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NeMLA 2020: New Materialist Readings of 19th-century Writers

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 10:08am
Dewey W. Hall, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

This session engages in a matter-oriented approach, raising questions about the ontological status of the autonomous writing subject by joining it to the vast network of relations to objects within an area—ecozone, bioregion, biome, or ecosystem. Though the contributions by science-based writers are important (e.g., Humphry Davy, Michael Faraday, George Perkins Marsh, John Muir, etc.) New Materialist Interpretations of 19th-century Writers focuses on a different trajectory, accentuating less detectable and unacknowledged contributions to natural history writing offered by literary writers.

The Victorian Caribbean--EXTENDED DEADLINE: Oct. 7

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 9:45am
NeMLA, March 5-8, 2020 (Roundtable)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

This roundtable will convene at NeMLA in March of 2020 in Boston: 

Excellent work on African-American writing of the 19th century has appeared within Victorian studies in recent years and brought a new appreciation for the significance of contemporaneous transatlantic slave writing with the British novel. This roundtable hopes to extend that work by bringing the Caribbean slave narrative (and other aspects of Caribbean and Latin American writing and culture) into closer contact with Victorian studies and will also consider how we might re-examine the conventional canon in respect to these topics.

Note: Romanticist and Edwardian perspectives are, of course, welcome, too. 

Victorians Institute Conference 2019: The Nineteenth-Century Gothic

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:42am
Indu Ohri / Victorians Institute
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 28, 2019

Seeking paper abstracts for the panel “The Nineteenth-Century Gothic” at the Victorians Institute Conference in Charleston, SC, from October 31-November 2, 2019.

The organizer invites submissions that explore the literary features, historical contexts, theoretical approaches, and adaptations/neo-Victorian incarnations of nineteenth-century ghost stories or Gothic topics. Papers related to the Gothic in the conference’s thematic territories of Charleston, Britain, Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean are especially welcome. Please email your CVs and 250-300-word abstracts to Indu Ohri at by Friday, June 28, 2019.

Decolonizing the Victorians-extended deadline (September 21, 2019)

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 10:17am
School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Decolonizing the Victorians 

School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon

October 14, 2019

Org. University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES-CEAUL), in collaboration with the Centre for Indian Studies


Keynote speakers:

Jyotsna Singh, Professor of Renaissance Literature, Michigan State University, USA

Neilesh Bose, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in History, University of Victoria, Canada


Colonial Knowledges: Environment and Logistics in the Creation of Knowledge in British Colonies from 1750 to 1950

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:17am
Charlotte Coull/Tina Janssen
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, August 23, 2019

Colonial Knowledges: Environment and Logistics in the Creation of Knowledge in British Colonies from 1750 to 1950.

27th-28th February 2020, University of Manchester.  

Keynote speaker: Professor Javed Majeed, King’s College London.

The effects of colonial power dynamics on knowledge creation in the long nineteenth century and beyond are well known and have become the foundation of a postcolonial reading of British scholarship in the context of empire. What has been less well examined are the practical effects of the colonial context on knowledge making.    

Transatlantic Connections: Extended Deadline

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:34am
Victorians Institute
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, July 1, 2019

The Victorians Institute has extended the deadline for proposals to our 2019 conference:

Transatlantic Connections: Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, & Victorian Studies will take place Oct 31-Nov 2 in Charleston, SC.

Our conference site affords an opportunity to think about transatlantic connections in the 19th century, when Charleston was a prominent intersection on a web that connected Britain, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas.

(NeMLA 2020) Charlotte Brontë and the Space of the Self

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 3:15pm
Jin Chang Graduate Center, CUNY
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Jane Eyre calls herself “a wander on the face of this earth.” Excluded from the family in which she is raised and the normative models of female development that should guide her, her state is one of radical orphan-hood. An unwanted, unearthly thing, she must nonetheless find or make a space for herself in this world.

Decorating the Body: Gems, Jewellery, and Body Adornments in Literature

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 1:43pm
Anne-Marie Evans, York St John University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 6, 2019

Submissions are invited for this special edition of Lectora exploring the role and representation of jewellery, gems, and other accessories in literature. Focusing on material culture and the novel, the collection will explore how objects designed to enhance the body operate within a range of different literary texts.

Passing on: Property, Family and Death in Narratives of Inheritance

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:54am
Aarhus University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 21, 2019

From Shakespeare’s King Lear to Flaubert’s Frédéric Moreau, who lives off of his uncle’s money, and Edward St Aubyn’s novels about the troubled heir Patrick Melrose, literature has always been occupied with inheritance and inherited wealth. The insights provided by this literary legacy are more important than ever. Once considered a relic from the aristocratic past superseded by liberal meritocracy, inherited wealth is now recognized as a source of rising social inequality. It therefore poses an important challenge for the present – and for the future. To meet this challenge, inheritance must be understood in all its historical and cultural complexity. For inheritance is more than a means of transferring wealth between generations.

Theories and Practices of Literature as Shared Experience (NeMLA 2020)

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 2:30pm
Joshua Gooch, D'Youville College
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Paul de Man may have declared formalist criticism a dead-end in the 1950s, but it took until the deconstructive the 1970s for formalism finally die. For de Man, William Empson’s study of ambiguity gave the lie to I.A. Richards’s claims that literature could transmit experience. Deconstruction further insisted that the sliding of the signifier made the possibility of shared experience through literature difficult if not impossible.