“Victorian Work and Labor”

Deadline: June 1, 2015

Dates: October 2-3, 2015

Location: Converse College, Spartanburg, SC

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The concept of personal, as well as societal, industry was essential to the Victorian sense of self. The idea of work as a virtue, a duty, and a privilege was widespread (and sometimes mocked). For the 44th annual meeting of the VICTORIANS INSTITUTE, we invite proposals from a variety of disciplines addressing issues of Victorian work and labor.

Papers or panels on poetry, prose, nonfiction, visual art, or historical context are welcome, as are presentations on the pedagogy of teaching Victorian literature.

Selected papers from the conference will be refereed for the Victorians Institute Journal annex at NINES.

Send 200 – 250 word proposals and a brief one-page CV to Anita Rose, anita.rose@converse.edu, by June 1, 2015. Proposals should include contact information. Panel proposals should provide contact information for all participants, a synopsis of the panel and abstracts of all papers to be included.

The Occult Imagination in Britain, 1875-1947

Abstract Deadline: June 1, 2015

Article Deadline: August 2016

CFP from Victoria Listserv

The Occult Imagination in Britain, 1875-1947 (Edited Collection)


We seek proposals for an essay collection entitled The Occult Imagination in Britain, 1875-1947, to be proposed to Ashgate’s new Among the Victorians and the Modernists series. Focusing on the development, popular diffusion, and international networks of British occulture between 1875-1947, the interdisciplinary volume will capitalize on the recent surge of scholarly interest in the late Victorian occult revival by tracing the development of its central and residual manifestations through the fin de siècle and two world wars. We aim to challenge the polarization of Victorian and modernist occult art and practice into discrete expressions of either a nostalgic reaction to the crisis of faith or a radical desire for the new. The collection will also map the affinities between popular and elite varieties of occultism in this period, recognizing the degree to which esoteric activities and texts relied on and borrowed from the exoteric sphere.


At the heart of this volume is a flexible understanding of ‘occulture’, which the editors use to signal an understanding of the occult as a system of cultural networks or webs of associations and influences rather than as a monolithic set of beliefs or practices. The collections takes as its historical parameters the 1875 founding of the Theosophical Society by H.P. Blavatsky and H.S. Olcott and the 1947 death of countercultural occultist and notorious “Great Beast” Aleister Crowley. While we welcome proposals on major occult figures, cultural texts, organizations, and phenomena in this period, we are also particularly keen to receive proposals on lesser-known examples of the period’s occult engagement. Possible topics might include, but are by no means limited to:

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“Modernism and Decadence”

Deadline: April 10, 2015

Dates: November 19-22, 2015

Location: Boston, MA

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Both major modernists of the time and subsequent criticism about modernism have contested the relationship between modernism and “decadence.” Decadence’s relationship to modernism is often discredited by subordinating it to related movements like impressionism and symbolism. In opposition to such contestations, a number of recent works suggest a closer relationship between modernism and decadence. Vincent Sherry’s 2014 work “Modernism and the Reinvention of Decadence” argues that decadence and modernism are dual names for a joint condition (34). For Sherry, a similar temporality of dispossession defines both (35). In the essay “Decadence, Melancholia, and the Making of Modernism in the Salome Fairy Tales of Strindberg, Wilde, and Ibsen” (from the recent collection “Decadence, Degeneration, and the End”), Kyle Mox describes decadent literature as a “form of proto-modernism,” positing that they both prefer the artificial to the natural (128).

This panel seeks papers that continue and expand this discussion. How would our understanding of modernism change if a greater emphasis were placed on its relationship to decadence? What sorts of themes, anxieties, and historical changes inspirited both of these movements? Can we see in the formal techniques and thematic innovations of decadent literature and art an anticipation of modernist aesthetics? Which modernist writers, artists, and thinkers carried forward the spirit and mood of decadence? How are modernism and decadence related to the aesthetic movements of realism, naturalism, impressionism, symbolism, aestheticism, and post-modernism, among others? In keeping with the conference’s theme of revolution, can we find in these two movements a similar spirit of revolt against tradition, particularly with respect to politics, technology, culture, identity categories, and people’™s experiences of everyday life?

This panel welcomes papers on any topic on the relationship between modernism and decadence in literature, the visual and performing arts, literary theory and philosophy. Please send a 300-word abstract and a CV to Ajitpaul Mangat at ajitpaul@buffalo.edu by April 10, 2015.

“George Meredith and His Circle: Intellectual Communities and Literary Networks” (International)

Deadline: March 15, 2015

Dates: July 24-25, 2015

Location: Bishop Grosseteste University (Lincoln, England)

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This will be the first international conference on George Meredith’s work and critical reputation, and therefore a landmark event in Meredith studies. The conference also highlights debates about the circulation and exchange of ideas between Meredith and his contemporaries, encompassing the wider resonances of legacy and literary community in the circulation of ideas in the second half of the long nineteenth century.

The conference will firstly bring together both established and emerging scholars working on Meredith, and will therefore provide a forum for critical discussion of his work and his place in the literary history of both the Victorian and Modern periods. While his work has not been popularly embraced, he still remains consistently at the forefront of nineteenth century literary studies, albeit as an author and poet who has received inadequately sustained critical attention. Continue reading

“Britain, The British Empire, and the World,” NACBS 2015

Deadline: March 3, 2015

Dates: November 13-15, 2015

Location: Little Rock, AR

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The NACBS and its Southern affiliate, the Southern Conference on British Studies, seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2015 meeting.  We will meet in Little Rock, Arkansas, November 13-15, 2015 (in conjunction with the meeting of the Southern Historical Association). We solicit proposals for panels on Britain, the British Empire and the British world. Our interests range from the medieval to the modern. We welcome participation by scholars across the humanities and social sciences.

We invite panel proposals addressing selected themes, methodology, and pedagogy, as well as roundtable discussions of topical and thematic interest, including conversations among authors of recent books and reflections on landmark scholarship. We are particularly interested in submissions that have a broad chronological focus and/or interdisciplinary breadth. North American scholars, international scholars and Ph.D. students are all encouraged to submit proposals for consideration.  Panels typically include three papers and a comment, and ideally a separate chair; roundtables customarily have four presentations, as well as a chair; proposals which only include papers will be less likely to succeed.  We are not able to accommodate individual paper proposals; those with paper ideas may search for additional panelists on lists such as H-Albion or at venues such as the NACBS Facebook page. Applicants may also write to the Program Chair for suggestions (nacbsprogram@gmail.com).  Continue reading

“Recollecting the Nineteenth Century Museum” (International)

Deadline: February 20, 2015

Date: May 15, 2015

Location: Ryerson University, Toronto

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Keynote Speaker: Lynne Teather

The nineteenth century was a formative period in the history of the modern museum, not least in new nations keen to establish and build cultural capital. Early museums in Canada were very often attached to institutions with an educational mandate, such as mechanics institutes, religious centres, local societies for the advancement of literature, science and art ­ and universities. But they could also be aligned with a culture of attractions, such as Thomas Barnett’s Niagara Falls Museum, that appealed to the public’s interest in curious and spectacular things. In both cases, transported European models continued to play an important and often formative role.

Please submit 250-word abstracts by February 28, 2015 to: recollectingmuseums@gmail.com

“The Body Politic,” Western Conference of British Studies

Deadline: April 30, 2015

Dates: October 15-17, 2015

Location: Austin, TX

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The Western Conference on British Studies announces the forty-second annual conference that will convene in Austin, Texas on 15-17 October 2015 at the Doubletree by Hilton Austin. Concurrent sessions will be held on Friday and Saturday.

As always, we invite panels of 3-4 presenters with chair and commentator or individual papers on any aspect of British Studies.  Advanced graduate students and early career scholars are particularly encouraged to propose papers or panels.  For the 2015 meeting we would especially like to invite any papers that focus on or situate research within the theme “The Body Politic” broadly conceived (the political body, the gendered body, the subjective body, the objectified body, the body as site of politics, regulated bodies, segregated bodies, etc.)

The conference will feature a plenary address by Dr. Marjorie Levine-Clark (Associate Dean, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver), author of Unemployment, Welfare and Masculine Citizenship:  “So Much Honest Poverty” in Britain 1870-1930 (Palgrave, 2015).

Please submit proposals, including 250 word abstracts for each paper and a 1-2 page C.V. for each presenter, chair and commentator by 30 April 2015 to Dr. Lynn MacKay (MacKay@Brandonu.ca) and Dr. Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen (jsheetznguyen@uco.edu).

NASSR 2015: “Romanticism & Rights” (International)

Deadline: January 17, 2015

Dates: August 13-16, 2015

CFP Link (General Call)

We invite submissions for NASSR 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  The theme of the conference is Romanticism and Rights, broadly construed to include:

  • Human Rights (racial, indigenous, economic; right to freedom and autonomy [slavery])
  • Animal Rights; Natural Rights, Nature’s rights (the environment)
  • Sexual Rights (alternative genders, women’s rights, procreative rights)
  • Author or Authorial Rights (intellectual property, copyright)
  • State/Sovereign Rights
  • Children’s Rights
  • Right to be heard; Freedom of Speech
  • The Right to Philosophy / Thinking
  • Right to Religion
  • Rights and Wrongs
  • The Right to Die
  • What is left of Rights?

Proposals for papers on these and related topics (as well as those that consider these rubrics as terms under consideration or as focuses of critique) are particularly welcome, but we also look forward to considering general session and paper proposals that represent the best current work on any aspect of Romantic-era literature and culture.

For Special Sessions CFPs, see here.

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American Literature Association 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.

For societies’ CFPs, see here. Societies of interest to our group include: African American Literature and Culture; American Humor Studies Association; American Religion and Literature; Willa Cather Foundation; Kate Chopin International Society; Emily Dickinson International Society; International Theodore Dreiser Society; T.S. Eliot Society; Emerson Society; William Faulkner Society; Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society; Nathaniel Hawthorne Society; Ernest Hemingway Society; The Melville Society, among others.

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CFP for George Eliot Volume by Salem Press

Abstract Deadline: February 20, 2015

Article Deadline: July 15, 2015

CFP from VICTORIA Listserv

This call is for abstracts for a collection of new essays on George Eliot and her work. This volume is part of the Critical Insights series published by Salem Press, and the intended readers include undergraduate students and their teachers.

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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 bavs2015@gmail.com 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 community.conference@leeds.ac.uk 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 Woolf2015@bloomu.edu
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

CFP from VICTORIA Listserv

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), rking@english.ucsb.edu.