CFP: The Global Victorians (3/31/06; VSAWC, 11/3/06-11/4/06)

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VSAWC 2006: The Global Victorians: Interdisciplinary and Transnational
Approaches to the Victorian Era

The annual interdisciplinary conference of the Victorian Studies
Association of Western Canada will be held 3-4 November 2006 at the
University of Calgary in Calgary, Canada. The conference is supported by
the Faculties of Communication and Culture, Fine Arts, Graduate Studies,
Humanities, and Social Sciences as well as departments within those
The conference theme places particular attention on extending our
understanding of the Victorian era by stretching its scope to include
the world beyond Britain, testing its coherence by reflecting on the
still prevalent tendency to organize ourselves within national and
temporal boundaries, and facilitating dialogue between and within
disciplines. By re-evaluating the analytical boundaries of the
nation-state and by bringing in perspectives from a range of
disciplines, we can gain a better grasp on the history and
characteristics of an age which, while appearing to be chronologically
distant from our own, anticipated many of the features of globalization
We invite proposals for papers on all aspects of the Victorian era,
broadly defined as 1830-1914, with a particular emphasis on the global
cultural, literary, social, economic or political currents which
transcended national boundaries in this era. Proposals from graduate
students are particularly welcome as are those which problematize our
understanding of the Victorian era from interdisciplinary or
multidisciplinary points of view and offer new points of departure for
scholars of this era. Our intention is to capture the widest possible
perspective and to that end we encourage applications from scholars
working in the fields of history, literature, creative and performing
arts, architecture, communications, cultural studies, religious studies,
and philosophy.
The conference will feature plenary addresses by Sven Beckert, Professor
of International History at Harvard University and the author of The
Monied Metropolis: New York City and the Consolidation of the American
Bourgeoisie (2001) and Dane Kennedy, Elmer Louis Kayser Professor of
History and International Affairs at George Washington University, and
author of The Highly Civilized Man: Richard Burton and the Victorian
World (2005).
Please send 500-word proposals for papers to the address below by March
31st, 2006. Submissions should also include a 100-word abstract, and a
brief c.v.
Dr. Peter W. Sinnema
President, VSAWC
Department of English
3-5 Humanities Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6G 2E5

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