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CFP Deadline Extended: NAVSA Conference 2023 “Revision, Return, Reform” (3/20/23)

Revision, Return, Reform
NAVSA Conference 2023
Indiana University Bloomington
Bloomington, IN
November 9-11, 2023

The organizers of the 2023 NAVSA conference "Revision, Return, Reform" are extending the deadline for proposals to Monday, March 20, 2023. 

You can submit proposals for individual papers or for fully-formed panels and roundtables here: https://navsa2023.exordo.com

For more information about the conference, the full call for papers, and posts from people assembling panels and roundtables, please see the conference website: https://www.navsa2023.com

Call for Papers

2023 will be the 20th anniversary of the North American Victorian Studies Association Conference, and NAVSA will return to the site of the inaugural conference – Indiana University Bloomington. Our keynote speakers will be Rachel Ablow (Professor of English, SUNY Buffalo), Sukanya Banerjee (Associate Professor of English, UC Berkeley), and Lydia Murdoch (Professor of History, Vassar). We will host most conference events at the Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel and Conference Center, which we have reserved from the morning of November 9 through the evening of November 11, 2023. There is a small chance these dates will change, but we will have the conference dates finalized by March 1, 2023. We advise you to wait until after March 1 to make travel arrangements.

In this moment of transition within the field, the organizers have chosen a theme of “Revision, Return, Reform.” Our field has been under revision in recent years, with calls to attend to the present, to adopt new methods of reading, to undiscipline the Victorians, and to reform our classrooms, our research, and our institutional practices in the interests of greater diversity, equity, and justice. We invite conference participants to reflect on these recent developments within our field, and to consider aspects of revision, return, and reform within the Victorian period.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Cultures of reform
  • Reform vs. revolution
  • Reform Acts
  • Religious reform
  • Reform and philanthropy
  • Reform and repair; repairing damage, literal and metaphorical
  • Form and reform
  • Reforming the self
  • Forming and reforming disciplines during the Victorian period
  • Reforming the canon
  • Academic and institutional reform
  • Conferences and their forms; forms and forums of academic conversation
  • Return as repetition, regression, or progress
  • Returning to a text; rereading
  • Return narratives
  • Immigration, migration, and return
  • Returning colonial and settler possessions
  • Returns to “Victorianism” and “Victorian morality” in contemporary politics
  • Evolutionary changes and returns
  • The art of revision; textual revisions
  • Vision, revision, double vision, and focus
  • Revising the Victorians
  • C20/C21 revisions of Victorian texts; Neo-Victorianism
  • Discipline, undiscipline, and rediscipline
  • Reimagining the future of Victorian Studies as a field

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