CFP: Nineteenth-Century Synergies: Ventures at Home and (Ad)Ventures Abroad
Department of English, Presidency University
22nd and 23rd February, 2018
Venue: Presidency University, AJC Bose Auditorium
Deadline for Abstracts: 21st January, 2018
Joanne Shattock, Emeritus Professor, English, University of Leicester
Linda K. Hughes, Addie Levy Professor of Literature, English, Texas Christian University
Rosemarie Morgan, Former Professor of English, Yale University
Karen Steele, Professor and Chair of English, Texas Christian University
The idea of nineteenth-century legacies is perhaps nowhere more
impressively and indelibly etched than in the precincts of Presidency, the
erstwhile Hindoo/Presidency College and the current Presidency University.
Hybrid colonial ‘roots’ and multiple synergic ‘routes’ come alive in the
examination of British metropolitan ventures and transcontinental
adventures, whether educational, cultural, administrative, social, sexual,
or scientific. Grounded in a prestigious department of literature that
symbolized the ‘civilizational’ value of culture in that historical moment,
we ask today what it meant to both inhabit and impugn this world at home
and in the colony. We invite papers that address the nineteenth-century
lives and colonial afterlives of cultural narratives centred on issues of
gender, class, religion, education, sexualities, sciences, and moralities.
The several panels in our two-day international conference will cover the
broad spectrum of nineteenth-century cultural narratives around the
‘margins and centre.’
Topics for papers may include but need not be limited to:
- Race, Nation, Empire, and Myth-Making
- Class and Social Revolutions
- Gender and Sexualities
- ‘New Woman’ Literature
- Masculinities and Empire
- ‘Fallen Women’ in Literature
- Hybridities and Fin-de-Siècle Identities
- Victorian Gothic
- Suffrage and Modern Politics
- Science and its Others
- Religion and Alternative Spiritualities
- Steampunk and Nineteenth-Century Afterlives
- Teaching and Learning Victorian Literature in the Empire.
- Victorianism and Postcolonialism: Parallels and Departures.
- Nineteenth-Century Travel literature.
- Nineteenth-Century Irish and/or Scottish Response and Resistance/Intervention
- The Other Empires
- Nineteenth-Century Caste
- Nineteenth-Century Popular culture and Advertisements
- Nineteenth-Century Health and Medicine
- Victorian Performing and Creative Arts.
- Victorian Docile and Aberrant bodies
- Nineteenth-Century Periodicals
- Nineteenth-Century Crime
- Nineteenth-Century Leisure and Sports
- Nineteenth-Century Trade, Commerce and Economy.
- Nineteenth-Century Cityscapes and Nature
- Victorian Childhoods
- Eminent and/or Other Victorians
- Nineteenth-Century Desires and Deviance
- Nineteenth-Century Technology and Industry
- Nineteenth-Century Historiography
- Nineteenth-Century Food, Entertainment
- Victorian Scandal
The university will not charge registration fees.
All participants other than the speakers will need to make their own arrangements for lunch. There are several canteens/eateries both on and off campus.
Certificates will be provided to all registered participants.
Please email a 300-word abstract along with a 100-word bio (in .doc or .pdf format) as attachment to email@example.com by 21st January, 2017.
Shanta Dutta ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Purna Banerjee ( email@example.com)
Shuhita Bhattacharjee ( firstname.lastname@example.org )