The Gaskell Journal runs a biennial Graduate Student Essay Prize in honour of Joan Leach MBE, founder of the Gaskell Society. The winning essay will be published in the Gaskell Journal (with revisions as appropriate), and its author will receive £200 from the Gaskell Society, and a complimentary copy of the Journal.
The Martineau Society will be hosting its annual conference in Scarborough, England. The Martineau Society conference is an interdisciplinary conference that focuses on the lives, work, and contributions of the Martineau family, including its two most famous and influential members, Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) and James Martineau (1805-1900).
Started by Norwich Unitarians in 1994, the Martineau Society encourages scholarship on the Martineau family and their nineteenth-century context as well as their continuing influence.
Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Theology and Religion
Literature (all genres, including Children’s Literature and Travel Writing)
Language and Linguistics
Whales and Veils: Obsessions in Melville and Hawthorne
12-14 May 2022
University of Łódź
Faculty of Philology
ul. Pomorska 171/173, Łódź
Call for Papers
FORUM Postgraduate Journal Call for Papers Issue 32: The Aftermath (2021)
Following periods of social, political, and economic turbulence governments and communities around the world rally in efforts designed to preserve, challenge, or radically overhaul the status quo. Although there is now some reason for optimism, we find ourselves faced with the aftermath of numerous upheavals. Is this a unique opportunity to use the tattered threads of the social fabric to make something new? Where do we go from here?
CFP: The Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States
Meeting in Reno, Nevada October 14-16, 2021
Theme: Victorian Transitions
Please note that the deadline for proposal submissions has been extended to 05/01/2021
With an abundance of caution, the Visawus Conference Committee are planning a possible virtual 2021 Conference in the event that Covid restrictions require such a change. We are monitoring both the covid social restrictions nationally and state and CDC recommended safety measures. Unfortunately, our hotel contract requires that we make a decision on going live or virtual by June 1.
The Neo-Victorian and the Late-Victorian: Texts, Media, Politics
2-3 September 2021, University of Brighton
The last few decades have witnessed an increasing interest in revisiting, reproducing or rewriting various aspects of nineteenth-century culture, particularly that of the late Victorian period, whether in the form of neo-Victorian literature, steampunk, media archaeology, fashion, documentaries and period dramas, among others.
City dwellers have a unique opportunity to see and engage in group political activities that those in more rural areas do not. Their everyday lives can be impacted by political demonstrations whether they are actively participating or not. The perspectives that we usually get are from the government, press, or political leaders. These accounts miss how people actually experience and understand the protests they see and/or participate in. As such, examining the life writing of those who participated or observed city protests can be intriguing and add a personal element to group politics. This panel will focus on the experiences of those who planned, participated, and/or observed protests in various cities. Ideas to be examined include personal vs.
Reading into Murder: interpretative essays on select cult texts.
A small number of entries for London's East End: A Short Encyclopedia (under contract, McFarland; ed. Kevin A. Morrison) remain unassigned in the "Literature" category. A list appears below. Entries for this category should range from 50-350 words. Established scholars, early career researchers, and advanced graduate students—those who, in a US context, have passed their qualifying exams—are welcome. Interested individuals may contact the volume's managing editor to have one or more entries assigned to them and request a style guide.
All Our Yesterdays
Analogies and metaphors (East End)
The Big Bow Mystery
The Victorians Institute is excited to welcome you to Charlotte, NC on
October 22-23rd 2021 for our rebooted annual conference:
“Reflections/Refractions: Victorian(ist) Ways of Seeing." This conference
seeks essays that explore how Victorians saw their world, how they depicted
what they saw, and the ways that modern scholars, in turn, see the
Victorians. Papers or panels on poetry, prose, nonfiction, biography,
digital humanities, or visual art are welcome, as are presentations on the
pedagogy and ethics of teaching Victorian literature (either during or not
during a global pandemic).
PAMLA 2021 LAS VEGAS: "CITY OF GOD, CITY OF DESTRUCTION" (Thursday, November 11 - Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Sahara Las Vegas Hotel, hosted by University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
Session: British Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century
Contacts: Gretchen Bartels, California Baptist University (email@example.com)
Description: Any proposals dealing with 19th century British literature and culture are welcome, with particular consideration granted to papers that engage with the conference theme of "City of God, City of Destruction."
Seeking discussants for the roundtable “Theory and Scholarship” on Diversity and Inclusion at the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (NCSA) virtual conference on March 13, 2021 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. The panel co-chairs invite discussants from a wide variety of fields working on nineteenth-century research that speaks to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion or “undisciplining” Victorian studies. The co-chairs will ask discussants to answer a series of four questions (included below). The discussants will have 10 minutes to chat amongst themselves for each question. We will then open it up so the audience can discuss these topics or the participants and audience could converse together in an inclusive conversation.
Ex-position is published twice a year by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures of National Taiwan University. The journal is devoted to showcasing research in the critical humanities revolving around literary studies by scholars based in or interested in areas outside of the Western European/American world. The journal has worked with established and active scholars from around the world.
“Measurement by Default”
Publication Date: June 2022 (Issue No. 47)
Submission Deadline: October 31, 2021
This panel explores the “undisciplining” possibilities of challenging Anglocentric periodization in the scholarship on the global British empire. Submissions reframing Victorian/Modernist periodicities and/or foregrounding non-English texts, translation, multilingualism, and raciality are especially welcome. Please submit a 250-word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
MLA 2022 (Washington DC, 6-9 January 2022)
Dickens Society Allied Organization Panel
This panel invites papers that consider the diversity of speech, language, and sound in Dickens, including vocal performances of and in texts; characters’ speech and speech patterns; figurative language, wordplay, and verbal excess; soundscapes. Please submit 300-word proposals and a brief bio to Michelle Allen-Emerson at firstname.lastname@example.org
How can Victorian and modernist models of negotiating crises inform organizing and political engagement in the present? How might we draw upon our literary historical knowledge as we respond to current conditions? (250-word abstracts)
(This is a guaranteed panel sponsored by the Forum on Victorian and Early 20th C. English for the MLA 2022 Conference to be held in Washington, D.C., January 6-9.)
Midwest Conference on British Studies 68thAnnual Meeting
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH
October 15-16, 2021
The Midwest Conference on British Studies is proud to announce that its 68th Annual Meeting will be hosted by Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, October 15-16. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Sara Butler, Professor and King George III Chair of British History at the Ohio State University. While the MWCBS intends to hold the conference onsite at Bowling Green State University, we may change the conference to an online format if extraordinary circumstances related to the Covid pandemic warrant. If so, the change to an online format will be announced in July.
CfP: Victorian Ecologies
Victorian Network is an open-access, MLA-indexed, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the best work across the broad field of Victorian Studies by postgraduate students and early career academics. We are delighted to announce that our fourteenth issue (2021) on the theme of “Victorian Ecologies” will be guest edited by Elizabeth Miller (UC Davis).
In the context of the current viral pandemic, we look with fresh intensity at figurations of the invalid and of disease and disability in James’s fictional and non-fictional writing. With an eye to the cultural and political aspects of public health measures aimed at managing the spread of an infectious pathogen, we ask in particular about the relation in James’s work of sickness, subjectivity and society. How do James’s texts relate social experience to bodily ill-health or impairment? Does James position the invalid as a figure indicative of dysfunction in the larger social body, or suggest, in contrast, that illness or disability may be associated with an excess of social contact, a failure of ‘social distancing’?
Children appear in James’s fiction in many different kinds of roles, from the annoying little brother in Daisy Miller to the impressionable girl of What Maisie Knew. He also wrote extensively about his own childhood and those of his siblings. None of these writings are, however, for child readers, unlike the work of Lewis Carroll or Robert Louis Stevenson or Mark Twain or Louisa May Alcott. What opportunities does James find in his representations of children? How does the development of his late style affect these possibilities? These topics are suggestions, but other approaches to the subject are invited.
How do race, racism, and anti-racism operate among US transcendentalists? What alternative vocabularies and theoretical models have their Black contemporaries and later Black thinkers created? We invite proposals that challenge or reform the legacies of transcendentalism. Potential topics (others are welcome):
- constructions of race
- systemic racism
- Black intellectual/aesthetic traditions
- Black writers/speakers
- queer/trans of color critiques
- conversation as method
- critiques and revisionist readings of "transcendentalism"
Away from the Centre: Conceptualising the Regional and Rural (1850-1950)
Monday 10th May 2021 (online)
Popular Culture Association - Online Conference - June 2-5, 2021 Call for Papers - deadline - February 28, 2021.
PCA 2021 is fully online - share your research, exchange ideas with colleagues -- all from the comfort of your own home office -- it will be like what you’ve been doing all year except with new people!
Information about how to submit a proposal can be found here:
SOAP OPERA AND SERIALIZED STORYTELLING
Ordinary Oralities: Everyday Voices in History
Edited by Josephine Hoegaerts and Jan Schroeder
Henry James scholarship has hesitated to engage with the challenges and opportunities presented by the rich and proliferating constellation of thought that is Trans Studies. How might the question of transgender revise, reinvigorate or transform our understanding of James’s writing, and / or of James as a biographical subject?
We welcome proposals addressing any aspect of the topic. Possible approaches might include:
- Transgender subjects in James’s fictional worlds and nonfiction texts
- Transgender and subjectless queer critique
- Sex, gender, and narration
- Transgender and sexuality
- Transgender and sibling relationships
For a special double issue to be published in March, 2022.
Papers addressing the plurality of religious cultures in the nineteenth century, including not only Catholicism, Anglicanism, Protestantism, and Judaism, but also Buddhism, Hermeticism, Native American Religions, Theosophy, Unitarianism, the LDS Church, African-American religion, Eastern and Oriental Orthodoxy, Shakerism, etc., competing and overlapping in nineteenth-century contexts. Papers are welcome in all the arts; incuding literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, liturgy, the textile arts, the decorative arts, music, and dance.
Illustrations, both color and black-and-white, are encouraged.
CFP: Medievalism in Popular Culture
PCA/ACA 2021 National Conference
Jun 2nd – 5th – VIRTUAL
The Medievalism in Popular Culture Area (including Early to Later Middle Ages, Robin Hood, Arthurian, Chaucer, Norse, and other materials connected to medieval studies) accepts papers on all topics that explore either popular culture during the Middle Ages or transcribe some aspect of the Middle Ages into the popular culture of later periods. These representations can occur in any genre, including film, television, novels, graphic novels, gaming, advertising, art, etc. For this year’s conference, I would like to encourage submissions on some of the following topics:
The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies is a fully open access peer-reviewed publication edited by graduate students at The University of Iowa that mixes traditional approaches and contemporary interventions in the interdisciplinary humanities and interpretive social sciences. This year’s issue will challenge and facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship through an inquiry into frames of justice.
Submissions are invited for a scholarly conference on domestic cats in literature to be hosted online 11-12 June 2021 by the Troy University Department of English.
Papers may address any aspect of the subject, including—but not limited to—the following:
UPDATE: (Rescheduled) Dickens and Decadence
deadline for submissions:
April 30, 2021
full name / name of organization:
Dickens and Decadence
Stockholm University, Sweden
Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2021
Department of English and Department of Culture and Aesthetics
2-3 September 2021
Conference Homepage: https://www.english.su.se/2.60277