The North American Victorian Studies Association Conference for 2013, in Pasadena, California, October 23rd-27th, invites papers on the theme of evidence.
Evidence is central to all our work: we use texts, images, objects, the built environment to support our arguments. We also interpret, select, arrange, and juxtapose such evidentiary material. The Victorians strenuously looked for evidence to support their assumptions, beliefs, and investigation. Our program will include optional workshops at the Getty Research Institute and material culture sessions at the Huntington. Conference attendees will be able to enter the Huntington and its wonderful gardens free of charge.
Proposals for individual papers or panels should be submitted electronically by March 1, 2013. Proposals for individual papers should be no more than 500 words; panel proposals should include 500-word abstracts for each paper and a 250-word panel description. Applicants should submit a one-page cv.
Conference threads might include:
What is evidence? How do different disciplines identify and use evidence? How does the use of
evidence draw boundaries and bridges between disciplines? How does interdisciplinary work deal
How has the use of evidence changed (new evidence and new ways to use old evidence)?
Evidence and the humanities: interpretation, analysis, scientific and historical method,
Digitization and the changing nature of the archive, museum and library
Teaching and evidence: sources, assessment, pedagogies
Lost evidence: wars and other research inconveniences
Imagined evidence and historical fictions
Science: method, demonstration, essentialism/Social Darwinism
Religion: belief, faith and intuition
Personal evidence: autobiographies, letters and diaries
Visual evidence: photography, painting, theater, film and other displays
The building, the city and the village: architecture, urban planning and historic preservation
Archaelogy, fossils, bone, tracks, spoor
The body as evidence
Material culture: clothes, pottery, and other everyday objects
Crime and Justice: police, detectives, witnesses and the press
Politics: parliamentary inquiries, select committees
Ghosts and revenants: evidence of the supernatural and of the afterlife
The press: scandal and public opinion
Evidence and the colonial project