CFP: Eighteenth-Century Studies and the State of Education

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Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe and His Contemporaries (Defoe Society)
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Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries is accepting submissions for its third issue, to appear in 2011. This issue will focus on how the interdisciplinary field of eighteenth-century studies, broadly researched and taught, is surviving in the academic and economic culture of the second decade of the twenty-first century. Topics may include, but need not be limited to, the following:

• Teaching any of the disciplines of eighteenth-century studies in secondary education from the perspective of scholars in the period as well as according to practicing secondary education teachers, teachers in training, and educators in Education programs;
• Historical or current presence of the field in undergraduate or graduate curricula;
• Representation of the period in textbooks;
• The influence of online and digital sources on the teaching of and learning about the period;
• Teaching dis/abled students eighteenth-century texts and concepts;
• The future of periodization and what that means for eighteenth-century studies;
• Budget realities (faculty access to databases, library collections, travel funding, etc.);
• Hiring trends;
• Analyses of job markets;
• Representations of eighteenth-century studies in home school curricula;
• Eighteenth-century narratives, characters, historical figures, and images in children's literature or pop culture;
• Resources for and attitudes toward independent scholarship;
• Personal narratives or histories comparing the current state of eighteenth-century studies in education to its past; and
• Any topic concerning education during the eighteenth century.

It is our hope that this issue will feature a range of voices, so we encourage submissions by scholars, teachers, and students working at different stages of their careers and from within different academic or professional environments. Please circulate this CFP to your undergraduate and graduate students, to educators you know in secondary and primary education, to alumni, to administrators, to independent scholars, and even to scholars and teachers in fields outside the period who may have an enlightening external perspective.

Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries is a peer-reviewed, multimedia online journal celebrating the works and culture of the eighteenth century. We welcome multimedia submissions that push the boundaries of scholarship in our field as well as more traditional essays, reviews, notes, and dissertation and conference abstracts. Submissions should be e-mailed to Katherine Ellison ( and Holly Faith Nelson ( by April 1, 2011. Please send print manuscripts as Word .doc files following the style guide on our website. For multimedia submissions, please send inquiries about file size and format to Katherine Ellison.