“Victorian Bodies,” VSAWC 2015 (International)

Deadline: October 7, 2014

Dates: April 10-11, 2015

Location: Kelowna, British Columbia

CFP Link

The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada invites proposals for its 2015 conference, “Victorian Bodies. ” The conference will explore Victorian concepts, representations, and experiences of the body.  We invite papers that examine Victorian studies’ enduring interest in the body and embodiment, and we look forward to exploring ways in which Victorians engaged with aesthetic, scientific, economic, and moral distinctions among bodies.

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Martha Stoddard Holmes, Professor of Literature and Writing Studies at California State University, San Marcos, will be our plenary speaker. Dr. Stoddard Holmes is author of Fictions of Affliction: Physical Disability in Victorian Culture and co-editor of The Teacher’s Body: Embodiment, Authority and Identity in the Classroom.

VSAWC 2015 will also feature two seminars, each of which will have a separate call for papers on our website. Dr. Christopher Keep (Western University) will lead a seminar on “On Body Memories: Technology, Transposability and the Limits of Interiority;” Dr. Colette Colligan and Dr. Michelle Levy (Simon Fraser University) will lead a seminar on “Embodied Research in a Digital Age.”

We are also pleased to announce that the conference will once again feature at no additional cost VSAWC’s highly successful Publication Workshop for Emergent Scholars. This two-day intensive workshop, scheduled for April 9 and 12 and bracketing the main conference, will be led by Victorian Review co-editors Lisa Surridge and Mary Elizabeth Leighton.

Please send 250-word abstracts with titles plus a separate 75-word biographical statement to Vanessa.Warne@umanitoba.ca by October 7, 2014.

Seminar CFPs will be available Sept 1, 2014. Click here for more information as it becomes available.

Publication Workshop: Please send your paper title plus a separate 75-word biographical statement CV to Lisa Surridge (lsurridg@uvic.ca) by October 7, 2014. Participants will submit 20-25-page essays one week before the first workshop day. Workshop participants need not present a conference paper.


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