CFP: [Victorian] Midwest Victorian Studies Association Annual Conference

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Alisa Clapp-Itnyre
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MVSA Annual Conference
Essex Inn, downtown Chicago, April 18-20, 2008


The Thirty-Second Annual Midwest Victorian Studies Association meeting
will be held at the Essex Inn, conveniently located in downtown Chicago
near theatres and museums. Our local arrangers are Larry Poston and Jim
Sack, both of the University of Illinois, Chicago; and Mary Beth Tegan of
St. Xavier University. Our theme this year is “Unexplored Empire” for
which we are soliciting topics on aspects of the Empire which have been
underexplored. These might include addressing the following questions:
Does Atlantic-based imperialism acquire alternative significance relative
to imperialism in Asia and Africa? Is there a single "imperialism" or
are there multiple, co-existing regimes of empire and imperialism? Do
encounters of Victorian Muslims and Christians offer useful frameworks
for 21st-century cultural conflicts? Are there any merits to recent
claims that empire could entail benefits as well as oppression for those
under its sway? What relation do explorations of polar regions bear to
imperialism as it is usually understood? What literatures continue to
come to the fore? Also, what can we learn about empire from less-
explored media such as music, music hall, dance, decorative arts, and
hoardings? Finally, how did empire affect culture “at home”? In keeping
with its long interdisciplinary and inclusive tradition, MVSA welcomes
proposals and panel submissions from any disciplinary perspective
consonant with this broad theme.

We are pleased to have Julie Codell and Russ Wyland giving this year’s
keynote addresses. Dr. Codell is Professor Art History, Arizona State
University. She has joint appointments with the English Department and
the Film and Media Studies Program and is a faculty affiliate of the
Center for Asian Research, the Center for the Study of Religion and
Conflict, and Women's Studies, and board member for the Center for Film
and Media Studies. In her keynote, she will consider the concept
of "unexplored empire" both for the Victorians and for today's scholars.
Dr. Wyland is Assistant Director, Division of Research Programs, NEH, and
will talk about Victorian studies and NEH support. Conference
registrants will also have the opportunity to confer with him about
projects for which they seek funding.

Victorianists studying and working in the midwestern or southern United
States are especially encouraged to attend at MVSA, and to make a home in
this distinguished scholarly organization. Graduate students are
particularly welcome as attendees and presenters at MVSA conferences:
conference fees are adjusted to make attendance more affordable, MVSA
annually awards the Bill and Mary Burgan Prize for an outstanding paper
by a graduate student at the conference, while the prestigious Arnstein
Prize supports dissertation research of an interdisciplinary kind. A new
book award for a first book is being inaugurated this year.

Conference news can be found on our NEW website at

Submissions: By October 31, 2007, email a 500-word (only) abstract to
Alisa Clapp-Itnyre, Assoc. Professor of English, Indiana University East: or to Please
mention “MVSA 2008 Paper Submission” in the Re: line and include your own
name, title, institution, email and snail mail addresses, a phone number,
and the abstract itself in the text and/or attachment. If you do not
receive an email confirmation of receipt, please re-submit.

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