QAQV8 Body | Mind | Spirituality

deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
From Queen Anne to Queen Victoria
contact email: 


20-22 September 2023, Warsaw, Poland


This is the 8th QAQV biennial conference abut the first in-person meeting since the outbreak of the pandemic. To celebrate that, we would like to focus on the perceptions of and relationships between body, mind and spirituality in 18th- and 19th-century British literature and culture and their contemporary rewritings.

We encourage proposals considering diverse forms of cultural expression, including literature, poetry, theatre, the arts, film, fashion, and performativity, as well as a range of social, geographical and historical contexts.



We accept proposals for 20-minute papers as well as panels of three 20-minute papers.


Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • matter and spirit / body and soul
  • mental processes and / or physical actions
  • heart vs. reason, or sense and sensibility
  • brilliant and/or critical minds
  • remembering and commemorating
  • senses and sensual/sensory experience
  • visuality and visionary experience
  • medicine and psychology
  • mesmerism and phrenology
  • diseased and disabled bodies
  • death and dead bodies
  • body aesthetics
  • fashion, clothing and personal objects
  • creature comforts
  • desired, despised and decadent bodies
  • normative and non-normative bodies
  • imperial and (post)colonial bodies
  • human and non-human bodies
  • the seen and the unseen
  • spirituality and spiritualism
  • religions and denominations
  • the natural and the supernatural
  • ghosts, magic and enchantment
  • faith and doubt
  • science and secularisation
  • body politic and the political mind


Please submit a 250-word proposal and a 100-word bionote by March 31, 2023 using this form:



Notifications of acceptance will be sent by April 30, 2023, and the registration and fee (125 EUR) deadline is May 31, 2023

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We are looking forward to your submissions!