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  • North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS) {More}
  • Job Opening: University of Toronto, Mississauga {More}
  • RaVoN special issues on Interdisciplinarity and the Body and Victorian Internationalisms {More}
  • CFP: BAVS, "Victorian Feeling: Touch, Bodies, Emotions {More}
  • CFP: Instruction, Amusement, and Spectacle (U Exeter) {More}
  • CFP: Jane Eyre: Text, Context, Urtext {More}
  • CFP: 150 Years of Evolution: Darwin's Impact on the Humanities and Social Sciences {More}
  • Romantic Disorder: Predisciplinarity and the Divisions of Knowledge 1750-1850 {More}
  • NASSR 2009 website is up {More}
  • CFP: The Gladstone Bicentenary International Conference 2009 {More}
  • CFP: Neo-Victorian Criminalities {More}
  • CFP: The Victorian Sonnet {More}
  • MVSA 2008 Prize Winners Announcement {More}
  • MVSA 2007 First-Book Prize {More}
  • MVSA 2009 CFP {More}
  • CFP: The Michaelian {More}
  • CFP: The Eighth Lamp {More}
  • The Dickens Universe {More}
  • CFP: Charles Darwin in European Cultures {More}
  • New Issue of 19 {More}
  • The Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies {More}
  • New issues from Victorian Review {More}
  • Envisioning Utopia: British Art and Socialist Politics, 1870-1900 {More}
  • CFP: British Aestheticism: Sources, Genres, Definitions, Evolutions {More}
  • CFP: Believing in Victorian Times {More}
  • CFP: The Nineteenth-Century Studies Association: The Green Nineteenth Century {More}
  • CFP: The Brontës and the Idea of Influence {More}
  • Nineteenth-Century Contexts & Early Popular Visual Culture {More}



NOVEMBER 6 – 8, 2009

The NACBS and its Southern affiliate, the SCBS, seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2009 meeting.  We solicit proposals for panels on England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the British Empire broadly defined.  Our interests range from the medieval to the modern, and we welcome participation by historians, literary critics, economists, political scientists, sociologists, art historians, and scholars in other allied disciplines.

We invite panel proposals addressing selected themes, methodology, and pedagogy, as well as roundtable discussions of topical and thematic interest.  North American scholars, international scholars, and graduate students are all encouraged to submit proposals to the NACBS Program Committee.

Strong preference will be given to complete panel or roundtable proposals that consider a common theme.  Individual paper proposals will also be considered where possible, but those with single paper submissions are encouraged to post a call for additional panelists on lists such as H-Albion or to email the Program Chair for suggestions.  No participant will be permitted to take part in more than one session, and no more than one proposal will be considered from each applicant.  Committed to ensuring the broadest possible participation of scholars in British Studies, the Program Committee will give priority to those who did not read papers at the 2008 meeting.   Panels that include both graduate students and established scholars are especially encouraged, as are submissions with broad chronological focus and interdisciplinary breadth. 

All submissions must be received by Friday, January 30, 2009.
For details, directions, and online submission, see www.nacbs.org.

General questions about panel requirements should be sent to
Lara Kriegel, NACBS Program Chair
Department of History
Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199
+1 (305) 348-2225     



Applications are invited for a tenure-stream position, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Drama, University of Toronto Mississauga, University of Toronto.  Qualifications:  Ph.D. in English, with specialization in Victorian Literature. Applications are invited from candidates qualified to teach, supervise theses, and carry out research in that area, and who have evidence of excellence in research and teaching.  Secondary expertise in areas with existing UTM programs—Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies; Women and Gender Studies—would be especially welcome. The successful candidate will also be a member of the tri-campus Graduate Department of English (St. George, U of T  Mississauga, and U of T Scarborough). Duties will consist of research; teaching undergraduate courses at the UTM campus and graduate courses at the St. George campus; supervision of graduate theses.  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Send applications and c.v. to Professor Leslie Thomson, Chair, Department of English and Drama / Room 290A, North Building / University of Toronto Mississauga / 3359 Mississauga Road North / Mississauga, Ontario L5L 1C6.  Have 3 letters of reference (or dossier) and graduate transcripts sent directly to the Department as soon as possible.  Include ONE writing sample of scholarly work of not more than 25 pages. Appointment commences 1 July 2009.  The deadline for applications is 14 November 2008.

The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research and live in one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan locations in the world. The University also offers opportunities to work in a range of collaborative programs.  The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.



RaVoN LogoRomanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN) has recently published two new special issues that grow out of the 2006 NASSR/NAVSA Conference at Purdue University. "Interdisciplinarity and Body," edited by Pamela Gilbert, includes essays by Timothy Alborn, Peter Melville Logan, Gavin Budge, Susan Zieger, and Meegan Kennedy. "Victorian Interantionalisms," edited by Lauren M. E. Goodlad and Julia M. Wright, includes essays by Sarah Rose Cole, Julia Kent, Alison Booth, Andrea Bobotis, Audrey Murfin, Joseph McLaughlin, Julia M. Wright, Stoyan Tchaprazov, Matthew Potolsky, and Christopher M. Keirstead. You will also find reviews of such recent works as Timothy Morton's Ecology without Nature, Amanda Claybaugh's The Novel of Purpose, Bruce Robbins' Upward Mobility and the Common Good, and Catharine Gallagher's The Body Economic. You can visit the site here:




The British Association for Victorian Studies
Ninth Annual Conference

Victorian Feeling: Touch, Bodies, Emotions

Organised by Gowan Dawson, Holly Furneaux,
Julian North and Joanne Shattock on behalf of the
Victorian Studies Centre at the University of Leicester

1-3 September 2008

Plenary speakers:
Professor William A. Cohen (University of Maryland)
Professor Christopher Lane (Northwestern University)
Dr Samantha Matthews (University of Sheffield)
Dr Michael Roper (University of Essex)
Professor Rebecca Stott (University of East Anglia)
Dr Paul White (University of Cambridge)

BAVS PosterThis interdisciplinary conference seeks to address all aspects of nineteenth-century tactile, emotional and embodied experience. Drawing on three decades of rich attention to Victorian bodies inspired by thinkers as diverse as, for example, Bakhtin, Foucault, and Poovey, this event pursues and endeavours to contribute to new developments in the ways that we can conceive of physical and psychical experience in this period. Alongside attention to personal feeling and its expression in verbal, visual and aural culture, we encourage contributions that address collective and (anti)social experiences, political, philosophical, economic, scientific and religious sensibilities, cultures of feeling and interpersonal relations. We welcome proposals from all disciplines and from postgraduate students. A number of bursaries for postgraduates and for early career academics will be available. Please send proposals (maximum 500 words), together with details of your institutional affiliation (if any) to Holly Furneaux, on behalf of the organising committee, at hf35@le.ac.uk. The deadline for paper proposals is 31 March 2008.
Topics could include but are not limited to:

Tenderness and brutality, The body in pain, and/or pleasure, Affect and Sentiment, Sympathy, Faith, Death, (Anti)Sociability, Misanthropy, Hatred and Enmity, Fear and Hysteria, The Mob, The body politic, The Residuum, Cultural Phenomenology, Sensation, Spasmodics, The Fleshly School, Sensory Experience, Performing Feeling, Music and feeling, Health, Illness and Disability, Medicine and Science.



16-18 April 2009, University of Exeter

Keynote speakers: Prof. Bernard Lightman, Prof. Vanessa Toulmin, Prof. Jon Burrows, Dr. Ann Featherstone, Prof. Martin Hewitt
This conference aims to examine the eclectic range of popular entertainments in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, with a particular focus on exhibition practices. The intention is to provide a forum that brings together the range of research currently being undertaken by different disciplines in this area, including film studies, Victorian studies, history of science, performance studies, English literature, art history and studies of popular culture. Potential topics could include but are not limited to:

  • The role of visual entertainments (e.g. magic lantern, panoramas, dioramas, photography, peep shows)
  • Early cinema: exhibition and reception
  • Local and regional exhibition cultures
  • Science and technology: demonstration and instruction
  • Improvement and rational recreation
  • Exhibitions of 'Otherness' (e.g. freak shows, ethnographic shows, minstrels)
  • Music hall, pantomime, vaudeville and variety
  • Public lectures and lecturing
  • Galleries, museums and civic institutions (e.g. The Royal Polytechnic Institution, Mechanics Institutes)
  • Travelling shows, fairgrounds and circuses
  • World's Fairs and international exhibitions
  • Magic, illusion and spiritualism
  • Concerts, recitals and readings
  • Pleasure gardens, tourism and seaside exhibitions
  • Dance and physical performance
  • Literary and other representations of popular entertainments
  • Showmen and showmanship
  • Audiences: composition and reception
  • Intermediality and exhibitions
  • Image, narrative and performance

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words, together with your designation and affiliation to victorianshows@exeter.ac.uk no later than 31st October 2008

Part of the AHRC funded project Moving and Projected Image Entertainment in the South West 1820-1914.

Visit the project website at http://www.sall.ex.ac.uk/projects/screenhistorysw



Jane Eyre: text, context, urtext

For more than 160 years, Jane Eyre has been the object of all sorts of readings, critiques and sequels. When it appeared in 1847, the novel enjoyed incredible success: Jane Eyre, an Autobiography was widely read, but its plot and heroine were also accessible through the first critical interpretations or the numerous plays that were adapted from the novel as early as 1848. Known at first or second hand ever since its publication, Jane Eyre nowadays belongs to the category of books that one can discuss without having ever read them. Yet, to Brontë scholars and enthusiasts, appreciating the plot without having a taste of Charlotte Brontë’s style seems impossible; claiming a clear understanding of the novel without resituating it in its context seems absurd, just as it feels pointless to try to appraise the talent of Charlotte Brontë’s literary descendants without having been carried away by her own genius. This special issue of LISA e-journal, to be published in the first quarter of 2009, intends to reexamine Jane Eyre, its context, its text and its scope as an urtext, in order to exploit the full richness of the novel and to allow the readers to become immersed once more in this major text of nineteenth-century British literature.

Returning to sources with such a novel as Jane Eyre means first of all exploring what surrounded its creation. Victorian England, Yorkshire, Haworth or the parsonage may all be apprehended as fundamental to the novel, and examining their importance may lead to a better understanding of the thematic background of the text. Other elements in the genesis of the novel equally deserve our attention: the collective reading at the parsonage, allowing each sister to use the other two as touchstones to test the quality of her writing, Charlotte Brontë’s involvement in the publication of the three sisters’ works, or the energy she spent writing Jane Eyre in only a few months, while her first novel wound its way from publisher to publisher and kept being rejected. The context sheds a precious light on the novel and also functions as a background against which the originality and timelessness of Jane Eyre may be traced.
The text itself, because of its uniqueness and also the way it merges history with its story, has been the object of many readings, from feminist to Marxist, from psychoanalytical to structuralist, and so on. It is true that the novel is very fertile ground for critical discourse and offers an invitation to react, to comment or to decipher. The fields of investigation are as wide as the text itself, wider even, if one considers the importance of intertextuality (Bunyan, fairytales…) and of all the other art forms that punctuate the text (like painting or folklore), incessantly enabling it to transcend itself.

Reexamining Jane Eyre also means reading its sequels and rewritings, considering Charlotte Brontë’s text as an urtext, an original text founding an artistic continuation. New connections may then be discovered between Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea. The notion of quotation in works published afterwards may be of interest in a context of dissemination of Jane Eyre, as well as a study of adaptations for stage, screen or television, or of the illustrated versions of the novel that have been released so far.

Please send your proposals (20 to 50 lines), along with a short bio-bibliographical note, to Elise Ouvrard (ouvrard_elise@hotmail.com) or Charlotte Borie (borie@univ-tlse2.fr) before 30 September 2008 (the deadline for completed articles is 30 November 2008). Please follow the norms for presentation indicated on the LISA e-journal website:





Call for Papers

150 Years of Evolution –
Darwin's Impact on the Humanities
and Social Sciences


A symposium in honor of the 200th Birthday of
Charles Darwin and the 150th Anniversay of
the publication of ”Origins of Species”
San Diego State University
20-22 November 2009

Researchers and scholars from all disciplines are invited to submit papers addressing the impact of Darwin’s ideas in the Humanities and Social Sciences.  Both disciplinary-specific and broadly interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.

Papers accepted for the symposium will be included in a volume to be published by San Diego State University Press.

Please submit abstracts of no more that 500 words in length to mark.wheeler@sdsu.edu  no later than 30 November 2008.  Accepted papers must be completed by the date of the symposium to be included in the published proceedings.

Accepted papers will be announced 1 February 2009. 

For more information, contact:  Mark Wheeler, Symposium Chair
                                          Department of Philosophy, SDSU
                                          (619) 594 -- 6706       or by email:  mark.wheeler@sdsu.edu



Call for Papers

Romantic Disorder:
Predisciplinarity and the Divisions of Knowledge 1750-1850

International Conference, 18-20 June 2009
Birkbeck, University of London
Hosted by the Institute of English Studies (School of Advanced Studies,
University of London) and the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (Birkbeck,
University of London)

This conference explores the fluid and unfamiliar contours of predisciplinarity/
adisciplinarity in an expansive Romantic Century, 1750-1850. We envision this
conference as an opportunity to defamiliarize foundational moments, master
narratives, and key figures of this era, by opening them up to predisciplinary
and eccentric objects, encounters, and texts.

Plenary Speakers: James Chandler (Chicago), Jonathan Lamb (Vanderbilt),
Nicholas Thomas (Cambridge)
Deadline: Please send 300-word abstracts to romantic.disorder@bbk.ac.uk by December 1, 2008.



Romanticism and Modernity: NASSR 2009

Duke University, May 21-24, 2009


We invite submissions on topics related to our conference theme, "Romanticism and Modernity." While traditionally understood as a relatively brief time period, the "Romantic era" was a crucial transitional phase during which many of the disciplinary and methodological changes associated with modernity were significantly accelerated. These include the rise of historical thinking, the proliferation of industrial modes of production, and the consolidation of "Literature" and the professions, to name but a few examples. Yet it is also during the Romantic era that master-tropes of modernity (e.g., secularization, instrumental reason, the discourse of individual rights, economic self-interest, emancipation, system, institution, nation) were being subjected to new and intense forms of critique. Fundamentally, that is, Romanticism's overall ambivalence arises from the fact that it simultaneously extends the project of European modernity while offering itself as a sustained critical reflection on that very process. So as to rethink the overly hermetic paradigm of Romanticism as the "chronotope" of Western Europe, 1780-1830, we particularly encourage paper proposals that consider Romanticism's ambivalent responses to the aesthetic, intellectual, and socio-economic genealogies of European modernity, as well as how those very responses in turn helped shape the post-Romantic conceptions of modernity.



The Gladstone Bicentenary International Conference 2009

In July 2009, the Centre for Victorian Studies at the University of Chester, in association with St Deiniol's Library, Hawarden, will host an international conference to mark the bicentenary of the birth of William Ewart Gladstone (on 29 December 1809 in Rodney Street, Liverpool). The conference, which complements a similar international event held at Chester in 1998 to mark the centenary of Gladstone's death, will provide scholars with an opportunity to explore, within a broad multi-disciplinary framework, a variety of aspects of Gladstone's life and work, both public and private, bringing together political and cultural themes in an atmosphere of debate and cross-fertilization. The conference programme will also offer opportunities for delegates to visit Gladstone's 'Temple of Peace' at Hawarden or to explore the historic cities of Chester and/or Liverpool. The conference will commence on the evening of Sunday 5 July and conclude at mid-afternoon on Wednesday 8 July 2009. Speakers will include Asa Briggs, David Bebbington (Stirling), Paul Bew (Queens, Belfast), Eugenio Biagini (Robinson, Cambridge), Jonathan Conlin (Southampton), C. Brad Faught (Toronto), Richard Gaunt (Nottingham), Lawrence Goldman (St Peter's, Oxford), Joseph Meisel (New York), Denis Paz (North Texas), Roland Quinault (London Metropolitan), Deryck Schreuder (Sydney), Frank Turner (Yale) and Ruth Clayton Windscheffel (St Hilda's, Oxford). Parallel short research paper sessions will form a significant part of the conference proceedings and offers of papers from established scholars and postgraduate researchers on any aspect of Gladstone's life and work will be welcome. These should read for no more than 25 minutes. A limited number of bursaries will be available to postgraduate students and it is anticipated that the conference will have significant published outcomes. Abstracts of prospective papers, which should not exceed 200 words, should be sent by email to Professor Roger Swift at r.swift@chester.ac.uk no later than 31 January 2009.



CFP: 'Swing Your Razor High': Sweeney Todd and Other (Neo-)Victorian Criminalities

Deadline for submissions: 10 August 2008

In collaboration with '"Attend the tale"...New Contexts for Sweeney Todd', a symposium to be held 31 May 2008 at the Lincoln Centre of Performing Arts, UK, Neo-Victorian Studies will publish a special issue on nineteenth century crimes, in Britain and elsewhere, and their continuing fascination for twentieth/twenty-first century writers, artists, and theorists. Papers examining the historicity of crime are especially welcome, so as to explore the variability - and potential continuities - of crime, its place in the popular imagination, and its cultural meanings between different periods.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • the Sweeney Todd legend and its various performance contexts
  • Jack the Ripper and/or the serial killer's afterlife
  • criminal consumption: penny dreadful to hypertext
  • shady cities, underworlds, and villainous topographies
  • crime and punishment
  • queering criminality
  • the villain as racial Other
  • gendering criminal performativity
  • erotic horrors and sex crimes
  • proper detectives and private sleuths
  • the medicalisation of criminal pathology
  • industrial espionage and sabotage
  • historical revisions/adaptations of 'real-life' crimes
  • child murderers
  • badness and madness
  • crime and the occult
  • crime writing as cultural commentary/memory
  • crime in/as Art
  • the historicity of crime

Articles or creative pieces should be between 6000-8000 words, submitted by email. For submission guidelines, please consult the journal website at http://www.neovictorianstudies.com.



Call for Submissions: Victorian Poetry's Special Issue on the Sonnet

edited by Marysa Demoor and Marianne Van Remoortel

Victorian Poetry announces a special issue on the sonnet, to be published in the winter of 2010/the spring of 2011. The issue will feature contributions by Isobel Armstrong, Angela Leighton, Valentine Cunningham, Kirstie Blair and John Holmes. Subjects include: the sonnet and the Rossettis, the ecclesiastical sonnet, sonnets by Charles Tennyson Turner, and Darwinism, feminism and the sonnet sequence.

Since there is room for three more essays, Victorian Poetry invites contributions addressing these or any other aspect of nineteenth-century sonnets and sonnet sequences. Subjects may include, but are not limited to:

  • the sonnet: form and genre
  • the sonnet's legacy: Petrarch and Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Milton
  • conformism and subversion: dealing with the sonnet's legacy
  • gender, sexuality and the sonnet
  • translations of sonnets and sequences
  • subjects: amatory/devotional/political/occasional/satirical sonnets, nature sonnets, sonnets on family relationships, sonnets on the sonnet etc.
  • double works of art: sonnets and paintings
  • sonnet anthologies
  • sonnets in periodicals
  • sonnets by women poets: Felicia Hemans, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Augusta Webster etc.
  • non-canonical sonnet writers

Deadline for submission: 31 January 2009.

For more information, please contact Marianne.VanRemoortel@UGent.be



Midwest Victorian Studies Association 2008 Prize Winners

The following three prize winners were recognized at the most recent conference of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association in Chicago, April 18-20, 2008:

  1. Winner, MVSA First-Book Prize, for a book published in 2005 or 2006: Ivan Kreilkamp, for Voice and the Victorian Storyteller (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
  2. Winner, Walter L. Arnstein Award for Dissertation Research in Victorian Studies: Kevin Morrison, Rice University, for a project entitled "The Architectures of Victorian Liberalism"
  3. Winner, Bill and Mary Burgan Prize, for an Outstanding Paper by a Graduate Student at the conference: Philip Steer, Duke University, for a paper entitled "Guerrillas in the Midst: Settler Colonization and the British Invasion Novel"



Midwest Victorian Studies Association First-Book Prize

(for a book published in 2007)

The Midwest Victorian Studies Association (MVSA) is now accepting submissions for its First-Book Prize for a book published in 2007 by a Midwestern specialist in Victorian studies. Eligibility includes receipt of a terminal degree no more than ten years prior to publication of the first book; membership in MVSA; and current residence in one of these Midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin. Book-length studies on Victorian/imperial Britain in the fields of art history, dance, history, literature, music, philosophy, popular culture/cultural studies, religion, and rhetoric will be considered; interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome. The prize recipient will receive $500 and a plaque at the 2009 MVSA conference, which will convene in Richmond, Indiana, April 17-19.

Scholars wishing to be considered for the prize should arrange for three copies of a 2007 book to be sent to the chair of the First-Book Prize committee, Anne Helmreich, at the following address:

Anne Helmreich
Dept. of Art & Art History
Case Western Reserve Univ.
10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106-7110
Dept. phone: 216-368-4118

Copies of books should arrive no later than October 31. For further details about MVSA, including membership, please visit our website at www.midwestvictorian.org. Queries about the prize can be directed to bookprize@midwestvictorian.org.



Midwest Victorian Studies Association 2009 Conference

Tipping Points: Pivotal Moments in Victorian Culture

April 17-19, 2009

Indiana University East, Richmond

2009 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species. In commemoration of that epochal event, MVSA invites proposals for 20-minute conference papers that explore events or works that signal profound shifts—"tipping points"—in one or more elements of the artistic, literary, musical, political, social, religious, or intellectual life of Britain and its empire during the long nineteenth century. Because MVSA includes representatives of several disciplines among its active members, our conference is particularly welcoming to interdisciplinary approaches.

Participants may wish to reconsider a moment traditionally thought to be emblematic of such changes (the Peterloo massacre, the Reform Bill of 1832 or 1867, the opening of the Crystal Palace, the publication of the Origin) or to make a case for a hitherto unrecognized tipping point (a year, a war, a political or social figure, an educational or religious movement, an act of Parliament, a political protest, a mode or moment of publication, a musical performance or art exhibition) that marked a sea-change in some aspect, large or small, of Victorian life and thought.

The 2009 conference will be held in Richmond, Indiana. Founded in 1806 and situated along the historic "Old National Road," Richmond was pivotal in the nineteenth-century American expansion to the west. Here, the first piano manufacturing west of the Alleghenies was established in 1872. Part of the conference will be held in a nineteenth-century Quaker meeting house (now a historical museum), the rest on the campus of Indiana University East, the newest regional campus of IU. Richmond is situated along I-70 near the Ohio border and therefore accessible to most Midwestern car travelers, as well as convenient to the Dayton, Ohio, airport 36 miles away.

Submissions: By October 31, 2008, please email a 500-word (max.) abstract and 1-page c.v. to conferencesubmissions@midwestvictorian.org. Please include your own name, title, institution, email and snail mail addresses, a phone number, and the abstract itself in the text and/or attachment. If you do not receive an email confirmation of receipt, please re-submit.

Victorianists studying and working in the midwestern or southern United States will want to make a home in this long-standing scholarly organization. Graduate students are particularly welcome as attendees and presenters at MVSA conferences: conference fees are adjusted to make attendance more affordable, MVSA annually awards the Bill and Mary Burgan Prize for an outstanding paper by a graduate student at the conference, and the prestigious Arnstein Prize supports interdisciplinary dissertation research. A new annual award for a first book by a Victorianist in the Midwest was inaugurated in 2008.



CFP: The Michaelian

We are seeking additional articles for the inaugural edition of "The Michaelian," an academic, non-profit, peer-reviewed online journal, dedicated to the study of Michael Field (Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper) and their circle.

We welcome contributions on the following areas:

  • Michael Field's poetry, verse drama or life-writings;
  • the lives/works of Oscar Wilde, John Gray, Andre Raffalovich, Charles Ricketts, Charles Shannon, Bernhard Berenson, Anna Swanwick, Will Rothenstein, Richard Garnett, or any of the other writers/artists associating in the London Literary Circle;
  • Women writers and their relationship to British Aestheticism or Decadence;
  • Late-Victorian Women Writers;
  • Victorian Literary Collaboration;
  • Queer/Lesbian writing;
  • Publishing history of the 1890s;
  • Teaching experiences related to introducing Michael Field to undergraduates;
  • Creative or dramatic projects which use Michael Field as inspiration.

Length: As it is an online journal, we have decided not to enforce a strict word limit, but generally it would be expected that papers would be 5-7000 words.

Please submit essays by June 20, 2008, to Sharon Bickle, Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research, Monash University, sharon.bickle@arts.monash.edu.au.



CFP: The Eighth Lamp, Vol. 1, Issue 2

The call for papers for the second issue of The Eighth Lamp is now open. The inaugural issue is accessible via http://www.oscholars.com/Ruskin/index.htm.

We aim to feature one long paper (7000-8000 words), one short paper (2000-3500 words), and one book or journal review. There is also the possibility for a creative research section, which may include fiction, poetry, or art inspired by Ruskin's teachings. The journal is also supplemented by an abstracts section, which features abstracts (or extracts) from recent conference papers, journal articles, and books, if authors would like to send them in. The second issue aims to be refereed. I have invited a number of scholars to act as referees. If you are interested in this, please let me know.

Please email me at architecturalhistorytheory@gmail.com to send in your expressions of interest and submissions.

Proposals for special issues on Ruskin are also welcome.



The Dickens Universe

The Dickens Project at UC Santa Cruz announces its annual week-long summer conference, the Dickens Universe, July 27 to August 2, 2008. The featured novels for this year are Hard Times and Mary Barton. The program concludes with a two-day symposium on "Collaboration" with Jerome McGann as keynote speaker. The conference includes a special seminar for post-secondary scholars from schools not affiliated with the Dickens Project consortium. For more information, consult the Project web site: http://dickens.ucsc.edu/universe/universe2008.html



CFP: Charles Darwin in European Cultures

Call for papers for a conference the Université de Nantes will be hosting on April 3-4, 2009 (deadline for proposals Sept. 15, 2008).

With the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species, the time has come for a re-assessment of the legacy he left in Europe.

This conference aims at a comprehensive evaluation of the Darwinian legacy in European cultures. It is both comparatist—as it purports to initiate fruitful dialogues between European cultures—and interdisciplinary, by bringing together specialists of civilisation, cultural studies, history, epistemology, literature, biology and translators of Darwin's works.

Proposals of about 300 words and a short biographical note to be sent (in English or French) before September 15, 2008 to:

Complete cfp on line at


The conference is jointly organized by the following research groups: CRINI (Centre de Recherche sur les Identités Nationales et l'Interculturalité), Université de Nantes GRER (ICT) (Groupe de Recherche sur l'Eugénisme et le Racisme), Université Paris Diderot



19: Issue 6: Victorian Fiction and the Material Imagination


This issue of 19 focuses on the representation of the material in Victorian literature. From the material imagination of gas to household clearances and women property owners, articles reflect the breadth of current work in this area and engage with a range of topics including thing theory, cultural phenomenology and objecthood. Authors explored in this edition include George Eliot, Dickens and Thackeray. A special forum on the digitisation of nineteenth-century material artefacts explores issues such as the nature of the material object in virtual space, the relationship between object, image and text in digital format, and the politics of online collections.

Guest Edited by Victoria Mills


  • Adelene Buckland, "Thomas Hardy, Provincial Geology and the Material Imagination"  
  • Steve Connor, "Gasworks"  
  • Katherine Inglis, "Becoming Automatous: Automata in The Old Curiosity Shop and Our Mutual Friend"
  • David Trotter, "Household Clearances in Victorian Fiction"  
  • Deborah Wynne, "Equivocal Objects: The Problem of Women's Property in Daniel Deronda"
  • Claire Pettit, "On Stuff" (Review Essay)

This issue also features a SPECIAL FORUM on Digitisation and Materiality, featuring contributions by George P. Landow, Laura Mandell, James Mussell, John Plunkett and Ella Ravilious.

Launched in October 2005, 19 is a peer-reviewed web journal for the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, providing a permanent and accessible home to the pioneering scholarship presented at its seminars and conferences. Visit our website for free access to current and past editions (including Interdisciplinarity; Periodicity; Literature and the Press; Sentimentality; Verbal and Visal Interactions in Print Culture), interactive media, scholarly debate, and links to nineteenth-century web resources. 



Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies

The Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies is a peer-reviewed international journal with an outstanding advisory board.  Started in 1995 as a hard-copy annual, the journal is now published electronically twice a year under the auspices of the Australasian Victorian Studies Association.  The journal actively seeks quality submissions on all aspects of Victorian studies, and is especially keen to publish scholarship that has a strong interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary focus.  It also publishes the annual AVSA Prize essay, open to postgraduates in Victorian studies throughout the world.  Suggestions for review essays or special issues are also welcome.  For further information, please visit the AJVS website (http://www.nla.gov.au/openpublish/index.php/AJVS/index) or contact the editor, Jock Macleod at J.Macleod@griffith.edu.au



New Issues of Victorian Review

The Editors of Victorian Review are excited to announce the journal's Spring 2008 issue on Victorian Things. This issue showcases an A-Z of Victorian material objects featuring an introduction by Elaine Freedgood and essays by NAVSA 2007 workshop leaders John M. Picker (on the Atlantic Cable) and Talia Schaffer (on Berlin Wool). The forum also contains pithy essays on the Album, Anaesthetic Inhaler, Andrometer, Artificial Leg, Cemetery, Coral, Fire Escape, Gas Cooker, Gentleman's Coat, Lace, Stained Glass, and Stereograph.

The Fall 2008 issue will present a special forum on Teaching the Victorians, highlighting NAVSA 2007 workshop leaders Lorraine Janzen Kooistra (Teaching Victorian Illustrated Poetry); Kirstie Blair (Teaching Victorian Poetry and the Body: Forming Affect); Donald Hall (Teaching Victorian Pornography); Gail Turley Houston (Using Performance in the Classroom); and Jennifer Green Lewis (Teaching Victorian Literature in the Context of Photography).

To subscribe, see our website: http://web.uvic.ca/victorianreview/



Envisioning Utopia: British Art and Socialist Politics, 1870-1900

Save the Date: 5-6 December 2008 (Friday & Saturday)

A Walter Crane Study Day at the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester

Friday, 5 December, 17:30 keynote address followed by reception.

Saturday, 6 December, registration begins at 11:00; programme begins 11:30.

The Whitworth Art Gallery at the University of Manchester will open a new display on August 16, 2008 entitled "'Art and Labour's Cause is One:' Walter Crane and Manchester, 1880-1915." Crane was one of the most important, versatile, and radical artists of the nineteenth century, and this exhibition explores the central role played by Manchester in Crane's fusion of art, labour, and politics.

On December 5 and 6, 2008, the Whitworth will host a related conference, "Envisioning Utopia: British Art and Socialist Politics, 1870-1900." This conference will examine the dynamic between the urban and the pastoral in utopian visions of a socialist future and explore the role of visual art in formulating and articulating these political ideals.

Keynote address Friday at 5:30 by Professor Tim Barringer (History of Art, Yale University). Speakers include Dr. Michael Beaumont (English, UCL), Dr. Jo Briggs (Yale Center for British Art), Professor Michael Hatt (History of Art, Warwick), Dr. Ruth Livesey (The Victorian Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London), Sarah Turner (Courtauld Institute), and Dr. Anna Vaninskaya (King's College, Cambridge University Victorian Studies Group).

Registration fee £20, concessions £10. Registration includes reception on Friday and refreshments and lunch on Saturday. For more information, email waltercranearchive@gmail.com.

This event is supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.



British Aestheticisms : Sources, Genres, Definitions, Evolutions

Université Paul Valéry, October 2009

At once a social phenomenon, an artistic movement, and a literary trend, British Aestheticism has been the object of multiple, sometimes contradictory, definitions which all point to its central role in the advent of modernity. As a movement and as an operative notion, Aestheticism is of major importance to anybody interested in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British culture.

This international conference on 'British Aestheticisms: Sources, Genres, Definitions, Evolutions,' which will take place in October 2009, aims at reexamining the notion of Aestheticism from a transciplinary perspective and hopes to attract contributions (in French or in English) from researchers across the fields of British studies, comparative studies, art history, publishing history, aesthetics, philosophy, reception theory, women's studies, queer theory, and gay and lesbian studies.

Papers may focus on the definition and the boundaries of Aestheticism, its relationship with tradition, and its links with contemporary or subsequent movements (European Decadence, Modernism, etc.); the generic definition of Aestheticism, its editorial policies or its circulation and popularization via other media (visual arts, theatre, music-hall) in mainstream culture as well as in various alternative communities, in the general context of the explosion of the means of communication and mechanic reproduction, or what L. Dowling calls artistic 'vulgarisation.' What authors were/are considered aesthetic? Who read Aesthetic writings (both fiction and non-fiction), bought or saw Aesthetic products, or attended Aesthetic performances? Furthermore, as Aestheticism is concomitant with a reenvisaging of gender and identities, contributors may want to explore the links between Aestheticism and Victorian feminism and with the 'third sex.' Finally, one may want to examine the philosophical underpinnings of a movement based on Kantian philosophy which aimed at challenging oppositions between aesthetics and ethics: is Aestheticism a subversion, a redefinition, or a suspension of the oppositions between aesthetics and ethics?

We welcome papers addressing, but not limited to, the following issues :

  • Aestheticism and literary tradition
  • Aestheticism and subversion
  • Aestheticism, its scandals and its trials (Rossetti, Ruskin, Whistler, Wilde)
  • Reception of British Aestheticism abroad
  • Aestheticism and European Decadence
  • Aestheticism and Modernism
  • Aestheticism and the theatre, the opera, or popular culture
  • Fashion and/or Avant-garde
  • Seriousness, humour, irony
  • The sex of Aestheticism
  • Aestheticism and the visual arts
  • Aestheticism in the museum: its exhibition style, its exhibition venues, its artists, its exhibitions then and now
  • The circulation of Aesthetic production: publishing, reproduction, periodicals
  • Aestheticism and philosophy: ethical implications
  • Aestheticism and the issue of its possible religious affiliation (Catholic/Anglican)
  • Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism
  • The Politics of Aestheticism
This conference is organised by the CERVEC Research Center (EA 741) of the Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France. Selected papers will be published. Please send a 300-word abstract before May 2009 to catherine.delyfer@univ-montp3.fr AND bncoste@free.fr

Organizers: Catherine Delyfer and Bénédicte Coste



CFP: Believing in Victorian Times

Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens, # 76, October 2012

Although the results of the 1851 census concerning religious practice came as a thunderbolt, they did but register the changes in belief that shook the nineteenth century. The conflicts pertaining to the place of religion, and more generally the status of un/belief (and un/believers) it witnessed constituted the matrix of further transformations. Secularisation, disenchantment but also fanaticism, irrationality, conversion, revival are facts and key concepts to understand the long nineteenth century. Changes in the situation of the religious sphere have given rise to numerous and well-documented studies but belief (and unbelief) has largely remained unexplored. What, who did the Victorians believe in? One cannot simply answer: 'in God or in science.' This issue of the Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens will be devoted to the various approaches of un/belief and to its cultural and literary manifestations as writings stage the multiple debates to which it gave rise. Contributions may focus on the epistemological, religious, philosophical and political definitions of un/belief, on its manifestations and impacts in all fields.

Essays should conform to the Cahiers editorial policy (Please go to www. cervec.org.) Proposals and questions should be sent to Dr Bénédicte Coste: bncoste@free.fr. The Cahiers is a semi-annual journal publishing peer-reviewed articles on the Victorian and Edwardian period in Great Britain and Ireland as well as book reviews and abstracts of recent theses on the subject.



The Green Nineteenth Century

The 30th annual conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin. March 26-28, 2009.

We welcome paper and panel proposals concerning any aspect of "green" studies in the long nineteenth century, including but not limited to "ecocriticism" in nineteenth-century studies; history of ecological science, environmental ethics, and environmentalist activism; nineteenth-century studies and animal welfare; ecofeminist philosophy and gender politics; contemporary discourses on nature; nineteenth-century ecotourism; Romantic "ecopoetics" and the politics of nature; "green" program music and tone poems; sustainability, including sustainable architecture and interior design; landscape painting and nature imagery; dramatic scenery; color associations and color theories; gardening and farming; conservation movements; and the idea of the "natural" or "unnatural."

Equally welcome are proposals for papers and panels on Irish studies, earth-centered religions, the idea of the "new," and other understandings of "green" studies in the nineteenth century.

Abstracts (no longer than 250 words) for 20-minute papers that provide author's name and paper title in heading, as well as a one-page c.v., due by Oct. 3, 2008 to:
Christine Roth, Program Chair
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Graduate students whose proposals are accepted can, at that point, submit a full-length version of the paper in competition for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses.

Bringing people together for conferences can impact the environment through the smog and greenhouse gas emissions associated with air and ground travel, as well as the paper, plastic, and food waste associated with the event. For this reason, the 30th annual meeting of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association will also incorporate as many "green" options and resources as possible to reduce the conference-related environmental impact.



The Brontës and the Idea of Influence

In March 2007, Stevie Davies, Patricia Duncker and Michele Roberts gathered around Patsy Stoneman at Haworth in Yorkshire to talk about the influence that the Brontës had had on their evolutions as authors, and more generally, about the source of inspiration that the most famous family of writers in England could represent. Patsy Stoneman had already tackled the topic by publishing a book entitled The Brontë Influence in 2004 with the help of Charmian Knight. The issue of LISA e-journal «Re-Writing Jane Eyre: Jane Eyre, Past and Present» is further evidence of Charlotte Brontë’s influence on the writers of the following decades or centuries. So far, these studies have been quite limited and this field of research, “the Brontë influence,” offers a wide range of possible developments.

Moreover, if the four authors’ poetry and novels have already been the object of numerous studies, there is much left to write about the influences which were exerted on the Brontës, whether religious, literary, philosophical or cultural. Taking account of the context of  a work is often a good way of understanding the issues underlying a text: the path taken by the Brontës, their journeys, their stays abroad, the books they read, etc. could prove to be very enlightening. Besides these external factors, one could also consider the interactions between the three sisters, who wrote in the same room and who read passages from their works aloud.
A final aspect to identify and study could be the influences which are exerted within the Brontës’ works themselves. How can one account for the progress of the heroes and heroines? How is the influence that characters have on one another expressed? What role does nature play in the destiny of characters? Which other elements intervene in the novels?
This dossier devoted to the Brontës intends to analyse the works through the perspective of influence and three different fields of research can thus be considered:

  1. influences on the Brontës
  2. the idea of influence in the Brontës’ works
  3. the Brontë influence on the writers of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Please send your proposals (one A4 page maximum) to:
Dr. Élise Ouvrard (ouvrard_elise@hotmail.com)
Accepted articles will be published in the thematic dossier “The Brontës and the Idea of Influence” in the “Writers, writings” section of LISA e-journal:



Two Journals: Nineteenth-Century Contexts & Early Popular Visual Culture

Nineteenth-Century Contexts, edited by Greg Kucich and Keith Hanley, is committed to interdisciplinary recuperations of "new" nineteenth centuries and their relation to contemporary geopolitical developments. The journal challenges traditional modes of categorizing the nineteenth century by forging innovative contextualizations across a wide spectrum of nineteenth-century experience and the critical disciplines that examine it. Articles not only integrate theories and methods of various fields of inquiry—art, history, musicology, anthropology, literary criticism, religious studies, social history, economics, popular culture studies, and the history of science, among others—but also test and open up the very limits of disciplinary boundaries.

Web: www.informaworld.com/gncc

Early Popular Visual Culture (EPVC), edited by Simon Popple and Vanessa Toulmin, is a peer-reviewed, academic journal dedicated to stimulating research and interdisciplinary studies in relation to all forms of popular visual culture before 1930.

EPVC will examine the use and exploitation of popular cultural forms such as (but not limited to) cinema, photography, magic lanterns and music hall within the fields of entertainment, education, science, advertising and the domestic environment; and is primarily concerned with the evolving social, technological and economic contexts which such popular cultural products inhabited and defined.

Web: www.informaworld.com/repv