CALL FOR PAPERS—EVIDENCE NAVSA 2013, Pasadena, CA, Oct 23-27

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North American Victorian Studies Association
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NAVSA 2013, Pasadena, CA, Oct 23-27

The North American Victorian Studies Association Conference for 2013, in Pasadena, California, October 23rd-27th, invites papers on the theme of evidence. Evidence is
central to all our work: we use texts, images, objects, the built environment to support our
arguments. We also interpret, select, arrange, and juxtapose such evidentiary material. The
Victorians strenuously looked for evidence to support their beliefs, social policies, and colonial
projects. Our program will include optional workshops at the Getty Research Institute and material
culture sessions at the Huntington. Conference attendees will be able to enter the Huntington and
its wonderful gardens free
of charge.

Proposals for individual papers or panels should be submitted electronically by March 1, 2013.
Proposals for individual papers should be no more than
500 words; panel proposals should include 500-word abstracts for each paper and a 250-word panel
description. Applicants should submit a one-page cv. All documents should be submitted in .pdf
format through the online form linked to the conference website:

Conference threads might include:
•What is evidence? How do different disciplines identify and use evidence? How does the use of
evidence draw boundaries and bridges between disciplines? How does interdisciplinary work deal with
•How has the use of evidence changed (new evidence and new ways to
use old evidence)?
•Evidence and the humanities: interpretation, analysis, scientific and historical method,
supporting arguments
•Digitization and the changing nature of the archive, museum and library
•Teaching and evidence: sources, assessment, pedagogies
•Lost evidence: wars and other research inconveniences
•Imagined evidence and historical fictions
•Science: method, demonstration, essentialism/Social Darwinism
•Religion: belief, faith and intuition
•Personal evidence: autobiographies, letters and diaries
•Visual evidence: photography, painting, theater, film and other displays
•The building, the city and the village: architecture, urban planning and
historic preservation
•Archaeology, fossils, bone, tracks, spoor
•The body as evidence
•Material culture: clothes, pottery, and other everyday objects
•Crime and Justice: police, detectives, witnesses and the press
•Politics: parliamentary inquiries, select committees
•Ghosts and revenants: evidence of the supernatural and of the afterlife
•The press: scandal and public opinion
•Evidence and the colonial project