Volume 49, Number 1, Spring 2011
Volume 49, Number 1, Spring 2011
CALL FOR PAPERS:
Spiritual Matters/Matters of the Spirit
33rd Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association
Asheville, North Carolina
March 22-24 2012
From Romanticism’s spiritual resurgence to the interrogations of Darwinism and science, the nineteenth century was immersed in conversation about the place of spirituality and religion in society, politics, and the arts. Paper and panel proposals are welcome on all aspects of belief, religion, and spirituality in the long nineteenth century, from 1789 to 1914.
Papers might address: retreats, communes, and utopias; visionaries and prophets; spiritual awakenings; esprit de corps and group spirit; revivals and reforms; religious doctrines and dogmas; proselytes, converts, and newcomers; spiritualism and the Feminist Movement; cults, cabals, and conspiracies; free spirits, lunatics, and addicts; revered commodities and capital; spiritual growth and enlightenment; perspectives on religious belief; acts of faith and interfaith; Theosophy and mysticism; shamans, mediums, and psychics; non-European spiritual traditions; representations of emotions and the unconscious; altered states; secular spirituality; spirituality of agnostics and atheists; aesthetic spirituality; theology and spirituality; ethnicity and spirituality; fears and phobias of spirituality and religion; spiritual conflicts and combats; sacred texts, pictures, music and shrines; spiritual tours and monuments; sacrilegious and blasphemous acts; matters of atonement and redemption; reactions against spirituality or religion. Other interpretations of the conference theme are welcome.
Please e-mail abstracts (250 words) for 20-minute papers that provide the author’s name and paper title in the heading, as well as a one-page c.v., to Phylis Floyd AND Michael Duffy by September 30, 2011. Presenters will be notified in November, 2011.
Phylis Floyd, Program Co-Chair
Michigan State University
Michael Duffy, Program Co-Chair
East Carolina University
New 19C Journal: Victoriographies: A Journal of Nineteenth Century Writing, 1790-1914, published by Edinburgh University Press on paper and online from May 2011.
The editor is Prof. Julian Wolfreys, its Book Reviews Editors are Megan Becker-Leckrone (US & North America) and Kate Hext (UK & Europe). It has a full and prestigious editorial & advisory board and is fully peer-reviewed.
The first edition is available to peruse online now:
This is a special edition entitled “Whither Victorian Studies,” including an articles by Regenia Gagnier, Dinah Birch, John Kucich, Jonathan Loesberg and Catherine Robson, amongst others.
For links to more information on the journal, including its ethos, submission information and subscription rates see
Special Issue: Whither Victorian Studies?
issue 7.1 of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies is now available at:
This issue features the following articles and reviews:
CALL FOR PAPERS
“Mediamorphosis: Print Culture and Transatlantic Public Sphere(s), 1880-1940″
Sept 9-10, 2011
University of Delaware
This two-day symposium will provide a forum for literary scholars, historians, media historians, and art historians to share works-in-progress on the transformations of print media and Transatlantic public spheres at the turn of the twentieth century. The symposium will feature work that probes artificial literary-historical boundaries, challenges national divisions, traverses the divide between nineteenth- and early-twentieth century print culture, and links texts and or/writers across different genres or sectors of the print media of the period. There will be ample time for open discussion; there will be no concurrent panels; participants will be expected to attend all sessions. The symposium is conceived as a follow-up to the 2007 symposium, “Transatlantic Print Culture, 1880-1940: Emerging Media, Emerging Modernisms,” which resulted in an edited collection under the same title (Palgrave 2008).
A wide array of work is welcome, but papers should engage substantially with several of the following areas of common interest:
* advancing our understanding of print culture’s role in the period’s movements for racial, class, and gender equality.
* identifying and theorizing the relationship between print culture, empire, and cross-cultural (transatlantic, transnational) writing, reading, and publishing.
* bringing the theories and methods of material culture studies to bear on the analysis of print artifacts as “objects” or “things.”
* grasping the increasing textual hybridity of the period’s print artifacts, by examining such phenomena as the interactions between illustration and text and the complex collage effects created by advances and experiments in typography and image reproduction.
* developing our knowledge of Anglo-American links, interactions, and networks among writers, publishers, editors, agents, and other participants in the period’s print culture.
* analyzing and theorizing the relationship between transformations in print culture and evolving notions of authorship and the literary, including the role of the nascent academic field of English, in Britain, the United States, and/or the colonies/commonwealth.
Send 500-word abstracts for 20-minute papers by April 15 to: email@example.com.
Call for Papers:
W.T. Stead: Centenary Conference for a Newspaper Revolutionary
16-17 April 2012
The organizers welcome proposals for papers that address any aspect of W.T. Stead’s life, career, influence, or times. Proposals (500 words) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20 May 2011.
Call for Papers:
When William Stead died on the maiden voyage of the Titanic in April 1912, he was the most famous Englishman on board. He was one of the inventors of the modern tabloid. His advocacy of ‘government by journalism’ helped launch military campaigns. His exposé of child prostitution raised the age of consent to sixteen, yet his investigative journalism got him thrown in jail. A mass of contradictions and a crucial figure in the history of the British press, Stead was a towering presence in the cultural life of late Victorian and Edwardian society.
This conference marks the centenary of his death. We aim to recover Stead’s extraordinary influence on modern English culture and to mark a major moment in the history of journalism. In 2012 the British Library will open its state of the art newspaper reading rooms. In Stead’s spirit we will also investigate our own revolution in newspapers and print journalism in the age of digital news.
With Stead as a focal point, we will use aspects of his career to develop multiple avenues into the history of his time and ours. This is not a narrowly focused specialist conference, but one that aims to adopt wide cultural perspectives.
We welcome proposals on the following, in respect of Stead and/or related topics:
- Stead’s ‘New Journalism’. The Pall Mall Gazette, Review of Reviews and other journals were crucial in the emergence of the modern day broadsheet and tabloid press. Stead provides the opportunity to re-assess some of the key phases in the influence and structures of the press in modern Britain.
- Stead and technology. Stead was one of the best recorders of the second industrial revolution of the late Victorian period, when telegraphs, gramophones, microphones, telephones, Kodak cameras, wireless telegraphy, horseless carriages, typewriters and new printing technologies transformed everyday life.
- Stead and the New Imperialism. Stead’s support for English colonies was part of his advocacy for a white commonwealth that would be united through journalism and new communication technologies. We welcome papers on specific elements of Stead’s imperialism, from the support for General Gordon, his opposition to the South African War, to his friendship with Cecil Rhodes.
- Stead and the Titanic. Rumours about Stead’s manly self-sacrifice and Christian acceptance of death in the last hours of the boat were still being repeated as late as the film A Night to Remember (1958). How was Stead’s death reported? What was his cultural significance in 1912? We also particularly welcome papers on any aspect of the Titanic, especially on the role of newspapers in securing the mythic place the sinking has in our culture.
- Stead and the occult. Stead tended to report Spiritualism favourably, as part of the non-conformist world of religion. He became active in the movement in the 1880s and tried to foster support for the Society for Psychical Research. He ran the journal Borderland from 1893-7, which reported on ghosts, psychical experiments, hypnotic rapports, astral doubles and messages from the dead.
- Stead and religion. We aim to trace his early non-conformity, conversion to secular Evangelicism, and his advocacy of a National Church through investigative annuals, such as If Christ Came to Chicago. We also hope to examine his alliance to William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, whom he helped compose In Darkest England and the Way Out in 1890.
- Stead and the Northeast. Stead’s career, which includes the editorship of the daily Northern Echo in Darlington for eight years in the 1870s offers an opportunity to investigate the trajectories of regional journalists, Stead’s career at the Echo, and the provincial press in the late nineteenth century.
- Stead and women’s rights. Stead employed women journalists and writers and championed their role in public life. Typically conflicted, this support derived in part from a Christian sense of women’s benign influence on public purity (so that he was disturbed by the overtly sexual New Woman literature of the 1890s). Stead is an exemplary figure to explore the anxieties and contradictions of the gender and sexual liberations of the late nineteenth century.
- Stead’s ‘invention’ of the tabloid moral campaign. Through his famous campaigns (‘The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon’, the relief of General Gordon, British re-armament) Stead interceded into contemporary political and social debates and pioneered this major journalistic genre.
- Stead and politics. Stead’s political radicalism put him at the centre of events in the 1880s, including the ‘Bloody Sunday’ riots of 1887 and the Match Girl Strike in 1889. He was also a notable campaigner for world peace, speaking at international gatherings in the United States and Russia.
- Stead and the industry of print. As journalist, editor, publisher, proprietor, with a career that includes regional as well as metropolitan dailies, various monthly magazines, annuals, and a stream of serialised works in part issue, including his ‘Penny Poets’, Stead is a rich node for new research.
- The continuing newspaper revolution. 2012 is the date when the British Library Newspaper Library moves from Colindale to new, state of the art reading rooms. What will the new digital archive mean for historical research? And what will be the future of print journalism?
We put out a call for expressions of interest in 2010. In the light of the positive response, we would now like to ask for proposals for 20 minute papers. Proposals should be no more than 500 words and sent to email@example.com by the 20 May 2011. Further details are here: https://sites.google.com/site/stead2012/
Professor Laurel Brake (Birkbeck College): expert in nineteenth-century journalism, with extensive publications relating to Stead’s career and milieu.
Ed King (British Library): Head of Newspaper Collections.
Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck College): expert in late nineteenth-century culture, who has written on Stead’s interests in technology and the occult.
Dr James Mussell (University of Birmingham): author of work on nineteenth-century press and science, and an editor of the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition.
Thursday 12 to Friday 13 July 2012
Confirmed keynote speakers: Dr. Mina Gorji (University of Cambridge), Prof. Claire Lamont (Newcastle University), Prof. Fiona Stafford (University of Oxford).
Reviewing ‘Tales’ (1812) Francis Jeffrey claimed that Crabbe was ‘upon the whole, the most original writer who has ever come before us’. In marking the bicentenary of its publication this conference will focus on the telling of stories and the imagining of communities in Crabbe’s nineteenth-century oeuvre including ‘Poems’ (1807), ‘The Borough’ (1810), ‘Tales’ and ‘Tales of the Hall’ (1819). its aim is to test Jerome McGann’s claim (in an essay published in 1981) that Crabbe is ‘a writer whose true historical period has yet to arrive.’
Proposals of 250 words are invited for 20-minute papers that address the following themes (although the list is not exclusive)
Proposals should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by Friday 13 January 2012.
Conference organisers: Dr. Gavin Edwards (Institute of English Studies, University of London) and Dr. Michael Rossington (Newcastle University)
Conference website: http://conferences.ncl.ac.uk/crabbestales/
This conference is sponsored by the Medieval and Early Modern Studies @Newcastle research group: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/mems/