CFP: “Victorian Bodies and Machines” panel at NEMLA 2011

Call for Papers


42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

This panel will examine representational and material relations between bodies and machines in the Victorian era. Papers may approach this topic from the direction of industrialization and economics to examine labor power; the laborer’s body as machine or appendage of the machine; or the effects of machine labor on the worker’s body, including factory accidents and developmental deformities. Specific Victorian technological innovations may be addressed through examination of scientific texts (or science fiction) and the ways new technologies are figured in relation with (or as extensions of) human bodies, including networks and human communications; prostheses and appendages; or robots and automatons. Papers may also examine the connections between machines and specific kinds of bodies (classed, gendered, etc.) or forms of embodiment (for example: How does the worker’s relation with the machine construct a specifically gendered and/or classed body?). In addition to texts of the Victorian era, the panel welcomes papers that examine relations between Victorian bodies and machines in Steampunk texts and contexts.

Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Jessica Kuskey
Deadline: September 30, 2010

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

The 42nd Annual Convention will feature approximately 360 sessions, as well as pre-conference workshops, dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2011 Convention will be posted in June:

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. Do not accept a slot if you may cancel to present on another session.


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