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Space and Place in Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture (Lancaster University, England: 23 June 2017)

Deadline: 30 Apr 2017

Keynote Speaker: Dr Marie-Luise Kohlke (Swansea University)

This conference responds to the genre of neo-Victorianism from the perspective of space and place. It aims to probe how a focus on space and place can enhance our understanding of the contemporary engagement with the Victorian past.

The essay collection Neo-Victorian Cities: Reassessing Urban Politics and Poetics, edited by Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben (2015) is the first major work on the politics and poetics of space in neo-Victorian studies. With a particular focus on the metropolis, or urban space, this collection opens up new conversations about how the neo-Victorian take on Victorian cities as ‘fascinating, ever-changing palimpsest of historical narratives and practices’ (Eckart Voigts, 2015).

In the spirit of this interdisciplinary study of neo-Victorian space, we invite contributions from scholars who wish to examine the role of space and place for our understanding of the tensions or dynamics between the Victorian past and the present, and the historical, material, cultural, textual, and social spaces we live in and interact with.

We invite submissions for 20-minute presentations that may relate to (but are not limited to) the following topics:

* While the conference has a strong focus on literary productions, we wish to foster a dialogue between academics interested in the space of literature and other media, be it filmic and/or (audio)visual. Domestic/Indoor spaces: bedroom, kitchen, attic, etc.
* Institutions: prison, hospital, orphanage, court, reformatory, asylum, university, church, etc.
* Leisure spaces: malls, music hall, theatre, garden, fields, etc.
* Exhibition spaces: galleries and museums, etc.
* Natural spaces: wilderness and natural environments
* Mobile spaces: trains, ships, etc.
* Space in steampunk literature: airships, etc.
* Textual space: the idea of textuality, intertextuality, palimpsest, etc.
* Phenomenologies of space
* Space, memory and identity
* Space, gender and sexuality
* Space and time
* Materiality of spatial experience
* (Post)colonial spaces, empire and globalization
* Space and the ethics of representation, appropriation, adaptation and transformation

Please submit an individual proposal of 250-300 words for papers of 20 min duration. Proposals should include your name, academic affiliation (if applicable) and email address.

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Last updated: 21 Mar 2017



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