Monday, 3 September 2012
Calls for papers: a weekly round up
In anticipation of the 150th anniversary of Gaskell’s death, we are seeking abstracts for an edited volume on the subject of Place, Progress, and Personhood in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell. The nineteenth century saw dramatic changes in the landscape of Britain as industry and technology reshaped the geographical space. The advent of the railway and the increasing predominance of manufactory machinery reoriented the nation’s physical and social countenance. But alongside the excitement of progress and industry, there was also a sense of fear and loss manifested through an idealisation of the country home, the pastoral retreat, and the agricultural South. This collection of interdisciplinary essays will present a variety of geographical, industrial, archeological, psychological, and spatial perspectives not only on Gaskell’s work, but also on Gaskell’s place within the narrative of British letters and national identity.
Gaskell’s importance, both as a literary figure and as a cultural touchstone, continues to rise. In the popular imagination, new BBC adaptations of her novels have perhaps given her the greatest celebrity she has had since her own lifetime. In addition, the recent Heritage Lottery Fund award of £1.85 million for the restoration and preservation of the Gaskells’ house in Manchester, Plymouth Grove, indicates her renewed national influence.
This collection is very consciously an international and egalitarian collaboration, and we invite scholars of any level or discipline to submit an abstract.
Topics might include (but are not limited to):
§ Geography / materiality of place
§ Digital transformations of texts/mapping
§ Concepts of home and not home
§ Foreign places, travel, and national identity
§ Rural vs. urban landscapes
§ Ecology / environmentalism
§ Imagined places
§ Place and gender, the gendering of spaces
§ Space theory and Victorian spaces
§ Landmarks of progress, modernity, and personal identity
§ Gaskell’s place in the popular imagination/literary tourism
§ Architectural spaces and everyday life
§ Ideas of belonging
Please submit an abstract of 300-500 words and a brief CV to email@example.com by 31 October 2012. Authors will be notified by 5 January 2013 whether or not their abstract has been accepted. The deadline for the full-length article, if accepted, is 15 April 2013. Articles should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words in length, accompanied by an abstract of around 200 words.
Preliminary inquiries are welcome: kindly address them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of English
St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan
Sarina Gruver Moore
Department of English
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dean of Academic Studies
Emmanuel College, University of Queensland
Ambivalence towards . . .
Theories of leisure
Enjoyment, guilt, atonement
License and restraint
Sport, games, and races
Music, music halls, music boxes
Festivals, street entertainments
Design, fashion, shopping
Trade in exotics
Weddings, parties, picnics
Cartoons, comic periodicals
Sunday papers and other popular reading
Pets, animal fighting
Gardens and horticulture
Training for fun
Deadline: 1 November 2012. For individual papers, send 250-word proposals; for panels, send individual 250-word proposals for each paper plus a 250-word panel description. Please include your name, affiliation, and e-mail address on your proposal. Send questions and proposals to Karen Chase. More information can be found on the conference website.
'Comparing Eighteenth-Century British and Italian Narratives': the 4th Anglo-Italian Conference on Eighteenth-Century Studies, 5-7 September 2013
Hosted by the Dipartimento DISTU Istituzioni Linguistico-letterarie, comunicazionali, storico-giuridiche dell'Europa, University of Tuscia (Viterbo)
Following the success of the first three Anglo-Italian Conferences, in York in 2006 and 2011 and in Capri, Italy in 2009 the Italian Society for Eighteenth Century Studies and the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies are proud to announce the fourth in this series of Conferences. The focus of the 2013 Conference will be “Comparing Eighteenth-Century British and Italian Narratives.” Possible topics may include, but are not strictly limited to:
- origins of the novel
- functions of historiographies
- narrative/s of history and narrative/s of fiction
- ideologies and cultural systems
- poetics and forms
- printers, readers and book dissemination
- translations and cultural transfers
Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers. Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent by email to all the following: Frank O'Gorman, Rosamaria Loretelli and Francesca Saggini. Papers are acceptable in either Italian or English. Please include your position, name of your home institution and a working email address for contacts.
The costs of the conference, including lunches, coffee break etc. are expected to be in the region of €40. A fee waiver may be arranged for early career research scholars (eg. self-financing Ph.D. students).
The deadline for abstracts is 30 December 2012. Acceptance will be communicated by 31 January 2013.
For advice and information on accommodation and transport, please contact Francesca Saggini or the Conference Graduate Staff, Adriana Micheli (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) and Fabio Ciambella. For all other enquiries contact Frank O'Gorman or Francesca Saggini.