Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Last Call: "Victorian New Media" (9/30/2012; 3/21-24/2013)

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution:  Tufts University

How were 19th-century innovations in communication and information technologies experienced as ‘new media’? How were 19th-century new media represented in literature and culture? What were the effects on literary and cultural production? How can methodologies from new media studies be applied to examinations of Victorian technology and culture? Examinations of Victorian new media may include any form of print, screen, sound, or telecommunications. Send 300-400 word abstracts and a brief bio to Jessica Kuskey

Deadline:  September 30, 2012

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Revised CFP: Conan Doyle special issue of the OScholars (12/1/2012)

Articles of between 3000 and 4000 words are sought for a special issue of the OScholars to be edited by Professor Sarah E. Maier. Submissions will be accepted by on the basis of an abstract of approximately 250 words; completed submissions will then be double-blind peer reviewed.

Subjects may include but are not limited to:

  • Conan Doyle and his contemporaries
  • The literary legacy of Conan Doyle
  • The influence of Maupassant on Conan Doyle
  • The 'Sherlockian' or 'Holmesian' phenomenon
  • London as metonym in the work of Conan Doyle
  • Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot
  • Conan Doyle and masculinity
  • Conan Doyle's depiction of women
  • Conan Doyle and imperialism
  • Pastiche, parodies and plagiarism
  • Conan Doyle across the Century
  • Conan Doyle and Adaptation
  • Rewriting and Revisioning Doyle
Contributors are encouraged to look beyond the Holmes canon. Abstracts should be sent to Sarah E. Maier at to arrive not later than 1 December 2012.

Registration open: one-day conference on religion and literature in the long nineteenth century (10/26/2012)

The Department of English at Wheaton College (IL) invites interested scholars to join us on October 26th for a one-day conference on religion and literature in the long nineteenth century in Britain.

Our panelists include Lori Branch of the University of Iowa, author of Rituals of Spontaneity: Sentiment and Secularism from Free Prayer to Wordsworth, Colin Jager of Rutgers University, author of The Book of God: Secularization and Design in the Romantic Era, and Janet Larson of Rutgers University-Newark, author of Dickens and the Broken Scripture. Mark Knight of the University of Toronto, co-author of Nineteenth-Century Religion and Literature, will serve as our keynote. For the complete list of participants, please see the program below.

There is no charge for attendance, and visitors will be welcome. Scholars planning to attend are asked to contact the conference organizer, Richard Gibson, to ensure that proper space is provided. Directions will be sent by email.


8:50-9:00: Welcome and Introductions

9:00-10:40: Panel 1, The Romantic Period
Colin Jager, Rutgers University, “Coleridge and the Invention of Religion”
Jasper Cragwall, Loyola University, “Some Reflections on the History of Enthusiasm in the Long Eighteenth Century"
Natasha Duquette, Biola University, “Psalmic Sublimity in Joanna Baillie and Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck”
Jeffrey Galbraith, Wheaton College, “‘My Chains Fell Off’: Charles Wesley and the Politics of Hymn Writing”

11:00-12:15: Panel 2, Victorian Period, I
Janet Larson, Rutgers University-Newark, “Reading Nightingale Writing Egypt”
Joshua King, Baylor University, “Frederick Denison Maurice’s Protestant Britain: National Spiritual Community in a Sectarian Print Culture”
Karen Dieleman, Trinity Christian College, “A Politics of Just Memory: Reading the Church Fathers in the Nineteenth Century”

12:15-2:00: Lunch

2:00-3:15: Panel 3, Victorian Period, II
Lori Branch, University of Iowa, “Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the Remains of Religion in Modernity”
Christine Colón, Wheaton College, “Searching for ‘rare exceptions’: Anne Bronte and the Role of Orphan in the Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Richard Gibson, Wheaton College, “Erasure and Emplotment: The Narrativity of Forgiveness in the Victorian Period”

3:30-4:15: Roundtable on Religion and Literature and the Long Nineteenth Century

7:30-9:00 Keynote: Mark Knight, University of Toronto, “Vanity Fair and the Burden of Evangelical Reading”

CFP: Cultural Cross-currents between Russia and Britain in the Long Nineteenth Century (3/1/2013;7/19, 9/20-21/2013)

Cultural Cross-currents between Russia and Britain in the Long Nineteenth Century
A Conference hosted by Tomsk State University and Birmingham City University

Amid this life based on coercion, one and the same thought constantly emerged among different nations, namely, that in every individual a spiritual element is manifested that gives life to all that exists, and that this spiritual element strives to unite with everything of a like nature to itself, and attains this aim through love. - From A Letter to a Hindu by Leo Tolstoy

From Tolstoy’s reading of Trollope and Ruskin, to the world-wide influence of Pushkin, the Western outlook of Turgenev and the influence of Dostoyevsky on James Joyce, Russian and English literatures influenced one another in the nineteenth century. This conference aims to explore these cultural and literary cross-currents, and welcomes papers on aspects of literature and history which explore this influence.

Two conferences will take place: one at Tomsk State University on Friday/Saturday 20-21 September 2013 and one at Birmingham City University on Friday 19th July 2013. Participants are welcome to attend either or both of these events. The conferences are organised by Dr Irina Gnyusova (Russia) and Dr Serena Trowbridge (UK).

We invite 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers, to be submitted to by 1st March 2013. Papers may consider a range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • The influence of Russian literature on English writers
  • The influence of English literature on Russian writers
  • Cultural links between Britain and Russia in the nineteenth century
  • Literary, social, political or artistic movements
  • Anglo-Russian relations, from personal friendships to national relationships.

All papers will be considered for an edited collection of essays on the subject, to be published in English and Russian. The final essays will need to be around 6,000 words, and more information will be circulated after the conferences have both taken place. When submitting your abstract, please let us know which conference you wish to attend.

More information can be found on the conference website:

New resource available online: The Palace Journal

Queen Mary, University of London Archives have recently completed a project to digitise The Palace Journals, the weekly newspaper of the People’s Palace, which was published between 1887 and 1893. The Journals are available to view online:

The People’s Palace was a philanthropic endeavour to provide culture and education to the people of East London.  It opened 125 years ago in 1887 and included facilities such as an entertainment hall, called ‘The Queen’s Hall’, a winter garden, swimming pool, library, tennis courts and gardens. The Palace Journals provide a unique contemporary account of the early years of the People's Palace and it's role in the East London community during the late Victorian period.

The Palace Journals include features about the People’s Palace, such as: news of clubs and societies, including the Debating Society, the Cycling Club and the Ramblers; and programmes for events, such as concerts, dog shows, flower shows, and lectures. Also included are articles on many different topics such as, ‘The Blunders of Elementary Education’, ‘Sensational Thrillers’, and ‘Strange Pets’.  Many issues feature serialised stories by authors including Walter Besant and Edgar Allan Poe.

In addition, the Journals include advertisements, for products including Harness’ Electropathic Belts. These electric belts were claimed to ‘promote the circulation, assist digestion, and promptly renew exhausted nerve force’ whilst ‘the mind is maintained in a buoyant, cheerful state, and every faculty is stimulated to the highest condition of intellectual strength’!

A complete catalogue of the People’s Palace collection is also now available via the archives catalogue The archives of the People’s Palace include correspondence relating to the establishment of the institution, programmes for events such as concerts, minute books of societies, photographs, medals awarded to students, press cuttings and ephemera, dating from 1885 to the 1950's. 

A selection of images from the People’s Palace collection is available in the Archives Galleries: For further information about the Archives see the website or

Monday, September 17, 2012

Registration Open: Victorians Institute “Victorian Mixed Media” (10/19-20/2012)

Victorians Institute: “Victorian Mixed Media”
Virginia Commonwealth University
October 19-20, 2012

The conference website, with program, is available at

Highlights include:
  • Curators' tours of British Arts and Crafts and Sporting Art collections at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • "Collecting Browning,” a reception with a talk by Mark Samuels Lasner at VCU Cabell Library to open the exhibit "Robert Browning, 1812-1889: A Bicentenary Exhibition from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection"
  • Browning Bicentennial talk by Herbert F. Tucker: "Unsettled Scores: Structure and Play in Browning's Music Poems"
  • Victorian Theatrical Society of the University of Virginia performing “Red Riding Hood” from Florence Bell’s Fairy Tale Plays and How to Act Them (1896).

Plenary Address by W. J. T. Mitchell: "Seeing Madness: Insanity, Media, and Visual Culture"

Recital by Kenneth Wood: "Unchained Melody: Giving Voice to Victorian Art Song"

For more information contact David Latané,

Reminder: NVSA 2013 "1874" (10/15/2012; 4/5-7/2013)

All the breath and the bloom of the year in the bag of one bee:
—Robert Browning

CFP: Northeast Victorian Studies Association 2013
Boston University: April 5-7, 2013

NVSA solicits submissions for its annual conference. The topic this year is 1874.

The conference will feature a keynote panel including Isobel Armstrong, Robert J. Richards, and Herbert Tucker, and a walking tour of Victorian Boston led by Martha Vicinus.

* * *

The Northeast Victorian Studies Association calls for papers from all disciplines on any aspect of 1874, the year in which The Way We Live Now was serialized in monthly numbers, John Tyndall delivered his “Belfast Address” on scientific materialism, Benjamin Disraeli was appointed prime minister for the second time, and red became the standard color for pillarboxes of the Royal Mail. We welcome submissions on any topic relevant to 1874, as well as papers that engage with the conceptual and methodological issues raised by taking a single year as a focus for study.

What are the consequences of thinking about Victorian works of art, texts, objects, and events in relation to their specific year in history? How is our perspective on the period—or on periodization itself—altered by this vantage point? What does the close examination of a single year—a year literally picked out of a hat by the program committee rather than chosen for its significance—reveal about the relationship between dates that “matter” in Victorian Studies and dates that do not? Is the calendar year a significant unit of time or useful organizational framework for our exploration of the Victorian period as a whole? How is our understanding of annual publications, commemorations, and other yearly events and forms changed when we concentrate on a single occurrence of each? In 1874 S. O. Beeton’s Christmas annual Jon Duan sold 250,000 copies in three weeks, vastly outperforming Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd. Which, then, is the “major” text under the rubric of our conference? How does our sense of the canonical and non-canonical shift as a result of such micro-periodization?

Other texts and events from 1874 worth considering:

M. E. Braddon’s Lost for Love
William Benjamin Carpenter’s Principles of Mental Physiology
Wilkie Collins’s The Frozen Deep and Other Stories published; The Law and the Lady serialized
John William Draper’s History of the Conflict between Religion and Science
Amelia Edwards’s A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest
George Eliot’s The Legend of Jubal, Arion, and A Minor Prophet; first one-volume edition of Middlemarch
F. W. Farrar’s Life of Christ
John Forster’s Life of Charles Dickens, final volume
Francis Galton’s English Men of Science
W. S. Gilbert’s Charity
John Richard Green’s Short History of the English People
Thomas Huxley’s “On the Hypothesis that Animals are Automata”
G. H. Lewes’s Problems of Life and Mind, Vol. 1
Henry Maudsley’s Responsibility in Mental Disease
George Meredith’s Beauchamp’s Career serialized
Margaret Oliphant’s A Rose in June and For Love and Life
John Ruskin’s Fors Clavigera: Letters to the Workmen and Labourers of Great Britain, Vol. 4
Henry Sidgwick’s Methods of Ethics
James Sully’s Sensation and Intuition
Algernon Charles Swinburne’s Bothwell: A Tragedy
James Thomson’s The City of Dreadful Night
Anthony Trollope’s Lady Anna and Phineas Redux
Alfred Russell Wallace’s “A Defence of Modern Spiritualism”
Mrs. Henry Wood’s Johnny Ludlow

London School of Medicine for Women founded
Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge founded
Fiji Islands annexed by Britain
Ghana established as a British colony
Shipton-on-Cherwell train crash (and other notable train crashes)
David Livingstone’s body returned to England
Victoria Embankment opened
Astley Deep Pit disaster
Public Worship Regulation Act
Factory Act of 1874
1874 Transit of Venus
Wilkie Collins’s readings in America
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease founded
First Impressionist exhibition, Paris

*     *     *

Proposals (no more than 500 words) by Oct. 15, 2012 (e-mail submissions only, in Word format):

Professor Tyson Stolte, Chair, NVSA Program Committee (

Please note: all submissions to NVSA are evaluated anonymously. Successful proposals will stay within the 500-word limit and make a compelling case for the talk and its relation to the conference topic.
Please do not send complete papers, and do not include your name on the proposal.
Please include your name, institutional and email addresses, and proposal title in a cover letter. Papers should take 15 minutes (20 minutes maximum) so as to provide ample time for discussion.

For information about NVSA membership and travel grants, please visit the NVSA website at

Last Chance to Register: Octavia Hill and the Remaking of British Society (9/17/2012; 9/27-28/2012)

‘Nobler imaginings and mightier struggles’: 
Octavia Hill and the remaking of British society
A centenary conference organised by the National Trust and University of Oxford
Sutton House, London, 27 and 28 September 2012

Registration is now open for the Octavia Hill centenary conference. Speakers include Gillian Darley, Jane Garnett, Lawrence Goldman, Paul Readman, Astrid Swenson, Robert Whelan, and William Whyte. Registration closes Monday evening, 17 September 2012. 

Conference rate £50 (£40 unwaged/student)

For full details, a draft programme, and a registration form go to

Exhibit: Dickens Down-under (9/21-12/13/2012)

In this year of world-wide Dickens Celebrations, we too at Special Collections, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, are participating. On 21 September begins our “Celebrating Charles Dickens, 1812-1870: A Man of His Age”, which runs through to 13 December 2012.

Not only will the first and second edition works be on display, including those memorable images by artists who collaborated closely with Dickens, but in order to contextualise his life and works, a select number of themes that figure so strongly during the reign of Queen Victoria will be on display. They include the City of London; the poor and dispossessed; Punch; the Great Exhibition; and the Crimean War. Dickens’s enduring legacy will also feature, including those ‘down-under’ Dickens Societies.
The physical exhibition will start in the de Beer Gallery, Special Collections, 1st floor, Central University Library, on 21 September. Hours: 8.30 to 5.00 Monday to Friday. As usual, an on-line exhibition will follow.

For any further details, please contact Dr Donald Kerr, Special Collections Librarian ; phone (03) 479-8330

CFP: Victorian poetry panels, 2013 NeMLA (9/30/2012; 3/21-24/2013)

Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

CFP #1: Engendering the Victorian Female Poet
There has been a historic tide of scholarship arguing the merits of Victorian poetry written by women. From Aurora Leigh to “Goblin Market,” nineteenth-century female poets created a canon of verse that questioned gender categories and troubled the status quo. While scholars from Oliphant to W.M. Rossetti added valuable interpretations that legitimized the genre, contemporary critics such as Armstrong, Tucker, and Prins have used modern lenses to probe the subtleties inherent in the work of a “poetess.” This roundtable will discuss the ways gender is mapped onto and inherent in nineteenth-century female poetics. We will probe how the female poet changed/expanded/problematized form, and how poets addressed the sexual, moral and class conventions of their time. What were the cultural responses to these poems, and what were some significant male responses? What was the effect of working-class poems authored by women? How did the concept of boundaries smite or enforce a female poet’s project? We will also discuss the transatlantic implications of publishing and editing, as well as how poets represented the adversity of gender in their verse—what Barrett Browning called a “disheveled strength in agony.”

This roundtable examines the ways gender is mapped onto and inherent in verse of Victorian female poets. Participants should examine through theoretical lenses canonic or non-canonic poems (metapoems, verse-novels, lyric, epic, sonnet, elegy) throughout the long nineteenth-century. 500 word abstract/CV by 9/30 to with subject line “NeMLA VFP”

CFP #2: Nineteenth-century Eco-Poetics
How does nature operate in nineteenth-century poetry? From Arnold’s “Scholar-Gypsy” to Leopardi’s “La Ginestra,” nineteenth-century poets privileged the nature motif in their verse. While literary critics have queried these poetic projects by focusing on Empire, religion, gender, and form, few scholars have explored eco-critical approaches to this global canon. This panel will consider poems where science interrogates landscape, faith interacts with nature, and industrialization pocks the pastoral. We will begin by exploring how the systematic and organized study of nature—and the advent of the natural sciences—impacted verse forms. We will also ask how literary legacies, such as Romanticism, influenced the positioning of nature in the nineteenth-century verse. Panelists will explore through theoretical lenses the evolving notions of nature and how they manifest in the poetry of various nation-states. We will query how the genre responded to the burgeoning sciences and technological innovations, and we will explore the theoretical implications of a nineteenth-century eco-poetics.

This panel queries how nineteenth-century poets privileged the nature motif in their verse. Panelists should examine through theoretical lenses canonic or non-canonic poems (lyric, epic, sonnet, verse-novel, elegy, etc.) that manifest nature in verse. 500 word Abstract/CV by 9/30 to with subject line “NeMLA 19th Eco_Poetics”

Robert Browning Bicentenary Celebration at SUNY-Stony Brook (20 Sept. 2012)

Thursday, 20 September, 4 p.m.
Poetry Center, Humanities Building 201, 

SUNY-Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY


  • Rosanna Warren, Emma MacLachlan Metcalf Professor of the Humanities, University Professor and Professor of English and Romance Studies, Boston University
  • Mark Samuels Lasner, Senior Research Fellow, University of Delaware Library
  • Edward Giuliano, President, New York Institute of Technology
The SUNY-Stony Brook English Department is celebrating Robert Browning's bicentennial with a poetry reading by the prize-winning poet, Rosanna Warren; a display of Browning items from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, on loan to the University of Delaware Library; and introductory remarks by Edward Giuliano, President of New York Institute of Technology.

The event is free and open to the public, with transportation to campus available on the LIRR and a parking garage near the Humanities Building.

For additional information contact:
Adrienne Munich
Professor, English, SUNY-Stony Brook
(631) 432-7406

CFP: VSAWC 2013 “Victorian Humanity and its Others” (10/1/2012; 4/27-28/2013)

The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada invites proposals for a conference on Victorian Humanity and its Others. The conference, hosted by the University of the Fraser Valley and Douglas College, will take place 27-28 April 2013 at the Coast Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, located right near English Bay and the beautiful Stanley Park seawall walk.

We seek proposals for papers that examine the theme of humanity and its others in Victorian culture and society. We warmly welcome papers from the perspectives of history and art history, literary studies, gender studies, race and ethnicity studies, animal studies, and science. Papers will address Victorian definitions, expressions, and contestations of humanity and its others, as well as the way these definitions and debates were shaped by new developments in natural science, anthropology, religion, technology, and industry.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • human others/other humans
  • the animal/human divide
  • technologies of the human
  • human/gender rights
  • the divine vs. the human
  • philanthropy
  • the (in)humanity of imperialism/colonialism
  • reproductivity
  • (un)dignified labour
  • human-machine relationships
  • visual representations of the human
  • human environments
  • human (dis)ability
  • human improvement and perfectibility
  • disciplinary histories
  • Sciences vs./and Humanities

The conference’s keynote speaker will be Amy King (Department of English, St. John’s University), author of Bloom: The Botanical Vernacular in the English Novel (Oxford UP, 2003). Dr. King has published extensively on the nineteenth-century novel, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between Victorian science and literature. Her current book project, “Reverent Form: Natural History and Natural Theology in the British Novel, 1789-1867,” examines the role of natural history and theology in the early-Victorian novel.

Please submit proposals of not more than 500 words plus a 75-word biography and 100-word abstract to by 1 October 2012.

The conference will also feature a publishing workshop entitled “How to Get Published: Top Ten Tips from Two Editors.” Victorian Review co-editors Lisa Surridge and Mary Elizabeth Leighton will offer a Saturday panel on publishing advice for graduate students and recently minted PhDs, followed by a 3-hour workshop on Monday 29 September (9-12 a.m.). Participants will submit a draft article (on any Victorian topic) via email a week before the conference, receive 20 minutes of individual oral feedback during the conference plus written editorial advice, and revise part of their own article during the 3-hour workshop. Their names will appear in the conference programme. The workshop will be limited to 10 participants and will run on a first come, first served basis; all participants must register for the conference. To participate, send an email to with “Victorian Humanity and its Others Conference” in the subject heading.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

CFP: Interiority in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain: Beyond Subjectivity (12/15/2012; 4/3/2013)

Rutgers British Studies Center, April 12, 2013

The potential for discovery of what is or was “interior” fires the curiosity of scholars of British history and culture, whether the subject of investigation is the parlor of a middle-class Victorian family or the emotional life of an eighteenth-century Methodist.  The Rutgers British Studies Center will hold a one-day interdisciplinary conference on April 12, 2013 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey on interiority in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain.  Broadly understood, "interiority" might include any topic that concerns mental or material phenomena that are conceived to be interior, internal, inner, or inward, often but by no means always in explicit distinction from what is exterior, external, outer, or outward. We encourage topics that in some fashion reflect on historical changes in the concept of interiority.

Below we suggest five broad topics that should provide a general sense of the range of papers that are relevant to the theme of the conference. In two or three weeks we’ll issue a second call for papers with an extended list of suggested sub-topics that fall under these broad ones.  Alternatively, this can be accessed by visiting

Why “beyond subjectivity”?  A great deal of excellent work has been done in these period fields on the idea of interiority as psychological subjectivity. We value this work. At the same time—and with no intention of proscribing papers  that thoughtfully extend it —we’re  especially interested in papers that go beyond this focus and that allow relations and correlations to be drawn between different senses of interiority. In this spirit we also aim to bring together a range of interdisciplinary scholarship.

We invite those interested to submit proposals of about 250 words by December 15, 2012 to Kathryn Yeniyurt at


  • Emotional/Experiential
  • Persons and the Interpersonal
  • Bodily/Physical
  • Architectural Spaces
  • Geographical Spaces

CFP: Victorian Poetry: Forms and Fashions (11/15/2012; 4/19-20/2013)

Victorian Poetry: Forms and Fashions
A Conference in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Victorian Poetry
19-20 April 2013
West Virginia University

Please send 300-500 word proposals for papers and a 1-page c.v. via email to by 15 November 2012. Papers on any aspect of Victorian Poetry and Poetics are invited, especially those devoted to: the reconsideration of poetic forms and formal innovations; fashions, trend, and modes in poetry; the publication and commerce of poetry; poetry book history; and Victorian prosody and stanzaic forms.  Papers devoted to the “fashions” of scholarship on Victorian poetry for the last fifty years are also invited.

Keynote address by Linda K. Hughes, Addie Levy Professor of Literature at Texas Christian University.  Professor Hughes’ books include The Cambridge Introduction to Victorian PoetryGraham R.: Rosamund Mariott Watson, Woman of Letters, and The Manyfaced Glass: Tennyson’s Dramatic Monologues.

Monday, September 10, 2012

NCSA Emerging Scholars Award (11/15/2012)

The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2012 Emerging Scholars Award. The work of emerging scholars represents the promise and long-term future of interdisciplinary scholarship in 19th-century studies. In recognition of the excellent publications of this constituency of emerging scholars, this award recognizes an outstanding article or essay published within five years of the author's doctorate. Entries can be from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (the French Revolution to World War I), must be published in English or be accompanied by an English translation, and must be by a single author. Submission of essays that are interdisciplinary is especially encouraged.

Entrants must be within five years of having received a doctorate or other terminal professional degree, and must have less than seven years of experience either in an academic career, or as a post-terminal-degree independent scholar or practicing professional.

Only articles physically published between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012 (even if the citation date of the journal is different) are eligible for the 2012 Emerging Scholar Award. Articles published in any scholarly journal, including on-line journals, or in edited volumes of essays are eligible and may be submitted either by the author or the publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. In any given year, an applicant may submit more than one article for this award.

The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. Articles submitted to the NCSA Article Prize competition are ineligible for the Emerging Scholars Award.

The winner will receive $500 to be presented at the annual NCSA Conference in Fresno, California, March 7-9, 2013. Prize recipients need not be members of the NCSA but are encouraged to attend the conference to receive the award.

Deadline for submission is November 15, 2012.

Send three off-prints or photocopies of published articles/essays to the committee chair: Professor Judith W. Page, Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, PO Box 117352, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. (Electronic submissions will not be accepted.) Address all questions to Please note that applicants must verify date of actual publication for eligibility and provide an email address so that receipt of their submissions may be acknowledged.

CFP: 2013 NeMLA Panel, Under Her Skin (9/30/2012; 3/21-24/2013)

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution:  Tufts University

A recent trend in feminist scholarship explores the role the skin plays in formations of the self. The skin functions as a boundary between self and other that is permeable, specifically in relation to touch. This panel invites abstracts that explore constructions of female subjectivity and sexualities in Victorian literature, focusing on the skin surface localized to the hand, or more generally to the female body, as a site of tactile exchange. Send 250-500 word abstracts to Kimberly Cox, SUNY Stony Brook,

Deadline:  September 30, 2012 (Fast approaching!)

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

Lecture on the Watts Gallery in NYC (10/3/2012)

"An Artists’ Village, Compton, England: A Center of Nineteenth Century Art and Design"
Lecture by Richard Ormond and Perdita Hunt
 Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 
6 p.m. 
The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York, NY

Sponsored by the William Morris Society in the United States

G. F. Watts, OM, RA and Mary Seton Watts were bright lights in Victorian art and the Arts and Crafts movement. These two creative artists left a great legacy in Compton, Surrey--a splendid Ernest George house and studios, an ornate cemetery chapel (considered by many to be a fin-de-siecle masterpiece), a pottery which was a center for social enterprise, and the remarkable Watts Gallery, the only purpose-built art gallery for a single professional artist as well as a hostel for apprentice ceramicists. The Watts Gallery has just been restored and re-opened by HRH The Prince of Wales to universal acclaim.

Richard Ormond CBE, Chairman of the Watts Gallery Trust, and Perdita Hunt, the Gallery Director, who together have led the restoration and the renaissance of this artists' village and national museum, will describe the founders’ lives, ethos, and vision, and how this translates into the 21st century and beyond.

Tickets $12 for members of the William Morris Society, $18 for others. To order go to the William Morris Society's website:

or send a check to:
William Morris Society
P.O. Box 53263
Washington, DC 20009

Friday, September 07, 2012

Reminder: Robert Louis Stevenson (NCSA, CSU/Fresno) (9/30/2012; 3/7-9/2013)

Special Session on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Life & Works
“Loco/Motion” 34th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association
Fresno, California, March 7-9, 2013

As part of next year’s NCSA conference, Arnold Anthony Schmidt is seeking papers for one or more panels about Robert Louis Stevenson that address the theme of “Locomotion.”  Scholars may consider the theme literally (treating images of travel and physical movement in Stevenson’s works), or metaphorically (e.g. chronological, ethical, historical, intellectual, psychological, or spiritual “motion”).  Feel free to email Arnold if you have questions about the appropriateness of a topic for presentation. 

A representative of the Robert Louis Stevenson Silverado Museum will join us to discuss the library’s rare books/manuscripts and to display exhibits from the collection.

To submit, please e-mail 250-word abstracts of 20-minute papers and one-page vitae to Arnold Anthony Schmidt at by 30 September 2012.  Graduate students may, upon acceptance of their abstracts, submit complete papers in competition for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses. 

For more information, please see the general conference CFP below or visit

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Historians of British Art: Travel Award (9/15/2012) and Publication Grant (1/31/2013)

The Historians of British Art Travel Award
The award is designated for a graduate student member of HBA who will be presenting a paper on British art or visual culture at an academic conference in 2013. The award of $750 is intended to offset travel costs.

To apply, send a letter of request, a copy of the letter of acceptance from the organizer of the conference session, an abstract of the paper to be presented, a budget of estimated expenses (noting what items may be covered by other resources), and a CV to Renate Dohmen, Prize Committee Chair, HBA, The deadline is September 15, 2012.  

The Historians of British Art Publication Grant
The Historians of British Art invites applications for its 2013 publication grant. The society will award up to $600 to offset publication costs in the field of British art or visual culture that has been accepted by a publisher. Applicants must be current members of HBA.

To apply, send a 500-word project description, publication information (name of journal or press and projected publication date), budget, and CV to Renate Dohmen, Prize Committee Chair, HBA, The deadline is January 31, 2013.

CFP: Dickensian Character, NeMLA, (9/30/2012; 3/21-24/2013)

This 2013 NeMLA panel invites abstracts for papers exploring the power of Dickens to delineate character. A famous critical crux divided earlier  readers into those, like Chesterton, finding Dickensian characters archetypal and mythic, and those, like Lewes, finding them two-dimensional and mechanical. 15-minute papers wrestling with this crux by either by referencing Freudian psychoanalysis, Jungian myth-criticism, or other approaches are  welcome. Send 1-page abstracts, along with institutional affiliation and contact info by 30 September 2012.  More about the 2013 Northeast Modern Language Association conference can be found at