CFP: NAVSA 2012, “Victorian Networks,” (Madison, WI), September 2012

NAVSA 2012: “Victorian Networks”
September 27-30, 2012

University of Wisconsin – Madison

The North American Victorian Studies Association Conference for 2012, in Madison, Wisconsin, September 27-30, invites papers on the theme of networks. Keynotes include Amanda Anderson, Adam Phillips, and a visual networks panel with Caroline Arscott, Tim Barringer, Julie Codell, and Mary Roberts. Participants will also be able to sign up for networks seminars of 15 presenters of precirculated 5-page position papers on the topic.

March 1, 2012 is the deadline for electronic submissions of proposed papers and panels. We welcome proposals of no more than 500 words for individual papers; for panel proposals, please submit abstracts of 500 words per paper and a panel description of 250 words. Please include a one-page cv and submit all files in .pdf format to Conference threads might include:

*   Commodity culture networks and the circulation of things and bodies
*   Networks of print (books, chapbooks, newspapers, magazines, letters, pamphlets), including relations among publishers, printers, editors, writers, readers
*   Networks of artists, critics, consumers, scholars
*   Networks of discourse (such as science, religion, nature, politics)
*   The science of networks, then and now
*   Textual networks (characters, plot, language, intertextuality)
*   Networks of influence, production, reception
*   Networks of display or exhibition
*   Fashioning networks among otherwise unconnected authors and historical figures
*   Transnational and other migrations: geographic, cultural, ideological, rhetorical
*   Borders and “borders” — theorizing cultural connection, separation, entanglement
*   Diasporic networks: cosmopolitanism, wandering, exile
*   Clandestine networks such as spies, secret agents, and detection
*   Networking technologies
*   Network arts
*   Social networks including leisure clubs and professional societies
*   Family and kinship networks
*   Victorian cities: streets, arcades, parks, or other networks of urban space
*   Imperial networks
*   Network forms: gossip, blackmail, suspense, serials,, periodicals, or other genres
*   Psychic and supernatural networks: seances, spiritualism, mediums
*   Digital networks and twenty-first century reading practices
*   Networked periodization: romantic/victorian/modernist
*   Networks of resistance: feminist, ecological, queer
*   Networks of iteration and translation (between image, text, adaptation


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