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"Victorian Cultures of Collectivity" at the Midwest Modern Language Association Conference

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 10:03am
Midwest Victorian Studies Association panel at the Midwest Modern Language Association Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 5, 2020

2020 MMLA Conference’s MVSA-Affiliated Panel

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

November 5-8, 2020

“Cultures of Collectivity”


In keeping with the MMLA conference theme, “Cultures of Collectivity,” the Midwest Victorian Studies Association panel welcomes proposals that explore myriad examples of cultural collectivity in 19th century Britain.


Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Shrewsbury's Darwin

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 9:59am
Gaynor Llewellyn-Jenkins. University of Chester
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 30, 2020

 ‘I was Born a Naturalist’: Charles Darwin and Shrewsbury 

Friday 3rd July 2020, University Centre Shrewsbury. 

We would like to invite you to a one-day symposium exploring Darwin’s origins in Shropshire. We will discuss the effects of Shrewsbury and its surrounding area on the young Charles Darwin. What were the influences of the Darwin and Wedgwood family members on Darwin’s ambitions? What role did female relatives such as his mother Susannah Darwin (née Wedgwood) and his sister Caroline have on Darwin’s formation as a scientist?  

Keynote Speakers:  

George Gissing in Vogue

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 9:54am
Tom Ue / Dalhousie University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Midway through New Grub Street (1891), Reardon reunites with his wife Amy. In preparation, he leaves behind his overcoat. This attire, once “fairly good,” is now long past its prime, “the edges of the sleeves were frayed, two buttons were missing, and the original hue of the cloth was indeterminable.” Reardon knows Amy well, but not well enough: her attention at the meeting is quickly directed to “his muddy and shapeless boots,” and her desire for “a renewal of amity” conflicts with her shock over her husband’s appearance: “[S]uch attire degraded him in her eyes; it symbolised the melancholy decline which he had suffered intellectually.

Provocations and Provocateurs of the Long Nineteenth Century

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 5:18pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, May 30, 2020

Submissions are invited for any aspect of the conference theme "Scandal! Literature and Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts." Please note that the "Long Nineteenth Century" encompasses works published between 1789 and 1914.

By May 30, please submit a 500-word abstract for your proposed presentation and a brief biography to

Dr. Anita Turlington

Associate Professor, English

University of North Georgia



Interdisciplinary Victorians (MLA 2021)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 4:14pm
Scott C. Thompson and Renata Kobetts Miller
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Our panel invites papers that consider the relationship among disciplines in the Victorian period. What can we learn about our present from the intertwined Victorian modes of knowledge production and distribution?

CV and 300 word abstract to Scott C. Thompson ( and Renata Kobetts Miller ( Deadline: March 7, 2020.

The Pre-Raphaelites in Art and Literature: Reception and Celebrity

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 3:16pm
William Morris Society and Society for the History of Authors, Readers and Publishers
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Proposed joint session of the William Morris Society with the Society for the History of Authors, Readers and Publishers (SHARP):


How did the Pre-Raphaelites become well-known to their contemporaries and later readers? What role did publishers play in their reception? And what was the impact of the rise of a professional class of journalists and reviewers on their reputation? 

William Morris and His Circle: Biography, Archives, Artifacts

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 3:15pm
William Morris Society
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Modern Language Association Convention
Toronto, January 7-10, 2021
Call for Papers: Guaranteed sessionWe seek proposals on new approaches to the lives of Morris and his associates, including his Pre-Raphaelite, Arts and Crafts, socialist, and familial circles. Papers on twentieth-century and contemporary responses to Morris's legacy as broadly conceived are also welcome.Please send a one-page abstract to by March 18, 2020

[DEADLINE EXTENDED] ICR 2020: Romantic Confluences

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 9:55pm
International Conference on Romanticism (ICR)
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 15, 2020

Scholars working in any area of Romanticism are invited to submit proposals for the 2020 meeting of the International Conference on Romanticism to be hosted by Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri from October 22-24. The conference theme this year is "Romantic Confluences."

While we encourage a broad interpretation of this theme, some possible approaches include the following:

  • Geography and Spatiality

  • Travel and River Studies

  • Romantic Hospitality

  • Transatlantic connections

VISAWUS 2020: Victorian Transitions

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 2:16pm
Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, April 20, 2020

VISAWUS 2020: Victorian Transitions

Reno, NV October 15-17, 2020

The Victorian Era was one of transitions. Victorian Britain transitioned from a rural to urban society. It transitioned from an emergent empire to the dominant imperial power. It transitioned from a walking, water, wind, and animal-based transportation system to a steam-powered transportation system. It transitioned from a regional to national and then imperial culture.

Representations of Addiction in 19th-century Literatures

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 1:28pm
South Atlantic MLA / SAMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 1, 2020

The term “addiction” was not widely established in the 19th century. Even today, although amply attested in medical and legal dictionaries, it is not unambiguous: the label “addict” is highly stigmatizing, while “addiction” to yoga or organic sourdough is a status marker. Nineteenth-century writers nonetheless depicted recognizable states of dependency and loss of autonomy, which 21st-century readers find unmistakably familiar.


Monday, February 24, 2020 - 8:40pm
Calabria Turner, Georgia State University, SAMLA 92
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 1, 2020

British women novelists of the Victorian era often explored the accepted and shifting concepts of woman’s role at home, in the workplace, and in society as a whole. Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, and Oliver Schreiner, for example, discuss a woman’s right to education and the careers open to her as well as how she chooses, if she has a choice. This panel will explore these writers’ arguments for women’s equality and examine repercussions deriving from their writing. Panelists might address such questions as how authors expressed their acceptance of or discontent with women’s position in society or whether the conversation changed as the nineteenth century came to an end. Papers should not exceed 15 minutes.

John Clare (MLA 2021 Guaranteed Session)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 2:45pm
John Clare Society of North America
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 13, 2020

The John Clare Society of North America invites paper proposals for its guaranteed panel at the Modern Language Association Convention in Toronto, January 7th-10th, 2021. Scholarship exploring any aspect of Clare’s poetry, prose, interests, influence, and/or life is welcome. Send abstract and short bio by 13 March 2020 to Erica McAlpine at

BAVS 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 2:11pm
British Association for Victorian Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

BAVS 2020
Call for Papers

Join us to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the British Association for Victorian Studies!
20-22 July, 2020, in Birmingham.

Gothic Dreams/Gothic Nightmares

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 4:08pm
Anthem Press
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 30, 2020


Refractions/Reflections: Victorian(ist) Ways of Seeing

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 4:06pm
Victorians Institute Conference 2020
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 1, 2020

Please join us in Charlotte, NC October 23-24 2020 for the 49th annual Victorians Institute Conference. 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 in 2020.

For a full CFP, see

"In Extremis" - An Interdisciplinary Edited Collection in the Medical Humanities

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 1:04pm
In Extremis: The Limits of Life, Death and Consciousness in the Long Nineteenth Century
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 30, 2020




Proposals should be emailed to Lucy Cogan and Michelle O’Connell at


Proposed Panel for the 2020 North American Victorian Studies Association Conference: Unsettling George Eliot

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 12:36pm
Charlotte Fiehn, University of Texas - Austin
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, February 1, 2020

The 2020 NAVSA conference will be held in Vancouver, BC November 12-14th 2020. The theme is "Unsettling Victorians".

I am seeking proposals for a panel on George Eliot. The call for papers is below and also availbale on the NAVSA website:

Call for Papers, Mythmoot VII: Defining and Defying Darkness

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 4:11pm
Signum University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 13, 2020

What is Mythmoot VII?

Mythmoot VII, with the theme of “Defying and Defining Darkness,” combines an academic conference, creative writing meet-up, and fan convention for a unique experience. Here at Mythmoot, we have room for serious scholarship in fields such as science fiction, high fantasy, horror, gothic, mythology, children’s literature, folklore.. .the list goes on. We also appreciate less academic, but no less enthusiastic, pursuits of all the above—such as demonstrations of how to knit the best fake candle ever, presentations theorizing the exact recipe for Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder, or papers dissecting the cultural background of Baron Harkonnen!

Call for Proposals:

Culture and Anarchy. Reading Matthew Arnold Today II

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 4:38pm
Jorge Bastos da Silva / University of Porto
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 15, 2020

Culture and Anarchy. Reading Matthew Arnold Today II

An international conference

Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Porto, 28-29 May 2020

Confirmed keynote speakers
Professor Stephen Prickett (Regius Professor Emeritus at the University of Glasgow, Honorary Professor at the University of Kent)
Professor Laurel Brake (Professor Emerita, Birkbeck College, University of London)

Spatial Modernities: Mapping the Physical and Psychological World Symposium

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 12:58pm
University of York
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 8, 2020

Spatial Modernities: Mapping the Physical and Psychological World Postgraduate Symposium 
 Centre for Modern Studies, University of York

16 May 2020   

Keynote Speaker: Professor Ian Gregory (Lancaster University)


In Crisis: Art in Eras of Emergency, 1750–Present

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 1:59pm
University of Cambridge: Graduate Conference Committee
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 15, 2020

‘In Crisis: Art in Eras of Emergency, 1750–Present’

April 18, 2020

University of Cambridge, Faculty of English


Call for Abstracts: "Women Writers and Social/Political Activism”

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 12:22pm
Lise Shapiro Sanders
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, August 1, 2020

Call for Abstracts

"Women Writers and Social/Political Activism”

A special issue of Women: A Cultural Review

Guest Editors: Lise Shapiro Sanders and Carey Snyder

Deadline for Submissions: August 1, 2020


English Literature in Your Pocket: The Tauchnitz Edition and Other Paperback Series

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 10:33am
University of Leipzig
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 15, 2020

Bernhard Tauchnitz's Collection of British and American Authors series, initiated in 1841, was not only a successful entrepreneurial eneavour but also a milestone in the history of print culture. The Leipzig-based publisher Tauchnitz, renowned all over the world for his series of affordable pocket books in English, eventually produced more than 5000 volumes over the next 100 years. The cultural and literary repercussions of this unique achievement have been far-reaching since the late 19th century.

AVSA Conference: "Small Worlds: Connections, Collaborations, and Conflicts"

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 1:16am
Australasian Victorian Studies Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, February 17, 2020

Call for Papers: Abstract Deadline Now Extended to 17th February!
“Small Worlds: Connections, Collaborations, and Conflicts”
Australasian Victorian Studies Association Conference, 17-19 June 2020
Monash University, Melbourne

Keynote speakers: Associate Professor Mary Elizabeth Leighton and Professor Lisa Surridge (University of Victoria, Canada)

Martineau Society Conference 2020, Scarborough, England 07/19/20-07/22/20

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 12:48pm
Martineau Society Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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

London Rising: Struggle, Rebellion, and Revolution

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 8:21am
Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies, London Center
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 31, 2020

London Rising: Friday, 6 March


’Cause in London Town

There’s just no place for a street fighting man

—The Rolling Stones, 1968 

Mick Jagger’s words above can sometimes feel axiomatic.  London has an outwardly less impressive revolutionary tradition to call upon than many of its closest neighbours, most obviously Paris.  This is to say, of course, that history is political: if the past seems quiet, what hope for remaking the future?   

Seminar Call for Proposals: Midwest Victorian Studies Association, Chicago, April 2020

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 7:33am
Midwest Victorian Studies Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, February 15, 2020

MVSA invites proposals for Seminars to be held at the 2020 conference, “Truth, Investigation, and Mystery,” April, 24-25, Chicago, IL.


Participants in MVSA Seminars will write 5-7 page papers that will be pre-circulated to the other participants prior to the conference. During the Seminars, the Seminar Leader and participants will identify important points of intersection and divergence among the papers and identify future areas of inquiry and collaboration. The Seminar format allows a larger number of scholars to participate in MVSA and to seek financial support from their respective institutions to attend the conference and discuss a shared area of scholarly interest. Seminars are limited to 12 participants.