Transatlantic Connections: Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, & Victorian Studies

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Tim Carens / victorians Institute
contact email: 

The Victorians Institute is pleased to announce the theme and location of our 2019 conference.


Transatlantic Connections: Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, & Victorian Studies will take place Oct 31-Nov 2 in Charleston, SC.


Our conference site affords an opportunity to think about transatlantic connections in the 19th century, when Charleston was a prominent intersection on a web that connected Britain, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas.


We hope our conference will foster thinking about the many and various ways that Victorian literature and culture engages the Atlantic World. We invite essays and panels that investigate the diverse possibilities of our theme and, in keeping with it, encourage work that draws connections across the spaces that divide academic disciplines.


Topics may include...


Emigration & Immigration

Slavery Abroad & At Home

Hybrid Languages, Cultures, & Peoples

Economic Affiliations & Rivalries

Culinary Connections

Ecologies, Climates, & Storms

Treasure Islands & Dark Continents

Pen Pals, Alliances, & Friendships

Travel Narratives

Romanticizing the Past

Envisioning the Future

Colonial Affairs

Technologies of Travel & Communication

Exploration & Adventure

Diasporas & Expatriates

The Body: Diseases, Infections & Antidotes

Copyrights & Piracy

Grand Tours & Lecture Tours

Victorians in Charleston

Trade Routes, Raw Materials, & Cash Crops


Submit 250-word paper and panel proposals by June 1 to


Find conference information at


Conference Co-Chairs: Tim Carens ( and Keaghan Turner (