CFP: [Victorian] VSAWC-VISAWUS: Victorian Markets and Marketing

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Karen Selesky
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Preliminary Call for Papers: Victorian Markets and Marketing

October 15-17, 2009 at The Coast Renaissance Hotel, Vancouver, BC

A Joint Conference of the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada
and the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western
United States. Hosted by Emily Carr University of Art and Design and the
University of the Fraser Valley

"Come buy, come buy"â€"the call of Christina Rossetti’s goblins
encapsulates the lure and menace of Victorian commodity culture. This
international conference will bring together specialists in Victorian art
history, history, gender studies, science, and literature to contemplate
the many markets of Victorian England and its colonies. We invite paper
proposals on literary and art markets, financial markets, Victorian
capitalism, speculation, consumerism and economic transformations.
        Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

Victorian money, stocks, bonds, speculations,currency, and money markets
Economic booms, bubbles, and busts
Frauds, speculators, swindlers
Economic language; marketplace metaphors
Authorship and commerce; the business of writing and publishing
Reading for profit
Readers as consumers
Literature and serialization as speculation
Speculative fictions; capitalist criticism
Hard times; economic crises
Book history and markets
Economics & aesthetics
The "dismal science": economics and activism
Marx and markets

The art market, antiques market, arts and crafts as a market
Class and consumption
Marketing celebrity and the interview
Imperial goods and markets
Visual techniques and marketing: prints, photography, chromolithography
Exhibition catalogues as market venues
Marketing strategies at international exhibitions
Marketing and political economy
Shopping & consumerism
Women and the marketplace
Trade unions & cooperatives
The market for education
The market for publication
The market for reform
The market for religion

Please submit a 500-word abstract plus a short (75-100 word) bio by MARCH
10, 2009 to Karen Selesky, Program Chair:
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