Deadline: March 31, 2015
Dates: July 8-10, 2015
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
The theme of the 2015 Dickens Society Symposium is inspired by Dickens’ arrival in Halifax by sea in 1842, as well as the city’s geographical and historical situation. Like other strategically significant ports, such as Gibraltar, nineteenth-century Halifax was conceived of as a bastion of Britain’s military defense network. Imperial troops were garrisoned at the Citadel, noted by Dickens as “a strong fortress” at “the highest point” of the city, throughout the century in order to deter American incursions into British North America and to defend against attacks made along the North Atlantic. Indeed, by 1870, Halifax remained the only settlement in British North America to boast an imperial garrison, as British troops were withdrawn from the rest of Canada and command headquarters for the British armed forces were transferred to the city. In this sense, Halifax’s civic and imperial identities are intimately bound up with its maritime character.
One page proposals should be sent by email to Dr. Sara Malton, Department of English, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals must be submitted by 31 March, 2015.