“Relations,” BWWC 2015

Deadline: January 15, 2015

Dates: June 25-27, 2015

Location: New York City, CUNY

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The British Women Writers Conference will engage the theme of “Relations” for its 23rd annual meeting to be held in New York City. The inspiration for this theme comes from Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, who taught at the Graduate Center from 1998-2009, and whose investment in relations continues to reverberate both within our department and in the field at large. One of her last courses, “Reading Relations,” explored literary constructions and alternative understandings of relationality [link to the syllabus forthcoming]. In this spirit, we invite papers—as well as panel proposals—that focus on possible interpretations of and approaches to relationality, broadly conceived. We welcome investigations of interaction, exchange, correlation, or conjunction. Alternately, treatments might focus on relationality as a political, historical, global, social, personal, critical or textual phenomenon.

For paper proposals, please send a 300-word abstract and a short bio (in a single attachment) to bwwc2015@gmail.com by January 15th, 2015. For full panel proposals, please compile all proposals, along with a brief rationale for the panel, into a single document. Papers and panels must address the theme and its application to British women’s literature of the long 18th- or 19th-centuries.

International Conference on Narrative

Deadline: October 15, 2014

Dates: March 5-8, 2015

Location: Chicago, The Swissôtel Chicago

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The conference is sponsored by the University of Chicago, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, and Purdue University Calumet.  It will feature keynote presentations by John Brenkman (Baruch College, CUNY), Caitlin Fisher (York University), and Thomas Pavel (University of Chicago).

The committee welcomes proposals for papers and panels on all aspects of narrative in any genre, period, discipline, language, and medium.

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Victorian Modernities (International)

Deadline: January 31, 2015

Dates: June 25-26, 2015

Location: University of Kent

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On 9 June 1865 at 3.30pm, Charles Dickens came close to losing his life when the South Eastern train in which he was travelling from Folkestone to London derailed while crossing a viaduct near Staplehurst in Kent. While Dickens and his travelling companions – Ellen Ternan and her mother – survived, ten passengers were killed and forty were injured. The accident affected him greatly, and he continued to suffer ‘sudden rushes of terror, even when riding in a hansom cab’, as he confessed a year after the event. The grim ghost story that emerged from this traumatic experience to be published in All the Year Round – ‘No. 1 Branch Line. The Signalman’ – contrasts markedly with the ebullient celebration of railway speed in ‘A Flight’ – his earlier account of travelling from London to Paris for Household Words. While Dickens’s early responsiveness to the symbolism of the railway and embrace of the connections enabled by new technological and industrial processes may have made him a ‘leader of the steam-whistle party par excellence’ as Ruskin claimed, his writing also resonates with many of the anxieties and instabilities we associate with modernity.

The 150th anniversary of the Staplehurst railway accident in June 2015 provides us with an occasion to reflect upon the ambivalence that distinguished the Victorians’ multifaceted engagement with the complex concept we now refer to as modernity. We welcome proposals that address any aspect of Victorian modernities and especially encourage interdisciplinary approaches. Continue reading

Special Edition of “Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations”

Deadline for submissions: December 31, 2014

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Special edition of Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations on the ‘Irish Transatlantic: Act of Union (1800) to the Present Day’

The Autumn 2015 issue of Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations will take as its focus the literary and cultural exchange between Ireland and the Americas from the Act of Union (1800) to the present day. We seek to provide a window onto the expansive and multifarious nature of Irish transatlantic studies, publishing a range of articles which illustrate the depth and breadth of contemporary scholarship in this area. Despite the unquestionable historical, material and political connections between these two geographical locations, the Irish dimension to transatlantic studies is often overlooked. Burgeoning interest in transatlantic studies has led to the publication of innovative book series on the topic; while this is an exciting move in scholarship, the number of texts that display sustained engagement with Irish transatlantic concerns is surprisingly low. Similarly, although the historiography of the Irish diaspora is a rich field, transatlantic Irish literary and cultural studies is an uneven area of inquiry; notably, while the Famine years have received plentiful commentary, there is a dearth of scholarship considering the decades preceding this.

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“Regional Gothic” Call for Abstracts

Deadline for abstracts: December 1, 2014

Completed Essays due by September 2015

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Regional Gothic, edited by William Hughes and Ruth Heholt

With the referendum for Scottish Independence scheduled for September 2014 and the Cornish having recently been granted minority status, questions about the dis-unity of the ‘United’ Kingdom are prominent in the contemporary debate regarding nationalism and regional identity. Regional Gothic will explore these fractures and the darker imaginings that come from the regions of Britain.

The British regions, ‘imagined communities’ with fragile and threatened identities and boundaries, carry their own dark sides and repressions. The Gothic preoccupation with borders, invasion, contamination and degeneration imbricates quite naturally with the different and shifting meanings that arise from writings from – and about – the scattered margins of British identity. Locality affects the Gothic and Regional Gothic seeks to explore these specificities. Gothic fictions of the regions may originate from within those territories or be imagined from elsewhere. Yet, whether coming from the inside or the outside, conceptions of the regional can powerfully inform ideas of identity and belonging. And, as Ian Duncan has pointed out, whilst this may sometimes be a positive thing, regionalism can also ‘register a wholesale disintegration of the categories of home, origin, community, belonging’. Continue reading

NCSA 2015 Emerging Scholars Prize

Deadline: September 30, 2014

NCSA Website

The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2015 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 will be given to 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); they 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. Continue reading

NCSA 2015 Article Prize

Deadline: September 30, 2014

NCSA Website

The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2015 Article Prize, which recognizes excellence in scholarly studies from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (French Revolution to World War I). The winner will receive a cash award of $500 to be presented at the Thirty-sixth Annual NCSA Conference, “Material Cultures/Material Worlds” in Boston, MA (March 26-28, 2015).

Articles published between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014 are eligible for consideration for the 2015 prize and may be submitted by the author or the publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. The submission of essays that take an interdisciplinary approach is especially encouraged. The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. Applicants are encouraged to attend the conference at which the prize will be awarded.

Send one PDF file electronically of published articles/essays, including the publication’s name/volume/date etc. to the chair of the committee at the following email address: jmhill@unr.edu. All submissions via email will be acknowledged; queries should be addresses to Professor Jen Hill at the same email address. Applicants must verify date of actual publication for eligibility, and one entry per scholar or publisher is allowed annually. Essays written in part or entirely in a language other than English must be accompanied by English translations. Deadline for submission is September 30, 2014.

“Defining Irish Identity: Expressions of Cultural Nationalism,” ACIS Mid-Atlantic

Deadline for abstracts: August 1, 2014

Dates: October 10-11, 2014

Location: George Mason University, Fairfax VA

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The American Conference for Irish Studies Mid-Atlantic chapter welcomes abstracts for its upcoming meeting, to be held October 10-11, 2014 at the George Mason University campus in Fairfax, Virginia. While papers on all aspects of Irish studies are welcomed, topics relevant to the conference theme are particularly encouraged: “Defining Irish Identity: Expressions of Cultural Nationalism.”

This conference seeks to explore the many facets (and iterations) of Irish identity over time. In his 2007 book titled Nation States: The Cultures of Irish Nationalism, Dr. Michael Mays describes nationalism as: “both the great enigma of modern political life and the solid ground of contemporary cultural identity.”1 A land of internationally celebrated writers, artists, and politicians, Ireland has a rich history of cultural expression that has sought to define the Irish as a people while simultaneously creating a sense of place for Ireland within a larger global context.

Paper and panel proposals, including a brief 50 word biography, should be emailed to Laura McCloskey at ACIS.GMU14@gmail.com no later than August 1, 2014.

“Elizabeth Gaskell and Victorian Short Fiction,” Special Issue

Deadline: March 1, 2015

2015 Special Issue of Gaskell Journal

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In the last couple of decades, critical reappraisals of Gaskell’s shorter fiction have been at the heart of a wider burgeoning interest in the Victorian short story. Discussions of Gaskell have shown her use of the form for radical explorations of gender, power relations, religion, history and the emotions, as well as revealing striking generic differences from her better-known longer works. The 2015 edition of the Gaskell Journal invites papers which extend this consideration of Gaskell as a writer of short fiction, including her short stories and novellas. The editors invite innovative readings of these works, and comparative studies of Gaskell’s short fiction alongside that of her literary peers.

The special number will be co-edited by Dr Rebecca Styler (Gaskell Journal Editor) and Dr Elizabeth Ludlow (Guest Editor) who have both published on Gaskell’s short fiction. Articles are due by  March 1, 2015 to rstyler@lincoln.ac.uk (please follow the stylesheet to be found in the ‘Authors’ section of journal website, gaskelljournal.co.uk). Please direct any queries or expressions of interest to rstyler@lincoln.ac.uk .

“Material Cultures/Material Worlds,” NCSA 2015

Deadline: September 30, 2014

Dates: March26-28, 2014

Location: Boston, MA

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Conference organizers seek papers and panels that investigate elements of the material world belonging to the long nineteenth century. Topics may include collecting, possession(s), things and thing theories, realism, hoarding, bric-a¬brac, souvenirs, historic houses (interiors and rooms), buildings and “truth to materials,” collecting folklore and songs, Atlantic trade, colonial objects, commodity fetishism, animals as things (taxidermy, zoos, taxonomies), people as things (slavery, human zoos, relics, death masks), cabinets of curiosity, closets, antiquities, museum displays, theatrical stages and sets, textures, books and manuscripts as objects, the materiality of texts, art materials, food, fraudulent items or the luxury trade. The committee invites alternate interpretations of the theme as well.

Please email 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers along with one-page CVs to the program chairs by September 30, 2014 to ncsaboston2015@gmail.com. Paper abstracts should include author’s name, institutional affiliation, and paper title in the heading. The organizers welcome panel proposals with three panelists and a moderator or alternative formats with pre-circulated papers and discussion.

The Victorian Period in 21st-Century Children’s Literature

Deadline for abstracts/CV/working bibliography: August 1, 2014

5000-7000 word essays due by March 1, 2014

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The Victorian Period in Twenty-First Century Children’s Literature: Representations and Revisions, Adaptations and Appropriations

A significant aim of contemporary literature for young people is to provide a window into a variety of historical periods and cultural milieus. Such representations of the past have educational, creative, and political resonances, reflecting both on historical periods and contemporary values. However, since the turn of the twenty-first century, we seem to have reached a critical mass of works for children that engage the Victorian period in particular.

Perhaps the most visible form that this trend has taken is Neo-Victorianism, a literary and cultural phenomenon that has shaped contemporary fiction for children and young adults through the general prevalence and popularity of Neo-Victorian series such as the Enola Holmes novels and the Gemma Doyle trilogy. A recent special issue on the child in Neo-Victorian Studies also indicates that the critical discussion inspired by this genre has specific implications for studies of youth culture. Continue reading

Reminder: “Longevity Networks” Special Issue of Victoriographies

Deadline: June 30, 2014

Publication: Fall 2015

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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. The editors 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.

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“Creating and Sustaining Byron,” SAMLA 2014

Deadline: June 15, 2014

Location: Atlanta, GA

Dates: November 7-9, 2014

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This panel seeks papers that address the creating and sustaining of “Byron” throughout the nineteenth century. Especially welcome are proposals addressing fictional representations of Byron and Byronic figures in works such as *Glenarvon* and *The Vampyre*, memoirs about Byron by figures like Lady Blessington or Thomas Medwin, piracies and satires of Byron’s work, the circulation of images of Byron in prints and portraits, and the editing of Byron’s works.

By June 15, 2014, please send a 300-word abstract, a one-page CV, and A.V requirements to Lindsey Eckert, Georgia State University, LEckert@gsu.edu


“The Mysteries at Our Own Doors”

Deadline: June 15, 2014

Dates: October 24-25, 2014

Location: Charlotte, NC

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Henry James once said of Wilkie Collins: “To Mr. Collins belongs the credit of having introduced into fiction those most mysterious of mysteries, the mysteries which are at our own doors.” Indeed, through the fiction of Collins (and others) the Victorian Era saw the rise of the detective novel as an art form.  Moreover, it also produced a wealth of poems, novels, and prose works that concerned themselves with mysteries, secrets, enigmas, and the unknown. Sensing that they stood on a threshold, that the shadowy borders of new knowledge and understanding lay almost within reach–at their “own doors,” as James said–Victorian authors struggled with a variety of mysteries arising from their interests in science, religion, the occult, mesmerism, identity, sexuality, race, class, and the Empire. We invite papers on any of these topics. Papers or panels on poetry, prose, nonfiction, or visual art are welcome, as are presentations on the pedagogy of teaching Victorian literature. Continue reading

“Mobilities” INCS 2015

Deadline: November 15, 2014

Dates: April 16-19, 2015

Location: Atlanta, GA

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The nineteenth century has long been understood as an era of industrial growth, scientific discovery, technological innovation, and imperial expansion. Such sweeping global transformations relied on a complex web of relations between humans and machines, individuals and systems, ideas and practices, as well as more efficient and frequent movement across increasingly connected networks of space. From railroad travel to advances in shipping, from the movement of immigrants, enslaved laborers, scientists and colonial settlers, to the circulation of ideas, bodies, and/as commodities, nineteenth-century mobilities challenged and reconfigured the very constitution of subjects, nations, and cultures across the globe. We seek papers that investigate the various mobilities and exchanges of the nineteenth century. What did it mean to be mobile (or immobile) in this period? How were political, scientific, and cultural ideas exchanged in new ways? How did people maintain and create new networks and affiliations? How might notions of a more mobile, networked sense of nature, the world, and the self influence our understanding of this era?

Deadline: November 15, 2014. For individual papers, send 250-word proposals; for panels, send individual proposals plus a 250-word panel description. Please include a one-page cv with your name, affiliation, and email address. Proposals that are interdisciplinary in method or panels that involve multiple disciplines are especially welcome. Send questions and proposals to narin.hassan@lmc.gatech.edu or carol.senf@lmc.gatech.edu


“Sustaining Victorian Spaces Through Maps,” SAMLA 2014 Panel

Deadline: May 31, 2014

Dates: November 7-9, 2014

Location: Atlanta, GA

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SAMLA 2014’s overall conference theme is Sustainability and the Humanities. This particular panel will be focused on “Sustaining Victorian Spaces Through Maps.” For a complete listing of panels, see the above link.

“Sustaining Victorian Spaces Through Maps: Maps In/Of the Victorian World”: This panel welcomes projects and essays exploring how the Victorians attempted to preserve an interpretation of their world through maps AND/OR current projects that preserve or represent the Victorian world through maps or mapping technology. By May 31, 2014, please submit a 350 word abstract and very brief CV (both as MS Word attachments) to Shannon Gilstrap, University of North Georgia, at Shannon.Gilstrap@ung.edu.

“Sense and the Senses” MVSA 2015

Deadline: October 31, 2014

Dates: May 1-3, 2015

Location: University of Iowa

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The Midwest Victorian Studies Association seeks papers for topics related to the conference theme of “Sense and the Senses.” The committee encourages papers on any aspect of this topic in art, music, history, science, philosophy, theater or literature: senses and the invisible; sounds and soundscapes; listening/depictions of listening; the relationship between the body and mind; the five senses; the representation of sense or reason; rationality and embodiment; the relationship(s) among sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste; the conflict or accord between reason and the senses; the scientific, psychological, philosophical, or empirical study of the senses; the role of the senses in the creation of ideas or knowledge; the relationship between sense and emotion; empiricism and the imaginary; the disarray or unreliability of the senses; synaesthesia; mesmerism, hypnotism, and extrasensory perception; sensory textures of spaces and lived experiences; sensory extensions/alterations catalyzed by technologies

The Midwest Victorian Studies Association is an interdisciplinary organization welcoming scholars from all disciplines who share an interest in nineteenth-century British history, literature, and culture. Send a 300-word abstract and 1-page vita (as Word documents) by October 31, 2014, to conferencesubmissions@midwestvictorian.org. Even if you do not submit a paper, please plan to attend!



Trollope Prize 2014

Deadline: June 1, 2014

Submission Guidelines / Trollope Prize Website

The Department of English, in collaboration with the Hall Center for the Humanities, at The University of Kansas is pleased to sponsor The Trollope Prize, an essay contest open to undergraduate and graduate students writing about the works of Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope. Winning essays will be published in The Fortnighly Review, and winners will be awarded a modest honorarium.

Essays are invited on the topic of “Trollope and His World.” Submissions may include essays focusing exclusively on the works of Anthony Trollope; comparative essays on Trollope and other writers; essays examining Trollope’s work and career in the larger context of Victorian history, culture and society; historical or literary essays on topics central to Trollope’s work and illuminated by his work; or essays on the reception of Trollope’s work or on his larger cultural influence. Continue reading

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

Deadline: May 31, 2014

Dates: November 13-16, 2014

Location: Detroit, MI

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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

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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.