The annual interdisciplinary conference of the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada will be held 3-4 November 2006 at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Canada. The conference theme places particular attention on extending our understanding of the Victorian era by stretching its scope to include the world beyond Britain, testing its coherence by reflecting on the still prevalent tendency to organize ourselves within national and temporal boundaries, and facilitating dialogue between and within disciplines. By re-evaluating the analytical boundaries of the nation-state and by bringing in perspectives from a range of disciplines, we can gain a better grasp on the history and characteristics of an age which, while appearing to be chronologically distant from our own, anticipated many of the features of globalization today.
We invite proposals for papers on all aspects of the Victorian era, broadly defined as 1830-1914, with a particular emphasis on the global cultural, literary, social, economic or political currents which transcended national boundaries in this era. Proposals from graduate students are particularly welcome as are those which problematize our understanding of the Victorian era from interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary points of view and offer new points of departure for scholars of this era. Our intention is to capture the widest possible perspective and to that end we encourage applications from scholars working in the fields of history, literature, creative and performing arts, architecture, communications, cultural studies, religious studies, and philosophy.
The conference will feature plenary addresses by Sven Beckert, Professor of International History at Harvard University and the author of The Monied Metropolis: New York City and the Consolidation of the American Bourgeoisie (2001) and Dane Kennedy, Elmer Louis Kayser Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University, and author of The Highly Civilized Man: Richard Burton and the Victorian World (2005).
Please send 500-word proposals for papers to the address below by March 31st, 2006. Submissions should also include a 100-word abstract, and a brief c.v.
Dr. Peter W. Sinnema
Department of English
3-5 Humanities Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Dr Douglas Peers
Department of History
University of Calgary
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