CFP: Re-Orienting Victorian Studies (AVSA; Singapore, June 2010)

Call for Papers (Deadline: 1 Feb 2010)

“Re-Orienting Victorian Studies”
25-27 June 2010
Keynote speaker:
Talia Schaffer (Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY)

The next annual conference of the Australasian Victorian Studies Association (AVSA) will take place on 25-27 June 2010 in Singapore, hosted by the Centre of the Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) and the Division of English at Nanyang Technological University.
To mark this move to Asia, the theme of the conference held in 2010 will be “Re-Orienting the Victorians.” This “re-orientation” is intended to comprise any form of reformulation or re-conceptualisation of the field and its analysis, inviting redirections beyond geographical extensions of the long nineteenth century.

Keynote Speaker:

Talia Schaffer is an Associate Professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her books include Literature and Culture at the Fin de Siècle (2006); an edition of Lucas Malet’s 1901 novel The History of Sir Richard Calmady (2004); The Forgotten Female Aesthetes: Literary Culture in Late-Victorian England (2001); and Women and British Aestheticism (1999), co-edited with Kathy A. Psomiades. She has published widely on late-Victorian noncanonical novels, women’s writing, and material culture. Her book in progress analyses the Victorian domestic handicraft as a model for mid-Victorian realism.

We invite submissions of papers covering the full range of possible meanings of a “re-orienting” of Victorian studies, including, but not limited to
–    Reconsidering “the long nineteenth century”
–    Directions and re-directions in literary culture
–    Disoriented Victorians
–    Being undirected, redirected, unsettled, resettled, or otherwise disturbed in Victorian literature
–    The orientations of the Victorian home / family
–    Literary, cultural, social, and geographical orientations, including the Victorians’ “Orient” reconsidered
–    Travel, emigration, settlement, and returns
–    new and redirected forms in Victorian literature, art, and culture
–    reworking/rewriting/

reorienting traditions in Victorian concepts of history, the arts, literature, and social practices (e.g. folklore, neo-medievalism, archaeology, &c.)
–    the orientations of Victorian realism, sensationalism, &c., including Gothic re-orientations of form
–    re-orienting the canon and the different orientations in traditional and new recovery work
–    re-orienting the Victorians and their literary legacies in neo-Victorian film and fiction
Those interested in proposing 20-minute papers or full panels (of three speakers, plus a chair) should submit 500-word abstracts and a 200-word bio by 1 February 2010 through the following website at http://portal.hss.ntu.edu..sg/AVSA_CFP.

Full details about the conference will also be posted on the website.

Contact Details

Conference convenor:
Dr Tamara Wagner
Division of English
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
NTU
Secretariat:

Ms Sitinur Ain Yuza
Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Email: d-class@ntu.edu.sg
Tel: (65) 65148382
Fax: (65) 6795 5119
Please use the portal for submissions. Should you have any specific queries about the nature of the conference, please direct them to
Divya Athmanathan
Email: divy0013@ntu.edu.sg
Esther Wang
Email: h090072@ntu.edu.sg
More general queries about the conference location, &c., please direct to d-class@ntu.edu.sg

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