CFP: Midwest Victorian Studies Association conference: “Victorian Environments,” April 2011


Midwest Victorian Studies Association
Annual Conference

Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas
April 15-17, 2011

The theme for the Midwest Victorian Studies Association‘s thirty-fifth annual conference is “Victorian Environments: Spaces, Places, Traces.”  We invite submissions of papers covering the full range of possible meanings of the theme, including, but not limited to:

— urbanization and the shaping of place,
–gendered spaces,
–built environments,
–architecture and the decorative arts,
–ecology and relations with nature,
–musical, theatrical, and performance spaces,
–electoral and political spaces,
–gardens and landscapes,
–metropolitan/colonial spaces,
–the home and the pub,
–work spaces (the factory, the mine, the atelier),
–exhibitionary spaces (the Crystal Palace, the museum),
–the traces of vanished places (ruins, palimpsests).

The plenary address will be by Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University and the author of Men at Work: Art and Labour in Victorian Britain (2005),  Opulence and Anxiety: Landscape Painting from the Royal Academy of Arts (2007), and Reading the Pre-Raphaelites (1998), among other works.

Another special feature of the conference will be tours of Topeka’s Victorian homes. Even if you do not submit a paper, we hope you will attend.

Those interested in proposing papers or full panels should submit 500-word abstracts and vitas by November 15, 2010 to the Midwest Victorian Studies
Association’s email:; if you receive no reply, please re-send.

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.