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Victorians Unbound: Connections and Intersections: BAVS 2017 (Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, England: 22 – 24 August 2017 )

Deadline: 31 Mar 2017

Keynote Speakers: Prof. Kate Flint (University of Southern California, Dana & David Dornsife College); Prof. Mike Huggins (University of Cumbria); Prof. Sir Christopher Ricks (Boston University)

Organisers: Dr Claudia Capancioni (Bishop Grosseteste University); Dr Alice Crossley (University of Lincoln)

This conference will respond to both the dissonance and synchronicity of the codifying impulse of classification, definition, and normalisation, which coexisted with the ambitions of modernity, creativity, exploration, and the pursuit of knowledge. The ability to define, circumscribe, and classify exhibited by the Victorians enabled a Promethean drive to accomplish, challenge, and expand. This conference promotes and furthers dialogue about how the Victorians constructed, challenged, or redefined boundaries: it will explore what happens when the Victorians are ‘unbound’.

We welcome proposals for individual papers, and encourage proposals for panels (3-paper sessions), on, but not limited to, the following topics:

* Mobility, travel, and empire
* Communication, transmission, and legacy
* New forms of literature, art, music, commerce and entertainment
* Inclusivity, diversity, and disability
* New technologies, sciences, medicine, and new types of scholarly pursuit
* Discoveries and explorations; new forms of knowledge
* Revising & reimagining gender, class, age, sexuality, race, belief
* Cataloguing, displaying, collecting, conserving, and restoring
* Cosmopolitanism & internationalism
* Communities, Transnationalism & transatlanticism
* Intercultural transfers and media
* The boundaries between life and death; the natural, supernatural, and spiritual
* Neo-Victorianism, ‘popular’ Victorians, adaptation.
* Voices of dissent and resistance; political activism

Please submit an individual proposal of 250-300 words OR a 3-4 page outline for a 3 paper panel proposal (including panel title, abstracts with titles, affiliations and all contact details, identifying the panel chair) for consideration. All proposals should include your name, academic affiliation (if applicable) and email address. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes.

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Last updated: 10 Feb 2017



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