“Victorian Education,” VISAWUS/VSAWC 2017 (International)

Deadline: September 26, 2016

Dates: April 28-29, 2017 (Conference) and  April 27 & April 30, 2017 (Workshop)

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Entire CFP Link

The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada and the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States invite proposals for their 2017 joint conference, “Victorian Education.” The conference will explore Victorian concepts, theories, and expressions of education, teaching, and learning. We welcome papers that examine the Victorian interest in education and its relationship with widespread concerns about personal development, progress, and improvement at the individual, spiritual, and national levels. We also invite proposals for papers, panels, or workshops that explore the teaching of Victorian literature and culture in today’s college and university environments. The conference will also include a publication workshop for graduate students and junior scholars.

 Conference CFP: Please send 250-word abstracts with titles plus a separate 75-word biographical statement to Dr. Heather McAlpine and Dr. Ryan Stephenson (vsawc17@gmail.com) by 26 September 2016. Please visit http://web.uvic.ca/vsawc/vsawcconferences/2017-vsawc-visawus/ for more information.

Publication workshop CFP: Please send your paper title plus a separate 75-word biographical statement and CV to Lisa Surridge (lsurridg@uvic.ca) by 26 September 2016. Participants will submit 20–25-page essays one week before the first workshop day. Workshop participants need not present a conference paper.


MVSA 2017 Seminars CFP

Abstract Deadline: November 16, 2016

MVSA Dates: April 28-30, 2017

MVSA Location: Oberlin College, Ohio

MVSA 2017 Seminars Full CFPs and MVSA Conference Full CFP

We are excited to announce the call for seminar papers for the Midwest Victorian Studies Association 2017, with the theme of “Victorian Taste.”  Participants in MVSA seminars will write 5-7 page papers that will be pre-circulated to the other participants prior to the conference.  During the seminars, the seminar leader and participants will identify important points of intersection and divergence among the papers and consider future areas of inquiry and collaboration.  Seminars are limited to 12 participants. Proposals are due November 16, 2016.

This year’s seminars include:
“Victorian Poetry in Good and Bad Taste,” with Julie Carr, University of Colorado, Boulder
“Shopping for Taste: The Marketplace and Everyday Cultures of Distinction,” with Erika Rappaport, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Liberalism, Sociability and Musical/Literary Taste” with Phyllis Weliver, St. Louis University
**See Full CFPs (above link) for seminar abstracts and proposal contacts.**

The “Blackwood’s” Bicentenary (International)

Abstract Deadline: March 1, 2017

Dates: July 24-25, 2017 (doesn’t conflict with BARS 2017)

Location: University of Edinburgh

Entire CFP

After a tumultuous and decidedly dull first six months as the Edinburgh Monthly, William Blackwood’s magazine underwent a thorough rebranding for its now-legendary October 1817 issue. On the 200th anniversary of what remains one of the boldest launches in British periodical history, we will return to the scene of Blackwood’s founding, assembling hoary-headed Blackwoodians and fledgling scholars alike for two days of debate about Maga’s highs and lows and its enduring legacies in literary, cultural, and political history.

Organizers: Nicholas Mason (Brigham Young U.) and Tom Mole (U. of Edinburgh)
Committee: David Finkelstein (U. of Edinburgh), Robert Irvine (U. of Edinburgh), Anthony Jarrells (U. of South Carolina), Jon Klancher (Carnegie-Mellon U.), David Latané (Virginia Commonwealth U.)
Sponsors: Centre for the History of the Book (U. of Edinburgh), Romantics Bicentennials series (Keats-Shelley Association of America), Studies in Scottish Literature

Keynote Speakers: Mark Parker (James Madison U.) and Joanne Shattock (U. of Leicester) Continue reading

“Romantic Life,” NASSR 2017 (International)

Abstract Deadline: January 17, 2017

Dates: August 10-13, 2017

Location: Ottawa, Canada

CFP Link

We invite submissions for NASSR 2017 in Ottawa. The theme of the conference is Romantic Life, understood in the broadest terms possible to include:

  • biography; autobiography; lives; anecdote; history; secret history; life-writing
  • Bildung; development; progress
  • portraiture; still life; visual art; visual culture; the sister arts
  • theatre and cultures of performance
  • the good life; the happy life; vita activa; political life
  • end of life; elegy; palliation; mourning; momento mori
  • the afterlife; afterlives; romantic cultures of posterity
  • institutional life; under-lives; secret societies; clubs; shadow-lives; undergrounds; exiles
  • slavery; traffic in human lives; forced migration; diaspora; indigeneity
  • mimesis; representation; media; mediation; virtual reality; second lives; avatars
  • book history; authorship; print culture; manuscript culture; book-life; book liveliness
  • measures of life: chronologies; scales; charts; census; population; statistics
  • the sciences of life; the human sciences
  • natures; environment; ecology
  • natural history; natural philosophy
  • “it” narratives; thing theory; object-oriented ontology; the new materialisms
  • disaster; catastrophe; ecological crisis; ecocriticism
  • organicism; vitalism; materialism
  • theories of emergence
  • Lamarckian evolution; devolution; hybrids; mutation
  • preformationism and epigenesis
  • biopolitics and biopolitical life
  • human and non-human life; the humanities; animal studies; planetary life; the anthropocene

Continue reading

NCSA Graduate Caucus: “Some Dance to Remember; Some Dance to Forget: Dance and Memory in the Nineteenth Century”

Abstract Deadline: September 15, 2016

Dates: February 2-4, 2017

Location: Charleston, SC

Entire CFP Link

In Dancing Out of Line: Ballrooms, Ballets, and Mobility in Victorian Fiction and Culture (2009), Molly Engelhardt proclaims:

Dance exerts a powerful hold on the modern memory, and that hold affects temporality: dance generates excitement that becomes the material of memory-making; it preserves the feelings connected to the past by framing moments of import for future recall; and it triggers that recall, for the constancy of dance components over time are powerful enough to transport participants into their dancing pasts.

In its vital connection to memory-making, dance in the nineteenth century served to facilitate, commemorate, and register rapid social, economic, and industrial change across the globe. Writers and artists turned to dance as a medium for exploring issues of physical and social mobility, nationalism, and gender. Dance could offer positive opportunities for the upwardly mobile—as in the carefully choreographed engagements of Jane Austen—or could invite rather grim associations—such as the early nineteenth-century revival in Europe and Britain of the Danse Macabre—a late medieval trope depicting the relationship between life and death as a ghoulish dance. Genres of dance in the nineteenth century could also scandalize—as in the shockingly sensual waltz, or the Dance of the Seven Veils performed by Oscar Wilde’s Salome.

From the quadrilles of Jane Austen to the Ballets Russes, dance continues to shape our understanding of the literature, art, and history of the nineteenth century. In honor of the theme of this year’s Nineteenth Century Studies Association conference—“Memory and Commemoration”—the Graduate Caucus invites proposals for a special panel entitled “Some Dance to Remember; Some Dance to Forget: Dance and Memory in the Nineteenth Century.” How did citizens of the nineteenth century use dance to commemorate, remember, and register individual and collective experience? How do we as scholars use dance as a lens to understand our nineteenth-century subjects? How do the dance legacies of the nineteenth century shape our modern memory of that time? This special panel will prepare conference attendees for an optional nineteenth-century dance workshop at the conference, hosted by the Graduate Caucus.

Please submit a one-page CV and 250-word proposal for 15-20 minute papers to ncsagradcaucus@gmail.com by September 15, 2016. While the Graduate Caucus sponsors this event, the panel is open to all. We are happy to respond to any queries you may have at this email address. For more information about NCSA and the conference in Charleston, visit http://www.ncsaweb.net/Current-Conference.

“Union and Disunion in the Nineteenth Century” (International)

Abstract Deadline: November 28, 2016

Dates: June 22-23, 2017

Location: Plymouth University (England)

Entire CFP Link

PUNCS (Plymouth Nineteenth Century Studies) invites proposals for 20-minute papers for a proposed international, interdisciplinary conference in 22 – 23 June 2017 on the general theme of union and disunion.

The first international conference hosted by PUNCS began on the day of the Brexit vote, and commentators have seen this event in the context of other signs of anti-globalisation, and in a landscape of violent disintegrations or forcible integrations in the Twenty-first century.

We are interested in papers by scholars working in British, continental European, American and world history in the Nineteenth century, in literary studies, history, legal history, art history, economic history, geography and other disciplines.

Please send your 300 word abstract and a brief c.v. to one of the organisers listed below. The deadline is 28 November 2016.

We hope to edit a selection of papers for publication after the conference.

Dr Annika Bautz annika.bautz@plymouth.ac.uk

Dr James Gregory james.r.gregory@plymouth.ac.uk

Dr Daniel Grey daniel.grey@plymouth.ac.uk

Professor Kim Stevenson kim.stevenson@plymouth.ac.uk


“Generations,” BWWC 2017

Abstract Deadline: January 15, 2017

Location: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Dates: June 22-25, 2017

CFP Link

For its 25th annual meeting, the British Women Writers Conference invites papers and panel proposals considering the theme of “Generations.”

As we look back on a quarter-century of feminist scholarship and practice within British Studies, we want to celebrate those who have defined the British Women Writers Association’s past and nurture those who will shape its future. Of course, even within literary traditions or scholarly networks, generational transitions are rarely ever easy or smooth. Such transitions may be accompanied by paradigm shifts, struggles to be heard, or difficulty letting go. We therefore welcome investigations into the complexities of generational exchange and transition in women’s writing.

Papers may focus on generation as a biological, cultural, social, historical, or political process as well as on attendant manifestations in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and contemporary scholarly discourses. In the end, we hope that a comprehensive exploration of generations will help illuminate shifts in literary studies, women’s writing, and critical practice.

By January 15, 2017, send 300-word abstracts for paper proposals, along with a brief bio (in one document) to bwwc2017@gmail.com. Panel proposals should include individual paper abstracts, short speaker bios, as well as a brief panel description (in one document). All proposals must engage the conference theme and relate to British women’s writing during the long eighteenth or nineteenth centuries. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for a travel grant sponsored by the BWWA.

“Western Esotericism and Deviance” (International)

Abstract Deadline: November 15, 2016

Dates: June 1-3, 2017

Location: Augustinerkloster, Erfurt, Germany

CFP Link

The conference is presented by ESSWE in cooperation with the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt, Germany.

One of the master narratives in the study of Western esotericism is that esoteric ideas, authors and currents have, for the most part of Western history, been subject to processes of othering, marginalization, rejection or prohibition by dominant or mainstream cultural and religious discourses. For some scholars, this exclusion has been one of the main criteria for defining the very concept of “Western esotericism.” However, recent approaches that have highlighted the entanglement of esoteric ideas and mainstream culture point to the need of developing a more nuanced picture of the relationship between esoteric and mainstream discourse, in pre-modern as well as contemporary times. The conference theme, “Western Esotericism and Deviance,” thus calls for a closer examination of this master narrative by specifically addressing the social and cultural embeddedness of esoteric ideas, authors and currents in Western history.

A detailed description of the conference topic can be found here. Keynote sessions will be with Marion Gibson, Olav Hammer, Jay Johnston, Martin Mulsow, Marco Pasi, and Kocku von Stuckrad. Presentations should last no more than 20 minutes. Papers are invited in English. We would like to encourage panel organizers to engage in innovative presentation and discussion formats. Please send your paper or panel proposal to esswe6@uni-erfurt.de by November 15, 2016. Please have a look at the submission guidelines. Those with accepted proposals will be notified and registration will begin January 15, 2017. To secure the early bird conference registration fee, you must register between January 15 and March 31, 2017. The normal conference registration fee will be applied from April 1 to May 31, 2017. Continue reading

Material Transgressions: Romantic Bodies, Affects, Genders

Abstract Deadline: October 31, 2016

Proposed Collection CFP from VICTORIA Listserv

Eds. Kate Singer, Mount Holyoke College; Suzanne L. Barnett, Francis Marion
University; Ashley J. Cross, Manhattan College

Current theoretical debates about subjects and objects, bodies and minds,
and genre and gender have explored in detail women’s status as objects and
done much to theorize their efforts to become speaking subjects. But these
discussions can be more transgressive in order to explore the ways in which
Romantic writers in particular challenged the foundational ideas of
materiality that they were given and on which we continue to rely when we
read them in the twenty-first century. For the proposed collection, *Material
Transgressions: Romantic Bodies, Affects, Genders*, we are soliciting
essays that think outside of Romantic ideologies of gender that reiterate
notions of sexed bodies, embodied subjectivity, or stable texts. Instead,
we are interested in essays that examine how Romantic writers rethink the
subject-object relationship not solely to become speaking subjects but also to
challenge the tenets of Enlightenment and Sensibility that defined women
and men at the mercy of biologically sexed bodies, discrete texts, or
mind/body binaries. The writers addressed by this collection engage with
major concerns of British Romanticism—including genres, nature, things,
texts, and performances—in order to challenge the ways representations
limited (literally and in terms of our own interpretations) their writing,
agency, knowledge, and even being. Continue reading

“Odd Bodies,” INCS 2017

Abstract Deadline: November 1, 2016

Dates: March 16-19, 2017

Location: Philadelphia, PA

CFP Link

Nineteenth-century bodies were poked and prodded, characterized, caricatured, corseted and cossetted, disciplined, displayed, naturalized, normalized, medicalized, mapped and mechanized. Sciences and pseudosciences brought the body under scrutiny to an unprecedented degree—phrenology, psychology, physiology, anatomy, paleontology, microbiology, germ theory, principles of population, zoology, and sexology, all contributing to the proliferation of bodily discourses. Improvements in medicine and sanitation coexisted with poor sewage, and the ever-present fear of disease, and bodies were variously protected and regulated through Factory Acts, Public Health Acts, and the Contagious Diseases Act. Hospitals, workhouses and freakshows corralled and categorized. Pre-raphaelite painters proferred strong and sexualized women, while overpopulated novels featured the blind and deaf, fragile children and disabled adults, and all worried whether such outward signs accurately attested to the content of a character. Meanwhile, changes wrought in understanding one kind of body reverberated through its analogs; the human body was taken as model for corporate bodies, the body politic, bodies of knowledge—and vice versa. And where there is a model, a norm, there is also that which defies and defines that norm. INCS 2017 will pay special attention to the problematic, marginalized and metaphoric—to odd bodies.

Upload proposals via conference website by November 1, 2016. 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 e-mail address. Proposals that are interdisciplinary in method or panels that involve multiple disciplines are especially welcome. Questions? Contact Barri Gold at incs2017@gmail.com.


“Victorian Taste,” MVSA 2017

Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2016

Dates: April 28-30, 2017

Location: Oberlin College, Ohio

Full CFP Link

What was Victorian taste? How did British Victorians at home and abroad discuss, theorize, market, judge, and consume taste? How was taste imagined and envisioned in relation to literary, visual, and musical arts? How did new knowledge of Britain’s historical and aesthetic past impact tastes of contemporary Victorians? MVSA’s 2017 conference invites papers that reflect fresh and current thinking about taste and the Victorians. Proposals 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.

The 2017 conference will be held at Oberlin College & Conservatory, in the 1963 Minoru Yamasaki-designed buildings that reflect the neo-gothic splendor of some of the college’s oldest buildings. Aside from attending panels, seminars, and the Jane Stedman plenary lecture, conference participants will have the opportunity to tour a special Victorian exhibit at the Allen Memorial Art Museum and attend “What the Victorians Heard,” a concert by Oberlin’s Collegium Musicum (directed by Steven Plank), as well as dozens of other ongoing musical and theatrical performances.

For individual papers, panels, or lecture-demonstrations, send a 300-word abstract and 1-page vita (as MWord documents) by September 30, 2016, to conferencesubmissions@midwestvictorian.org.

NCSA 2017 Session: “19th Century Theatre”

Abstract Deadline: September 15, 2016

Location: Charleston, SC

Dates: February 2-4, 2016

Individual CFP from VICTORIA Listserv; NCSA CFP available here

I’m soliciting proposals for 20-minute papers about American, British, European, and/or World theatre during the long nineteenth century.  Scholars will present accepted papers at the upcoming conference of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, which takes place 2-4 February 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Papers might address “legitimate” theatre, “illegitimate” theatre (e.g. melodrama, pantomime, spectacle, hippodrama, comedy, farce), adaptation (e.g. Byron, Dickens, Scott, Stowe), translation (e.g. Schiller, Kotzebue), Romantic theatre, closet dramas, the “well made play,” or particular plays/authors (e.g. Jerrold, Fitzball, Haines, Boucicault).

Scholars might explore social, economic, gender, political, and/or aesthetic issues relating to plays, actors, and managers, to music hall, or to particular theatres.  Other topics might include copyright, censorship, audiences, sexualities, and the “long run,” as well as regional and traveling companies.
Continue reading

“Fashion and Material Culture in Victorian Fiction and Periodicals”

Abstract Deadline: July 31, 2016

If accepted, Full Essay (5000 words) Due: January 27, 2017

CFP from VICTORIA Listserv

Elizabeth Wilson, in Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity (2013), speaks of clothes being simultaneously objects and images (ix). Clothes can neither eschew their intimacy with the human body, nor how they map out a personal life course. As a result, their materiality and the performance of dress is a significant pleasure of fiction. As Wilson continues to note, fashion is an aesthetic medium “for the expression of ideas, desires & beliefs circulating in society [and] its function is to resolve formally, at the imaginary level, social contradictions which cannot be resolved” (9). These issues are played out in the fashion plate, cartoon, advert and satirical or sartorial article, as well as the novel.

Fashion’s role within these intertwined narratives is indicative of gender, class, age, mental state, race and nationality, empire, disability, marital status, transgression and moral worth. Not only were characters made recognisable through their dress, but readers of serial fiction encountered them in between adverts, print and patterns. Thus, how dress is depicted in fiction responds to its material paratext. Victorian periodicals observed the fashion seasons, changes in feminine and masculine status, and distinctions between generations, as well as perpetuated the rituals of dress for christening, coming of age, weddings, funerals and mourning. In all, they acknowledged the production, advertising and consuming of clothing. Continue reading

NeMLA 2016: “‘Reader, I married him!’: Investigating 19th-century Readers and Reading the 19th Century”

Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2016

Dates: March 23-26, 2017

Location: Baltimore, MD

CFP Link

As Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre reminds us with her exclamation, “Reader, I married him!,” writers of fiction in the nineteenth century were very aware of their readership with texts. In the increasingly literate century, readers were savvy consumers, rapt fans, and scathing critics. They read penny papers, novels, and genre specific magazines. They read at home, in libraries, and on trains. In breaking the fourth wall to address her “reader,” Bronte evokes the relationship between audience and text that was complicated in the nineteenth century by the publishing industry and new technologies. Contemporary readers of nineteenth century texts also find themselves in a relationship with technology. New digitization projects have made previously inaccessible texts available to wide audiences. Interactive e-texts are changing the meaning of annotation. New textual formats, like social media and e-readers are making it possible to read collaboratively with people all over the world. Like our nineteenth century counterparts, the way we read is changing. This panel invites work examining readers and reading practice in the Victorian era and contemporary readers or readings of Victorian novels.

Topics might include:
– Depictions of reading in nineteenth century texts
– Reading in motion: planes, trains, and automobiles

Continue reading

“Anxious Forms 2016: Masculinities in Crisis in the Long Nineteenth Century” (International)

Abstract Deadline: August 15, 2016

Date:October 28, 2016

Location: University of Glasgow

Full CFP Link

Professor Bradley Deane (University of Minnesota Morris)
Dr Patricia de Montfort (University of Glasgow)

‘Victorian manhood was by definition a state of permanent crisis, a site of anxiety and contradiction as much as a source of power.’ (Phillip Mallett, The Victorian Novel and Masculinity)

After the success of the inaugural Anxious Forms conference in 2014, the organizers are pleased to announce a second one-day conference which will consider the construction of masculine identities – both individual and collective – in the long nineteenth century. In a period which witnessed major conflicts, from the French Revolution to the First World War; the birth of mass culture and new print media; the emergence of new professional classes; the expansion of empire; the rise of the New Woman; and the extension of laws against male homosexuality, Victorian masculine identities became increasingly pluralised and fragmented. This interdisciplinary event will explore crises and contradictions in Victorian notions of manliness across a range of media including fiction, poetry, drama, journalism, photography, visual arts and material culture. Continue reading

NAVSA/AVSA 2017 Conference (International)

Abstract Deadline: October 12, 2016

Dates: May 17-20, 2017

Location: Florence, Italy

CFP Link

For the second time, NAVSA and AVSA will join forces for a conference in Italy.  This time the event will occur  at NYU’s La Pietra conference in Florence.  The conference will run from May 17 to May 20, 2017 and will be run jointly by NYU and Purdue.

There will be no specific theme—any topic of interest to Victorian scholars will be considered; however, given the location, we would be particularly interested to see papers on topics such as:  the Victorians in Italy, the representation of Italy in the nineteenth century, private collections, tourism, art, and garden design.

Proposals will be due October 12, 2016. They should be two pages (500 words) with a one-page curriculum vitae and should be submitted electronically as an attachment in .pdf format at the following URL:


If a whole panel is proposed, please include a cover letter explaining the logic behind the panel. All participants must have paid 2017 dues to NAVSA or AVSA.

Questions should be directed to: felluga@purdue.edu

“Past and Present: New Directions in Victorian Studies”

Abstract Deadline: July 1, 2016

Date: October 29, 2016

Location: Loyola University Chicago

CFP Link

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Elaine Hadley, The University of Chicago
In Past and Present (1843), Thomas Carlyle states, “The condition of England, on which many pamphlets are now in the course of publication, and many thoughts unpublished are going on in every reflective head, is justly regarded as one of the most ominous, and withal one of the strangest, ever seen in this world.”
The Victorians were deeply invested in establishing the historical importance and future significance of their own time.  If thinkers like Thomas Carlyle read the past as a means to critique and shape the present, how do our own interpretations of the Victorian period reveal our understanding of contemporary society?  Why do we recall and historicize certain aspects of Victorian life and culture in the present day?  How should scholars in the 21st century understand the Victorian preoccupation with history?  Finally, can readings of the Victorian period provoke examination of the reasons behind the development of our own interpretative lenses?
LUCVS solicits paper proposals addressing these questions. Possible CFP categories include, but are not limited to the following: Nineteenth century, Gothic, Textual Studies, Queer theory, Women and Gender Studies, Art History, Marxist theory, Narrative theory, Post-colonialism, Religious studies, Theology, Poetics.
Please send abstracts no longer than 300 words to lucvictoriansociety@gmail.com no later than July 1, 2016. We welcome the research of professors, academics, independent scholars, and graduate students.

“Memory and Commemoration,” NCSA 2017

Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2016

Dates: February 2-4, 2017

Location: Charleston, SC

CFP Link

The NCSA program committee invites proposals on any aspect of “memory and commemoration” in the nineteenth century. From photographs and locks of hair to jubilee processions and civic monuments, nineteenth-century men and women sought to commemorate, preserve, and utilize personal and collective memories and histories. How did individuals remember loved ones, or their own histories? How did they celebrate corporate visions of the past, or dispute visions put forward by others? How were interpretations of the past used as tools of revolution, nation-building, imperialism, and other political activities? In what ways did new economies of tourism and consumerism support a culture of commemoration? How, too, have memories of the nineteenth-century past been contested by later generations? Topics might include civic commemorations, jubilees, holidays, public memorials, architectural changes, cemeteries, elegies, death rituals, photography, souvenirs, memoirs and autobiographies, or literary and artistic uses of the past. Papers may also analyze theoretical concepts of memory, invented traditions, and contested spaces, as well as interdisciplinary and alternate interpretations.

Send 250-word abstracts with 1-page CVs to ncsacharleston2017@gmail.com by September 30, 2016. Abstracts should include author’s name, institutional affiliation and paper title in the heading. They welcome panel proposals with three panelists and a moderator or alternative formats with pre-circulated papers and discussion. Please note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend if accepted. Presenters will be notified in November 2016. Graduate students whose proposals have been accepted may submit completed papers to apply for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses. Scholars who reside outside of North America and whose proposals have been accepted may submit a full paper to be considered for the International Scholar Travel Grant (see NCSA website for additional requirements: http://www.nscaweb.net).

“Dark Romanticism,” ICR 2016

Abstract Deadline: May 25, 2016

Dates: October 20-23, 2016

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

CFP Link

At the turn of the nineteenth century, ‘dark’ engineers – working at the intersection of artistic imagination and technological ‘progress’ – produced a number of automata, robots, and other simulations of life, both via literary conceptualization and in material realizations. While in some circles these developments were heralded as scientific advancement, in others dire warnings were sounded against such uncanny imitations of life – ‘horrid aberrations,’ the production of which evinced technological hubris, the arrogance of Enlightenment philosophy, and the vain attempt of science to supplant God and nature in the act of creation. Indeed, these manufactured monsters were sometimes taken as assaults upon human identity, psychology, and religion.

In line with the conference theme of “Dark Romanticism,” we are proposing a session of 15-20 minute papers on “Dark Romantic Automata,” to focus on the broadest possible interpretation of the title. We encourage submissions of 300-word abstracts by May 25, 2016 to Chris Clason clason@oakland.edu and Michael Demson mtd007@shsu.edu on this topic.

“Border States,” MMLA 2016

Abstract Deadline: April 30, 2016

Dates: November 10-13, 2016

Location: St. Louis, MO

CFP Link

The Midwest Modern Language association invites proposals for the 2016 conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Papers are accepted on any topic, yet participants are welcome to consider this year’s conference theme: “Border States.”

“Border States” is inspired by the 2016 conference location in the historic and culturally rich city of St. Louis, Missouri—a site shaped by indigenous, French, Spanish, and U.S. contact and conquest; by efforts to maintain and topple the institution of slavery; by western expansion; by the Great Migration, white flight, and urban renewal; and by refugee resettlement. Today, St. Louis serves as a continued reminder of both stubborn divisions and promising coalitions across lines of race, class, region, and nation that continue to shape lives and inform literature. As a result, we encourage papers that tackle the issue of “Border States” in both literal and figurative senses. Topics could include, but are not limited to, the following: Continue reading