Monday, 29 October 2012

Calls for papers: a weekly round up

At the edge of perception: Victorian conceptions of the unseen universe
A joint session for ACCUTE/NAVSA 2013, Victoria, British Columbia, 1-4 June 2013

We invite papers that engage with the congress theme “@ the edge,” especially as related to the Victorian conceptions of the unseen. We suggest papers related (but not limited to) the following themes:

-Victorians and ghosts, seers, spirits, the occult
-Victorians and ether, magnetism, energy
-Victorians and the edge of the “real,”
-Victorians and the limits of human perception
-Victorians and faith, agnosticism, atheism, unbelief
-Victorians and space
-Victorians and mapping/seeking the unknown

Please send proposals of 300-500 words, along with 100-word abstracts and 50-word bios, to Lisa Surridge. Materials must be received by 1 November 2012.

Victorian Poetry: Forms and Fashions
A Conference in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Victorian Poetry
19-20 April 2013, West Virginia University

Papers on any aspect of Victorian poetry and poetics are invited, especially those devoted to: the reconsideration of poetic forms and formal innovations; fashions, trends, and modes in poetry; the publication and commerce of poetry; poetry book history; and Victorian prosody and stanzaic forms. Papers devoted to the "fashions" of scholarship on Victorian poetry for the last fifty years are also invited.

Please send 300-500 word proposals for papers and a 1-page c.v. via email to: by 15 November 2012.

Transatlantic Literary & Cultural Relations: the 9th Biennial Symbiosis 2013 Conference
Brunel University, London, UK, 27th June to  30th June, 2013

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Paul Gilroy (King’s College, London); Prof. Peter Robinson (University of Reading); Prof. Robert Weisbuch (University of Michigan); Dr. Kathleen Wheeler (Darwin College, Cambridge)

Guest speaker: novelist Will Self on ‘My American Self’

‘My visit to this city has been exceedingly gratifying, on account of the freedom I have enjoyed in visiting such places of instruction and amusement as those from which I have been carefully excluded by the inveterate prejudice against color in the United States. Botanic and Zoological gardens, Museums and Panoramas, Halls of Statuary and Galleries of Paintings, are as free to the black as the white man in London.’
Frederick Douglass, to William Lloyd Garrison, May 23, 1846.

‘Of all the British painters, surely Hogarth was the only realist and the only man who knew his London. Lower London is exactly what it was when he studied it and hated it.’
—[1902] Willa Cather, Willa Cather in Europe.

The editors of Symbiosis, the Conference Directors, and members of the Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing (BCCW) and the Brunel Gender, Sexuality Research Centre (BGSRC) and the University of Reading Modern Studies Research Group invite proposals for panels and individual papers of twenty minute length, which engage a wide variety of transatlantic and/or transnational topics in the literatures and cultural histories of the Atlantic world. The conference is certainly not limited to any local concerns, although papers that treat London (and particularly its suburbs) as a site of Atlantic cultural exchange and interrelationships are especially welcome, as are those examining the first twelve years of transatlantic literary and cultural responses to 9/11, from 2001–2013, and the significance of the hundredth anniversary of the publication of Pollyanna. Additionally as ever submissions are actively encouraged from all scholars and students of literary and cultural history and representation from every period from the earliest settlement right through to the present. Activities will include a literary event at the Keats House in Hampstead, London, which will incorporate a poetry reading and tour of significant cultural sites.

Submit 200 – 300 word abstract with details of your academic affiliation and contact details in Microsoft Word attachments by 31st January 2013 to the Conference Directors, Prof. Philip Tew (Brunel) and Dr. Matthew Scott (Reading). Add ‘Symbiosis 2013 Proposal’ to the subject line of your message, an essential detail since they will be sorted automatically using this search term.


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