In the face of the recent proliferation of the term “Anthropocene” in literary and cultural studies, how might we account for this geological epoch and its subsequent catastrophic environmental realities? As scholars of literature, we do not lack for theoretical models, both in and out of our “field.” Moreover, some of the most energetic and useful perspectives have taken up, broadly, a Marxian dialectical framework. Such perspectives include world-systems theory, ecological-materialisms, and in the field of literary studies and the humanities broadly, a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches framed under the banner of energy and/or environmental humanities.
Call For Papers: Forgery and Imitation
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 twelfth issue (Summer 2018) will be guest edited by Aviva Briefel on the theme of Forgery and Imitation.
17-18 July, 2018 – University of Kent Keynote Speakers:Professor Helen Small, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
Professor Priscilla Wald, Duke University
In her biography of Branwell Brontë, Daphne du Maurier described Branwell as ‘a spectre in the Brontë story, in pathetic contrast with the astonishing achievements of his sisters’. 2017 is Branwell’s bicentenary year, and Brontë Parsonage Museum is marking the occasion with a number of events and an exhibition curated by Simon Armitage, entitled Mansions in the Sky.
NATIONAL YOUNG RESEARCHERS’ CONFERENCE
THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND CULTURE STUDIES (UGC SAP-DRS PHASE II),
THE UNIVERSITY OF BURDWAN
14-15 SEPTEMBER 2017
The Department of English and Culture Studies, The University of Burdwan is going to organize its annual Young Researchers’ Conference on 14-15 September, 2017 on the focal area of Victoriana.
Byron Among the Poets
a symposium at All Souls College, University of Oxford
Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th January 2018
The Transnational American Periodical
A one day symposium in collaboration with the Network of American Periodical Studies
British Library, London – 15 December 2017
Plenary Speaker: Professor Janet Floyd (King’s College London)
The editors of English: the Journal of the English Association are very pleased to initiate in 2017 the opening of an annual essay competition exclusive to postgraduates. We are looking for essays that provide new perspectives on canonical and/or non-canonical Anglophone literatures, and therefore welcome submissions that focus on single author/texts or a range, and which develop original arguments beyond simple close reading, while engaging with recent scholarship in relevant fields.
The competition is open to any postgraduate student who is registered on a doctoral programme at any institution anywhere in the world, by, or within three months of, the submission deadline: September 30th, 2017.
Owing to last minute withdrawals by committed authors, the Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction, which will be published by McFarland, is in need of additional contributors. The 150,000 word companion will cover authors, topics, representative texts, and genres. Over 100 scholars, from senior academics to advanced graduate students, have already written short but incisive and insightful cross-referenced entries. A few remain:
Mudie’s Circulating Library [250 words]
Arnold Bennett [250 words]
Catnach broadsides [250 words]
A. L. O. E 
Career of Candida 
A Modern Amazon 
Mary-Angela Dickens 
Disability [1250 -- as it appears in popular fiction]
Call for Papers: Arthur Morrison and the East End
We seek critical articles for an essay collection on Arthur Morrison and the East End. We welcome essays on a variety of aspects relating to his body of work.
Essays can address his most famous novel A Child of the Jago, but can alternatively focus on his lesser-known novels (particularly The Hole in the Wall and To London Town), his short stories (including those from Tales of Mean Streets), and his journalism.
Broad themes include:
Morrison and East End history