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Victorian Transitions

Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 5:54pm
Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, May 1, 2021

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

Covid Update:

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

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 6:24pm
Dr Victoria Margree / University of Brighton
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 28, 2021

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.

Life Writing as Political Voice

Friday, March 26, 2021 - 10:51am
PAMLA-Nov. 2021 Las vegas
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 22, 2021

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.

London's East End: A Short Encyclopedia [Literature]

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 2:27pm
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, April 10, 2021

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 Hands

All Our Yesterdays

Analogies and metaphors (East End)


Barren Metal

The Big Bow Mystery 

2021 Victorians Institute Conference: Reflections/Refractions: Victorian(ist) Ways of Seeing

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 2:24pm
Victorians Institute
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, May 15, 2021

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).

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference CFP: British Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century (Nov. 11-14 2021)

Friday, March 12, 2021 - 10:32am
Gretchen Bartels, California Baptist University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021

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 (

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."

Conference Note:

Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Conference 2021: “Theory and Scholarship” of Diversity Roundtable

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 7:42am
Indu Ohri / Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (NCSA)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 12, 2021

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. 

Measurement by Default (journal special issue)

Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 12:12pm
Ex-position (National Taiwan University)
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, October 31, 2021

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 


Britain, Empire, and Global Afterlives: 1850-1950

Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 12:10pm
MLA 2022, Special Session
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 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 or

Polyphonic Dickens

Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 12:04pm
MLA 2022 / Dickens Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 22, 2021

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

Victorian/Modern Crisis, Revolt, Survival

Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 12:04pm
Modern Language Association (Forum on Victorian and Early 20th C. English)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

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.)

68th Annual Midwest Conference on British Studies

Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 12:03pm
Midwest Conference on British Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 23, 2021

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.

Victorian Ecologies - Deadline Extended!

Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 2:49am
Victorian Network
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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).

Illness, Society and the Self

Sunday, February 21, 2021 - 7:33pm
Henry James Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

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’?

A Small Boy and Others: Henry James and the Child

Sunday, February 21, 2021 - 7:32pm
Henry James Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

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.


Mattering in the 19th C and Beyond: US Transcendentalisms, Racism, and Repair

Friday, February 19, 2021 - 11:00am
Margaret Fuller Society
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 20, 2021

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

-     epistemologies

-     gender(s)

-     queer/trans of color critiques

-     disidentification

-     intersectionality

-     conversation as method

-     languages

-     critiques and revisionist readings of "transcendentalism"

Updated Deadline - CFP Serialized Storytelling and Soap Opera

Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 10:24am
Popular Culture Association - Online Conference June, 2021
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, February 28, 2021

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:


Ordinary Oralities: Everyday Voices in History

Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 10:23am
Jan Schroeder / Carleton University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Ordinary Oralities: Everyday Voices in History

Edited by Josephine Hoegaerts and Jan Schroeder


Trans James

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 2:17pm
Henry James Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 1, 2021

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

Nineteenth-Century Religious Cultures

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 2:10pm
Religion and the Arts
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, August 1, 2021

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. 


PCA: Medievalism in Popular Culture, VIRTUAL

Monday, February 8, 2021 - 12:59pm
Popular Culture Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, February 28, 2021

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:


Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies 2021: Justice Framed (EXTENDED DEADLINE)

Friday, February 5, 2021 - 4:01pm
Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 1, 2021

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. 


Conference on Domestic Cats in Literature

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 11:51am
Ben P. Robertson / Troy University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 1, 2021

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

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 11:51am
Stockholm University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 30, 2021

UPDATE: (Rescheduled) Dickens and Decadence

deadline for submissions: 

April 30, 2021

full name / name of organization: 

Stockholm University

contact email:

Dickens and Decadence

Stockholm University, Sweden

Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2021


Department of English and Department of Culture and Aesthetics

Stockholm University

2-3 September 2021

Conference Homepage:

Adapting Print Genres for the Victorian Stage

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 6:55pm
The Comparative Drama Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 27, 2021

"Adapting Print Genres for the Victorian Stage" will consider how British plays within the Victorian era (1837-1901) interacted with and responded to news stories, social movements, or cultural debates appearing in print genres, including newspapers, the periodical press, and literature. Often, a theatrical adaptation of a popular novel appeared even before its serialization had concluded, as in the case of Charles Dickens's 1839 novel Nicholas Nickleby, which appeared on 19 November 1838 at the Adelphi Theatre, adapted by Edward Stirling, a mere eight numbers into its serialization.

26th Annual Dickens Society Symposium

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 6:46pm
The Dickens Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 31, 2021

The Charles Dickens Society is pleased to announce an extended deadline for abstracts for the 2021 Symposium, which will take place online from July 12-14, 2021. As you may know, we only recently decided to convert the 2021 Symposium to an online meeting. One terrific side effect is that, since no one needs to make plans for travel, we can extend the deadline and get acceptances out a little later. The new deadline is therefore Sunday, January 31, 2021. To have your work considered, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to Sean Grass at

Culture and Anarchy. Reading Matthew Arnold Today 2

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 11:49am
Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (CETAPS) and University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 5, 2021

It has been 150 years since Matthew Arnold published his groundbreaking work, Culture and Anarchy. His essays in book form are not only a powerful critique of Victorian society and values but also of modern ones. Contemporary political, economic and cultural issues provide an opportunity to revisit Arnold’s thought critically, to assess his enduring legacy, and to appraise the modern predicament in relation to distinguished cultural achievements from the past.