Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Calls for papers: a weekly round up

Call for essays: essay collection on Thomas Hardy’s short stories

Hardy’s short stories have had little attention as compared to his novels and poetry. Therefore articles of 6,000 to 8,000 words are sought on any aspect of Hardy’s short stories which help deepen our understanding of his use of the genre, for a volume of previously unpublished essays. Proposals may address a story individually or the stories as collected in the volumes Wessex Tales (1888), A Group of Noble Dames (1891), Life’s Little Ironies (1894), and A Changed Man (1913).

Key themes and topics might include:

Implications of periodical publication
Readership of individual stories and/or collected stories
Use of sensationalism
Use of humor
Emphasis on class and cultural issues
Importance of music
Gender relations
Use of setting
Use of supernatural, mystery, mythical aspects
Use of religion
Emphasis on community relations and mores
Use of narrative form

Please send proposals of up to 500 words, for articles of between 6,000-8,000 words, by 7 September 2012 to Juliette B. Schaefer, Ohio Dominican University. Proposals should include the article’s working title, the author’s academic affiliation, and a 100-word biography.

Inquiries are welcome. Authors will be informed that they have been selected for the volume by the second week of October.

The local and the global: NAVSA/BAVS/AVSA Supernumerary Conference, Venice, Italy, 3-6 June 2013

 This conference, The Global and the Local, is a supernumerary conference sponsored by NAVSA (North American Victorian Studies Association), BAVS (British Association of Victorian Studies), and AVSA (Australasian Victorian Studies Association). For the first time, the three major conferences on the Victorian period, NAVSA, BAVS, and AVSA, will join forces for a conference in Venice Italy, to be held June 3 to June 6, 2013.

The conference theme is 'the local and the global'. Proposals could address such topics as:

Global Circulation
Geopolitical Commodities
Glocal Cities
Imagined Communities and Imaginary Places
Traveling, Tourism, Guide Books and Travel Writing
Trains and Speed, Spatialization and Temporality
Trade, Markets, and Dissemination
Empire and Rebellion
British Reception of Italian Music and Visual Arts
Art Collecting, Museums, Libraries, and Galleries
Dialect Literature
Victorian Roots
Victorians and the “Risorgimento”
Religious Difference
The Perception of Otherness
The Country and the City
The Local Artifact and Digital Networking

Proposals will be due October 4, 2012. Proposals should be sent to glocalvictorians@gmail.com. They should be two pages (500 words) with a one-page curriculum vitae and should be submitted electronically as an attachment in .doc or .pdf format. If a whole panel is proposed, please include a cover letter explaining the logic behind the panel. All participants must have paid 2013 dues to NAVSA, BAVS, or AVSA.

The Venice Professionalization Workshop

Running alongside the conference, this workshop is intended for graduate students and recently minted PhDs and will address such issues as grant-writing; postdoctoral fellowships; the writing of proposals; job letters and the market; the interview process and job talks; teaching portfolios; how to turn a seminar paper into a published article; the digital humanities, pros and cons; the differences among Canadian, American, British, and also Australian markets; and negotiating contracts. The workshop will occur on San Servolo every morning, May 27-31, June 3, and June 7.  A number of scholars have expressed their willingness to participate, provided they can arrange their schedule and funding, including Andrew Miller, Carolyn Williams, Alison Byerley, Barbara Leckie, Pamela Gilbert, and Kate Flint.  There will not be a firm list of visitors until the new year.

If you are interested in this workshop, please contact Dino Franco Felluga.

Questions about the conference should be directed to glocalvictorians@gmail.com, or visit the conference website for more information.

On Page and Stage: Shakespeare, 1590-1890, 8 December 2012

The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies – Bangor-Aberystwyth, the British Shakespeare Association and the School of English, Bangor University, are pleased to announce:

On Page and Stage: Shakespeare, 1590-1890, 8th December 2012
A one-day conference at Bangor University
Conference Organisers: Stephen Colclough & Andrew Hiscock

Guest Speaker: Professor Andrew Gurr (Reading University), Shakespeare editor and author of Playgoing in Shakespeare’s London

This one-day conference focuses upon performances, interpretations and publications of Shakespeare in the pre-modern period in the UK and beyond. It is envisaged that delegates will be addressing this subject from a number of disciplinary perspectives and presentations on the following subjects would be particularly welcome:

Shakespearean Performances 1590-1890s and Performance Reportage
Shakespearean Theatre History 1590-1890
World Shakespeares 1590-1890
Critical Responses to Shakespeare 1590-1890: e.g. journalism, diaries, correspondence
Reading Shakespeare 1590-1890: e.g. criticism, education, annotated editions
Material Shakespeare 1590-1890: mise-en-scène and mise-en-page
Shakespeare as Political Icon 1590-1890

These and other related subjects will be considered for presentation at this conference. Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent to the conference organising committee at shakespeare@bangor.ac.uk no later than Friday 12th October 2012. All abstracts should include the proposer’s name, title, mailing address, email address, institutional affiliation, student/employed status.

NVSA 2013 "1874", Boston University, 5-7 April 2013

All the breath and the bloom of the year in the bag of one bee:
—Robert Browning

The Northeast Victorian Studies Association calls for papers from all disciplines on any aspect of 1874, the year in which The Way We Live Now was serialized in monthly numbers, John Tyndall delivered his “Belfast Address” on scientific materialism, Benjamin Disraeli was appointed prime minister for the second time, and red became the standard color for pillarboxes of the Royal Mail. We welcome submissions on any topic relevant to 1874, as well as papers that engage with the conceptual and methodological issues raised by taking a single year as a focus for study.

What are the consequences of thinking about Victorian works of art, texts, objects, and events in relation to their specific year in history? How is our perspective on the period—or on periodization itself—altered by this vantage point? What does the close examination of a single year—a year literally picked out of a hat by the program committee rather than chosen for its significance—reveal about the relationship between dates that “matter” in Victorian Studies and dates that do not? Is the calendar year a significant unit of time or useful organizational framework for our exploration of the Victorian period as a whole? How is our understanding of annual publications, commemorations, and other yearly events and forms changed when we concentrate on a single occurrence of each? In 1874 S. O. Beeton’s Christmas annual Jon Duan sold 250,000 copies in three weeks, vastly outperforming Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd. Which, then, is the “major” text under the rubric of our conference? How does our sense of the canonical and non-canonical shift as a result of such micro-periodization?

Other texts and events from 1874 worth considering:


M. E. Braddon’s Lost for Love
William Benjamin Carpenter’s Principles of Mental Physiology
Wilkie Collins’s The Frozen Deep and Other Stories published; The Law and the Lady serialized
John William Draper’s History of the Conflict between Religion and Science
Amelia Edwards’s A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest
George Eliot’s The Legend of Jubal, Arion, and A Minor Prophet; first one-volume edition of Middlemarch
F. W. Farrar’s Life of Christ
John Forster’s Life of Charles Dickens, final volume
Francis Galton’s English Men of Science
W. S. Gilbert’s Charity
John Richard Green’s Short History of the English People
Thomas Huxley’s “On the Hypothesis that Animals are Automata”
G. H. Lewes’s Problems of Life and Mind, Vol. 1
Henry Maudsley’s Responsibility in Mental Disease
George Meredith’s Beauchamp’s Career serialized
Margaret Oliphant’s A Rose in June and For Love and Life
John Ruskin’s Fors Clavigera: Letters to the Workmen and Labourers of Great Britain, Vol. 4
Henry Sidgwick’s Methods of Ethics
James Sully’s Sensation and Intuition
Algernon Charles Swinburne’s Bothwell: A Tragedy
James Thomson’s The City of Dreadful Night
Anthony Trollope’s Lady Anna and Phineas Redux
Alfred Russell Wallace’s “A Defence of Modern Spiritualism”
Mrs. Henry Wood’s Johnny Ludlow


London School of Medicine for Women founded
Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge founded
Fiji Islands annexed by Britain
Ghana established as a British colony
Shipton-on-Cherwell train crash (and other notable train crashes)
David Livingstone’s body returned to England
Victoria Embankment opened
Astley Deep Pit disaster
Public Worship Regulation Act
Factory Act of 1874
1874 Transit of Venus
Wilkie Collins’s readings in America
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease founded
First Impressionist exhibition, Paris

Proposals (no more than 500 words) by October 15, 2012 (e-mail submissions only, in Word format), should be sent to Professor Tyson Stolte, Chair, NVSA Program Committee.

Please note: all submissions to NVSA are evaluated anonymously. Successful proposals will stay within the 500-word limit and make a compelling case for the talk and its relation to the conference topic. Please do not send complete papers, and do not include your name on the proposal.

Please include your name, institutional and email addresses, and proposal title in a cover letter. Papers should take 15 minutes (20 minutes maximum) so as to provide ample time for discussion.

For information about NVSA membership and travel grants, please visit the NVSA website.


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