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CFP: The 27th Annual Dickens Society Symposium (11/1/2021 Deadline)

The 27th Annual Dickens Society Symposium

Our Dickens: Dickens and His Publics in July 8-10, 2022

Hosted by City, University of London, UK

Proposals due November 1, 2021

Members of the Programme Committee:

Chris Louttit, Michaela Mahlberg, David McAllister, Claire Wood

In 2022, the 27th Annual Dickens Society Symposium will take place in London. Hosted by City, University of London, in collaboration with the Charles Dickens Museum, and taking place in the heart of Dickens’s London, the Symposium seeks to explore what Dickens means to so many people across the world and why he has meant so much to diverse publics over time.

Proposals from scholars, independent researchers, and graduate students on the theme of ‘Our Dickens: Dickens and his Publics’ are invited. As is customary at Dickens Society symposia, proposals on other aspects of Dickens’s life and work will also be considered. One page (250–300 word) abstracts for papers deliverable in 20 minutes, plus 150-word bios, may be submitted September 1 – November 1, 2021 to Dickens.Symposium.2022@gmail.com.

A full programme of events will accompany the Symposium, beginning with a welcome drinks reception at the Charles Dickens Museum on the evening of Thursday, July 7th, and the Dickens Dinner on Saturday, July 9th.

For more information, please visit dickenssociety.org or contact Program Committee Chair, Dr. David McAllister d.mcallister@bbk.ac.uk. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Dickens and Fame
  • Dickens and Celebrity
  • Adaptation
  • Decolonising Dickens
  • Dickens as children’s literature
  • Dickens’s cross-class appeal
  • Dickens’s global appeal
  • The Public Readings
  • The use of Dickens in education
  • The use of Dickens in conflict zones
  • Dickens and literary tourism
  • Dickens and the Heritage Industry
  • Dickens and the critical tradition
  • Dickens and Journalism
  • The political uses of Dickens
  • Dickens in translation
  • Imagined Community
  • Fandom
  • Dickensian ‘tat’
  • Postmodern Dickens
  • Memorials and/or commemoration
  • Authors’s houses
  • Place
  • Dickens and the Visual
  • Animated Dickens
  • Neo-Victorian Dickens
  • Intertextuality
  • Myth-making
  • Public history
  • Nostalgia
  • Commodification
  • Personal memories
  • Digital Dickens

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