24th Annual Dickens Society Symposium, 26-28 July 2019

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
The Dickens Society
contact email: 

CALL FOR PAPERS:24th Annual Dickens Society SymposiumJuly 26-28, 2019Salt Lake City, UT  The 24th Annual Dickens Society Symposium will be held in Salt Lake City,Utah, co-sponsored by the Dickens Society and Utah Valley University.Proposals from scholars, independent researchers, and graduate students onany topic related to Dickens¹s life or work are welcome. One-page (250-300word) abstracts for papers deliverable in 20 minutes, plus 150-word bios,may be sent by November 15 2018 to dickenssymposium2019@gmail.com.  Salt Lake City is the capital of Utah, nestled in a high-desert valleybetween two mountain ranges, a gateway to some of the most spectaculargeological formations on the planet. Though Dickens himself never visitedUtah, the region is explored several dozen times in his journals, referredto variously as an ³unknown land,² a ³New Jerusalem,² ³a flat desert,² outof which rise ³a number of parallel ridges of considerable elevation.²Conference participants are encouraged to encounter the western wondersthat Dickens only ever imagined: within one hour of SLC, they might travelto Park City or Antelope Island State Park; within three, to RobertSmithson¹s Spiral Jetty, Goblin Valley State Park, or the Golden SpikeNational Historic Site; within four to five, to Arches National Park,Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, or Capitol Reef NationalPark (where UVU has a field station). Another hour or two would take theroad-tripper north into the Tetons and Yellowstone (WY) or south into theGrand Canyon (AZ). Salt Lake itself is a small, lively city: summers arehost to farmers¹ markets, festivals, and outdoor music concerts, andhiking trails for hikers of all skill levels can be accessed directly fromdowntown. The SLCInternational Airport (Delta hub) offers direct flightsto many American‹and several European‹cities. Details aboutaccommodations, events and excursions, as well as conference sessions willbe posted on the Dickens Society website: dickenssociety.org. For moreinformation about location and logistics, or about submitting paperproposals,please contact Organizing Committee Chair, Leslie Simon(lsimon@uvu.edu).  Host institution Utah Valley University, located 40 miles south of SaltLake in Orem, is the largest public university in the state. Currentlyserving nearly 40,000 students, this rapidly growing teaching institutionis dedicated to a legacy of open-enrollment admissions, tostudent-centered and innovative learning initiatives, and to a uniquelydiverse and interdisciplinary program of undergraduate study. Thissymposium is sponsored specifically by the UVU College of Humanities andSocial Sciences and Department of Philosophy and Humanities.  The Robert B. Partlow, Jr. PrizeApplications are invited for the Partlow Prize, named in honour of theoriginal Secretary-Treasurer and one of the founding members of theDickens Society. It may be in the form of EITHER one stipend of $500 ORtwo of $300 (if two recipients are chosen), and is intended to defraycosts of attending the Dickens Symposium, in order to deliver a paper onany aspect of Dickens¹s life or work. The registration fee and cost of theDickens Dinner will also be waived.  Eligibility is restricted to students(graduate or undergraduate), independent scholars, and non-tenuredfaculty. Candidates should submit a CV and a completed paper of 20 minutesduration to the Organizing Committee Chair, Leslie Simon (lsimon@uvu.edu),by 1 December 2018. Should the paper be of publishable quality, DickensQuarterly shall have first right of refusal.