CFP: Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar Postgraduate Conference (UK) (6/25/07; 10/20/07)

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Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar

Postgraduate Conference

Victorian Other-Worlds:

Exploring Alternate Realms, Realities, and Identities in the Nineteenth

Birmingham and Midland Institute, 20 October 2007

"You are a clever man, friend John. You reason well, and your wit is bold,
but you are too prejudiced. You do not let your eyes see nor your ears hear,
and that which is outside your daily life is not of account to you. Do you
not think that there are things which you cannot understand, and yet which
are, that some people see things that others cannot ? . . . . I suppose now
you do not believe in corporeal transference. No? Nor in materialization.
No? Nor in astral bodies. No? Nor in the reading of thought. No? Nor in
hypnotism?" Dr. Abraham Van Helsing to Dr. Jack Seward, *Dracula*, Bram
Stoker, 1897

The 2007 session of the MIVSS postgraduate conference looks to explore the
various intersections between Victorian spiritual and social life. We are
interested in topics connected with broad conceptions of alternate
subjectivities, spaces, and the various influences the past may have on the
present. Topics might also include:

   - Myth
   - Mesmerism
   - Visions of Heavens and Hells
   - The Uncanny
   - The Double
   - Somnambulism
   - Fairies and Fairytales
   - Magic
   - Vampirism
   - Mediumship and Channeling
   - Divination
   - Transformed Bodies
   - The Unconscious Mind
   - Automatic Writing
   - Textual Influence and Haunting
   - Afterlives

 We are pleased to have Dr. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Fellow in English,
Magdalen College, Oxford as plenary speaker. Dr. Douglas-Fairhurst will give
a paper titled 'The Lady Vanishes: Magic and Metamorphosis in Victorian
Culture.' He has also recently published "Victorian Afterlives: The Shaping
of Influence in Nineteenth-Century Literature" (2002) and is currently
writing a book on Victorian magic.

Proposals for 15-20 minute papers should be sent to <> no later than 25 June
2007 and should not exceed two hundred words. Submissions from students
working in a range of fields are encouraged. These may include, but
certainly are not limited to, English literature, art, history, cultural
studies, psychology, religious studies, and the sciences. For more
information please visit our website:

The Postgraduate Conference of the Midlands Interdisciplinary Studies
Seminar is funded, in part, by the British Association for Victorian
Studies, the Birmingham and Midland Institute, and the Graduate School,
University of Birmingham.

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