CFP: [Victorian] VSAO/ACCUTE Looking Backward: Victorian Futures

full name / name of organization: 
Christine Bolus-Reichert
contact email: 
bolus@utsc.utoronto.ca

Looking Backward: Victorian Futures
Call for Papers
VSAO/ACCUTE Joint Session
Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
Carleton University, Ottawa, ON
May 23 – 31, 2009

The Victorian Studies Association of Ontario (VSAO) and the Association of Canadian College and
University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) invite papers for a jointly sponsored session on
"Looking Backward: Victorian Futures.”

If the Victorians were looking backward from an imagined future in order to make sense of their
present, then it is worth asking why so many of us are looking backward to an imagined past in
order to see our present—and our future. In the spirit of trans-historical discourse embodied in
steampunk and other varieties of neo-Victorianism, this panel proposes to explore Victorian
futures, past and present.

Papers may address topics such as

--neo-Victorianism
--steampunk
--Victorian superheroes
--Victorians in space
--science and technology
--science fiction
--literary utopias/dystopias
--Victorian environments and environmentalism
--lost worlds
--social reformers
--ideal communities

We welcome proposals from all disciplines. Presenters must be members of the VSAO, VSAWC,
or ACCUTE. Completed papers should be no longer than 10-12 double-spaced pages.

Please send electronic copies of proposals (500-700 words), the completed submitter’s
Information Sheet, plus a 100-word abstract and 50-word bio-bibliographical sketch (three files
in all) to Prof. Christine Bolus-Reichert (bolus_at_utsc.utoronto.ca) by November 15, 2008.

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