Announcing the Vcologies Early Career Paper Prize
The Vcologies Working Group is pleased to announce its first annual Early Career Paper Prize, intended to recognize work by rising scholars that best exemplifies the Vcologies effort to consider Victorian studies in light of ecological concerns.
The prize will recognize an unrevised conference paper that was presented at any scholarly meeting in the calendar year 2018. Early career scholars working in any field are eligible, with “early career” defined here as a scholar of any rank or affiliation who is working toward a PhD or has received their PhD in the past three calendar years (i.e. 2015 or later). Graduate students and contingently employed colleagues are especially encouraged to submit.
The winning paper will be selected according to three criteria: (1) Potential significance for Victorian studies and its relation to the study of ecology, broadly construed; (2) Quality and depth of scholarly research and interpretation; (3) Clarity and effectiveness of presentation. Papers will be anonymized before being forwarded to three judges. This year’s prize committee is: Nathan K. Hensley (Georgetown University), Elizabeth Carolyn Miller (UC Davis), and John MacNeill Miller (Allegheny College). The prize award is $250.
Submission guidelines: The prize is open to unrevised conference papers of no more than 2,500 words (not including notes, image captions, or references) written by early career scholars (see criteria above). Please submit papers in MS Word or PDF format (with no identifying information on the document itself), along with a cover sheet stating (1) your name, (2) year of Ph.D (or year expected), (3) name of your degree-granting institution, (4) title of your essay, (5) name and date of conference meeting where it was presented, and (6) contact information, to VictorianEcologies@gmail.com.
Nominations of other scholars’ work are also encouraged. To nominate a paper, please arrange with the author to have the material submitted according to the instructions above.
Submission deadline is January 31, 2019.
Please address any questions about the prize to Deanna Kreisel (University of British Columbia): firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vcologies is an interdisciplinary, international working group of scholars of the nineteenth century committed to the environmental humanities, energy humanities, and other ecology-focused approaches.