Monday, 11 February 2013

‘The 1820s: An Improvisational and Speculative Moment’: Angela Esterhammer at Durham

‘Making a Darkness Visible: The Literary Moment 1820-1840’ is a British Academy-funded seminar series which investigates the literature and culture of a period that has traditionally fallen between the ‘Romanticism’ and ‘Victorianism’. The second event, on the 22nd of February, is a seminar with Professor Angela Esterhammer (Toronto) titled ‘The 1820s: An Improvisational and Speculative Moment’. Professor Esterhammer will lead the discussion, with responses from Dr Michael Rossington (Newcastle) and Dr Pete Newbon (Northumbria).

The seminar will begin at 5pm, in the Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham. The event is free to attend and all are welcome. Queries to either Dr Peter Garratt (Durham) or Dr David Stewart (Northumbria).

Please note that the NENC reading group session for February will also take place in Durham on the same afternoon, and has been timed to allow members to attend both events.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Calls for papers: a weekly round-up

NAVSA 2013 Panel "Finding the Hidden Adult in Victorian Children's Literature"
October 23-27, 2013, Pasadena, CA

The Victorian era embraced the notion that childhood should be set aside as a time of unbridled play and fantasy, separate from the adult world of work. Yet the worlds of childhood and adulthood were constantly blurring within and alongside books for both kinds of audiences: Catherine Robson notes the presence of men in Wonderland, and Claudia Nelson has recently shown that "precocious children" and "childish adults" populate Victorian literature.

In keeping with the "Evidence" theme of the NAVSA 2013 conference, this panel seeks presentations that search for evidence of the adult inhabiting the child's world or the child within the adult. Papers might consider child writers imitating adult-authored literature; adults writing for children or mimicking the child's voice; adult/child collaborations; case studies of texts that resist age-based audience conventions; and other instances of this boundary-crossing in the Victorian era, as well as the influence of personal history on literary production. Projects concerned with the exchange between different media forms-e.g., text and image; periodicals and bound volumes; "high" culture genres and "low"-are particularly welcome.

Please submit 500 word paper abstracts along with a one-page c.v. to A. Robin Hoffman and Meghan Rosing by 22 February 2013.

MLA 2014 Victorian Division panels on Victorian Informatics & Victorian Temporalities
Chicago, 9-12 January 2014

The Victorian Division seeks abstracts for a panel on Victorian Informatics.

What were the properties of information in the Victorian period? Was there a Victorian culture of information? How did Victorians, amass, manage, propagate information? How did ideologies and economies of information shape forms of cultural expression—and vice versa?

Topics might include:

-Producing, organizing, or circulating knowledge
-Information taxonomies and technologies
-Economies and ecologies of information
-Narrating information
-The poetics or aesthetics of information
-Wanting facts—or having too much information

500-word abstracts and brief cvs to Richard Menke by 1 March 2013.


The Victorian Division also seeks abstracts for a panel on Victorian Temporalities.

What distinguished the experience of time in the period, or the Victorian temporal imagination? How did the Victorians make sense of simultaneity; of different time scales; of discontinuity or mistiming?

Topics might include:

-Lived time, realtime
-Geological time or deep time
-Synchrony and asynchrony
-Spending, saving, or wasting time

500-word abstracts and brief cvs to Richard Menke by 1 March 2013.

Romantic Adaptation: Wordsworth-Coleridge Association MLA session
Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago, 9-12 January, 2014

The Wordsworth-Coleridge Association invites proposals for its sessions at the 2014 MLA.
 Essays should examine the purposes and techniques of textual adaptation in British Romantic literature, including translation, revision, retraction, bricolage, plagiarism, parody, forgery, hoax, lampoon, and caricature.

Abstracts (circa 250-300 words) are due by 15 March 2013 to James McKusick.

In addition to your abstract, please provide a biographical statement (circa 250-300 words), written in the third person, stating your name, job title, affiliation, final degree institution and date, and information on your scholarly publications. Particularly relevant is scholarship that directly relates to the proposed session topic(s). In order to “pitch” our sessions effectively to the MLA, please include some persuasive talking points about the importance, significance, and contribution of your work to the profession, with special attention to any work you've done that relates to the session topic. Please explain why you are the ideal person to present on this topic.

Romantic Origins Conference
Univeristy of Sheffield, 5 April 2013

The AHRC-sponsored Romantic Heirs research network is pleased to announce the date of its inaugural conference on the theme of Romantic origins. The conference, to be held at the University of Sheffield on 5 April 2013, is free to attend and includes lunchtime refreshments (gratis) and a post-conference dinner. The day’s events include:

-a plenary paper by Dr Madeleine Callaghan, lecturer at the University of Sheffield and assistant editor of The Oxford Handbook of Shelley Studies (2012);
-roundtable discussions on the origins of Romanticism;
-a talk on the emerging use of digital platforms in the Arts and Humanities with an invitation to publish your own work on the network’s website; and
-an opportunity to get involved in the development of the network’s future activities.

The conference organisers especially welcome postgraduate and early-career researchers to submit proposals of 250 words for short position papers of approx. 1500 words. These short papers will be read in advance by attendees and then discussed in roundtable sessions on the day of the conference. Topics for position papers may include:

-early Romanticism;
-interactions and dialogues with pre-Romantic writers, poets, artists and musicians and their
-historical and sociological themes on the emergence of Romanticism;
-placing the boundary between Enlightenment and Romantic cultural practices;
-pre-Romantic culture and its impact;
-Romanticism’s interactions with classicism and/or the ancient world.

Please submit and address all queries to The deadline for proposal submission is 10 March 2013. Completed position papers should be submitted by 20 March 2013 so that they may be circulated among participants. More information about the Romantic Heirs network can be found here.

Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Literary Ecologies: Transatlantic Studies Association annual conference
Northumbria University, Newcastle, 8-11 July 2013

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers approaching nineteenth-century literature from a perspective combining transatlantic and ecocritical scholarship. We are particularly interested in papers that open a dialogue between transatlantic literary history and/or transatlantic literary theory and any of the following topics in the environmental humanities: ecocritical theory; critical animal studies; environmental ethics; environmental justice; indigenous ecologies; colonial and postcolonial ecologies; gender and ecology; natural history, etc.

Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief CV by 30 April 2013, to Kevin Hutchings, University of Northern British Columbia and John Miller, University of Sheffield.