“A Time of Judgement”: The Operation and Representation of Judgement in Nineteenth-Century Cultures (International)

Deadline for Abstracts: November 30, 2015

Dates: June 23-24, 2016

Location: Plymouth University, UK

CFP Link

This international, interdisciplinary conference seeks to examine the role of ‘judgement’ in the nineteenth century, in both the Anglophone and European cultures. As a theme, related to but distinct from notions of justice, judgement has not attracted much attention from humanities scholars in contrast to the interest expressed in philosophy and psychology.

The nineteenth century saw judgement operating and developing in a multiplicity of ways: with national and international architectural and art competitions, and awards for design at universal exhibitions, and the proliferation of a literary market that saw judgement (understood as discrimination and evaluation) exercised in popular and learned reviews. Scientific controversies also involved judgements.

The legal aspect of judgment is an obvious theme and can be explored from both legal history and literary perspectives, as well as through visual culture. The conference is also, however, interested in how non-legal acts of judgement were depicted, for example in Pre-Raphaelite and other artistic representations of the ‘judgement of Paris’, or Christian works such as Thomas Martin’s ‘Last Judgement.

Please send a 300 word abstract, with a brief biography, to one of the conference coordinators (see link for e-mails) by November 30, 2015.

“Strata,” Edited Collection

Deadline: September 30, 2015

CFP Link

The editors invite proposals for essays on the theme of ‘strata’ across English literature in the period 1860-1930. This period saw landmarks in archaeological discovery including the ancient city of Troy in 1868 through to the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. In the early twentieth century, the radiometric dating of strata revolutionised geology, while psychology moved into a laboratory setting, and pioneers such as Sigmund Freud developed ground-breaking techniques to penetrate the unconscious. Thus the era was one in which varieties of depths – both literal and figurative – were explored, their treasures exposed, and their secrets made to impact upon the ways in which both the external world and the internal self were perceived.

The editors are particularly interested in essays which marry the two threads of physical (geological / archaeological) and psychological strata.

Essay abstracts (approx. 500 words) and a short biography (up to 100 words) including your name, position and affiliation, should be sent to strataconference@gmail.com by 30 September 2015. Longer outlines or drafts are also welcome at this time. The editors aim to notify selected authors by mid-October, and completed essays should be submitted by January 2016. Queries are welcome concerning submission topics.

“Forgotten Geographies in the Fin de Siecle” (International)

Deadline: December 20, 2015

Dates: July 8-9, 2016

Location: Birkbeck College, University of London

CFP Link

Recent years have seen an upsurge of interest in fin-de-siècle cultural studies and, in particular, in the growth of cosmopolitanism and internationalism in Europe during the 1880s and 1890s. This critical reception has tended to read British fin-de-siècle culture as a reflection of and reaction to specific European countries, mainly France. The wealth and variety of imperial and industrial Britain’s cross-cultural exchanges, however, has not been generally considered as a whole. British artists and writers of the 1880s and 1890s were avid travellers and readers who came in contact with a vast range of European cultures – Belgian, Bohemian, Greek, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish… As a way of escaping industrialisation and cultural homogenisation, or as a consequence of imperial politics, many artists and writers also interacted with further cultures, such as Chinese, Egyptian, Indian, Moroccan, and Turkish, to name but a few. British authors of the fin de siècle were undeniably influenced by French writing, but also by Scandinavian naturalists like Ibsen and Hamsun, and by the newly translated fiction of Turgenev and Tolstoy.

Likewise, the impact and response to British art and literature in the international cultural community has yet to be explored. Anglomania was a distinct tendency among aesthetes in turn-of-the-century Hungary, Russia, Austria, Ukraine, and Poland, to name but a few. The promotion of British aestheticism was often seen by the locals as a step to modernisation and advancement of national artistic and literary tradition. English magazines, which facilitated revolutionary changes in publishing, design, and international networking, e.g. The Studio, The Yellow Book, The Savoy, were set as examples for the emerging culture of periodicals in Eastern Europe. The late Pre-Raphaelite movement, especially works and ideas of Burne-Jones and Watts, was also a powerful yet underappreciated influence on the development of Symbolism in Polish visual culture.

As recent research questions the cultural segregation between East and West, challenging post-colonial assumptions about imperial hierarchy, and instead emphasising global networks of reciprocity, it is the intention of this conference to further expand this debate. By bringing together established and emerging scholars, we aim to reconsider the intellectual and national foundations of the British fin de siècle, assessing the role of other ‘forgotten’ cultures in the articulation of British cultural movements of the time. At the same time, we intend to unlock and reframe the perception of British authors abroad by explicating the reinvention of meaning of their work in different cultural, social, and political environments.

“Social Victorians,” NAVSA 2016

Deadline: February 1, 2016

Dates: November 2-5, 2016

Location: Phoenix, AZ

CFP Link and NAVSA website

The Conference Committee for the 2016 annual NAVSA conference invites proposals for papers and panels on the subject of Social Victorians.

What does it mean to speak of the social in the Victorian era? In what ways were the Victorians social, antisocial, or both at once? What definitions of sociability circulated during the period, and through which structures? What models of sociability vyed, prevailed, and emerged?

The deadline for paper and panel submissions is February 1, 2016. For individual papers, submit 250-word paper proposals, along with a one-page CV. For entire panels, submit the above for each paper, as well as a one-page summary of the panel.

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“Childhood/Innocence in Victorian Medievalism”

Deadline: September 20, 2015

Dates: May 12-15, 2016

Location: Kalamazoo, MI

CFP from NAVSA Listserv and CFP Program Link

Though Victorian interest in the Middle Ages has been well-documented, the particular motivations for that interest deserve fuller attention. This session seeks paper-proposals that will explore how what has often been called the Victorian “cult of the child” informed and complicated nineteenth-century fascination with the medieval period.

Victorian thinkers applied perfect goodness, a natural state of innocence, and pure happiness to children and suggested methods for cultivating these qualities. These thinkers employ the same language when theorizing about the language and literature of medieval England (and Scandinavia). Matthew Arnold – and William Wordsworth before him – valued Chaucer’s poetry as the youthful utterance of the language spoken by the English nation. Reverend Charles Kingsley and others thought of medieval Englishmen (and Scandinavians) as the boyhood manifestation of current English men. According to Kingsley, the Teutons – as he called his English ancestors – defeated the Romans in Europe because the Teutons were akin to manly boys living in the forest and were full of simplicity, morality, but also action. Those qualities, Kingsley argued, were present among the English and led to the success of the English nation. It was these qualities that were to be fostered in English boys and medieval literature became an integral component to youth education because it was seen as espousing and engendering these characteristics. Thus versions of The Canterbury Tales and Old Norse-Icelandic sagas (among many other texts) were created for schoolboys. Continue reading

Digital Humanities Postdoc

Deadline: October 30, 2015

Fellowship Guidelines

The Price Lab for Digital Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for the 2016-17 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities. One award is available to an untenured scholar in the humanities whose PhD must have been received between December 2007 and December 2015. The DH Fellow is required to spend the nine-month academic year (September 2016 – May 2017) in residence at Penn.

The PhD is the only eligible terminal degree. MFAs and other doctorates such as EdD are ineligible. In addition to scholars from the core humanities disciplines, those in related fields such as anthropology and the history of science are eligible to apply. Additional educational background in programming, library sciences, computer graphics, computational linguistics, or other fields relevant to digital humanities research is desirable but not required.

The Mellon Fellow will be affiliated with both the School of Arts and Sciences and the Penn Libraries, and will participate in the biweekly Price Lab Mellon Seminar. The fellow will pursue his or her own research project, presenting this work at the seminar, while also contributing to team-based projects at the Lab, and teaching one DH course during the year in the undergraduate College. (While the application requires a brief course description, actual specifications of the class will be worked out next spring with the Price Lab’s Managing Director.)

The Mellon DH Fellowship carries an annual stipend of $55,000 plus single-coverage health insurance (fellows are responsible for coverage of any dependents). Applicants from outside the US must be eligible for appointment under a J-1 visa (Research Scholar status); no exceptions will be made, and the Price Lab reserves the right to revoke a fellowship if the recipient is unable to meet this condition.

Applications are accepted via secure webform only. Requires three letters of recommendation, an application form, and a CV.

  • Full fellowship guidelines, the downloadable application, and details on the Price Lab website: pricelab.sas.upenn.edu
  • Application deadline: 30 October 2015.

CFP: Biographies on Early Feminists

Abstract Deadline: December 1, 2015

Chapter Deadline: May 1, 2016 (Draft) & July 1, 2016 (Final)

CFP from VICTORIA Listserv

Proposed manuscript title: A Hall of Mirrors: Multi-biographical Transfigurations of Pre-Twentieth Century British Women Writers

This manuscript will investigate the biases, contradictions, errors, ambiguities, gaps, and historical contexts in biographies of twelve controversial feminist British women who published prior to the twentieth century. Such discrepancies have run rampant, many of them incomprehensively left unchecked and perpetuated from publication to publication. A Hall of Mirrors analyzes the agenda, problems, and strengths of biographies, highlighting the flaws, deficiencies, and influences that have distorted scholars’ understanding of the following women: Margery Kempe, Aphra Behn, Mary Astell, Margaret Cavendish, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Mary Wollstonecraft (assigned), Mary Hays, and Catharine Macaulay, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, Sarah Grand, and George Eliot, a chapter devoted to each. Others will be considered as well. Besides exposing warped portrayals of these particular provocateurs, this study seeks to demonstrate that biographies often reveal more about the biographer than about the biographee and often reflects the time in which the biography was written instead of the time in which the biographee lived.

Interested authors are invited to submit a 500-word abstract and a list of prior publications to bayres@liberty.edu by Dec. 1, 2015. First drafts of full chapters (no more than 7,000 words each) are due by May 1, 2016, and final versions by July 1, 2016. Please do not submit abstracts for previously published works.

Dr. Brenda Ayres

Liberty University
Professor of English and Assistant Director of LU Honors

bayres@liberty.edu

A Feel for the Text: Affect Theory and Literary Critical Practice

Deadline: October 1, 2015

CFP from NASSR Listserv

Ever since Massumi posited the autonomy of affect and Sedgwick called for us to pay more attention to the felt “texture” of experience, there has been a surge of interest across the humanities and social sciences in how we are affected by and affect our environments.  Affect theorists share an interest in the contingencies of being and in a model of becoming, offering an ontology that accounts for the complexities of lived experience and that promises a space for freedom resistant to the prisonhouse of discourse, to normative ideology, to state thinking.

So far little work has emerged that applies the insights of affect theory to literary analysis or that appraises the usefulness of affect theory to the literary critic.  Aiming to address this gap, this collection seeks essays that consider the explanatory power affect theory might offer us.  What are the contours of affective experience captured in literary texts, the intensities of embodied being that often escape the attention of the critic?  What are the limits of representation, especially as regards fictional characters by definition removed from the quickenings of affect that impinge on physical bodies?  What are the sensual resonances, the aesthetic engagements, the affective investments of readers and writers?  What identities, what affective assemblages-queer, hybrid, transnational-take shape in the spaces opened by heightened emotion?  How might accounting for the circulation of affective energies deepen-or even move us beyond-the insights of cultural materialist, feminist, or postcolonial readings?  If in the past decades criticism has been driven by a hermeneutics of suspicion, how might attending to affect open a way to a more hopeful critique?  Finally, to what extent could or should a turn to affect supplant the turn to discourse, and what are the implications for political critique of calls to embrace a more reparative project by theorists who tend to conceive of affect as pre-personal, as non-representational, and thus as resistant to analysis?

Contributors are encouraged to consider the relevance of any strain of theory to literary analysis, to textual production, to print culture.  History of emotions approaches in dialogue with affect theory (its current lights, its foundational figures) are most welcome, especially those that in historicizing earlier representations of impassioned bodies in literary texts offer perspective on conceptions of affect in circulation today.

Palgrave Macmillan has expressed initial interest in publishing this project as part of the new series “Studies in Affect Theory and Literary Criticism.”  Please email a 500 word abstract and brief cv as attachments to stephen.ahern@acadiau.ca<mailto:stephen.ahern@acadiau.ca> by 1 October 2015.

Stephen Ahern
Professor of English
Acadia University

“A Time of Judgement” : The Operation and Representation of Judgement in Nineteenth-Century Cultures (International)

Deadline: November 30, 2015

Dates: June 23-24, 2016

Location: Plymouth University, UK

CFP Link

This international, interdisciplinary conference seeks to examine the role of “judgement” in the nineteenth century, in both the Anglophone and European cultures. As a theme, related to but distinct from notions of justice, judgement has not attracted much attention from humanities scholars in contrast to the interest expressed in philosophy and psychology.

The nineteenth century saw judgement operating and developing in a multiplicity of ways: with national and international architectural and art competitions, and awards for design at universal exhibitions, and the proliferation of a literary market that saw judgement (understood as discrimination and evaluation) exercised in popular and learned reviews. Scientific controversies also involved judgements.

The legal aspect of judgment is an obvious theme and can be explored from both legal history and literary perspectives, as well as through visual culture. The conference is also, however, interested in how non-legal acts of judgement were depicted, for example in Pre-Raphaelite and other artistic representations of the “judgement of Paris,” or Christian works such as Thomas Martin’s “Last Judgement.”

Please send a 300 word abstract by November 30, 2015, with a brief biography, to one of the conference co-ordinators:

annika.bautz@plymouth.ac.uk

james.r.gregory@plymouth.ac.uk

daniel.grey@plymouth.ac.uk

kim.stevenson@plymouth.ac.uk

“Victorian Popular Fiction in the 21st Century,” NeMLA

Deadline: September 30, 2015

Dates: March 17-20, 2016

Location: Hartford, CT

CFP Link

Chairs: Rebekah Greene and Anna Brecke

An ever increasing interest in Victorian popular fiction prompts us to ask why have we in Victorian Studies become so invested in the popular in recent years? How have certain theoretical fields such as gender studies, material culture/thing theory, post-colonial theory, etc. contributed to this rapid increase in interest? What does the popular do for us as scholars that the “canon” does not, or can we still think in terms of canonical and non-canonical texts in Victorian Studies? Is it still possible to think of a standard Victorian canon in a post-Google age when so many previously unavailable texts are now available at the tips of our fingers? How is the inclusion of the popular in the classroom changing Victorian Studies for our students?

This roundtable welcomes submissions that address these questions and many more from scholars whose work examines the spectrum of Victorian popular fiction. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a one-page CV. Submit abstracts online by September 30th at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15788.

“Victorian Outliers,” NVSA 2016

Deadline: October 15, 2015

Dates: April 8-10, 2016

Location: Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)

CFP Link

We welcome papers on any individual or type of Victorian Outlier, as well as theorizations of the outlier as a category in aesthetic, geological, historical, imperial, literary, mathematical, musical, natural historical, philosophical, psychological, and other domains.

How did Victorians represent outlying people, ideas, and evidence? Malcolm Gladwell popularized the figure of the “outlier” to rationalize unusual achievements—entrepreneurial, financial, intellectual, and athletic—at the far ends of statistical possibility. How did the Victorians, who published countless biographical and autobiographical narratives of and prescriptions for such achievement, define and mobilize the figure of the outlier? Many Victorians espoused the work of Francis Bacon, who had privileged the outlying particular—the ostensible exception—as that by which natural philosophers ought to induce the general law. How did Victorian taxonomists—of plants, of poetic meters, of languages, of crystals—decide which phenomena merited naming as categories and which, thereby, become outliers, the exceptions? How did Victorian epistemologies integrate the outlier? What did Victorians think of the outlying regions they inhabited, explored, represented, imagined, and colonized?

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“Victorian Intimacies,” VSAWC 2016

Deadline: September 14, 2015

Dates: April 22-23,2016

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba

CFP Link

The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada invites proposals for its 2016 conference, “Victorian Intimacies.” The conference will explore Victorian concepts, representations, and experiences of intimacy. We invite papers that examine Victorian studies’ enduring interest in the intimate relationships among bodies, things, environments, and practices.

The conference organizing committee welcomes papers from scholars working in different disciplines and employing varied methodologies (history, art history, architecture, music, theatre, literary studies, popular culture, digital humanities, media history/archaeology, disability studies, affect theory, postcolonialism, critical race theory, phenomenology, gender studies, and queer theory). We also encourage would-be participants to propose panels of three papers on related themes. Continue reading

“The Brontës and Critical Interventions in Victorian Studies,” Victorian Review

Deadline: December 15, 2015

Special Issue of Victorian Review, “The Brontë’s and Critical Interventions in Victorian Studies”

CFP from BWWC Conference

We invite submissions for a special issue of Victorian Review commemorating the bicentennial of Charlotte Brontë’s birth.  The work of the Brontë sisters has formed the basis of some the most important critical interventions in Victorian studies, and the varying fortunes of the sisters’ works often index dynamic changes in the field of literary studies. This issue aims to explore the role of the Brontë oeuvre in shaping critical debates in Victorian literature and culture and in literary studies more generally, while also showcasing new directions in Brontë studies.

Papers exploring the Brontës through a variety of interdisciplinary lenses (discourse analysis, cultural studies, history, art history, and medicine) and engaging methodological approaches of significance not only to Brontë studies but to Victorian studies more broadly are welcome. Continue reading

“The New and the Novel in the 19th Century/New Directions in 19th-Century Studies,” NCSA 2016

Deadline: September 30, 2015

Dates: April 13-16, 2016

Location: Lincoln, Nebraska

CFP Link

The committee invites papers and panels that investigate any aspect of the new and the novel in the long 19th century, including forms and genres (song cycles, photography, “loose baggy monsters”), fashions and roles (the dandy, crinoline, Berlin wool work), aesthetics (Pater, panoramas), the old made new (Graecophilia, dinosaurs), crimes and vices (serial murder, racial science), faiths (Mormons, Positivists), geographies (frontiers, the source of the Nile), models of heroism (Custer, Byron, F. Nightingale), times (railroad tables, the eight-hour-day), psychologies (phrenology, chirology, Freud), attractions (the Great Exhibition, sensation fiction, Yellowstone), and anxieties (Chartism, empire). Recent methods in 19th-century studies (digital humanist approaches and editing, “surface,” “suspicious,” and “deep” reading) are invited, as are theorizations of novelty itself or epistemologies of the new, and alternate, interdisciplinary, and trans-Atlantic interpretations of the theme.

Please email 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers along with one-page CVs to the program chairs by September 30, 2015, to ncsanebraska2016@gmail.com. Abstracts should include author’s name, institutional affiliation if any, and paper title. The organizers welcome panel proposals with three panelists and a moderator, or alternative formats with pre-circulated papers and discussion. Continue reading

“Victorian News: Print Culture and the Periodical Press,” MVSA 2016

Deadline: October 31, 2015

Dates: April 8-10, 2016

Location: University of Missouri, Columbia

CFP Link

The Midwest Victorian Studies Association will hold its 2016 annual conference at the University of Missouri, Columbia, April 8-10. Taking as its starting point the remarkable explosion in the periodical press and the availability of cheap print in the Victorian Era, the conference aims to attract papers that reflect fresh and current thinking about the topic. Proposals for papers of twenty minutes in length are sought from scholars working in art history, musicology, history, science, philosophy, theater, and literature. We particularly encourage presentations that will contribute to cross-disciplinary discussion, a special feature of MVSA conferences.

MVSA’s 2016 Jane Stedman Plenary Speaker will be Leanne Langley, Associate Fellow at the University of London’s Institute of Musical Research, social and cultural historian of music, and leading authority on music journalism in nineteenth-century Britain.

MVSA is an interdisciplinary organization welcoming scholars from all disciplines who share an interest in nineteenth century
British history, literature, and culture. For individual papers or panels, send a 300-word abstract and 1-page vita (as MWord documents) by October 31, 2015, to conferencesubmissions@midwestvictorian.org. Even if you do not submit a paper or seminar proposal, we hope you will plan to attend the conference.

“Making a Scene,” BWWC 2016

Deadline: January 5, 2016

Dates: June 2-5, 2016

Location: Athens, GA

CFP Link

The theme of the 24th annual meeting of the British Women Writers Conference is “Making a Scene,” and we’re excited to welcome papers that play with the elasticity of this phrase vis-à-vis eighteenth- and nineteenth-century writings by women. From the sublime panoramas of “Beachy Head” and the scandalous rehearsals of Lover’s Vows in Mansfield Park to the landscapes of Helen Huntingdon and the ekphrastic poems of Michael Field, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature by British women writers frequently makes a scene as it considers landscape, theatrical performance, and the creation or representation of visual art. Additionally, actresses themselves enrich women’s writing of the period; the works and life writings of Charlotte Charke and Fanny Kemble remind us that actresses formed a vital part of the canon of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women writers.

But “making a scene” is also a breach of social decorum; it runs the risk, as Haywood’s Fantomina learns despite her calculated use of disguise, of revealing the desire underneath a too ostentatious flirtation. Or it shatters protocol by suggesting the vehemence of any passion. For political radicals also make scenes in British literature, and Barrett Browning’s “Runaway Slave” delivers a powerful one at Pilgrim’s Point. Barrett Browning reminds us that making a scene is often a radical, transgressive act, particularly for an eighteenth- or nineteenth-century woman, whose need to be witnessed, heard, or even seen defies the social and political architecture that tries to silence her. Continue reading

“Natural and Unnatural Histories,” INCS 2016

Deadline: November 2, 2015

Dates: March 10-13, 2016

Location: Asheville, NC

CFP Link

Historicism achieved its full flowering in the nineteenth century, when the historical methods of inquiry envisioned by figures such as Vico, Herder, and von Ranke were taken up and transformed in philosophy, art criticism, hermeneutics, philology, the human sciences, and, of course, history itself. By 1831, John Stuart Mill was already declaring historicism the dominant idea of the age. Taking human activity as their central subject, some nineteenth century historicisms extended Hegel’s distinction between historical processes governed by thought and non-historical processes governed by nature. At the same time, scientists like Lyell and Darwin radically challenged nineteenth century understandings of history by arguing that nature itself is historical. Powered by fossil fuels, industrialization began to prove this point by profoundly altering global ecologies at a previously unimaginable scale. We seek papers that investigate nineteenth-century histories and natures. How do
natures, environments, or ecologies interact with histories at different scales—the local, the national, the transnational, or the planetary? What role does the nineteenth century play in the recent idea of an Anthropocene era? How might
nineteenth-century natural histories help us to rethink historicism in the present? What are the risks and promises
of presentist approaches to the nineteenth century?

Deadline: November 2, 2015. 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 Jill Ehnenn at incs@appstate.edu

“Literature and Tourisms of the Long Nineteenth Century”

Deadline: June 3, 2015

CFP Link

“Literature and Tourisms of the Long Nineteenth Century”
Special Issue of LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory
Guest Editor: Meghan Freeman, Manhattanville College

According to the OED, the word tourism enters the English lexicon at the dawn of the nineteenth century, thus institutionalizing the notion that travel is a necessary component of personal development. As crowds of earnest bourgeois travelers displaced the solitary young aristocrat on the Grand Tour a vast body of literature concerned with both mundane and exalted facets of foreign places cropped up to fulfill a new set of needs.  Owing to the diversity of places to which individuals traveled and the many different reasons for doing so, these needs were diverse and multiform.  So, rather than speak of a monolithic tourism culture, it might be better to contemplate the many different tourisms that emerged from and developed over the course of the long nineteenth century (defined here as approximately 1789-1914). For this special issue of LIT we are soliciting essays concerning experiences of and with tourism over the course of the long nineteenth century, as those experiences are documented, codified, and complicated in literatures devoted to travel.

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MMLA 2015: American Literature Before 1870 Permanent Section CFP

Deadline: April 5, 2015

Dates: November 12-15, 2015

Location: Columbus, OH

CFP Link for Permanent Sections / CFP for Special Sessions 

With the theme of “Arts and Sciences” in mind, we welcome papers exploring the relationship between the artistic and the scientific in American literary texts produced before 1870. Possible topics might include: representations of artistic or scientific innovation or discovery, explorations of pseudo-science and its cultural effects, the influence of literary texts on scientific and/or medical knowledge and practice, the influence of scientific and/or medical progress on the literary imagination, doctors and/or patients as characters in literary texts, art and/or artifice as theme, and the role of the arts and/or the sciences within the larger American culture. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a brief academic bio by April 5th to panel chair, Dr. Shawna Rushford-Spence, at srushford-spence@lourdes.edu.

MMLA 2015: American Literature After 1870 Permanent Section CFP

Deadline: April 5, 2015

Dates: November 12-15, 2015

Location: Columbus, OH

CFP Link for Permanent Sections / CFP for Special Sessions 

In recognition of this year’s conference theme, we welcome papers that explore the interface of scientific and aesthetic discourse in American literary texts produced after 1870. Possible topics include but are certainly not limited to: literary models derived from scientific models or vice-versa, the aestheticization of science and/or technology, the scientist as literary character, novelistic/poetic/dramatic depictions of scientific discovery, the cultural hegemony of the sciences, author as scientist and scientist as author.

Please submit a 250 word abstract and a brief academic bio by April 5th to panel chair, Dr. Mark Schiebe, at mschiebe@qcc.cuny.edu