Materialising Modern Identities: Architectural Sculpture After 1750 (International)

Deadline: November 10, 2014

Dates: April 9-11, 2015

Location: Sainsbury Institute for Art, UEA, Norwich

CFP Link

Association of Art Historians 41st Annual Conference

In recent years, sculpture studies within art and architectural history have grown exponentially, increasingly taking diverse themes into account including materiality, gender, postcolonialism and affect. In the rapid transformations of state power and imperial activity in the 18th century, through into the post-revolutionary political atmosphere of the 19th century, nations appeared to sponsor the celebration of the public citizen and actively projected imperial stability in the midst of change and resistance. Despite its association with permanence, sculpture was charged with representing change: materialising new identities and formulating representational traditions. 

Architectural sculpture in particular marked sites of urban modernity, such as stations, cultural institutions, civic landmarks and sacred structures; these large and prestigious commissions often sparked public debate around identity and artistic production. As the onset and outcomes of the First World War shaped the power and politics of cultural memory, sculpture took centre stage, with new responsibilities amongst global tensions. Interwar architectural sculpture negotiated and articulated increasing anxieties regarding ornament, historicism, modernism and minimalism. With the arrival of modernism worldwide, some believed architectural sculpture was anathema. Others looked to it as the vehicle to facilitate and embody vitality in bold new architectural experimentation. Architectural sculpture was a crucible for artistic and wider cultural dialogue concerning modern life and modern subjects.

The convenors invite proposals for papers that explore architectural sculpture and identity in a global context between 1750 and the present.

Paper proposals, to be sent to the session convenor in accordance with proposal guidelines.

“Making it New: Victorian and Modernist Literature and Periodicals, 1875-1935″

Deadline: January 5, 2015

Date: Frebruary 28, 2015

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

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Keynote Speaker: Professor Scott McCracken, Keele University, UK

When Thomas Hardy lamented to Virginia Woolf in 1926 that modernist authors had ‘changed everything now’ he reinforced the idea that modernism had wrought a cataclysmic division between itself and its Victorian predecessors.  Woolf had specified December 1910 as the point when literature abandoned omniscience for the realism of interiority and the historical consequence has been a linear model where Victorian and modernist literatures are placed consecutively; as generally discrete entities.  But Victorian literature was similarly inventive and experimental: the proto-modernism of Emily Brontë, the realism of George Eliot, the Zola-inspired Naturalists including George Moore who segued into Symbolism.  Nor was Modernist literature always forward-looking: at the time G. K. Chesterton questioned the ‘originality’ of Futurism and John Middleton Murry argued that modernism was less about textual revolution and more about one’s ability ‘to train hard on a page of Ulysses every day;’ subsequently Tony Pinkney notes D. H. Lawrence’s ‘Victorian realism’ and James Eli Adams recognises a ‘host of continuities between Victorian and modernist literature’. Continue reading

“Impressions: 1880-1920″ (International)

Deadline: December 31, 2014

Date: October 16, 2015

Location: University of Burgundy (Dijon, France)

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On the occasion of the symposium “Impression(s): 1880-1920” organised by the Image-Texte-Langauge research centre (EA 4182) at the University of Burgundy on October 16, 2015, organizers wish to invite contributions that explore the relationship between art criticism, literary impressionism and printmaking from the late 19th century to the immediate postwar period in Britain.

The conference organizers invite researchers, librarians, curators and collectors to examine the writings and artwork of art critics and writers who were also professional or amateur printmakers, namely in the fields of lithography, wood-engraving, woodcut, and etching. The symposium aims to discuss intermedial practices, the mutual influence of artistic practice and textual production, as well as the dual meaning of impression as a mode of reception and of expression. Papers should examine impression both as theme and trope in literary texts and art criticism in connection with the material characteristics of media in which writers/artists chose to express themselves. They can also address how the shift from late Victorian aesthetics to modernist experimentation was negotiated in this field. Continue reading

NAVSA 2015: “Victorians in the World”

Deadline: December 1, 2014

Dates: July 9-12, 2015

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

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NAVSA was established in 2002 to provide a continental forum for discussion of critical issues in the Victorian period, and to encourage a wide variety of critical and disciplinary approaches to the study of the field.  NAVSA sponsors an annual conference to provide a forum for presentation and discussion of research in Victorian studies.  Earlier conferences have been held in Pasadena, CA, Venice, IT, and Madison, WI.

Plenary speakers include Vanessa Smith of the University of Sydney, and Jonathan Osorio of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

The organizing committee for the 2015 NAVSA Annual Conference invites proposals for papers, panels, and special sessions on the subject of Victorians in the World.  Continue reading

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography

Deadline: December 1, 2014

Fellowship Link

Rare Book School (housed at University of Virginia) has received three major grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a three-year fellowship program at RBS, the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography. The aim of the fellowship program is to reinvigorate bibliographical studies within the humanities by introducing doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty to specialized skills, methods, and professional networks for conducting advanced research with material texts.

During their three-year fellowship tenure, fellows receive intensive training at RBS, working with mentors from the bibliographical community who guide their archivally based scholarship and help connect them with professionals in allied fields. The fellowship provides a $6,000 stipend to cover travel, meals, lodging, course materials, and research-related needs, in addition to tuition waivers for three RBS courses.

Applicants eligible for the 2015–2017 Mellon Fellowship must be, as of 1 December 2014:

  • doctoral candidates (i.e., graduate students who have completed their qualifying exams or other requirements),
  • postdoctoral fellows, or
  • junior (i.e., nontenured) faculty.

Applicants must be available for an orientation at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA on the following dates: 28–30 May 2015. Applicants must commit to participating in periodic, annual program activities through September 2017.

To request an application, please submit an RBS-Mellon Fellowship Information Request Form. Applications will be distributed via email, beginning 10 October 2014.

The deadline for application is 5 p.m. EST on Monday, 1 December 2014. All application forms, essays, and supplementary materials are to be submitted via Adobe EchoSign. Applicants should provide their recommenders with the 2014 Recommendation Request Form to include with their letters.

A total of twenty Mellon Fellows will be selected; successful applicants will be notified on 25 February 2015. Please email Mellon Fellowship Program Director Donna Sy with questions regarding the fellowship program, eligibility, and applications.

Victorian Dirt

Deadline: January 15, 2015

Tenth issue for Victorian Network, guest edited by William A. Cohen (University of Maryland)

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The tenth issue of Victorian Network (Summer 2015) will be guest edited by Professor William A. Cohen (University of Maryland) on the theme of Victorian Dirt. Dirt – its causes, consequences, and control – obsessed the long nineteenth century, from the fuels and detritus of the Industrial Revolution, to the obscene books sold on London’s Holywell Street (which boasted fifty-seven pornographers by 1834). Technological advances brought increased pollution, while cities’ growth generated more dirt and the new urban workforce crowded together in sickness and in health. Meanwhile, public legislation and agitation tried to clean, civilise and purify the populace in both body and mind. Writers and cultural commentators debated the middle and upper classes’ responsibility to relieve the plight of the poor and dirty, but also drew on the metaphorical valences of dirt to explore cross-class attraction and repulsion. Rubbish mounds and the filthy, sewage-infested Thames are the iconic images of Charles Dickens’s exploration of class relations in Our Mutual Friend; Hannah Cullwick, diarist and domestic servant, documented her relationship with the barrister Arthur Munby – a secret connection based on the potential eroticism of dirt on the working-class body; and ‘slumming’ emerged as a term and practice in the 1880s, as well-to-do Londoners went on organized or individual tours of the East End. Recent scholarship and exhibitions have revealed the changing nature and status of dirt in the nineteenth century, taking an interdisciplinary approach to uncover (quite literally) the science and significance of the filthy, disposable or disgusting in Victorian life.

We are inviting submissions of no more than 7,000 words, on any aspect of the theme. All submissions should conform to MHRA style conventions and the in-house submission guidelines. Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2015.

Victorian Network is an open-access, MLA-indexed, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the best postgraduate and early career work across the broad field of Victorian Studies.

Journeys to Authority: Travel Writing and the Rise of the Woman of the Letters

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Special Issue of Women’s Writing

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The late eighteenth century saw the emergence of the woman travel writer. Prior to this, travel writing was a prestigious and important ‘knowledge genre’ from which women were largely excluded (although of course many women produced private, unpublished accounts of travels in letters and journals). In the wake, however, of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s acclaimed Turkish Embassy Letters (1763), women began to publish travel accounts in ever-increasing numbers. By the 1840s, indeed, the travelogue had arguably become a staple form for a new generation of ‘women of letters’ such as Harriet Martineau and Anna Jameson, and women continued to publish extensively in the genre throughout the Victorian period.

This was a development welcomed by some contemporaries, decried by others. Chauvinist commentators saw women’s increasing incursion into this intellectually significant genre as devaluing the form. Where travel writing had traditionally offered useful knowledge and substantive contributions to contemporary debate across a range of disciplines, the female-authored travelogue, it was alleged, necessarily took the genre in a more lightweight, literary direction, offering only trivial or dilettante observations. Modern scholarship has often unwittingly endorsed this attitude, assuming that women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were excluded from contemporary networks of scholarship and knowledge production, and accordingly identifying many female-authored travelogues as principally exercises in the sentimental and picturesque. Continue reading

NYPL Short-Term Research Fellowships

Deadline: January 16, 2015

Notification: March 2, 2015

Award Period: June 1, 2015-May 30, 2016

Application Website

The New York Public Library is pleased to offer Short Term Research Fellowships to support scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research.   Individuals needing to conduct on-site research in the Library’s special collections to support projects in the humanities, business and the arts are welcome to apply.  Preference is given to scholars whose work is based on materials in the NYPL research collections, especially when those materials are unique; fellowships are normally not granted to scholars who live within commuting distance of the library.  Each fellow is expected to be in residence at the library for the duration of their fellowship, during the period from June 1, 2015 through May 30, 2016, and each fellow will be expected to produce a written summary of his/her experience working with the collections.  Fellowship stipends are $1,000 per week for a minimum of two and maximum of four weeks.  Please visit for detailed information about the research resources of The New York Public Library. Continue reading

American Comparative Literature Association 2015

Deadline: October 15, 2015
Dates: March 26-29, 2015
Location: Seattle, WA
The American Comparative Literature Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting will take place at the Sheraton Seattle in Seattle, Washington, March 26-29, 2015.
There is no overall theme; however, the individual sessions have been placed on the ACLA’s website. Some seminar titles include:
  • Nineteenth Century Literary History & Historiography
  • European Travel Writing and the Romantic Far North 1800-1900
  • Cosmopolitanism and Modernity
  • Poetic Subversions

RSVP Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship

Deadline: December 1, 2014

Call for Applications

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) is pleased to announce the fifth annual Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship, made possible by the generosity of publisher Gale, part of Cengage Learning, in support of dissertation research that makes substantial use of full-text digitized collections of 19th-century British magazines and newspapers. A prize of $1500 will be awarded, together with one year’s passworded subscription to selected digital collections from Gale, including 19th Century UK Periodicals and 19th Century British Library Newspapers.

Purpose: The purpose of the Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship is two-fold: (1) to support historical and literary research that deepens our understanding of the 19th-century British press in all its rich variety, and (2) to encourage the scholarly use of collections of full-text digital facsimiles of these primary sources in aid of that research.

Eligibility: Eligible for this award is any currently enrolled postgraduate student, in any academic discipline, who by the end of 2014 will have embarked on a doctoral dissertation or thesis that centrally involves investigation into one or more aspects of the British magazine and newspaper press of the 19th century. Continue reading

RSVP Curran Fellowships

Deadline: November 15, 2014

Call for Applications

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) is pleased to announce the competition for the seventh annual Curran Fellowships, a set of travel and research grants intended to aid scholars studying 19th-century British magazines and newspapers in making use of primary print and archival sources. The Curran Fellowships are made possible through the generosity of the late Eileen Curran, Professor Emerita of English, Colby College, and inspired by her pioneering research on Victorian periodicals. This year, up to five prizes will be awarded in amounts of up to $4000 each.

The projected research may involve study of any aspects of the periodical press in any of its manifold forms, and may range from within Britain itself to the many countries, within and outside of the Empire, where British magazines and newspapers were bought, sold, and read during “the long nineteenth century” (ca. 1780-1914). Applicants should explain how their research will help to advance our understanding of the 19th-century press.

Applications for the Curran Fellowships for research to be undertaken in 2015 must be submitted in electronic form and sent to by November 15, 2014. Applicants should send a c.v., the names and contact information of two scholars who are familiar with the applicant and his or her research goals, and a description of the project to which these funds would be applied. Please begin the filename of your application with your last name. Any queries about the application may be sent to the same address. A set of additional guidelines for applicants may be found on the website at

“Waterloo and Its Afterlife in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical and Newspaper Press”

Abstract Deadline: November 30, 2014

Article Deadline: February 20, 2014 (upon acceptance of abstract)

Special Issue of Victorian Periodicals Review (Winter 2015)


In anticipation of the 2015 Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) annual conference hosted by the University of Ghent, Belgium, Victorian Periodicals Review invites submissions for a special issue commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon’s final defeat was of course a watershed event in the history of Europe, and the political and cultural impact of the battle would remain fresh for decades to come. Wellington, for instance, lived well into the Victorian period, and his massive state funeral in 1852—the same year that saw the nephew of his adversary at Waterloo crowned emperor of France—was a major cultural and historical event in its own right. These and other events shaped by the historical legacy of Waterloo inspired intense coverage and debate in the periodical press of the time, and for this special issue, we invite submissions from a variety of perspectives and from across disciplines which re-examine this legacy and shed light on the conventions of periodical and newspaper journalism of the period.  Continue reading

“Life and Death” RSVP 2015 (International)

Deadline: February 1, 2015

Dates: July 10-11, 2015

Location: Ghent University, Belgium

CFP Link

Life and death dominate any culture, but especially Victorian culture. Not only was there an increase in population, Victorians also lived longer due to advancements in medicine, science and public health. This longer life went hand in hand with a fascination with death. Queen Victoria herself was obsessed with rituals of mourning, as were many other contemporaries who tried to grasp the afterlife via scientific, religious and/or spiritual modes of thinking. The press responded to this attraction with life and death: it published birth and death notices, advertised for funerals, mourning clothes and invigorating medicines and featured stories of murder, birth and eternal life.

This conference welcomes proposals for papers that address any aspect of nineteenth-century British magazines or newspapers. However, it will particularly encourage proposals on ‘Life and Death’ in the nineteenth-century press.

Please send a 300-word abstract and a short CV (1 page max) to The deadline for submissions is 1 February 2015.

RSVP offers a number of travel grants for graduate students and independent scholars. If you want to be considered for one of these grants indicate that you are a graduate student or independent scholar and wish to be considered for one of these awards on your abstract.

INCS 2014 Essay Prize

Deadline: January 20, 2015

Link to Guidelines

Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) invites nominations and submissions for its annual essay prize. The $500 award recognizes excellence in interdisciplinary scholarship on any nineteenth-century topic.

Articles that appeared in print in a journal or an edited collection in 2014 are eligible; if the date of publication is not 2014, but the essay appeared in 2014, it is eligible. Essays published in online, peer-reviewed journals are considered to be “in print” and are thus eligible.

We encourage INCS members to nominate essays written by other INCS members or to submit their own work. To be eligible for the prize, authors must be current members of INCS. Potential contestants may join INCS for the purpose of competing. Current and recent INCS board members are not eligible for this contest.

The winning essay will be announced at the 2015 INCS conference, sponsored by Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, from April 16-19, 2015. The winner will be invited to assemble a panel for the 2016 INCS conference.

Please send an electronic copy of the nominated essay (PDF preferred) to Professor Lynn Voskuil, University of Houston, at no later than January 20, 2015; in the case of an essay that appeared only online, a durable link is acceptable in lieu of a PDF. For more details about the essay competition, the conference, or the organization, we invite you to visit the INCS website: Specific questions about the 2014 essay contest may be directed to Lynn Voskuil at

“Victorian Inheritance” Panel for 2015 VSAO/ACCUTE

Deadline: November 1, 2014

Dates: May 28-31, 2015

Location: University of Ottawa

CFP Link

In Book Five of Middlemarch, titled “The Dead Hand,” Mr. Casaubon’s will acts as a “promise” by which he might “keep his cold grasp on Dorothea’s life.” The power of the dead and of the past to exert control on the present is a central concern of Victorian literature and culture. Besides providing a form of narrative closure, inheritance may figure as a burden or a privilege, a “great expectation” or a surprise. The treatment of inheritance might comment on personal and familial identities, national and racial anxieties, or cultural and artistic influences. Inheritance, or the prospect of inheriting, preoccupies figures as diverse as Thackeray, whose dandies live on the prospects of their relatives’ deaths; Darwin, who establishes biological links to the past, but also considers the possibility of mutation or change through time; and Lytton Strachey, whose Eminent Victorians rebels against the previous generation and, in doing so, crystallizes a certain definition of “Victorian” characteristics. Despite Strachey’s disavowal of a Victorian inheritance, nineteenth-century aesthetics and interests have experienced a resurgence in our contemporary moment, while at the same time economist Thomas Picketty’s influential Capital in the Twenty-First Century has exposed the returning power of accumulated wealth and inheritance. This panel invites papers that explore questions of inheritance in or of Victorian literature and culture.

Questions and submissions should be sent to Please
submit the following as separate documents by November 1, 2014:

  • a proposal of 300-500 words that has NO identifying marks for the author
  • an abstract of 100 words and a bio of 50 words
  • a proposal sheet, available at:

“The Long, Wide Nineteenth Century”

Deadline: December 1, 2014

Dates: July 31-August 2, 2015

Location: UC Santa Cruz

CFP Link

Recent critiques of the idea of the “Victorian” have included attention to both space and time, challenging both the temporal imperatives that follow, perhaps fetishistically, the contours of Victoria’s reign, and the geographical isolation of a culture (or set of cultures) in which people went to war or opted for diplomacy; traded (or refused to trade) objects and ideas; translated and plagiarized the works of other cultures; embarked on journeys to discover rivers, love, self, or God; produced and abandoned formal and informal empires.

Eschewing (at least in its title) the baggage of terms such as “global,”  “transnational,” and “cosmopolitan,”   “The Long, Wide Nineteenth Century” will address some of the temporal and spatial complexities of the period that is typically bounded by the French Revolution and the First World War. Taking England as its point of departure or, perhaps even, its point of eventual arrival, this conference will look at the way that country’s relation with other cultures helped shape and change its identity. We welcome papers on any scale, from those that focus on a single moment across cultures to those that take up the long durée of the period in question. We are also interested in how shifting from long to wide views of the nineteenth century may make visible other smaller models of periodization, such as decades or even years that are often subsumed under the temporality or
ideological sweep of the terms “Victorian,” “Romantic” or “fin-de-siecle.” We are also interested in how time and space interact, and in how particular places “abroad” assume urgency at particular moments in British history. Of course, we are also eager to hear papers on terminology itself, and to think critically through the language that has so far shaped our
efforts to transport the Victorian to other times and places. Continue reading

“The Arts and Feeling in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture” (International)

Abstract Deadline: January 9, 2015

Dates: July 16-18, 2015

Location: Birkbeck College, University of London (London, UK)

CFP Link

This conference will explore the ways in which nineteenth-century authors, artists, sculptors, musicians and composers imagined and represented emotion and how writers and critics conceptualised the emotional aspects of aesthetic response. How did Victorian artists represent feeling and how were these feelings aestheticised? What rhetorical strategies did Victorian writers use to figure aesthetic response? What expressive codes and conventions were familiar to the Victorians? Which nineteenth-century scientific developments affected artistic production and what impact did these have on affective reactions?

The conference will consider the historically specific ways in which feeling is discussed in aesthetic discourse. It will also, however, encourage reflection about the limits of an historicist approach for understanding the emotions at play in nineteenth-century aesthetic response and the possibility of alternative methodologies for understanding the relation between feeling and the arts.

Proposals of up to 400 words should be sent to Dr. Vicky Mills at by 9 January 2015. Please also attach a brief biographical note. Proposals for panels of three papers are also welcome, and should be accompanied by a brief (one-page) panel justification.

Keynote Speakers: Professor Caroline Arscott (Courtauld Institute of Art, London); Professor Tim Barringer (Yale University); Meaghan Clarke (University of Sussex); Professor Kate Flint (University of Southern California); Professor Michael Hatt (University of Warwick); Professor Jonah Siegel (Rutgers); Alison Smith (Tate Britain)

Bibliographical Society of America 2015 Fellowship

Deadline: December 1, 2014

Application Website

The Society invites applications for its seventh annual Katharine Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography and the British Book Trades as well as its annual short- term fellowships, all of which support bibliographical inquiry and research in the history of the book trades and in publishing history. Eligible topics may concentrate on books and documents in any
field, but should focus on the book or manuscript (the physical object) as historical evidence. Such topics may include establishing a text or studying the history of book production, publication, distribution, collecting, or reading. Thanks to the generosity of donors, certain special fellowships support research in particular areas of study. Applicants should therefore read the fellowship titles and guidelines here to determine project eligibility and fit. Please note: these fellowships do
not support enumerative bibliography (i.e. the preparation of lists). Individuals who have not re- ceived support in the previous five years will be given preference. All fellowships require a project report within one year of receipt of the award, and a copy of any subsequent publications resulting from the project, to be sent to the BSA.


The Katharine Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography and the British Book Trades ($6,000) supports research in topics relating to book production and distribution in Britain during the hand-press period as well as studies of authorship, reading and collecting based on the examination of British books published in that period, with a special emphasis on
descriptive bibliography.

The BSA-ASECS Fellowship for Bibliographical Studies in the Eighteenth Century ($3,000). Recipients must be a member of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies at the time of the award.

For a complete listing of available fellowships, please visit the BSA website.