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Announcement: Registration Open for the 2021 Dickens Society Symposium

26th Annual Dickens Society Symposium


July 12-14, 2021

The 2021 Dickens Society Symposium begins on Monday, July 12, with a format that even Charles Dickens himself could not have imagined: virtual, with speakers and guests logging in simultaneously from all over the world. This unique (for the Society!) format has one distinct advantage over an in-person meeting: with no travel required, anyone can register for the symposium and attend any (or all) of the sessions over three days (12-14 July 2021).

Events include traditional scholarly panels; Reading Groups on specific pieces of Dickens’s short fiction, led by Emily Bell, Melisa Klimaszewski, and Dominic Rainsford; roundtables on Digital Humanities and Dickens, Dickens and Theatre, and Dickens and Pandemic; breakout sessions on determining new directions in Dickens Studies in 2021, Dickensian pubs, Dickensian characters, and scholarly resources for the study of Dickens; a special Tea with Dickens session arranged by Lydia Craig; and a—ahem—dramatic performance by a motley crew calling themselves the Dickens Society Players.

The complete program can be found on the Dickens Society homepage, and attendees may register ($15/$20 for unsalaried/salaried) by using our Eventbrite link. Even if you’re not planning to present, consider attending. It has been a very long year, and all could do with a little of the camaraderie and community that our annual Symposium affords.

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