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CFP: [Victorian] SLSA 2008 panel: Steampunk and Reiteration

Monday, April 14, 2008 - 6:23pm
Brian Croxall

As a lifestyle and a literary movement, steampunk can be both the act of
modding your laptop to look like and function as a Victorian artifact and
an act of imagining what London might have looked like had Charles
Babbage’s analytical engine been realized. Steampunk is the application of
nineteenth-century aesthetics to contemporary objects; it is the
speculative extension of technologies that actually existed; it is the
anachronistic importation of contemporary technologies into the
fictionalized past. In all cases, steampunk blurs boundaries: between
centuries, between technologies, and between origin and repetition.

UPDATE: [Victorian]

Monday, April 7, 2008 - 12:00pm
Kelly V. Jones

Updated CFP: ‘Attend the tale’…new contexts for Sweeney Todd

Saturday 31 May 2008
Lincoln School of Performing Arts
Centre for Innovation in Performing Arts, University of Lincoln

CFP: [Victorian] MSA X-"Modernism and Global Media"

Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 9:31pm
Derrick R. Spires

MSA X: Call for Panel and Roundtable Proposals
Deadline for Submission of Panel Proposals: May 12, 2008
Deadline for Submission of Roundtable Proposals: May 12, 2008
The 2008 meeting of the Modernist Studies Association will take place at the
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, November 13-16, 2008. The
organization’s annual conference regularly brings together in excess of 500
scholars from a variety of disciplines and features an engaging mix of
keynote addresses, small seminars, panel presentations, and roundtable
discussions. This year’s event, “Modernism and Global Media,” will be
hosted by Vanderbilt University with generous financial support provided by

CFP: [Victorian] NAVSA 2008 panel: Victorian Culture and the "Science of Language"

Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 11:42am
Aaron S. Worth

This panel invites papers from a variety of disciplines exploring points
of contact between conceptions of language and the arts (and other fields
of cultural production) in Victorian Britain. The nineteenth century saw
the transformation of philology into “the science of language,” in
Müller’s phrase, witnessing the development of historical linguistics,
the emergence of evolutionary models of language, and the “discovery” of
language in the brain, as well as the publication of popular works on
language. Age-old questions were inserted into new paradigms, and asked
with a new urgency: post-Darwinian debates, for instance, over the

UPDATE: [Victorian] English in India and India in English (NAVSA 4/7/08; 11/14-11/16, 2008)

Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 4:59pm
Sheshalatha Reddy

This panel, for the NAVSA conference to be held at Yale University in
November 2008, will focus on the production, circulation, and reception of
English-language literature written by Indians during the nineteenth
century, in order to extend our understanding of Victorian arts and culture
into a broader comparative and international context. Possible questions to
be addressed include: To what extent and in what ways did
nineteenth-century Indian-English literature circulate in various print
media such as books, pamphlets, periodicals, prints, and advertisements?
How did this literature react to British imperial structures--formal,
material, ideological--and the influence of Western generic conventions and

CFP: [Victorian] Carlyle Conference (Dumfries) 2008 4-7 September

Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 10:03pm
Carol Collins

The Central theme or main contention of this conference is: that since
Carlyle's work is of such great importance to the literature and culture
of the 19th century, and since his responses to the intellectual legacy
of the Enlightenment may be fruitfully related to more recent theoretical
debates and concerns, his work deserves much greater attention within the
wider academic community.

Normally papers will aim to support this central contention at least to
some extent by focusing on any one or more of the topics suggested at the
conference website:

All proposals should be:

UPDATE: [Victorian] Staging Femininity: Women and the Theater (4/1/2008; SAMLA 11/7/2008â

Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 7:46pm
Lauren Holt Matthews

Staging Femininity: Women and the Theater (4/1/2008; SAMLA 11/7/2008â€"

Historically the relationship between women and the theater has been a site
of contestation. A woman’s place in the theater, whether as a character,
an actor, an author, or an attendee, often has drawn pointed social and
literary commentary. In keeping with the theme of the 2008 SAMLA
Convention, Drama, the 2008 SAMLA Women’s Studies Panel seeks paper
proposals that address the ways that femininity has been and is written,
performed, staged, and received in theatrical works.

CFP: [Victorian] NAVSA 2008 Panel: Victorian Failure

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 5:52pm
Megan Ward

The Victorian era is often defined by growth: empire, industrial markets,
family size, even novel length. The accumulation of money, land, and people
was catalogued in the ever-increasing pages written about these successful
subjects. The things that we define as “Victorian” are tantamount to
success stories.

So what, in a time of expansion and success, are we to make of failing
fortunes or fractured families? Moments of mutiny or regret? This panel
investigates the significance of failure in an era defined largely by success.

CFP: [Victorian] Photographic Technology and Technologies of Narrative (NAVSA, 4/7/08; 11/14-16, 2008)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 2:59pm
Daniel Novak

This panel will consider the historical and theoretical intersection of
nineteenth-century photographic technology and narrative. Recent work in
Victorian studies has increasingly turned to technologies of representation
like photography as a way to understand the nineteenth-century literary
imaginary. Much of this work has focused on the relationship between
literary realism and technologies of “objective” knowledge, as well as on
the ideological narratives supported by “scientific” ways of
knowingâ€"ideologies of gender, race, and nationality. This panel, however,
hopes to explore questions that are at once narrower and broader: What

CFP: [Victorian] Who are âthe Victoriansâ? Constructions of Identity in the Nineteenth Century (UK)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 1:59pm
Louisa Hodgson

CFP: 'Who are ‘the Victorians’? Constructions of Identity in the
Nineteenth Century.’

Postgraduate conference, School of English, University of Leeds, UK, 6th
September 2008. In collaboration with the Leeds Humanities Research

Conference Organisers: Owen Clayton, Alice Crossley, Louisa Hodgson &
Helen Sutcliffe

Prof. Francis O’Gorman â€" Welcome Address

Plenary Speakers:

Prof. Bridget Bennett â€" ‘Transatlantic Relations’
Dr. Matt Rubery â€" ‘Literature Out Loud: Audio Resources for the

CFP: [Victorian] Affective Aesthetics: Representations of Emotion

Friday, March 21, 2008 - 7:53pm
Rice University

Æffective Æsthetics: Representation of Emotion

Rice Graduate Symposium, September 26-27, 2008
Rice University, Houston, Texas

Affective representation in both artistic and lived experience is
frequently explained in terms of competing social, political, and
cultural systems that often nullify one another. Compounding the problem
is the tendency for affect to complicate how we think about
representation; it seems that the two are inextricable. Through
investigating representations of affect within a variety of fields, this
conference proposes to find inroads that will bring the competing claims
of various discourses together into productive dialogue.