it be written, and when must it be set?
  • Where should neo-Victorian literature be taught?  In courses on Victorian literature or the Victorian novel?  Postcolonial courses?  Twentieth-century Anglophone courses?  Elsewhere?  And what might be the point of teaching these texts?
  • What do neo-Victorian texts tell us about the Victorians?  What do they tell us about ourselves in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries?
Papers that contextualize neo-Victorian texts, the issues they raise, or their creators or consumers are welcome.

Please send 250-word abstracts to Cameron Bushnell ( and Elizabeth McClure ( no later than March 15, 2012.

CFP: Special NACBS Jubilee Panel

The North American Conference on British Studies program committee is interested in arranging a special session on the Jubilee for the 2012 Montreal meeting. This would be a great opportunity for comparisons to Victoria's Golden and Diamond Jubilees and the social/cultural history of jubilee years (for ex., 1977 or 1935), and a discussion about the celebrity culture of monarchy. Ifinterested, please contact Julie Taddeo at to discuss a possible panel.

Registration Open: RSVP 2012 conference (9/14-15/2012)

Registration is now open for the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals conference, “Sentiment and Sensation in Victorian Periodicals,” September 14-15, 2012, at the AT&T Conference Center, University of Texas at Austin.

Papers will address any aspect of Victorian periodicals, particularly those on the discourse of sentiment and sensation in the newspaper and periodical press that variously promoted or targeted readerships, established journalistic networks or brands, and shaped, responded to, and/or addressed cultural and ideological concerns. For information about local arrangements and registration is available at the RSVP 2012 website, or by contacting Kathryn Ledbetter,

Thursday, February 16, 2012

CFP: Project Narrative Summer Institute (3/1/2012; 6/11-22/2012)

The Project Narrative Summer Institute (PNSI) is a two-week program on the Columbus campus of the Ohio State University for faculty members and advanced graduate students who want to explore the usefulness of narrative theory to their research and teaching. Led by two Project Narrative core faculty members, the seminar meets in the mornings to discuss narrative and narrative-theoretical readings, and participants work in the afternoons on projects  they bring to the Institute. A project may be an article, book chapter, presentation, or syllabus. PNSI members form a vibrant and collegial community for sharing ideas about scholarship, writing, and pedagogy.  

The 2012 PNSI will be led by Project Narrative core faculty members Frederick Aldama and Sean O'Sullivan. In addition to theoretical readings, texts will be drawn from many narrative genres with an emphasis on comics, film, and television.

Tuition for PNSI is $1200. Participants also cover the cost of their own travel and housing. We encourage participants to seek institutional funding for this professional development opportunity. We can offer information for participants who want to share housing, house-sit, or stay in local bed-and-breakfasts.

Applicants should send a current c.v. and a one-page description of the project they plan to undertake at PNSI to Robyn Warhol via email ( no later than March 1, 2012.

For more information on PNSI, including rationale, list of texts, and a detailed schedule, please following this link

Please distribute this email to all those potentially interested in attending.

Reminder: Neo-Victorian Studies special issue 2012 "The Other Dickens: Neo-Victorian Appropriation and Adaptation" (2/29/2012)

As part of the bicentenary celebrations of Dickens's birth, the editors of a special issue of Neo-Victorian Studies on 'The Other Dickens: Neo-Victorian Appropriation and Adaptation' invite contributors to consider the 'other' Dickens - those aspects of Dickens's life and work that have been the subject of recent revision, reappraisal, and transformation in contemporary culture. The special issue will aim to critically assess our persisting fascination with this canonical Victorian figure and, more generally, the 'Dickensian' cultural legacy of the Victorian age in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We would especially welcome papers and creative pieces which address the continued influence of Dickens on neo-Victorian studies, in literature, in bio-fiction, as well as in film and television adaptations of his novels.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Dickens and adaptation/re-writings
  • Dickens and the legacies of Empire
  • International/trans-cultural Dickens in the age of globalisation
  • Dickens and contemporary politics (social reforms, the 'Big Society', philanthropy)
  • Dickens and twenty-first-century material/commodity culture and consumerism
  • Dickens and revisions of gender in the private and public spheres
  • Dickens and neo-Victorian nostalgia
  • Gothicised Dickens/Dickens's ghosts
  • Dickens and Dickens's women in bio-fiction
  • Dickens and (self-)performance/performing the past

Please send a 500 word proposal for a 6,000-8,000 word chapter to the guest editors Elodie Rousselot ( and Charlotte Boyce ( by 29 February 2012, adding a short biographical note. Completed articles and/or creative pieces will be due by 15 July 2012 and should be sent as a Word.doc attachment via email to the guest editors, with a copy to Please consult the NVS website for further submission guidelines. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

CFP: Midwest Conference on British Studies (4/1/2012; 10/12-14/2012)

The Midwest Conference on British Studies is proud to announce that its fifty-ninth annual meeting will be hosted by the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, October 12-14th, 2012.  

The keynote speaker will be John Gillis, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University. The plenary address will be given by Ian Gentles, Professor of History, Tynedale University College and Seminary.

The MWCBS seeks papers from scholars in all fields of British Studies, broadly defined to include those who study England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Britain's Empire and the Commonwealth. We welcome scholars from the broad spectrum of disciplines, including but not limited to history, literature, political science, gender studies and art history. Proposals for complete sessions are preferred, although proposals for individual papers will be considered. We welcome roundtables (of four participants plus chair) and panels (of three participants plus chair/commentator) that:

  •  offer cross-disciplinary perspectives on topics in British Studies
  •  situate the arts, letters, and sciences in a British cultural context
  •  examine representations of British and imperial/Commonwealth national identities
  •  consider Anglo-American relations, past and present
  •  examine new trends in British Studies
  •  assess a major work or body of work by a scholar
  • explore new developments in digital humanities and/or research methodologies

After a very positive response to last year’s first teaching roundtable, we would particularly like to receive proposals for teaching roundtables that discuss collaborative or innovative learning techniques in the British Studies classroom.

The MWCBS welcomes papers presented by advanced graduate students and will award the Walter L. Arnstein Prize for the best graduate student paper(s) given at the conference.

Proposals must:
Include a 200-word abstract for each paper and a brief, 1-page c.v. for each participant, including chairs and commentators.
For full panels, include a brief 200-word preview of the panel as a whole.

Please place the panel proposal, the accompanying paper proposals and vitas in one file and send it as a single attachment. Also identify within the email the contact person for the panel.

All proposals should be submitted online by April 1, 2012, to the Program Committee Chair, Lia Paradis at

Program Committee: Phil Harling, University of Kentucky; Robin Hermann, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Isaac Land, Indiana State University; Jennifer McNabb, Western Illinois University; Lia Paradis, Chair, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania; Lisa Sigel, Depaul University.

Visit the MWCBS website at

CFP: NAVSA 2012 panel "Between Science and Sensation: Psychic Networks in the Mid-Victorian Period" (2/27/2012; 9/27-30/2012)

Between Science and Sensation:
Psychic Networks in the Mid-Victorian Period
NAVSA 2012 panel

We invite paper proposals on a variety of topics related to the theme of psychic connections between 1835-1875 for a special topic panel at NAVSA 2012 (at the University of Wisconsin). For this panel we are interpreting the term "psychic" broadly to include all forms of spiritual communications and connections—including mesmerism/hypnotism, prognostication, telepathy, etc. In particular, we welcome perspectives that examine the intersections between psychic networks and science. For example, potential papers could explore how scientific theories attempted to explain and contain psychic phenomena, or how the tension between science and the supernatural becomes sensationalized in popular narratives. The other proposed papers for the panel include a reading which examines Darwinian science and psychic inheritance in Wilkie Collins's Armadale and an examination of hypnotic poisoning in Charles Warren Adams's The Notting Hill Mystery.

Paper topics for this panel could address but are not limited to:

  • Scientific attempts to "prove" the existence of the supernatural (such as ghosts, fairies, etc.)
  • Mesmerism
  • Telepathy/telekenesis
  • Spirit photography
  • Natural Theology or other attempts to unite evolutionary theory with a spiritual belief system
  • Deja vu
  • Psychology
  • British interest in non-Western religions
  • Intersections between Christianity and science
  • Literary affect
  • Literature as science writing
  • Modes of belief
  • Studies of fear
Please send 500 word abstracts and a one-page CV in pdf format to by 27 February. Final acceptance contingent upon NAVSA approval.

Friday, February 10, 2012

INCS 2012 "Picturing the Nineteenth Century" (3/22-25/2012)

You are invited to attend the 2012 conference of the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies association, "Picturing the Nineteenth Century," to be held in Lexington KY, March 22-25. The conference features three keynote speakers:

  • Shawn Michelle Smith (Art Institute of Chicago), "Visions of the Nineteenth-Century Nation: Augustus Washington and the Civil Contract of Photography"
  • Julie Codell (Arizona State University), "Victorian Portraits: The Material Culture of Identity"
  • Nancy Armstrong (Duke University), "The Victorian Archive and Its Secrets"

 In addition, it includes a lecture and exhibit by photographer/daguerrotypist  Jerry Spagnoli and the inimitable Victorian Theatrical Society of the University of Virginia, which will perform H. J. Byron's 1858 play The Maid and the Magpie; or, The Fatal Spoon!

The complete conference program, the registration form, and travel and accommodation information can be found on the conference website: Deadline for the advanced registration fee and the conference banquet is March 5; deadline for receiving a reduced rate at the conference hotel (Lexington Downtown Hilton) is March 1, though the hotel will honor the rate after the deadline if rooms are available.

CFP: Southern Conference On British Studies 2012 Meeting (3/1/2012; 11/2-3/2012)

The Southern Conference on British Studies solicits proposals for its 2012 meeting to be held November 2-3, 2012 in Mobile, Alabama. The SCBS will meet in conjunction with the Southern Historical Association at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel.

The SCBS construes British Studies widely and invites participation by scholars in all areas of British history and culture, including the Empire or Commonwealth and the British Isles. Interdisciplinary approaches and proposals which focus broadly on teaching British studies are especially welcome.

Proposals may consist of individual papers or of papers grouped for a session. For session proposals, two, or, preferably, three papers should relate to a common theme, not necessarily bound by the usual chronological framework.

For each paper proposed, please submit an abstract of 200 to 300 words, indicating the thesis of the paper, the sources and methodology employed in research, and how it enhances or expands knowledge of its subject. Papers should have a reading time of twenty to twenty-five minutes. Also, please submit a curriculum vitae for each participant.

Proposals Should Be Postmarked By March 1, 2012 And Mailed To:

Dr. William Anthony Hay, Department of History, P.O. Box H, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762.  

Inquiries are welcome at, but please do not send proposals by email or fax.

Reminder: 2012 M/MLA: Permanent Section: English Literature 1800-1900 (5/7/2012; 11/8-11/2012)

The English Literature 1800-1900 panel seeks papers for the 2012 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention. November 8-11, 2012. Cincinnati, Ohio.

In keeping with the informal theme of “debt” for the M/MLA 2012 convention, the English II: English Literature 1800-1900 panel seeks to present discussions of works and writers that deal in some fashion with that nineteenth-century juggernaut, debt. Possible themes include:

  • indebtedness and influence 
  • borrowers and lenders 
  • bonds and contracts 
  • economics of lack 
  • states of debt
  • oaths and promises
  • gift-giving, cultures of expenditure 
  • occupy literature 
  • trans-cultural capital 
  • deferring, 
  • symbolic economics 
  • ecological materialism 
  • rethinking civic missions/practices 
  • forgiveness, gratitude 
  • literature of demand 
  • emotional obligation 
  • debts of affect
  • student loans 
Papers on any form or genre of British literature between 1800 and 1900 are welcome. Proposals of 200 to 400 words should be sent by May 7th to Nancee Reeves, Purdue University, Selected presenters will be informed by June 1st, 2012 and must register for the conference by July 1, 2012.

Reminder: Celebrating Mr. Dickens (2/18/2012)

Celebrating Mr. Dickens
University of Delaware
February 18, 2012, 10:30am –  4:30pm

Join UD alumni and friends for a Saturday Symposium on February 18, 2012 in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. The program will include faculty talks on Dickens and his world, a buffet lunch, a tour of two special exhibits on Dickens in the University Library and a performance of Dickens’s most celebrated public reading, “Sikes and Nancy” by Mic Matarrese from the Resident Ensemble Players.

The cost is $50 per person, Registration for the first 25 students/staff is free (lunch not included), space is limited!

Produced by the Department of English along with generous support given by the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware Library. Exhibits of Dickens in the library are curated by Mark Samuels Lasner and Jaime Margalotti. 

Thursday, February 09, 2012

CFP: UpStage summer 2012 issue (6/30/2012)

UpStage, a peer-reviewed online publication dedicated to research in turn-of-the-century dramatic literature, theatre, and theatrical culture, is seeking submissions for its Summer 2012 issue. This is a development of the pages published under this name as part of THE OSCHOLARS, and is now an independently edited journal in the Oscholars group published by Rivendale Press at, as part of our expanding coverage of the different cultural manifestations of the fin de siècle.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the work of Shaw, Schnitzler, Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, von Hofmannsthal, and their contemporaries in Western and Eastern Europe and beyond.

UpStage welcomes a variety of theoretical and critical methodologies.

We are interested in receiving:

  • Scholarly articles of approximately 3000 words
  • Book reviews of approximately 500 words
  • Reports on work in progress (book manuscripts, Master’s theses, and doctoral dissertations) (approximately 500-1000 words)
  • Reviews of contemporary productions of turn-of-the-century plays (or plays about the turn of the nineteenth century) and announcements of future productions (approximately 500 words) 

Please e-mail your submissions by
June 30, 2012, as MS Word attachments only, to both

Dr. Helena Gurfinkel, Department of English Language and Literature, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL, USA at


Dr. Michelle C. Paull, Drama Programme, St. Mary's University College, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, TW1, 4SX, England, at

Submissions should conform to the latest version of the MLA style. In order to undergo masked peer-review, scholarly articles must be submitted in the following way: the author’s contact information and brief bio should appear in the body of the e-mail, while the Word attachment should contain no identifying information. 

CFP: Re-Thinking Humanities and Social Science "The Politics of Memory" (6/1/2012; 9/6-9/2012)

The 3rd International Conference on Re-Thinking Humanities  and Social Science is to be held at the University of Zadar, Croatia, from September 6 – 9, 2012.

The conference has taken place every year since 2010. The conference is an invaluable opportunity  for meeting, exchanging and debating current topics in humanities and social sciences.

Two years ago the conference gathered approximately 100 international research scholars who discussed the topic of "Postmodernism and the Issue of the (Post)Other". The keynote speakers were Eric Santner (University of Chicago) and Stipe Grgas (University of Zagreb). Last year the topic was "The Zone and Zones: Radical Spatiality in Our Times"  - keynote speakers: Edward Soja (UCLA) and Brandon Labelle (Bergen National Academy of the Arts).

In 2012 we would like to concentrate on the politics of memory.

Keynote speakers:
  • Laura Mulvey (Department of History of Art and Screen Media, University of London)
  • Lauren Berlant (Department of English Language and Literature, University of Chicago)

The Politics of Memory
How does remembrance shape our links to the past? What is the link between past and present? How are narratives of past constituted, maintained or dissipated? How is memory performed? How various discourses of the past inscribe social relations and subjectivities? How are our innermost emotions, desires and fantasies articulated with a discursive space of memory in the present? What is the link between communication technologies and the ways past is represented? How are we to understand various technologies of memory? Today, more than ever, questions such as these raise a more general concern about the politics of memory. Once, the past was seen as a stable and known, it was used as a tool to construct collective identities, nation states, to give us a feeling of belonging and common origin, to create what was seen as “our heritage”. But today the concept of the “ours”, with all of its categories, calls into question the notion of heritage. There has been growing awareness among scholars that the way the past is remembered is always articulated along specific social axes of differentiation such as class, gender, ethnic background etc. Each of these axes is invested with particular meanings, which can differ according to the different discursive formations that are used as an interpretative framework.  All of these constitute the politics of memory that is performed in everyday cultural, political and economic

At this conference we problematise the politics of memory and the way it is embodied in films, photographs, performances, literature, public art, memorials …. We are especially interested in exploring  the circulation of historical memories that offer the basis of identification in a given cultural, economic and political moment; (2) the possible responsive ways to, what Lauren Berlant calls “the urgencies of a moment (the historical moment, the sexual moment, the intimate moment, the singular subjective moment where survival time is another name for  ordinary life)” and (3) the ways the new technology offers an opportunity to “aesthetics of the past to meet the aesthetics of the present” through “the aesthetic of delay” and confusion between living and dead (Laura Mulvey).

Possible topics include:

  • Film, photography and memory
  • Performing arts and memory
  • Literature and memory
  • Sound and memory
  • Rituals of memory
  • Memory, public sphere and citizenship
  • Cultural memory and trauma
  • Memory and forgetting
  • Commodity culture and cultural forgetting
  • Memory and body (memory of bodily movements, scars, pregnancy….)
  • Memory and autobiographical texts
  • Memory, gender roles and sexuality
  • Memory and communication technologies

Proposals are invited from scholars from different fields and disciplines of humanities and social sciences for individual papers (30 minutes including discussion time). Please send proposals (no more than 300 words in length) to by June 1st 2012. Selected conference papers will be published.

Abstracts should be in Word or RTF formats and include the following: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) e-mail address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract. Please use plain text (Times New Roman 12, Single Spacing, Justify) and abstain from using any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline).

We acknowledge receipt and reply to all proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us within a week from your submission, you should assume we did not receive your proposal; in that case we suggest trying an alternative electronic route or resending.

The conference language is English.

Registration: Conference fee is 80 Euros. Graduate students fee is 40 Euros. Late registration fee is 100 Euros i.e. 50 Euros for graduate students.

Dates: Proposal submission deadline is June 1st 2012. Registration deadline for all conference participants is July 1st 2012. Final conference announcement and the program will be published August 15th 2012 on the conference website:

Additional Information: The conference will take place at the University of Zadar (, Croatia. Additional information about travel arrangements, accommodation, and other practical details will be posted soon on the conference website: Or you can contact the organizers directly at

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

CFP: Sex, Courtship and Marriage in Victorian Literature and Culture (5/30/2012)

Victorian Network is an MLA-indexed (from 2012) online journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the best postgraduate work in Victorian Studies.

The sixth issue of Victorian Network, guest edited by Dr Greta Depledge (Royal Holloway), is dedicated to a reassessment of nineteenth-century constructions and understandings of sex, courtship and marriage. Although the heteronormative and companionate marriage was vital for economic and reproductive reasons - as well as romantic impulses - recent scholarship has illuminated its status as but one of several diverse paradigms of marriage/sexual relationship accessible to the Victorians

Across the nineteenth century, profound crises of faith, extensive legal reforms and the new insights afforded by the emergent discipline of anthropology all contributed to a culture of introspection about the practice of marriage, at the same time as advances in science and medicine opened up new interpretations and definitions of sexual practices and preferences.

We are inviting submissions of no more than 7000 words, on any aspect of the theme. Possible topics include but are by no means limited to the following:

  • Victorian narratives of queer desire: text and subtext
  • Representations of women’s sexuality (angels, whores and spinsters)
  • Prudishness and censorship: “deviant” novels and scandalous dramas
  • Adultery, bigamy, divorce and other affronts to the ideal of companionate marriage
  • Transgressive relationships
  • Nineteenth-century marriage law, including prohibited degrees of affinity, property reform and breach of promise
  • Representations of sexual innocence and experience (virginity, puberty and prostitution
  • Subversion of traditional courtship narratives
  • Sex and class: adventuresses, mistresses, sex workers and blackmail
  • Customs of the country: courtship conventions, betrothals and bridal nights
  • Performance, stylization and parody: gender scripts, consumer culture, theatrical subversion

All submissions should conform to MHRA style conventions and the in-house submission guidelines. The deadline for submissions is 30 May 2012.


Reminder: Dickens’s World (3/7-8/2012)

Coinciding with Dickens’ birth, we are pleased to announce the speakers for our online conference ‘Dickens’ World’ taking place next month. Register now at:  

Video lectures will be presented by:

  • David Paroissien: Looking Back and Looking Forward: Shifting Perspectives in Dickens's Fiction
  • John Bowen: Beginning the World
  • Anne Stiles: Topic to be confirmed

 This unique online event, which is free for all, will celebrate the life and work of Charles Dickens.

Additional features include:

  • Free scholarly papers with discussion forum for each
  • Reading Room with free articles and book chapters from Wiley-Blackwell

 Join an international group of scholars to discuss the work of one of the world's most important authors. The emphasis is on illustrating the many ways in which Dickens influenced, and was influenced by, his contact with other countries. More broadly, we hope the conference will encourage online discussion about the social, cultural and technological milieu in which (and of which) Dickens wrote. Log on to the discussion whenever it suits your schedule, everyone is welcome to participate!

Register for free now at

We want to hear from you! If you're a Dickens enthusiast we would love to hear what Dickens means to you. Why not submit a short video address which may be featured in the conference? Find out more at

We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, February 06, 2012

CFP: Gramma special issue "The History and Future of the 19th-Century Book" (12/31/2012)

Gramma Journal of Theory and Criticism
Special Issue "The History and Future of the 19th-Century Book" number 21 (2013)

In the period between 1740 to 1850, the systematization of the entire process of making and selling books through a network of printers, publishers, booksellers, writers, readers, and critics led to the evolution of the book trade into a profit-making machine. The resulting professionalization and commodification of literature created not only professional authors and critics, making authorship itself undergo significant change,  but set up an entirely new way of conceiving of reading, writing, and selling literary materials. The changing nature of books, media, information and communication defined the literary culture of the period and was central to the establishment of national identity.

Today, the late twentieth-century emergence of digital media has led to a massive-scale migration of our paper-based inheritance to digital forms, forcing a return to textual scholarship and its various problematics, as well as placing literature within a complex interactive matrix of multiple collaborating agents, individual as well as institutional. Though digitization was not a concern in the nineteenth century, the drastically changing relationship of literature to its socio-historical milieu invites parallels with today’s re-inventing of the writing and dissemination of literature and of the digital transformation in the humanities. The debate becomes even more urgent as more and more eighteenth and nineteenth-century print literary materials are being modeled in digital environments. What does digital technology has to offer literary and cultural history? What are the stakes involved in the translation of print materials into digital forms?

For the 2013 volume of Gramma on the history and future of the book with a focus on British and American 19th-century literary materials, papers are invited on the following or related areas:

  • book production and publishing history
  • gender, class, and audiences as mediated by print/digital text
  • authorship and its redefinition
  • periodicals; serial publication; copyright and pirated editions
  • editing 19th-century British writers
  • interfaces, platforms, and technologies of 19th-century books
  • archiving, preserving, and collecting material and digital records
  • the impact of digitization on teaching and scholarship in 19th-century studies
  • bibliography, textual criticism, and digital technologies
  • the public domain and the creative commons for the 19th and 21st centuries

Papers should not exceed the length of 7,000 words (including footnotes and bibliography) and should be double spaced. They should adhere to the latest MLA style of documentation and should be submitted electronically in the form of a Word document to the editors of the issue, Maria Schoina and Andrew Stauffer, at the following email addresses: and

Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2012

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Reminder: Charles Dickens: Births, Marriages, Deaths (5/15/2012; 10/19-20/2012)

Charles Dickens: Births, Marriages, Deaths
October 19-20, 2012
Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece

Organized by The School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and The Department of English Language and Literature, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.

Co-organizers: Valerie Kennedy (Bilkent) and Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou (Thessaloniki)

In Dickens’s bicentenary year we wish to invite proposals for papers on crucial thresholds, moments of transition, and life cycles as these are represented, questioned or complicated in Dickens’s writings. We invite contributions that explore these topics, including but not limited to papers which focus on the following:

  • Births (birth rituals; births of boys vs. birth of girls; legitimacy and illegitimacy; birth and class identity vs. innate identity);
  • Marriages (marriage and money; marriage and love; sadistic and masochistic marriages; marriage and theatrical performance);
  • Deaths (death by murder; death by drowning or 'accident'); funerals and theatrical performance; death and gender and social class).

Plenary speakers: Michael Hollington and Catherine Waters

Please send abstracts of 250 words to both Valerie Kennedy ( and Katerina Kitsi ( by May 15, 2012.

Extended Deadline: G. B. Shaw: Back in Town (2/24/2012; 5/29-6/1/2012)

The deadline for sending an abstract to has been extended to February 24th, 2012.  Please send the abstract along with a c.v. and a brief letter of introduction.

This conference is focused on Shaw’s return to Dublin, so to speak, to revisit his Irish identity, and papers discussing his Irish qualities, interrelationships with other Irish, and contributions to Ireland would be welcomed, along with testimony to his stature in and influence on world drama, and other topics as well.

Papers (maximum of twenty minutes per talk) may be written from any critical perspective. Abstracts of approximately 300 words should be submitted to for consideration, along with a c.v and brief letter of introduction.

If you'd like to apply for an ISS travel grant, see the instructions at and send your application to "Leonard Conolly" <> and Richard Dietrich <> .

Conference details can be found at
and .