Update: BWWC CFP deadline 12/15/12; conference 4/4-4/6 2013 in Albuquerque, NM

full name / name of organization: 
Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Association
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Conference keynotes: Devoney Looser, U of Missouri; Pamela Gilbert, U of Florida,

Plenary Panelists: Diane Long Hoeveler, Marquette; Kathy Psomiades, Duke; Linda Troost, Washington and Jefferson College

The 2013 British Women Writers Conference will center on the theme of "Customs." Customs are often
thought of as the habits or social norms that dictate behavior, sometimes so rigidly that they appear to be
laws. Conversely, though, "custom" can refer to a product or service tailored to the "customer's"
individual specifications, or the taxes or duties on imports/exports, the governmental department charged
with implementing such fees, or the place in which all items entering a country from foreign parts are
examined for contraband. Regardless of its particular connotation, "custom" denotes a sense of rigidity,
restriction, or control; it is these forms of social, economic, and/or personal limitations that we wish to
explore with this year's conference. Prospective panelists are encouraged to think of "customs" broadly as
the term might apply to British and Transatlantic women writers and their often-underrepresented
contributions to literary studies. Potential topics related to this theme might include but are not limited to
the following themes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British women's writing:
Habits, practices, and routines
Fashions and manners
Rituals and ceremonies (religious, political, social, and cultural)
Trade issues in the local and/or global economy
Business and mercantile transactions and expansion
Trade and exchange (economic, cultural, philosophical, or trade in knowledge and ideas)
Issues of circulation (monetary as well as other goods and services in the social, political, global, or
domestic spheres)
Debt and credit
Traditions and conventions (how they are established as well as how they are upheld or subverted,
modified, or re-imagined)
Customers and patronage
Taxation, duties, and tributes
Law and legal systems