Event 2024 is an experiment in sustainable global conferencing, including monthly Zoom events, face-to-face hub events in September, and the asynchronous discussion of uploaded papers on COVE Conferences. We will not be restricting talks: all talks that explore the period 1832-1910 will be considered. We encourage reflection on our theme, “event,” which can be interpreted broadly: catastrophic events (like climate change); history and temporality; chronologies and periodization; narrative; theater and spectacle; liturgy and ritual; performativity and identity; personal events (marriage, birth, death); autobiography and biography; unnarratable events (the sublime, the visionary, the transcendent); the bildungsroman; the relationship of form to change; historical poetics and strategic formalism; longue durée; jetztzeit; Foucauldian archaeologies; alternative events (the optative, historiographic metafiction, steampunk); notions of singularity (systems theory, AI, climate), the eventuality of the digital; Event and revolution (Badiou, Dupuy); and so on. Given the global nature of Event 2024, we would also be interested in talks that explore global issues, such as the Commonwealth, imperialism, world trade, war, and the environment.
Proposals are due by December 1, 2023
- Some hubs have provided additional restrictions or variations upon the conference theme, or they are inviting proposals for the regular CFP while also offering opportunities to submit to special roundtables.
- A hub that has not provided a specific CFP follows the general CFP above.
- Proposals should be 300 words unless a different limit is set by a hub.
- Find details for hub CFPs below.
Frankfurt (September 17-18)
At the hub at the University of Frankfurt, all talks that engage with the period 1832-1910 will be considered. However, given the global nature of this event, it is only fitting to investigate the many dimensions of mobility in the 19th century, which was not only the age of imperialism and industrialization but also saw the birth of tourism. We would, therefore, particularly like to invite inquiries into Victorian and neo-Victorian mobilities and ask, among other things: What are the cultural, social and/or political implications of how people, things, and ideas moved in the Victorian period? Topics might include, but are not limited to:
- new and old transport technologies
- mobility and the body
- mobility and gender
- tourism and leisure mobilities
- mobile practices and the environment
- virtual travel, travelling minds
- the movement(s) of ideas, dissemination of knowledge
- microgeographies: local mobilities
- transimperial flows, cycles, and stoppages
- forms of transimperial migration
- social and racial mobility
- mobile media
- tourism/travel and fashion
- immobilities and mobility justice
- more-than-human mobilities: germs, invasive species, erosion, etc.
Konstanz (September 10-11)
While all papers bearing on the period 1832-1910 will be considered, at the University of Konstanz we particularly invite investigations of Victorian energy cultures. Energy, as a physical concept, is a Victorian coinage, originally used to make sense of and scientifically investigate processes of fossil fuel combustion. The Victorians shaped both energy usage and energy imaginaries, which continue to reverberate today and are of particular relevance in the global and environmental context of this flightless conference. With our hub, we seek to establish a critical dialogue about the nature and legacy of Victorian energy cultures and literatures.
Topics for discussion may include:
- energy concepts in literature, science and technology
- literary and cultural constructions of different kinds of energy (solar, fossil, biomass, wind, spiritual, mesmeric, etc.)
- extractive ecologies, resource sustainability and the climate crisis
- energy and social politics (energy economies and labour, gendered and racialised energy imaginaries)
- energy and pollution
- energy and literary form
- energy as metaphor and symbol
- global and imperial dimensions of Victorian energy cultures
- reflections and re-imaginations of energy in Neo-Victorian fiction
- new materialist explorations of coal, oil and other material resources of energy
Seoul (September 27-28)
The Seoul hub follows the general call for papers. All talks that explore the period 1832-1910 will be considered.
Cardiff, Wales (September 10-11)
The Cardiff hub is interested in explorations of all of the ‘Events’ topics, including proposals that investigate the Victorian in relation to the contemporary.
For enquiries please contact: Ann Heilmann (HeilmannA@cardiff.ac.uk)
Lancaster, UK (September 19-21)
The Lancaster hub is interested in explorations of all of the ‘Events’ topics, including proposals that investigate the Victorian in relation to: the working classes; religion; the environment; and adaptation. For enquiries please contact: Jo Carruthers (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Atlanta, Georgia (September 20-22)
The Atlanta hub follows the general call for papers. All talks that explore the period 1832-1910 will be considered.
Boston, Massachusetts (September 13-15)
The Boston hub follows the general call for papers. All talks that explore the period 1832-1910 will be considered.
Boulder, Colorado (September 20-22)
The Boulder hub follows the general call for papers. All talks that explore the period 1832-1910 will be considered.
Davis, California (September 20-21)
For the Davis hub, abstracts for papers on any topic related to Victorian studies are welcome. We will be hosting a plenary roundtable together with the Seattle hub on the topic “Victorians in/and/on the Pacific” and some conference speakers may want to engage with that theme
(though they are not obliged to do so).
Seattle, Washington (September 27-29)
In keeping with the expansive conception of “event” outlined in the central CFP, we hope this flightless conference will provide a chance to ground Victorian studies in our region. Hence, while we welcome papers on all aspects of Victorian studies, we particularly invite presenters to to think locally, as well as globally, asking what it means to bring Victorians studies to Earth here, in Cascadia, on the Salish Sea at the edge of the Pacific, on the shared lands and waters of the Coast Salish people who have inhabited them since time immemorial.
To that end, we will be hosting a plenary roundtable on the topic “Victorians in/and/on the Pacific,” in conjunction with the UC-Davis Hub. We also hope to include (optional!) field excursions as part of the conference program. Finally, in addition to more traditional research papers, we also welcome more experimental presentations, or those focused on strategies for teaching Victorian materials in our region.
Such engagements might include (but are not limited to):
- The Pacific world and/or Trans-Pacific approaches to the nineteenth century
- American settler archives and connections between Victorian Britain and this region
- Work engaging Native American, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander literature and culture and/or methods drawn from Indigenous Studies
- “Blue humanities” projects engaging with the global ocean and/or bioregional approaches
- The afterlives of Victorian artifacts in contemporary Asia
To be clear, we also welcome papers that do not have an explicitly regional focus, and indeed hope that part of what will make this conversation generative is finding ways to think about the relationship between research and teaching in place and our often-deterritorialized objects of study.
Since papers will also be available in written form, we ask presenters to keep their spoken remarks relatively brief (7-8 minutes) so as to allow for larger panels and plenty of time for discussion.
Waco, Texas (September 19-21)
All proposals for papers and panels related to the conference CFP are welcome. In addition, we are accepting proposals for the special roundtable described below.
CFP: Roundtable on “Reading Victorian Periodical Poetry”
Chaired by Dr. Denae Dyck (Texas State University) and Prof. Linda K. Hughes (Texas Christian University)
This roundtable will feature a series of brief papers that take up the question “how and why do we read Victorian periodical poetry now?” Topics for discussion might include serialization, poetry and/as news, reception history, the development of genres/forms, the recovery of marginalized voices, trends in scholarly methods, focused approaches to specific periodicals/magazines, digital approaches to Victorian print culture, and pedagogy. Speakers will be invited to give short papers (8-10 minutes in duration), allowing substantial time for conversation and Q&A among panelists and with the audience.
Please submit 350-word abstracts.
West Lafayette, Indiana (September 20-22)
The West Lafayette hub follows the general call for papers. All talks that explore the period 1832-1910 will be considered.