[REMINDER]: Dickens Society Symposium (3/31/09; 8/06-8/09/09)
The Dickens Society's fourteenth annual symposium, business meeting and dinner will be held at Providence College the weekend of August 6–9, 2009.
Paper proposals on any aspect of Dickens and his works are invited. Final papers should be readable in 20 minutes. Please send proposals (1–2 pages) to Dr. Elizabeth Bridgham, Department of English, Providence College, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02918, U.S.A., or electronically to no later than 31 March 2009. Further symposium information and updates are available from the Dickens Quarterly website (http://www.DickensQuarterly.org) and from the addresses above. Scholars at all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply, and graduate students may register for the symposium at a reduced rate.
The Providence area is served by its own airport, T.F. Green International, and is readily accessible by train or car from Boston's Logan Airport and New York City's airports and train stations. Hotel accommodations will be in downtown Providence, RI, with shuttle service conveying delegates to and from the college, which is located in Providence's historic Smith Hill neighborhood.
Providence's revitalized, pedestrian-friendly downtown is notable for its flourishing artistic, collegiate, and business communities. Each summer, its network of canals hosts Waterfire, a free, public, Venetian-style carnival popular with locals and tourists alike. Providence is also within easy traveling distance of Newport, RI, New England beaches, and Cape Cod, MA.