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Call for Papers: 'Charles Dickens and the Mid-Victorian Press (1850–1870)', March 28-31 2012

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 7:04am
University of Buckingham

28-31st March 2012, University of Buckingham UK

The School of Humanities at the University of Buckingham and the Victorian Studies Centre at the University of Leicester are delighted to announce an international Dickens Bicentenary conference, featuring the launch of the Dickens Journals Online project, and an exhibition of archive materials curated by Antony Burton. Our list of invited speakers currently includes:
Laurel Brake, John Drew, Holly Furneaux, Louis James, Hazel Mackenzie, Robert Patten, Joanne Shattock, Michael Slater, John Sutherland, John Tulloch, Cathy Waters, Tony Williams, and Ben Winyard.

Violent Women in 19th Century England

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 6:45am
Vicky Nagy

The number of women who are victims of crime has always been higher than the number of women partaking as offenders. However, women were very often involved with crime- not always petty in nature. Previous research in women and crime in 19th century England has focused attention on the lives of women who committed crimes such as infanticide, or the social and economic situations that led to their working in the sex industry, and in doing so have explored the lives and times of women in 19th century England. This collection aims to write more women back into the criminal record by focusing on those women who committed violent crimes during this period.

Stowe Panel at ALA 2012 (May 24-27, San Francisco, CA; proposal deadline Jan 9, 2012)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 5:23pm
Stowe Society

"Family Life & the Fiction of Harriet Beecher Stowe."

Papers are sought on any aspect of family life in the work of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Proposals are welcomed for studies that approach Stowe's fiction using rubrics such as motherhood, fatherhood, siblings, the figure of the child, slave families, faith and the family, citizenship and the home, family and nation, or politics and family life.

While you need not be a Stowe Society member to submit a proposal, you must become a member to present on the Stowe panel at ALA.

Please submit a one page abstract and a one page CV to Mary Wearn ( by January 9, 2012.

[UPDATE] Victorian Clichés and Orthodoxies (NVSA): deadline 10/15

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 3:43pm
Northeast Victorian Studies Association

NVSA solicits submissions for its annual conference; the topic this year is Victorian Clichés and Orthodoxies. The conference will be held at Columbia University on April 13-15, 2012, and will feature a keynote panel including Nicholas Dames, Yopie Prins, and Jim Secord as well as a visit to the Columbia Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

The text of the official CFP follows below. If you'd like a PDF copy of the call for papers emailed to you in order to post it in your department, please contact this year's program committee chair, David Kurnick, at

"More Please: Explorations of Excess" University of Calgary Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference March 9-11, 2012

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 1:57pm
University of Calgary Free-Exchange Committee

University of Calgary's Free-Exchange Committee will be hosting its annual, interdisciplinary graduate student conference March 9-11, 2012 at the University of Calgary and is looking for contributors to critically or creatively engage with and explore this year's theme of excess.

"Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess." —Oscar Wilde

"Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments." —Plato

Valley Humanities Review-- Call for Undergraduate Papers in the Humanities

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 12:19pm
Valley Humanities Review

The Valley Humanities Review is currently seeking essays in the humanities for publication in its Spring 2012 Issue. We seek essays of high quality, intellectual rigor and originality that challenge or contribute substantially to ongoing conversations in the humanities. Topics may include but are not limited to: literature, history, religion, philosophy, art, art history and foreign languages. VHR is also currently seeking poetry submissions; students may submit up to three poems. VHR is committed to undergraduate research and scholarship in the field; therefore, we only accept submissions by current or recently graduated undergraduate students. Our reading period runs from September 1 to December 15 of each year.

"Travelling Genres: English in India, India in English", January 11-13th, 2012

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 7:00am
UGC Special Assistance Programme (DRS Phase II) Centre for English Studies School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi – 110067, India

National Young Researchers' Seminar
"Travelling Genres: English in India, India in English"
UGC Special Assistance Programme (DRS Phase II)
Centre for English Studies
School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi – 110067, India
January 11-13th, 2012

Call for Projects: Volume 3 (2013), Abstracts Due June 15, 2012

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 12:46am
Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society

We seek creative works that use new media and/or are on the subject of technology, and essays from a broad a range of academic disciplines that focus on cultural studies of technology.

Essays we publish examine the topic "technology and society," or, perhaps,"technologies and societies." For Technoculture's Volume 3 (2013), The Retro Issue, we are particularly seeking essays and creative works that focus on lost, ancient, old or dead technologies, technologies that no one uses, or very few people still employ.

Topics could include depictions of technologies that treat a wide range of subjects related to the humanities. These subjects might include:

Aliases and Editors: Negotiating Identity in 19th Century Periodicals (Panel) - DEADLINE EXTENDED 10/10/11

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 9:21am
NeMLA Annual Convention - Rochester, New York

The following CFP is for a panel taking place at the Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention in Rochester, New York on March 12-15, 2012.

The periodical writer often depended upon establishing a distinguishable identity to achieve his/her popularity. Yet some of the most successful examples were pseudonymous figures like Charles Lamb's Elia and James Hogg's Ettrick Shepherd. Such figures often played fast and loose with notions of stable identity, altering and contradicting their fictional backstories with each month's contribution. Operating through such mercurial personas, these writers utilized the market's potential for fluctuating identity described by Lynch.

Violence and Represention

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 12:48am
ACLA 2012 Convention

Epistemic shifts are themselves inherently violent and the uncertainty and instability that these shifts produce frequently elicit a violent response. This seminar intends to put into conversation scholarly works that explore both the representation of violent acts and the violence of representation. We are interested in a diverse conversation across multiple disciplines and seek papers that deal with literary, cinematic, performative or documentary texts.