Monday, 12 December 2011

Calls for papers: a weekly roundup

Contested Views: Visual Culture and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 19-20 July 2012

A two-day conference to be hosted by Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

Confirmed Plenary Speakers: Mary Favret, Gillian Russell, Susan Siegfried, Paul White

image - GoyaIn July 2012, in advance of commemoration of the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, Tate Britain is to host a two-day conference exploring the impact of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars on world-wide visual culture, from the outbreak of the pan-European conflict with France in 1792 to the present day. Centred on themed panels, plenary lectures and workshops, this cross-disciplinary conference will promote knowledge and understanding of the range of ways in which the ‘First Total War’ has been mediated in visual cultures, not only in Britain and continental Europe but throughout the world.

The organisers are keen to receive proposals for papers that present new research and/or methodological approaches. In particular they encourage proposals from scholars from different disciplines who wish to work in collaboration with each other. More information, including a list of suggested topics, can be found here.

Please send abstracts of 250 words to Phil Shaw ( by Friday 16 December 2011.

Citizens of the World Conference: Adapting (in) the Eighteenth Century 22-24 June 2012

Co-sponsored by the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
and The Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and The Division of English at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

In a rapidly globalizing and technophilic world adapting to new developments is a daily undertaking—increasingly, we are aliens in our own lives. How quickly and effectively can we adapt to innovations in technology, historical knowledge, cultural relations, and academic and economic practices? In honor of Oliver Goldsmith’s fictional Chinese traveler, Lien Chi, and in the spirit of cross-cultural collaboration, the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SCSECS) is partnering with the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) and the Division of English at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) to host “Citizens of the World,” an international, interdisciplinary conference dedicated to exploring the many ways in which new experiences stimulate self-reflection and adaptation as creative acts.

Abstracts of 250-500 words should be submitted by 15 January, 2012 to the chairs listed on the full CFP here OR to conference organizers at: For general inquiries regarding the conference or Singapore, please also email

British Women Writers Conference 2012 special session: "Landmarks in Nineteenth-century Natural history: Texts and Landscapes" 7-10 June 2012

Abstracts are sought for for a special session at the 2012 British Women Writers Conference in Boulder, CO, "Landmarks in Nineteenth-Century Natural History: Texts and Landscapes". Please submit 500-word abstracts to both and by January 15, stating your application to this special session.
More information on the 2012 British Women Writers Conference, including the full CFP, can be found here.

Romanticism and Secrets Conference 2 May 2012

 A half-day conference hosted by the Centre for Romantic Studies at the University of Bristol.
Plenary lecture by Dr Seamus Perry (Balliol, Oxford)

 We welcome papers that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

- Textual secrets
- Secrets of the past (historical, political, biographical)
- Structures of concealment
- Dishonesty, deception and self-deception
- Discoveries and rediscoveries
- Repression and the secret sub-conscious
- Codes, riddles and encryptions
- Unveilings and shadowy realms
- Mystery and myth-making

Proposals (max. 250 words) are welcome from both established scholars and postgraduates, and should be sent by 30 January 2012 to the conference organisers Catherine Redford and Stacey McDowell at:


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