Romantic and Victorian Sessions at #MLA17

The Hoarding is pleased to present its annual list of MLA sessions on Romantic and Victorian literature. If we’ve missed something, let us know in the comments.

Thursday, 5 January

  1. Decentering Victorian Economies
 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 106B, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  2. Nineteenth-Century Adaptation and Transmediation: Narrative Boundary Crossings
 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 307, Philadelphia Marriott
  3. Beyond Sympathy: Affect and the Body in Romanticism
 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 104B, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  1. Novel Technologies: Victorian (Old and New) Media
 1:45–3:00 p.m., 112A, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  1. Reloading the Romantic Canon: New Texts and Contexts from Godwin, Shelley, and Hazlitt
 1:45–3:00 p.m., 111B, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  1. Human-Animal Boundaries in Nineteenth-Century British Literature
 3:30–4:45 p.m., 102B, Pennsylvania Convention Center

110Bookish Histories Thursday, 5 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., 104B, Pennsylvania Convention Center

  1. The Brontës beyond the Victorian Era: Intimacy, Distance, and the Boundaries of Modernism
 5:15–6:30 p.m., 105B, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  1. Confluent Infections in Victorian Literature
 5:15–6:30 p.m., 102B, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  2. Migration and Domesticity in British Romanticism
 5:15–6:30 p.m., 112B, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  3. Victorian Screens
 7:00–8:15 p.m., 105B, Pennsylvania Convention Center


Friday, 6 January

  1. Byron and ConsumptionFriday, 6 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 106B, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  1. In Our Time: M. H. Abrams (1912–2015)
 Friday, 6 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., 102A, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  1. Pennsylvania and Romanticism
 Friday, 6 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 105A, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  1. Reading Surplus: Population, Biopolitics, and Form in the Nineteenth CenturyFriday, 6 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 110A, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  1. Romanticism and the Longue Durée Friday, 6 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom Salon K, Philadelphia Marriott
  1. Framing the Rape Victim in the Long Nineteenth CenturyFriday, 6 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 112A, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  1. Biographia Literaria at Two HundredFriday, 6 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 106A, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  1. Jane Austen at Two HundredFriday, 6 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., 111B, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  1. Transformational Conditions: Gender and the Precariousness of Intimacy Friday, 6 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., 104B, Pennsylvania Convention Center

421A. Craft and Design in Literary Study: The Legacy of William MorrisFriday, 6 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., 202A, Pennsylvania Convention Center

Saturday, 7 January

  1. Dickens and Family?Saturday, 7 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 106B, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  1. John Clare: The One and the ManySaturday, 7 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 104B, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  1. Renewing the Network of Digital Nineteenth-Century StudiesSaturday, 7 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., Grand Ballroom Salon I, Philadelphia Marriott
  1. Useful and Beautiful: William Morris and the Art of the BookSaturday, 7 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., 112A, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  1. “Victorian” in a Comparative FieldSaturday, 7 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 109B, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  1. Less LifeSaturday, 7 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 111B, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  1. Romantics 200: 2017 Reads 1817Saturday, 7 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., 110A, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  1. Victorian Fantasies of EmpireSaturday, 7 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., 102B, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  1. Romanticism UnboundSaturday, 7 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., 104A, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  1. Medieval and Victorian TemporalitiesSaturday, 7 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., 202A, Pennsylvania Convention Center


Sunday, 8 January

682. Weathering the Nineteenth-Century Novel: Climate, Boundaries, AestheticsSunday, 8 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 404, Philadelphia Marriott

  1. Party Like It’s 1800–99: Reading British Social Gatherings in the Nineteenth CenturySunday, 8 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 112B, Pennsylvania Convention Center

749. Romanticism and the Right to ViolenceSunday, 8 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 401-403, Philadelphia Marriott

  1. Pornographic, Grotesque, Stupid: Rethinking Victorian CharacterSunday, 8 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 203B, Pennsylvania Convention Center


Blackwood’s Bicentenary CFP (Romantic Bicentennials project)

The Hoarding has received notice of an upcoming event to commemorate the bicentennial of Blackwood’s Magazine. “A Blackwood’s Bicentenary: being, 36 Hours of Heady Discourse, Heated Debate, and Ambrosian Nights in Edinburgh,” will take place at the University of Edinburgh from 24-25 July, 2017 as part of the ongoing Romantic Bicentennials series. The full cfp is available here.

Romantic Bicentennials is a collaborative effort of the Keats-Shelley Association of America and the Byron Society of America. Commemorative events include annual “core symposia”: last month’s “The Geneva Summer,” 2017’s “Keats’s Emergence as a Poet,” and 2018’s “The Publication of Frankenstein.” Announced “networked events” include symposia on Manfred and the novels of 1817. Check out the full list of events, propose a new event, or follow along with the #romantics200 hashtag.

19th-Century Panels at MLA 2016

If you will be attending the 2016 MLA Convention in Austin, TX (7-10 January), you may be interested in the following sessions on British literature of the long 19th century. The complete convention program is available and searchable on the MLA website. If we’ve left anything out, feel free to let us know.

Thursday, January 7

  1. Sublime Bodies, circa 1730–1830, 
12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 18D, ACC
  2. Romanticism, Poverty, and Impoverishment
, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 19B, ACC
  3. Nineteenth-Century Publics, Romantic Readers1:45–3:00 p.m., 301, JW Marriott
  1. What the Victorians Can Do for Theory3:30–4:45 p.m., 10A, ACC
  1. Writing on and against Fashion: Literature, Dress, and the Transformation of Style circa 1860–19303:30–4:45 p.m., 409, JW Marriott
  1. The Futures of Shelley’s Triumph3:30–4:45 p.m., 4BC, ACC
  1. Romantic Quotation: The Use of Quoted Material in British Romanticism5:15–6:30 p.m., 6B, ACC
  1. “The Dickens Jukebox”: Music at Work and Play in Narrative Form5:15–6:30 p.m., 8B, ACC
  1. William Morris and the Legacy of Socialist Aesthetics5:15–6:30 p.m., 19B, ACC
  1. Standardization, Logistics, and Relative Time in Victorian Literature and Culture7:00–8:15 p.m., 9A, ACC
  1. The Interval in Romanticism7:00–8:15 p.m., Lone Star C, JW Marriott

 Friday, January 8 

  1. Byron and America, 12:00 noon-1:15 p.m., 7, ACC
  1. What’s Vital about Statistics? The Critical Nineteenth-Century Statistical Imaginary1:45–3:00 p.m., 5C, ACC
  1. After John Clare3:30–4:45 p.m., 6B, ACC
  1. Oscar Wilde’s Parisian Impression(s)3:30–4:45 p.m., 407, JW Marriott
  1. Literary and Scientific Networks5:15–6:30 p.m., 8A, ACC
  1. Affect Studies and British Romanticism5:15–6:30 p.m., 5A, ACC
  1. More-Than-Human Publics in Nineteenth-Century English Literature5:15–6:30 p.m., 5B, ACC

448A. Cash Bar Arranged by the Forums LLC Scottish, LLC English Romantic, and LLC Late-Eighteenth-Century English7:00–8:15 p.m., 12B, ACC

Saturday, January 9

  1. The Scottish Fetish: Beyond the Kilt8:30–9:45 a.m., 5A, ACC

481. Romantic Religion in Global Perspectives, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 6B, ACC

488. What Theory Can Do for the Victorians8:30–9:45 a.m., 9B, ACC

  1. Dickens and Disability10:15–11:30 a.m., 18D, ACC
  1. Romantic Ecocriticism: Thinking Forward10:15–11:30 a.m., 10B, ACC
  1. The Public Jane Austen in Austin; or, How to Keep Austen Weird12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 8C, ACC
  1. Literature and the Species Concept1:45–3:00 p.m., 311, JW Marriott
  1. Nervous Systems: Maps, Meters, Diagrams, Frost, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 18A, ACC
  1. New Religious Movements and the Victorian Literary Imagination1:45–3:00 p.m., 10A, ACC
  1. Flame, Pyre, and Flash: Technologies of Fire in Nineteenth-Century English Literature and Culture3:30–4:45 p.m., 8C, ACC
  1. Romantic Readers, Nineteenth-Century Publics3:30–4:45 p.m., 7, ACC
  1. Computational Approaches to Literary Character3:30–4:45 p.m., 404, JW Marriott
  1. Nineteenth-Century Science Fiction5:15–6:30 p.m., 8B, ACC

Sunday, January 10

  1. Beyond Round and Flat: The History and Form of Victorian Character8:30–9:45 a.m., 5A, ACC
  1. Romantic Sovereignty8:30–9:45 a.m., 5B, ACC
  1. Global Romanticism in Theory and in Practice10:15–11:30 a.m., 10A, ACC
  1. Anthropocenic Agency in the Nineteenth Century10:15–11:30 a.m., 8C, ACC
  1. Digital Approaches to Fictional Dialogue10:15–11:30 a.m., 5A, ACC
  1. The Female Voice in Lyric, Elizabethan to Victorian,12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 9B, ACC
  1. The Romantic Public12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 8A, ACC
  1. Idyll Times1:45–3:00 p.m., 8B, ACC
  1. Victorian Collaboration: Relationships, Literature, and Community1:45–3:00 p.m., 4A, ACC
  1. Romantic Genealogies of Kinship1:45–3:00 p.m., 5B, ACC

19th-century CFPs for MLA 2016 in Austin

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Now that all calls for papers for MLA 2016 sessions are available, here is our list of sessions related to British 19th-century studies. Click through to view the session’s complete details including deadline and contact information. The full list of calls for papers is available for searching and browsing by members and non-members.

For those keeping track of periodization and its terminology, the calls for special sessions this year include four that identify themselves with “Romantic”/”Romanticism,” three “nineteenth-century,” and just one “Victorian.” Adding in those that use date ranges or focus on authors (this year just Jane Austen and William Morris) brings the count up to 7 calls on Romantic/early-19th, 4 full-century, and 4 Victorian/later-19th.

This year’s list debuts the MLA’s new organizing structure, which now consists of allied organizations, forums (formerly divisions and discussion groups), and member-organized special sessions:

Allied Organizations:

Byron Society of America
Byron and America
New scholarship related to Byron’s American reception and his own views of America and American … See more

Dickens Society
Dickens and Disability
Rethinking the “grotesques”: melodrama and sentiment, illness and care relations, cognitive and … See more

The Dickens Jukebox
Examining the use of music in Dickens’s novels: song types and styles, musical characters, role of … See more

John Clare Society of North America
After John Clare
Scholarship on any aspect of Clare’s influence on 19th, 20th, or 21st century poets and/or his … See more

Joseph Conrad Society of America
Conrad and the Body
Navigating the body in Conrad, including beautiful, grotesque, erotic(ized) bodies; the body as a … See more

Conrad’s Animals
What roles do animals play in Conrad? How does Conrad theorize the animal? What do his animals … See more

Keats-Shelley Association of America
“The Futures of Shelley’s Triumph”
What shadows of futurity does Percy Shelley’s unfinished final poem cast upon our present? New … See more

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
The Interval in Romanticism
The space between integers; the space-time of pause, interruption, irritation, irruption. The … See more

Romantic Ecocriticism: Thinking Forward
Papers taking Romantic ecocriticism forward. Suggestions: aesthetics, forms of knowledge, new … See more

Romantic Sovereignty
Old vs. new models; sacred vs. secular; grounded/ungrounded political authority; kings/beasts; … See more

William Morris Society
Teaching William Morris
We seek papers that approach teaching Morris to reach a new generation of scholars and students, … See more

Wordsworth-Coleridge Association
Romantic Religion
Beliefs, practices, and representations of religion in the British Romantic period. Topics may … See more


CLCS Romantic and 19th-Century
Austin in Austin: Satire, Irony and Speech Acts in Nineteenth-Century Comparative Contexts
We welcome papers addressing irony and satire as instruments and targets of political power in … See more

Romantic Readers, Nineteenth-Century Publics
Comparative papers considering the overlap or discontinuity between acts of reading and literary … See more

LLC English Romantic
Romantic Sovereignty
old v. new models; sacred v. secular; grounded/ungrounded political authority; kings/beasts; rules … See more

Romanticism, Poverty, and Impoverishment
Romantic literature and: beggars, pauperism, bare life; suffering and subsistence; economics, … See more

LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English
Literature/art/culture and geology, geography, sea-levels, climate, crystals, fossils, landforms … See more

Theory and Victorian Studies
Which theories and theorists, past and present, are most relevant to Victorian studies today? … See more

Victorian Intertextualities
Allusion, adaptation, rewriting, plagiarism…. How did Victorian writers use other texts? How did … See more

Special Sessions:
19th-Century Science Fiction
Papers sought on nineteenth-century science fiction; proto-science fiction; reconsiderations of … See more

Affect Studies and British Romanticism
Papers on how affect studies has redefined our understanding of the emotions in British Romantic … See more

Character in Nineteenth-Century Literature
Rethinking the narratological, cultural, and/or historical significance of literary character in … See more

Emergent Temporalities
Papers on 19th-century literary works that register new modalities of time in light of … See more

Family, Kinship & Identity in British Literature, 1750-1900
How do eighteenth and nineteenth-century literary works represent the effects of kinship networks … See more

The Objects of Performance, 1660-1830
This panel will explore the role of objects in drama and other public spectacles of the long … See more

Performing Romanticism(s)
Papers addressing how literary scholars can use performance–the stage, lectern, classroom, and … See more

Public Austens: or, Austen in Austin
Seeking papers on Jane Austen as public figure and celebrity in historical context. 250-word … See more

Queer Monsters of the British Fin de Siècle
This panel will interrogate the queer contributions of monster protagonists to fiction of the … See more

The Romantic Public
Forms, definitions, spheres, resistances, effects, legacies of “the public” – past, present, and … See more

Secularization Since Darwin in the Novel
How and to what effect does the novel since the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species … See more

Sublime Bodies, c. 1730-1830
How did C18 and C19 authors use the discourse of the sublime to understand physicality, embodiment, … See more

Transatlantic Romantic Quotation and Romanticism
This panel will discuss the employment of (un)quoted material and/or quotation marks by British and … See more

Victorian Sensation and “Locomotive” Women
Recover female counterpart of the “locomotive man” (Nead) in Sensation fiction (1860s); … See more

William Morris and the Legacy of Socialist Aesthetics
We seek papers on socialist aesthetics in the work of Morris, his contemporaries, and successors. … See more

19th-Century Panels at MLA 2015

If you will be attending the 2015 MLA Convention in Vancouver (8-11 January), you may be interested in the following sessions on British literature of the long 19th century. The complete convention program is available and searchable on the MLA website. If we’ve left anything out, feel free to let us know.


Deep Time of the Nineteenth Century: A Literary Archaeology of Media and Objects
1:45–3:00 p.m., 215, VCC West

The Endurance of Alice: Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at 150
3:30–4:45 p.m., 120, VCC West

William Morris and Old Norse
3:30–4:45 p.m., 121, VCC West

Visual Dickens
3:30–4:45 p.m., 205, VCC West

Victorian Ecologies
5:15–6:30 p.m., 220, VCC West

Teaching Nineteenth-Century Transatlanticism: New Configurations and Curricula
7:00–8:15 p.m., 220, VCC West

Conrad’s Victory at One Hundred: A New Text and a Reassessment
7:00–8:15 p.m., 204, VCC West

Romanticism and Translation
7:00–8:15 p.m., 114, VCC West


Tea, circa 1770 to 1840
8:30–9:45 a.m., 111, VCC West

John Clare: Vanishings
10:15–11:30 a.m., 114, VCC West

Romanticism at Sea?
12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 1, VCC East

The Ballad beyond Bibliography
12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 215, VCC West

Victorian Animal Studies
12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 220, VCC West

Romantic Antipathies
12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 112, VCC West

Scottish Literature: Into the Great Unknowns
1:45–3:00 p.m., 115, VCC West

Dickens: Surface, Depth, Close, Distant
1:45–3:00 p.m., 113, VCC West

Oscar Wilde, Literary Forgery, and Historical Memory
3:30–4:45 p.m., 120, VCC West

Romantic Ephemerality
3:30–4:45 p.m., 215, VCC West

William Morris: The Ecological and the Oceanic
5:15–6:30 p.m., 120, VCC West

Conrad and Ecocriticism

5:15–6:30 p.m., 113, VCC West


Scaling Romanticism
10:15–11:30 a.m., 121, VCC West

Spatial Poetics
12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 120, VCC West

Victorian and Neo-Victorian Graphic Sites of Memory
1:45–3:00 p.m., 120, VCC West

“To Feel for Ever”: Young Keats, Affect, and History
1:45–3:00 p.m., 112, VCC West

New Approaches: Victorian Studies and Science Studies
3:30–4:45 p.m., 116, VCC West

Newspapers as a Poetic Medium, 1880–1900
January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., 217, VCC West

Byron Now

5:15–6:30 p.m., 112, VCC West

Narratological Dickens
5:15–6:30 p.m., 121, VCC West


Victorian Travelers and the Afterlives of Cultural Memory
8:30–9:45 a.m., 116, VCC West

British Romantic Life Writing
8:30–9:45 a.m., 120, VCC West

Theater, Melodrama, and the Nineteenth-Century Novel
10:15–11:30 a.m., 215, VCC West

The Buried Portrait: Media, Aura, and Memory in Victorian Image Culture
12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 217, VCC West

Literary History and Ideas of Mind
1:45–3:00 p.m., 202, VCC West

Constrained Labors: Working within Confines in the Long Nineteenth Century
1:45–3:00 p.m., 113, VCC West

Speculative Approaches to Feelings in Romanticism

1:45–3:00 p.m., 210, VCC West

CFP: “Devouring: Food, Drink and the Written Word, 1800-1945,” U of Warwick (March 2014)

Devouring: Food, Drink and the Written Word, 1800-1945


Saturday 8th March 2014, University of Warwick

Keynote speakers: 

Professor Nicola Humble (University of Roehampton) 

Dr Margaret Beetham (University of Salford)


This one day interdisciplinary conference will explore the place of food, drink and acts of consumption within the textual culture of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The years 1800-1945 are marked by food adulteration scandals, the growth of the temperance movement, and significant reforms in the regulation and legislation of food standards, as well as the influence of the colonies on British cuisine and a relationship with food and drink made increasingly complex by wartime paucity and rationing. These changes are both precipitated and responded to in a vast array of textual forms, including periodicals, the press, recipe books, household management manuals, propaganda, literature and poetry. This conference will therefore engage with the intersections of food/drink cultures and the written word.

We are seeking papers which explore how food and drink were written, experienced and imagined during the period: as a commodity, a luxury item, a source of poison or nutrition, in its abundance or in short supply. We hope to attract all researchers who have an interest in the culinary cultures of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including those working in the histories of medicine, art and food, as well as anthropologists, historians of the nineteenth century and war years, and those working in literary studies. By bringing together scholars from many disciplines, we hope to provide a space in which to open up dialogue about nineteenth and early twentieth century narratives of eating, drinking, consuming, and their worth, and to provide a timely examination of our relationship with food and drink at a moment when economic and ecological pressures herald a re-appropriation of the values of wartime thrift and Victorian domestic economy.

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Representations of food and drink in specific texts and their wider implications.
  • Cultures of eating, drinking and cooking.
  • Social histories of food and drink.
  • The uses of food and drink in the articulation (or challenging) of community, nation or empire.
  • Food or drink as metaphor/trope/structural device.
  • The relationship(s) between reading and eating or drinking.
  • The role of food and drink in cultural constructions of domestic space.
  • Perspectives from ‘fat studies’/‘fat feminism’.
  • Gendered practices of food and drink consumption.
  • Food and drink in medical/psychiatric discourse: alcoholism, eating disorders, compulsive behaviour.
  • The cultural legacies and/or persistence of Victorian and early twentieth century cultural imaging of food and drink.
  • Recipe books, household management manuals and aspirational food.
  • The narrating of gluttony or hunger.
  • Textual representations of farms, breweries, pubs and restaurants.

Applicants should note that papers may also be considered for inclusion in a possible publication resulting from the conference.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words, accompanied by a brief biographical note of no more than 100 words, should be sent to by 31st October 2013.

This conference is being organised by Mary Addyman, Laura Wood and Christopher Yiannitsaros (University of Warwick).

CFP: “in:flux 1845-1945: A Century in Motion,” Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference (Birmingham), June 2013

in:flux 1845-1945: A Century in Motion

University of Birmingham, 27th June 2013

Keynote speaker – Dr Matthew Rubery, Queen Mary University of London

Interdisciplinary postgraduate conference – call for papers

How did the rapid period of industrialisation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries help to shape societies and lifestyles in the West? What types of social changes, movements and developments characterise this time period? This interdisciplinary postgraduate conference, in affiliation with the Centre for the Study of Cultural Modernity and hosted by the College of Arts and Law, seeks to explore the various ways in which this century was one of ‘motion’, in every sense of the word. The conference title seeks to encapsulate both the uncertainty and upheaval of this period as well as the physical and cultural movements that occurred at this time. We invite papers addressing these themes from postgraduate researchers and early-career academics working on this period from a variety of backgrounds.

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

Cultural or social movements

  • political movements
  • the Women’s Movement
  • arts movements (musical, artistic, literary)
  • religious and philosophical
  • popular cultural trends (food, fashion, advertising)

Physical movements

  • mass movement of people (mobilisation of soldiers, migration from towns to cities)
  • transatlantic and inter-continental travel (including emigration and immigration)
  • leisure and tourism
  • transport
  • changing landscapes

Development and progress

  • media (cinema, audio technology and radio, print media)
  • scientific and medical advances
  • technology
  • economic growth and/or recession
  • development of nationhood

These headings are suggestions only; we welcome proposals exploring crossovers between these topics, or addressing them from interdisciplinary perspectives. Abstracts of 250-300 words for 20 minute papers along with a short biographical note of no more than 50 words should be sent to by the 17th May 2013. We welcome any questions that you may have; please do not hesitate to contact us at the above address.

For more information about the Centre for the Study of Cultural Modernity please visit their website:

CFP (deadline approaching): “Victorian Modernities,” VISAWUS (Portland, OR), November 2013


VISAWUS, the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States, announces its 18th annual conference:

“Victorian Modernities” November 14-16, 2013

Courtyard by Marriott, Portland City Center, Portland, Oregon USA

“Nothing is so dangerous as being too modern; one is apt to grow old fashioned quite suddenly.” – Oscar Wilde

VISAWUS 2013 explores the Victorians’ enthusiasm and apprehension regarding modern progress and innovation.We encourage papers across all disciplines, including (but not restricted to) art history, literature, gender, history of science, history, material culture, political science, performance, life writings, journalism, photography, popular culture, and economics.

Keynote Speaker: Joseph Bristow (English, UCLA), author and editor of numerous works on Victorian and modern literature and theories and histories of sexuality, including Effeminate England: Homoerotic Writing after 1885 (1995), Sexuality (1997), The Fin-de-Siècle Poem: English Literary Culture and the 1890s (2005), and Oscar Wilde and Modern Culture: The Making of a Legend (2009), is currently working on a project on “The Sex of Victorian Poetry” and editing the Journal of Victorian Culture and the Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture series.

Papers are solicited for topics such as:

-Urbanization, urbanity, and the flux of modern life
-New nationalisms
-Modern understandings of the global and the cosmopolitan
-Class mobilities and new professions
-Progressive Victorian social reform movements
-New Victorian types: New Women, dandies, Decadents, swells
-Anticipations of modernist formal styles
-New media: audio and visual technologies
-Advances in Victorian drama -New sciences and pseudo-sciences
-Modern illnesses and modern medicine
-The novel and novelty
-Commodity culture and consumerism
-Modern understandings of sexuality and desire
-Resistances to modernity: nostalgia, pastiche
-New religions
-The apex of empire
-Modern warfare
-Neo-Victorianism and steampunk aesthetic

To submit: By March 15, 2013, email 300-word abstracts and a 1-page CV (name on BOTH) to

Please note: Graduate student papers are eligible for the William H. Scheuerle Graduate Student Paper Award ($300.00).

Conference Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott, Portland City Center, Portland, Oregon USA


Looking for past VISAWUS conference information?

The 2005-2011 conference schedules are now archived online. Click here to view and download them, or browse the list below.


1996 – California State University, Northridge – Victorian Success – James R. Kincaid
1997 – California State University, Northridge – Victorian Sights and Sounds – Philippa Levine
1998 – Clark College (Vancouver, Washington) – Victorian Sexualities – Donald Hall
1999 – Clark College (Vancouver, Washington) – Victorianisms – Alison Winter
2000 – UCLA – Artifacts of Victorian Culture – Sally Mitchell
2001 – UCLA – The Victorian World – Chris Kent
2002 – Boise State University – Victorian Institutions – Linda K. Hughes
2003 – University of Texas (Austin) – Victorian Legacies – Martin Wiener
2004 – University of Washington (Seattle) – Victorian Innovations – Susan P. Casteras
2005 – University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) – Victorian Rituals, Celebrations, and Anniversaries – James R. Kincaid
2006 – Pepperdine University (Malibu) – The Presence of the Past in the Victorian Age – Philippa Levine
2007 – University of Colorado (Boulder) – Victorians in Motion – Lawrence Goldman
2008 – University of Washington (Seattle) – The Public and Private Politics of Victorian England – Antony Harrison
2009 – Coast Renaissance Hotel (Vancouver, British Columbia) – Victorian Markets and Marketing – Erika Rappaport – Joint Conference with the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada
2010 – University of Hawaii (Honolulu) – Oceania and the East in the Victorian Imagination – Jane Samson
2011- University of Houston-Downtown – The Vulgar and the Proper: Victorian Manners and Mores – Helena Michie


CFP: “Future Directions in Byron Studies,” MLA 2014 (Chicago).

Byron Society of America: MLA Convention 2014

Future Directions in Byron Studies
January 09-12 2014, Chicago

The Byron Society of America solicits paper proposals featuring new research and fresh methodologies applied to any aspect of Byron’s life or works for the 129th MLA Annual Convention (Chicago, 9-12 January 2014). Paper proposals should demonstrate a desire to expand the field of Byron studies by placing the poet and his works in conversation with understudied aspects of Romanticism and/or innovative approaches. Topics may include but are not limited to: material culture studies, object -oriented criticism, cosmopolitanism, nationalism, theories of empire, “spatial turn,” digital humanities, and/or the history of the book.

Preference will be given to junior faculty and graduate students.

A 250 word abstract and brief autobiography (one paragraph) are due by 25 March. Please send materials and inquiries to: Halina Adams (

CFP: 39th Annual International Byron Conference (King’s College London), July 2013



Registration and Call for Papers NOW OPEN


The Byron Society and King’s College London are pleased to announce that the website for the 39th International Byron Conference, 1-6 July 2013, is now open.


See for details of registration, booking of accommodation and options, and the call for papers.


Early booking is advised since there are limited numbers of places for some events and some types of accommodation.




BYRON: the poetry of politics and the politics of poetry

This conference will examine Byron’s engagement with politics in the widest sense: as a poet, as a member of the House of Lords, as a commentator on his time, and latterly as a would-be revolutionary.


The conference will be held at King’s College London’s Strand Campus in the heart of London. Accommodation will be available in King’s College London’s Stamford Street Apartments (a limited number of single ensuite rooms 10 minutes’ walk from the conference venue, at a cost of £41.25 per person per night – early booking is advised) and at the Strand Palace Hotel (five minutes’ walk from the venue – bookings to be made directly with the Hotel). Conference discount available when booking for the conference, see booking page.

A limited number of student bursaries will be available for those presenting a paper.


Highlights of the Conference Programme include:

•  a special exhibition ‘Byron and politics’: manuscripts, printed books and memorabilia from the John Murray Archive and the Foyle Special Collections Library, King’s College London, curated by David McClay (National Library of Scotland), Stephanie Breen and Katie Sambrook (King’s College London)

‘Byron, Elgin and the Marbles’: readings and reception hosted by the British Museum (including a private viewing of the Parthenon Sculptures)

Byron, The Two Foscari: a dramatised reading, with excerpts from Verdi’s opera, I Due Foscari, performed by students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Debate on the motion: ‘that Lord Byron has had no meaningful impact on European history or politics’ (proposed by Peter Cochran, opposed by Jack Gumpert Wasserman)

Orthodox Vespers in King’s College London Chapel, sung by members of the renowned King’s College London Choir

Reception and dinner at the House of Lords, with a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster

 Excursion to Harrow School (optional)