Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Nineteenth Century Studies Association 2012 Emerging Scholars Award

The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2012 Emerging Scholars Award. The work of emerging scholars represents the promise and long-term future of interdisciplinary scholarship in 19th-century studies. In recognition of the excellent publications of this constituency of emerging scholars, this award recognizes an outstanding article or essay published within five years of the author's doctorate. Entries can be from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (the French Revolution to World War I), must be published in English or be accompanied by an English translation, and must be by a single author. Submission of essays that are interdisciplinary is especially encouraged.

Entrants must be within five years of having received a doctorate or other terminal professional degree, and must have less than seven years of experience either in an academic career, or as a post-terminal-degree independent scholar or practicing professional.

Only articles physically published between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012 (even if the citation date of the journal is different) are eligible for the 2012 Emerging Scholar Award. Articles published in any scholarly journal, including on-line journals, or in edited volumes of essays are eligible and may be submitted either by the author or the publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. In any given year, an applicant may submit more than one article for this award.

The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. Articles submitted to the NCSA Article Prize competition are ineligible for the Emerging Scholars Award.

The winner will receive $500 to be presented at the annual NCSA Conference in Fresno, California, March 7-9, 2013. Prize recipients need not be members of the NCSA but are encouraged to attend the conference to receive the award.
Deadline for submission is November 15, 2012.

Send three off-prints or photocopies of published articles/essays to the committee chair: Professor Judith W. Page, Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, PO Box 117352, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. (Electronic submissions will not be accepted.) Address all questions to page7@ufl.edu. Please note that applicants must verify date of actual publication for eligibility and provide an email address so that receipt of their submissions may be 


Call for Papers
Fresno, California, March 7-9, 2013
The long nineteenth century set the world on the move. Travel became increasingly important for business and pleasure, for war and peace. At the same time, new forms of moving people arose: the balloon, ships, undergrounds, funiculars, the railroads. Each carried riders to great distances, different locales, and novel pursuits. But motion wasn’t purely spatial; new movements arose as well, sweeping the inhabitants of the period into fresh vistas of thought and endeavor. We seek papers and panels that capture the sense of movement at work and at play during the long nineteenth century (1789-1914). Papers may address the intersections of movement/s, focus on technologies of motion in isolation, or reveal the desires—for gain, glory, greed—that set the world on its feet.
Some suggested topics:
Gold Rushes (Mineral Manias and Speculative Destinations)
Literature of the Sea
Maps and Cartography
The Science of Exploration (Darwin’s Voyages)
Narratives of Time Travel, Travel into Space (Jules Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle)
The West as Destination and Concept
Celebrity Performance Tours
Movement of Goods and Ideas
Migration and Relocation
Concepts of Motion and Stasis
New Forms of Creative Motion and Locomotion (Moving Pictures, Photography, Dance, Music)
We also welcome other interpretations of the conference theme.
The campus of California State University, Fresno, will host us in 2013. Its setting makes it the perfect place to explore the conference theme, since Fresno is ringed by the original Gold Rush towns and three superb national parks (Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon), two of which are nineteenth-century creations. As a result, Fresno still bears evidence of the vast changes caused by the movements of the nineteenth century. The library of CSU Fresno houses the Donald G. Larson Collection on International Expositions and Fairs; material from this archive will be featured in a special exhibition for the conference, as will material from the Robert Louis Stevenson Silverado Museum.
Please e-mail abstracts (250 words) for 20-minute papers that provide the author’s name and paper title in the heading, as well as a one-page cv, to Prof. Toni Wein at
NCSA-2013@sbcglobal.net by September 30, 2012. Please note that submission of a proposal indicates intent to present. Presenters will be notified in November 2012. Graduate students whose proposals are accepted may, at that point, submit complete papers in competition for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

CFP: NVSA 2013
Boston University: April 5-7, 2013

All the breath and the bloom of the year in the bag of one bee—Robert Browning

NVSA solicits submissions for its annual conference. The topic this year is 1874.
The conference will feature a keynote panel including Isobel Armstrong, Robert J. Richards, and
Herbert Tucker, and a walking tour of Victorian Boston led by Martha Vicinus. ** *
The Northeast Victorian Studies Association calls for papers from all disciplines on any aspect of 1874, the year in which The Way We Live Now was serialized in monthly numbers, John Tyndall delivered his “Belfast Address” on scientific materialism, Benjamin Disraeli was appointed prime minister for the second time, and red became the standard color for pillarboxes of the Royal Mail. We welcome submissions on any topic relevant to 1874, as well as papers that engage with the conceptual and methodological issues raised by taking a single year as a focus for study.
What are the consequences of thinking about Victorian works of art, texts, objects, and events in relation to their specific year in history? How is our perspective on the period—or on periodization itself—altered by this vantage point? What does the close examination of a single year—a year literally picked out of a hat by the program committee rather than chosen for its significance—reveal about the relationship between dates that “matter” in Victorian Studies and dates that do not? Is the calendar year a significant unit of time or useful organizational framework for our exploration of the Victorian period as a whole? How is our understanding of annual publications, commemorations, and other yearly events and forms changed when we concentrate on a single occurrence of each? In 1874 S. O. Beeton’s Christmas annual Jon Duan sold 250,000 copies in three weeks, vastly outperforming Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd. Which, then, is the “major” text under the rubric of our conference? How does our sense of the canonical and non-canonical shift as a result of such micro-periodization?

Other texts and events from 1874 worth considering:
M. E. Braddon’s Lost for Love
William Benjamin Carpenter’s Principles of Mental Physiology
Wilkie Collins’s The Frozen Deep and Other Stories published; The Law and the Lady serialized John William Draper’s History of the Conflict between Religion and Science
Amelia Edwards’s A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest
George Eliot’s The Legend of Jubal, Arion, and A Minor Prophet; first one-volume edition of
F. W. Farrar’s Life of Christ
John Forster’s Life of Charles Dickens, final volume Francis Galton’s English Men of Science
W. S. Gilbert’s Charity
John Richard Green’s Short History of the English People Thomas Huxley’s “On the Hypothesis that Animals are
G. H. Lewes’s
Problems of Life and Mind, Vol. 1
Henry Maudsley’s
Responsibility in Mental Disease George Meredith’s Beauchamp’s Career serialized Margaret Oliphant’s A Rose in June and For Love and Life John Ruskin’s Fors Clavigera: Letters to the Workmen and
Labourers of Great Britain, Vol. 4
Henry Sidgwick’s
Methods of Ethics
James Sully’s Sensation and Intuition
Albernon Charles Swinburne’s Bothwell: A Tragedy
James Thomson’s The City of Dreadful Night
Anthony Trollope’s Lady Anna and Phineas Redux published Alfred Russell Wallace’s “A Defence of Modern Spiritualism” Mrs. Henry Wood’s Johnny Ludlow
London School of Medicine for Women founded
Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge founded
Fiji Islands annexed by Britain
Ghana established as a British colony
Shipton-on-Cherwell train crash (and other notable train crashes) David Livingstone’s body returned to England
Victoria Embankment opened Astley Deep Pit disaster
Public Worship Regulation Act Factory Act of 1874

1874 Transit of Venus
Wilkie Collins’s readings in America
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease founded First Impressionist exhibition, Paris

Proposals (no more than 500 words) by Oct. 15, 2012 (e-mail submissions only, in Word format):
Professor Tyson Stolte, Chair, NVSA Program Committee (tmstolte@nmsu.edu).
Please note: all submissions to NVSA are evaluated anonymously. Successful proposals will stay within the 500-word limit and make a compelling case for the talk and its relation to the conference topic.
Please do not send complete papers, and do not include your name on the proposal.
Please include your name, institutional and email addresses, and proposal title in a cover letter. Papers should take 15 minutes (20 minutes maximum) so as to provide ample time for discussion.
The Coral Lansbury Travel Grant ($100.00) and George Ford Travel Grant ($100.00), given in memory of key founding members of NVSA, are awarded annually to the graduate student, adjunct instructor, or independent scholar who must travel the greatest distance to give a paper at our conference. Apply by indicating in your cover letter that you wish to be considered. Please indicate from where you will be traveling, and mention if you have other sources of funding.
To join NVSA, or to renew your membership for 2012-2013, please return the form below to Prof. Joan Dagle at the address indicated on the form.

Suzy Anger, President, NVSA Department of English University of British Columbia 397 - 1873 East Mall (Buchanan Tower)
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
phone: (604) 822-4539 fax: (604) 822-6906 anger@mail.ubc.ca
To: Professor Joan Dagle, Secretary/Treasurer NVSA Arts & Sciences
Rhode Island College
600 Mt. Pleasant Ave.

Providence, RI 02908
I wish to renew my dues or become a member of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association. I have enclosed a check to NVSA for ___ $15 in U.S. dollars (regular membership) or ___$10 (student)
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