Call For Papers

The deadline for the Call for Papers has passed. We thank everyone for their submissions to this year’s NAVSA conference. ┬áMore information about the status of submissions will be forthcoming.

The North American Victorian Studies Association Conference for 2012, in Madison, Wisconsin, September 27-30, invites papers on the theme of networks. NAVSA itself is a network, a hub of activity that fosters connections among scholars, among disciplines, and among institutions. We invite conferees to attend a networking lunch, where they can cross paths with others interested in shared themes, such as transatlanticism, visual culture, or serialization; and we aim to provide ample and rich opportunities for contact across specializations and new approaches including digital 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.

Conference threads might include:

  • Networks of artists, critics, consumers, scholars
  • Networks of print (books, chapbooks, newspapers, magazines, letters, pamphlets), including relations among publishers, printers, editors, writers, readers
  • Commodity culture networks and the circulation of things and bodies
  • 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 (transportation systems, postal or other communication systems like telephone, telegraph, cable)
  • 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, series, periodicals, epistolary or other genres
  • Psychic and supernatural networks: seances, spiritualism, mediums
  • Digital networks: twenty-first century reading practices, or Victorian culture and Facebook, Twitterature, Wikipedia
  • Networked periodization: romantic/victorian/modernist
  • Networks of resistance: feminist, ecological, queer
  • Networks of iteration and translation (between image, text, adaptation)