Monday, 31 October 2011

Calls for papers: a weekly round up

Victorian Hesitations: Indeterminacy in Language, Art, and Politics 28-31 May 2012

Victorian Studies Association of Ontario/ Assoc. of Canadian College and University Teachers of English - Joint Panel 

This conference will consider the  traces of equivocation, vacillation, and indecision that lie behind all the evidence of Victorian vim and vigour. It invites papers that explore suspended moments in Victorian culture – moments when a delay, however long, was of real consequence. How did the Victorians understand hesitation? How did they weigh the ethics of equivocation against the virtues of candor? How did their moments of uncertainty manifest themselves in movement? How was the difference between deliberation and doubt calibrated in this age of enterprise?

The deadline for submission is 15 November 2011. Abstracts should be sent to Constance Crompton at
. For further information, including submission details, see the NAVSA blog.

Orality and Literacy (London C19 Studies Seminar, Birkbeck University) 17 March 2012

The theme for the London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar in the Spring term 2012 will be Orality and Literacy, marking the thirtieth anniversary of the appearance of Walter Ong's influential book. Over three days in January, February, and March, speakers will explore a range of issues relating to the interactions between voice and text in the Anglo-American long nineteenth century: philology and acoustic nostalgia, melody and poetic form, laughter, and more.

We are soliciting 20-minute papers on the seminar theme to form a panel discussion on the extended final day of the seminar programme, Saturday 17 March 2012.

Please send 300-word proposals to the convenors, James Emmott (Birkbeck ( and Tom F. Wright (UEA) ( by 2 December 2011. 

More information about the London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar can be found here

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage at DePaul University 30 April 2012

DePaul Humanities Center Call for Papers:
Marking the 200th Anniversary of the Publication of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage Cantos 1 and 2
Monda, April 30, 2012
DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Interdisciplinary papers are especially welcome from graduate and post-graduate scholars on Byron and Berlioz or Byron and Turner. Submit abstract to the Humanities Center by January 15, 2012 at this address:
For more information visit the Humanities Centre website:

Fourth International Postgraduate Symposium on Thomas Hardy  18-26 August 2012

Proposals are invited for papers on any aspect of the life, work and thought of Thomas Hardy for the fourth International Postgraduate Symposium on Thomas Hardy which will take place in Dorchester, 18-26 August 2012, as part of the 20th International Thomas Hardy Conference & Festival.

This is a unique opportunity to share and debate ideas on Hardy with other new and established scholars. A selection of these papers will be published in the peer-reviewed Thomas Hardy Journal. All attending postgraduates will be expected to join the Thomas Hardy Society at a reduced subscription rate. A small bursary will be offered to successful applicants to assist with the cost of attending the conference, and conference fees will be waived. Reduced rates will be offered to postgraduates wishing to attend the conference but not giving papers. 

Decisions will be made by the Symposium Convenors Professor Roger Ebbatson, Lancaster University, and Dr Angelique Richardson, University of Exeter. Proposals of 250 words (max) for papers of 15-minute duration should be sent to by 31 March 2012.


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