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CFP: VSAWC 2014 "Victorian Communities" (10/18/2013; 4/26-27/2014)

The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada 2014
Banff, Alberta, Canada
April 26-27, 2014
Deadline: October 18, 2013
Keynote Speaker: Aileen Fyfe (History, University of St. Andrews)
“Victorian Communities”
Our conference theme explores Victorian concepts, representations, and experiences of community. From Chartist organizations to the Salvation Army,  from women’s colleges to Mechanics’ Institutes, from Evangelical congregations to pagan gatherings, and including rituals ranging from family reading and hymn singing to maypole dancing, rugby matches, and croquet games, Victorians sought out “combinations” that were political, religious, domestic, social, artistic, academic, and/or erotic.
Whom did such communities empower and whom did they exclude? Which communities were fostered and which repressed or excluded? We welcome papers that consider the implications, definitions, and manifestations of Victorian community in all its forms. We welcome papers from all disciplines and methodologies: Art History, History of Science, Architecture, Music and Theatre History, Literature, Popular Culture, Media History/Archaeology, Disabilities Studies, and Digital Humanities. We encourage would-be participants to propose 3-paper panels on related topics.
Please forward 250-word abstracts with titles plus a separate 75-word biographical blurb to VSAWC14@uvic.ca by October 18, 2013.
Other notable conference features:
  • Workshop on Public Victorian Studies: Beyond the University Walls with Teresa Mangum (English, U of Iowa; Director, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies)
  • Publication Workshop for Graduate Students and Junior Faculty with Mary Elizabeth Leighton and Lisa Surridge (University of Victoria Department of English; Coeditors, Victorian Review)

Visit web.uvic.ca/vsawc/ for more information

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