NVSA 2014 Call for Papers [UPDATE & REMINDER]

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Northeast Victorian Studies Association

The deadline is approaching (15 October, 2013) for submissions to the 2014 Northeast Victorian Studies Association conference, taking place at Stony Brook University in New York, April 11-13, 2014. The conference theme is Victorian Senses. We are currently finalizing our keynote panel, and we are pleased already to announce that William Cohen (U Maryland) and Janice Carlisle (Yale) will be joining us. Dr Cohen is author of _Embodied: Victorian Literature and the Senses_, while Dr Carlisle recently published her latest book, _Common Scents: Comparative Encounters in High-Victorian Fiction_.

We invite papers from all disciplines on topics ranging from the representation of individual sense experience to the scientific, psychological, and philosophical study of the senses; from the sensory impact of mechanization, industry, and the urban city to the extrasensory world of the Victorian séance and spirit rapping. How were the senses categorized and conceptualized in the period? How did Victorian writers and artists understand and represent the sensations of living in their world? What role did capitalism or politics play in the transformation of the Victorian world of the senses—the rise of consumer culture or the publication of Chadwick's 1842 Report on the Sanitary Condition of the Labouring Population, for instance, or Victorian censorship? How did the ascendancy of empiricism shape the ways in which Victorian scientists and writers experienced and described the world? In what ways were the senses regarded as unreliable or inadequate for a full understanding of reality? How did the Aesthetic and Decadent movements define or exploit sensory experience? In what ways were sensory interactions with the world enhanced, complicated, or compromised by new communication and sensory technologies? How were sensory deficits—blindness, deafness—understood? What explains the cultural popularity of sensation fiction and public spectacle in Victorian culture?

We encourage the widest interpretations of the subject, and topics to be considered can include, but are not limited to, the following categories:

Senses and the Body
Studying the Senses
Communication, Optical, and Acoustic Technologies
Senses and the Victorian World
History, Method, and Philosophy
Culture and the Arts

Proposals (no more than 500 words) should be sent by Oct. 15, 2013 (email submissions only, in Word format) to Erika Behrisch Elce, Chair, NVSA Program Committee:


_All submissions to NVSA are evaluated anonymously_. Successful proposals will stay within the 500-word limit and make a compelling case for the talk and its relation to the conference topic. Please do not send complete papers, and do not include your name on the proposal. Please do include your name, institutional and email addresses, and proposal title in a cover letter. Papers should take 15 minutes (20 minutes maximum) so as to provide ample time for discussion.

For more details, please visit our website for the complete CFP text: http://nvsa.org/