Dickens Universe Nineteenth-Century Seminar---8/1--8/7 2010--Proposal due June 15th

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Invitation to Apply for the Dickens Universe Nineteenth-Century Seminar

The Dickens Project is a consortium of over 30 universities, whose faculty and graduate students attend the lectures, seminars, workshops, and social events called the Dickens Universe each year in the first week of August at UC-Santa Cruz. This year the Universe is offering a new faculty/graduate student seminar to welcome participants whose schools are not currently members.

The inaugural Nineteenth-Century Seminar will be a working group of scholars led by two faculty members affiliated with the Dickens Project. Any "independent" faculty member or advanced graduate student who plans to attend the August 1-7, 2010 Dickens Universe at the University of Caifornia-Santa Cruz is eligible to apply. Members of the seminar are invited to share a 5-7 "position paper" on their current research projects to be circulated in advance. The seminar will facilitate energetic discussion, address research challenges posed by the projects, and encourage future collaborations among participants. Submitting a position paper in advance will enable a work-group of 15 participants and allow seminar members to seek research support from their home institutions. The Nineteenth-Century Seminar will meet from 1:30-3:00, Monday through Thursday, leaving time for participants to attend the lively schedule of lectures, classes, panels, and social events that comprise the "Universe."

The seminar leaders are Professor Catherine Robson, who specializes in nineteenth-century British cultural and literary studies, and is the author of *Men in Wonderland: The Lost Girlhood of the Victorian Gentleman* (Princeton UP, 2001) and *Heart Beats: Everyday Life and the Memorized Poem* (Princeton UP, forthcoming), and Ella Dzelzainis, Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature in the School of English Literature at the University of Newcastle, who specializes in the interchange between literature, feminist history and economic history; she currently holds a prestigious three-year British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship.

For more information about the seminar and the 2010 Dickens Universe, see the Dickens Project website. http://dickens.ucsc.edu/universe/universe2010.html. To apply, please submit a two-page cv and a 200-word description of the research project you will share, along with your Registration Form, to JoAnna Rottke at jrottke@ucsc.edu by June 15, 2010.