BAVS 2015: “Victorian Age(s)” (International)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Dates: August 27-29, 2015

Location: Leeds Trinity University, Yorkshire

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The Victorians were highly preoccupied by the passage and experience of time in their own personal lives and their lifetimes.  Anxious to explain and express the historical changes around them, to arrange and categorise time(s) according to new disciplines and discourses, to explore and differentiate the experiences of different stages in the life-cycle, they strove to relate their era to preceding ones, to measure modernity, and to imagine possible futures.  Their experience of both of aging and living in an ‘age’ are among the themes of this conference, as too our own attempts to define the Victorian period.

The conference theme marks the ‘coming of age’ of the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, which will celebrate its twenty-first anniversary in 2015.

We will welcome papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • The Victorian ages of man (and woman)
  • The Victorian period and periodization
  • Issues and experience of time and temporality in Victorian cultures
  • Victorian relations to/appropriations of other periods

All conference presenters are required to be members of BAVS or an affiliated organisation (eg AVSA, NAVSA). Associates of the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies should note that their normal discount does not apply for this event.

Please submit a proposal of 250-300 words to by the deadline of 2 March 2015.

Papers will be limited to 20 minutes. Proposals for panels of two or three papers will be particularly welcome, especially those related to the above strands.

“Community and its Limits (1745-1832)” (International)

Deadline: March 31, 2015

Dates: September 4-6, 2015

Location: University of Leeds

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A community needs limits: someone has to be in, and someone has to be out. What defined the limits of cultural communities—communities of writers and radicals, of artists and improvers, of faith and taste—in the long Romantic period? The theme of community has recently been powerfully invigorating for studies of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century literature and culture. What limits are there to that approach?

The School of English at the University of Leeds hosts this three-day conference on the discursive, affective, and conceptual limits of community. We welcome papers that reconstruct the making, preservation, and breaking of group identities in Enlightenment and Romantic Britain, and papers investigating communities’ temporal and spatial boundaries. Equally, delegates might reflect on critical methods for the study of community. Are ‘communities’ different from coteries, factions, or circles, for instance? We are especially interested in the prickly side of community: in papers that examine how creative and political communities could succeed or fail in negotiating discord.

Please send 250-word proposals for 20-minute papers to by Tuesday 31 March 2015

Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries

Deadline: January 24, 2015

Dates: June 5-7, 2015

Location: Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

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The 25th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, sponsored by Bloomsburg University, will take place in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, June 4-7, 2015. The topic, Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries, seeks to contextualize Virginia Woolf’s writing alongside the work of her contemporaries. This unprecedented number of women writers — experimentalists, middlebrow authors, journalists, poets, and editors — was simultaneously contributing to, as well as complicating, modernist literature. In what ways did these burgeoning communities and enclaves of women writers intersect with (or coexist alongside) Virginia Woolf?

We welcome proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, and workshops from literary and interdisciplinary scholars, creative and performing artists, common readers, undergraduates, students, and teachers at all levels. Submissions should relate to Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries and may emphasize either the development of enclaves or specific female subcultures or individual writers who were contemporaneous with Virginia Woolf.

For individual papers, send a 250-word proposal. For panels of three or four people, please send a proposal title and a 250-word proposal for each paper. For roundtables and workshops, send a 250 to 500-word proposal and biographical description of each participant. Also, if you would like to chair a panel, please let us know.

Email proposal by attachment in word to Julie Vandivere at
Deadline for proposals is January 24, 2015.

“Romantic Imprints,” BARS 2015 (International)

Deadline: January 31, 2015

Dates: July 16-19, 2015

Location: Cardiff University, Wales, UK

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Proposals are invited for the 2015 British Association for Romantic Studies international conference which will be held at Cardiff University, Wales (UK) on 16–19 July 2015. The theme of the interdisciplinary conference is Romantic Imprints, broadly understood to include the various literary, cultural, historical and political manifestations of Romantic print culture across Europe, the Americas and the rest of the world. Our focus will fall on the ways in which the culture of the period was conscious of itself as functioning within and through, or as opposed to, the medium of print. The conference location in the Welsh capital provides a special opportunity to foreground the Welsh inflections of Romanticism within the remit of the conference’s wider theme. The two-hundredth anniversary of Waterloo also brings with it the chance of thinking about how Waterloo was represented within and beyond print. Continue reading

Ransom Center Fellowships

Deadline: January 15, 2015


The Harry Ransom Center invites applications for its 2015–2016 research fellowships. More than 50 fellowships will be awarded for projects that require substantial onsite use of the Center’s collections, supporting research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.

Information about the fellowships and the application process is available online. The deadline for applications, which must be submitted through the Ransom Center’s website, is January 15, 2015, at 5 p.m. CDT.

All applicants, with the exception of those applying for dissertation fellowships, must have a Ph.D. or be independent scholars with a substantial record of achievement.

The fellowships range from one to three months, with stipends of $3,000 per month. Also available are $1,200 or $1,700 travel stipends and dissertation fellowships with a $1,500 stipend.

“Victorian Self-Fashioning,” VISAWUS 2015

Deadline: March 15, 2015

Dates: October 22-24, 2015

Location: Denver, CO

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We encourage papers across all disciplines. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Aestheticism
  • Class mobility/class identity
  • Fashion
  • Portraiture
  • Literary reputation
  • Empire building
  • National identity
  • Theater
  • Neo-Victorian reimaginings
  • Theater
  • Gender identities
  • Steampunk
  • Self-help/Self-improvement
  • Artistic reputation
  • Professionalization
  • Racial identities
  • Advertising
  • Mediums & spiritualism
  • Individualism
  • Vulgarity
  • Education
  • Self made man/woman

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“After Print: Manuscripts in the 18th Century”

Deadline: December 15, 2014

Date: April 24, 2015

Location: UC Santa Barbara

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Co-sponsored by the Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School and the UCSB Early Modern Center

This one-day conference at UCSB will bring together junior and senior scholars to explore the continued vitality of manuscript publication and circulation in the eighteenth century. Scholars now often take for granted that the eighteenth century constituted an established ‘print culture’, whether that culture was inherent in the technology or forged by its users. By the age of Addison and Pope, this narrative contends, the spread of print and lapse of licensing had rendered superfluous a manuscript world of scurrilous libels, courtly poetry, and weekly newsletters. But a growing body of research is arguing for the ongoing importance of manuscript production and publication into the Romantic period, and for a critical stance that questions the solidity of the print-manuscript binary. In texts from diaries and journals to notes, letters, sheet music, scientific observations, and hybrid multimedia documents, scholars are turning their attention to the manuscript traditions and innovations that were also central to eighteenth-century literature. And they are drawing connections to our own moment of protracted media shift, focusing on aggregative, iterative steps rather than a single ‘revolution’.

After Print will join this exciting subfield by exploring a range of manuscript practices in the long eighteenth century. Margaret Ezell, distinguished professor of English and Sara and John Lindsay Chair of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University—whose works Social Authorship and the Advent of Print (1999) and The Patriarch’s Wife: Literary Evidence and the History of the Family (1987) have been foundational to the field—will deliver the keynote lecture on Friday evening. Proposals are solicited for papers on any aspect of eighteenth-century studies related to the theme; in particular, proposals are welcomed from junior scholars (graduate students, postdocs, and untenured faculty) for a special panel on new methods. Limited travel support for junior scholars may be available.

Please send paper proposals by December 15 to Rachael Scarborough King (Asst. Prof. of English, UCSB),

“Moving Forms: The Global Circulation of Victorian Narrative Innovations ,” NAVSA 2015

Deadline: November 21, 2014

Dates: July 9-12, 2015

Location: Hawaii

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A panel proposal for NAVSA (July 9-12, 2015, Hawaii)

Organizers:  Pablo Mukherjee (Warwick); John Plotz, (Brandeis)

Abstracts sought for a panel that will explore ways in which narrative innovations, or generic and formal variants, circulate globally between (an approximate date-range only) 1880-1900. The post-Darwin rise of Naturalist fiction under various names is one area of special interest; another is crime fiction’s global circulation; another is the debates on “diffusion” of folk-tales (e.g. Lang, Jacobs et. al.). But other instances are equally welcome.

Thanks in advance for reposting and circulating this CFP to relevant venues!

250-500 word abstract plus 1-page CV by November 21 to

Aestheticism and Decadence in the Age of Modernism: 1895-1945 (International)

Deadline: November 30, 2014

Dates: April 17-18, 2015

Location: Senate House, London

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This interdisciplinary conference intends to open discussions about the meaning and significance of Aestheticism and Decadence as these movements evolved between 1895 and the mid-twentieth century. Aestheticism and Decadence were not vanquished with Wilde’s imprisonment but, rather, continued as vital and diverse forms in twentieth century aesthetics and culture. Their influence was in some cases openly acknowledged by the authors in question, but often it was oblique and obscured as many later writers, most famously the High Modernists, eschewed any admissions of such a debt.

This conference considers Aestheticism and Decadence from three main angles:

1) the continuing evolution, diversification and internationalisation of Aestheticist and Decadent ideas and forms;
2) how writers, artists, critics, musicians engaged with the figures and ideas of nineteenth century Aestheticism and Decadence.
3) the production of the ‘Yellow Nineties’ and the posthumous representation of Decadent and Aestheticist writers, particularly Wilde and Pater, in memoir, biography and literary criticism

We encourage proposals that address these Aestheticist and Decadent afterlives in the context of their cultural, political and social moments, and which engage with the problematics of these terms.

Please send Abstracts of 250 words with a short bionote to Dr. Kate Hext & Dr. Alex Murray at by the 30th of November 2014.


American Literature Assocation 46th Annual Conference

Deadline: January 30, 2015

Dates: May 21-24, 2015

Location: Boston, MA

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For the 2015 conference, the ALA will again rely on electronic submission of program information and conference proposals. As usual, the societies that make up the American Literature Association will organize much of the program. Individual societies will issue their own calls for papers, which may be listed on the ALA website as well as on the societies’ own website and publications. Guidelines for author societies are detailed towards the end of this notice. Individuals may also propose papers or panels to the conference director by January 30, 2015. Preference will be given to papers and panels that represent authors, genres, or topics that are not covered by the societies that make up the ALA. Proposals must follow the guidelines described at the end of this notice.

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“Sensational Men: Victorian Masculinity in Sensation Fiction, Theatre and the Arts” (International)

Deadline: December 1, 2014

Date: April 18, 2015

Location: Falmouth University, Cornwall

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Villainous, feminised, weak and wanting; men in the sensation genre are often seen as lacking. Critical readings of the genre, moreover, have tended to focus on its constructions of femininity, largely neglecting representations of men and masculinity. Examining the under-explored subject of Victorian men, masculinity and sensation, “Sensational Men: Victorian Masculinity in Sensation Fiction, Theatre and the Arts” represents a timely and important intervention in the field.

This one day symposium at Falmouth University will provide a point of focus and intellectual exchange for scholars working in many different fields such as: popular fiction studies, theatre studies, Gothic studies, art history, early photography and film, theories of gender, sexuality and nation in nineteenth century studies.

150-200 word abstracts to be sent by: 1st December 2014 to Ruth Heholt and Meredith Miller: and

Keynote Speakers: William Hughes, Bath Spa University & Andy Smith, University of Sheffield

Materialising Modern Identities: Architectural Sculpture After 1750 (International)

Deadline: November 10, 2014

Dates: April 9-11, 2015

Location: Sainsbury Institute for Art, UEA, Norwich

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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

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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