“The City and the Aesthetic” (MMLA 2014 Permanent Section)

Deadline: May 31, 2014

Dates: November 13-16, 2014

Location: Detroit, MI

CFP Link

Topic: The City and the Aesthetic

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

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

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

“Romantic Reflections: Twins, Echoes, and Appropriations”

Deadline: April 21, 2014

Dates: September 25-28, 2014

Location: Minneapolis, MN

CFP Link

The 2014 meeting of the International Conference on Romanticism will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the heart of downtown on the banks of the Mississippi river September 25th-28th. In keeping with the spirit of the ICR, the conference organizers wish to focus on the cross-disciplinary and international aspects of Romanticism. The theme will be Romantic Reflections, which should be interpreted in its broadest context.

Abstract for complete panels and individual papers are welcome. Please send 250 word abstracts to icr2014@stthomas.edu. The deadline for submissions is April 21, 2014.

“Longevity Networks” (Victoriographies Special Issue)

Deadline: June 30, 2014

Publication: Fall 2015

CFP Link

Journal Website

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

RSVP 2014 VanArsdale Prize

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Prize: $300 and publication in Victorian Periodicals Review

Submission Guidelines

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

Graduate students are invited to submit essays for the 2014 VanArsdel Prize for the best graduate student essay on, about, or extensively using Victorian periodicals. The winner will receive $300 and publication in Victorian Periodicals Review. Submissions should be 15-25 pages, excluding notes and bibliography. Manuscripts should not have appeared in print. Send e-mail submissions to VPR Editor Alexis Easley (maeasley @ stthomas.edu) by 1 May 2014.

Creativity and Commerce in the Age of Print (International)

Deadline: May 5, 2o14

Dates: July 26, 2014

Location: University of Edinburgh (Scotland)

CFP Link

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

Proposals in all relevant subject areas and historical periods post-1450 are welcome. Please send a 200-word abstract to N.Simonova@ed.ac.uk by May 5, 2014. Limited travel bursaries may be available; indicate if you would require one to attend. The conference will take place in Edinburgh on July 26, 2014, with registration opening in June.

PAMLA George Eliot Session–Deadline Revised

Deadline: May 15, 2014

Dates: October 31-November 2, 2014

Location: Riverside, CA

CFP Link

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

The annual conference for the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association will be held on October 31-November 2, 2014 at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, California.

Deadline for submission: Proposals and abstracts of 300 words should be submitted via the online system at http://www.pamla.org/2014 by May 15, 2014. Questions or inquiries can be directed to session chair, Carroll Clayton Savant: ccs071000@utdallas.edu.

“The Lives of Cities,” MMLA 2014

Deadline for special sessions: April 21, 2014

Deadline for papers/panels: May 15, 2014

Dates: November 13-16, 2014

Location: Detroit, MI

CFP Link

The Midwest Modern Language Associate invites proposals for the 2014 conference, which will take place in Detroit, MI, November 13-16, 2014. Although papers are accepted on any topic, we welcome participants to consider this year’s theme, “The Lives of Cities,” as a rich field of inquiry. Proposals may be for individual papers, for Special Sessions focused on the conference theme, or for complete panels that do not necessarily tie to the conference theme (see below for more details); there are also a number of Permanent Sessions, whose specific CFPs continue to be updated on the MMLA website.

“The Lives of Cities” is meant to gesture broadly towards the experiences of urban inhabitants in all aspects and phases of urban development—from the very beginnings of urbanization throughout the globe to the resuscitation of contemporary urban landscapes decimated by industrial flight. Papers might consider the (sometimes competing) narratives of the development of individual cities, of urban space planning generally, of waves of migration into and out of cities, of the lived experiences of urban inhabitants.

The deadline for all individual paper proposals, as well as for proposals for complete panels that are not directly tied to the conference theme, is May 15. Individual and panel proposals should be submitted directly to the MMLA office via email (mmla@luc.edu). Once accepted, individual papers will be organized into sessions. Panel proposals should be submitted as a unit, including paper titles and abstracts, as well as title, affiliation, and full contact information for all participants, clearly identifying the panel chair.

Proposals for Special Sessions that focus on the conference theme in some way are also welcome. These do not require identification of a full slate of papers but instead, if accepted, assume that the session organizer will serve as panel chair (who may also give a paper). Accepted Special Session calls will be posted on the MMLA website and will require that the organizer receive proposals directly and vet them to build the full panel. Special Session proposals are due April 21 via email (mmla@luc.edu).

MLA 2015: “Victorian Travelers and Cultural Memory”

Deadline: March 15, 2014

Dates: January 8-11, 2015

Location: Vancouver, Canada

CFP Link / “Of Victorian Interest” Write-Up

Dr. Andrea Kaston Tange is putting together special session for MLA 2015 seeks papers that consider how travel writings “rely on, create, reinvent, or consolidate collective memories of places/cultures/events in an age of colonial expansion.” The panel chair would like to put together a panel that considers a range of perspectives and/or travel destinations. The 2015 MLA theme is memory, and this panel would like to think broadly about cultural memory as a kind of collective of impressions that shapes people’s understanding of the foreign. Any kind of work that considers how travelers themselves depend upon cultural constructions or memories of other places and/or that investigates what travel writing does to help build consensus or invent “memories” of places for the benefit of armchair travelers would be welcome.

300-word proposals and brief CVs can be sent to akastont@emich.edu via email; deadline. March 15, 2014. Indicate AV needs, please.

Please note that this is a CFP for a special session; Dr. Tange will submit a session proposal by April 1, and the panelists will be notified by early June about acceptance into the conference.

“Confluence and Division,” MSA 2015

Deadline for seminar proposals: February 28, 2014

Deadline for panel proposals: May 9, 2014

Dates: November 6-9, 2014

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

CFP Link

Taking our cue from Pittsburgh’s history and character, the Modernist Studies Association conference theme encourages a focus on the confluences and divisions of plural modernisms, and on forces of modernity underlying cultural shifts that powerfully conjoin and pull apart the twentieth century’s socio-economic and cultural fabrics.

What emerges as modernisms and modern forces interact – “high” and “low” culture, wealth and poverty, ethnic and racial diversities, capital and labor, environmental and industrial, etc.? How can modernist practices, aesthetics, and formations be situated within or in relation to modernity’s energies, imagined as layers, structures, and figures of confluence and division? How can an interdisciplinary movement across “divisions” create new “confluences” in modernist studies?

The conference organizers for CONFLUENCE AND DIVISION invite proposals for seminars, workshops, panels, roundtables, and multimedia/digital exhibitions in modernist studies.

All queries should be directed to msasixteen@gmail.com


“Cosmopolitanism, Aestheticism, and Decadence, 1860-1920″ (International)

Deadline: March 3, 2014

Dates: June 17-18, 2014

Location: University of Oxford

CFP Link

Over the past twenty years, the term “cosmopolitanism” has been the focus of intense critical reflection and debate across the humanities. For some, it represents a potential remedy for oppressive and antagonistic models of national identity and a means of addressing the ethical, economic, and political dilemmas produced by globalisation. Others consider it a peculiarly insidious form of imperialism, and argue that it advocates an untenable ideal of a privileged, rootless observer, detached from — and disposed to romanticise or commodify — very real injustices and inequalities. Meanwhile, the “transatlantic” has emerged as a popular critical framework and field of inquiry for historians and literary scholars. But the “transatlantic” is also sometimes perceived as a problematic category insofar as it can serve to reinforce the narrow focus on Anglo-American culture that the “cosmopolitan” ideal aspires to overcome. Continue reading

MLA 2015: “New Approaches to Science and Technology in Victorian Studies”

Deadline: March 14, 2014

Dates: January 8-11, 2015

Location: Vancouver, Canada

From VICTORIA listserv:

I’m interested in papers bringing new approaches to science and/or technology (including but not limited to those listed below) to readings of Victorian literature and culture, and in papers focused on the impact these new approaches may have for the field of Victorian Studies:

Victorian literature / culture and: STS (science, technology, society); philosophy of science / technology; history of science / technology; technoculture; etc. 500-word proposal, a 1-page CV by 14 March 2014; Jessica Kuskey (jkuskey@ucsc.edu).

“Gender and Journalims: Women and/in the News in the Nineteenth Century”

Deadline: April 7, 2014

Special issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies

CFP received from VICTORIA listserv

The recent surge in scholarly interest in the nineteenth-century periodical press, hand in hand with ambitious digitization projects allowing us ever-expanding access to primary materials, has increased our ability to analyse and discuss the dynamic parameters of women’s involvement with the industry.  As the nineteenth century dawned, women reporters were rarities, although celebrity journalists such as the poet and novelist Mary Robinson found a home in the daily press.  In the second half of the century, an increasing number of women found employment in the press often limited to the more or less cosy corners of journalism, particularly women’s pages, fashion and society columns, and the children’s corners of weekly and monthly periodicals.  By century’s end, a fully fledged women’s political press had emerged, and papers like the Women’s Penny Paper/Woman’s Journal devoted extensive space to reporting news of women’s advances.  Despite their long-persisting exclusion from the ‘masculine’ domain of news reporting (and limits on the social acceptability of their news reading), women had also been making, breaking, and shaping the news throughout the nineteenth century.  Continue reading

Celebrity Encounters: Transatlantic Fame in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America (International)

Deadline: March 31, 2014

Dates: July 4-5, 2014

Location: University of Portsmouth, UK

CFP Link

Building on recent scholarship that has demonstrated that the discourses, practices and conditions associated with twentieth- and twenty-first-century celebrity culture were already in place in America and Europe by the end of the eighteenth century, this conference explores the transatlantic dimensions of nineteenth-century constructions of fame and fandom. It considers the ways transatlantic celebrity affected relationships between, and the identities of, celebrities and fans, and facilitated a questioning of geographically located notions of identity, race, gender and class. In the context of new forms of communication, transport and media that irrevocably altered celebrity cultural exchanges across the Atlantic, this conference focuses on the nature of celebrity encounters and the complexities of relationships between famous Americans and their British fans; British lions and their American devotees;
and British and American celebrities.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words, together with a brief biographical note listing your affiliation, to: paraic.finnerty@port.ac.uk. The deadline for submission is 14th of February 2014.

“The Victorians and Literary Theory”

Deadline: March 31, 2014

Dates: October 31-November 2, 2014

Location: Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, CA

CFP Link

This is a CFP for a special session at the PAMLA (Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association).

Proposals may address British Victorian fiction, poetry, drama, or non-fiction, but the emphasis should be on literary/critical theory and/or the history of literary criticism.  In keeping with the conference theme of “Familiar Spirits,” this special session aims to reflect on the continuing value of Victorian literature to those who engage with literary theory.

Submission Deadline: The deadline for proposing papers to the approved sessions will be March 31, 2014. Proposals should be submitted via the online submission form to be available at the following address: http://www.pamla.org/2014/.  Questions may be directed to Al Drake at ajdrake@ajdrake.com.

MLA 2015 Panels: Overview

UPDATE: New Panels added to MLA website:

18th Century British:

“Postclassical Goethe and the Pleasure of the Senses”–deadline: March 1, 2014

“Spatial Poetics” (Romanticism)–deadline: March 15, 2014

“18th Century and Modern Causalities”–deadline: March 10, 2014

“What is Judgment?”–deadline: March 5, 2014

“Scaling Romanticism: Local to Global, Abstract to Concrete”–deadline: March 14, 2014

“Afterlives of Allegory”--deadline: March 15, 2014

“Literary Science”–deadline: March 15, 2014

“Unsociable Feelings”–deadline: March 15, 2014

19th Century American:

“The Canadian Hemingway”–deadline: March 15, 2014

“Margaret Fuller’s Circles”–deadline: March 15, 2014

“Comparative Treatments of Hawthorne and Poe”–deadline: March 14, 2014

“Hawthorne and Class”–deadline: March 15, 2014

“Atlantic Empiricisms”–deadline: March 15, 2014

“Colonial Soundings: Music and Memory”–deadline: March 15, 2014

“Indigenous Atlantic”–deadline: March 15, 2014

20th Century American & British:

“Labryinthine Modernisms in Pirandellian Times”–deadline: March 10, 2014
“Comparative Studies of the Long (or Short) 20th Centuries”–deadline: March 15, 2014

American Regional Lit:

“Memory as Resistance in Midwest Urban Spaces”–deadline: March 16, 2014“Imperialism in/and the South”–deadline: March 15, 2014“Small Screen Souths: Interrogating the Televisual Archive”–deadline: March 15, 2014

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“Travel in the Marketplace: The Materiality of Travel in the Long Nineteenth Century” (International)

Deadline: March 31, 2014

Dates: September 17-18, 2014

Location: Bangor University (North Wales)

CFP Link

The long nineteenth century was marked by a growing hunger to experience or read about travel. In Britain, for example, the period following Waterloo saw the development of the tourist industry and ‘Travels and Voyages’ was a particularly popular literary genre. Armed with guidebooks and timetables a growing number of middle-class tourists left the comfort of their drawing rooms to experience the sublime, the beautiful and the picturesque in the highlands of Scotland, the mountains of North Wales, or the Lake and Peak Districts. Those in search of the refined and fashionable chose instead to visit the houses and gardens of the aristocracy, or promenaded through the seaside resorts and spa-towns.  Some went further afield, armed with works on continental Europe, Africa, India and the ever exotic ‘East’. Many more remained at home to peruse the printed memoirs, manuscript letters and journals supplied by those who had recorded their adventures.  As the century progressed, the importance of leisure helped spur the growth of railways, daytrips and package holidays.  Throughout the period 1780-1914 travel literature and the goods needed for travelling (from wraps for warmth on the train, to medicines to fight tropical diseases) were an important part of an increasingly commodified society. This conference aims to explore the material cultures of travel.

Located between the mountains of Snowdonia and the Menai Straits, Bangor University is an ideal setting for this conference.  The University boasts a fine collection of travel books, including a rare copy of the special extra-illustrated edition of Pennant’s Tour in Wales, and there will be an exhibition of books, maps and periodicals to accompany the conference. Abstracts (max 500 words) for papers of twenty minutes duration should be sent along with a short biography to Dr Maureen McCue (m.mccue@bangor.ac.uk) by March 31, 2014.

“Elsewheres,” JMMLA Special Issue

Deadline for queries: March 15, 2014Deadline for essays: September 15, 2014


The editors of JMMLA seek essays about the literature, film, music, and art of places that don’t really matter, places whose adjacency to the capitals of the world confirms their lack of sway. Especially welcome are essays that explore the consequences that come from the way literary and artistic value gets determined, the way consumers of culture continue to count on a handful of institutions to vet the art of the elsewhere.

“Elsewhere” is a term that is hospitable to more established ways of thinking about the relationship between center and margin—from Raymond Williams’s “country/city” designation to the various porous binaries of postcolonial theory and ecocriticism—but that also accounts for the unevenness of the opposition. “Elsewhere” presupposes a somewhere in the same way that “99%er” confirms the one percent while also highlighting the inequality built into the opposition.

Essays should be around words and should follow the most recent MLA Style Manual for internal citation and Works Cited. Please direct your queries and submit your essays electronically to jason.arthur@rockhurst.edu.

“Victorian Collections and Collecting”

Deadline: March 14, 2014

Dates: October 16-18, 2014

Location: California State University, Fullerton

CFP Link

The Victorian Interdisciplinary Association of the Western United States (VISAWUS) encourages papers across all disciplines. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Collecting/Collections and commodity culture
  • Connoisseurship, expertise, and elites
  • Collected works and Oeuvres
  • Communities/coteries of taste
  • Art, museums, and curation
  • Collecting science and nature
  • Congregations, Crowds, Masses, Mobs
  • Collecting and empire
  • Competitive collecting
  • Collecting and Entrepreneurship Continue reading