VISAWUS 2016 Conference CFP

17 December 2015

Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States

2016 Conference ~ Transgressions

September 29-October 1, 2016

Austin, Texas USA

The Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States invites papers on transgressions of established boundaries, ways of seeing transgression, those who transgressed, and behaviors or beliefs that were seen as transgressive in the nineteenth century.   Papers may address the following (though participants do not have to restrict their proposals to these suggestions):

Aesthetic transgressions

Social class transgressions

Socio-political transgressions





The New Woman

Nabobs in India


Debtors’ prison


Deportation to the colonies




Unfashionable dress

Minority religions

The Prince of Wales in France


Marrying beneath one’s class

Faux pas in etiquette, fashion, conversation

The outré



Our Keynote Speaker will be Dennis Denisoff  (Ryerson University).

Dennis Denisoff’s current monograph project, tentatively entitled Eco-Pagan Politics in British Literature and Culture: 1850-1920, explores the intersections of Victorian ecology, animality, and desire in pagan works by Florence Farr, Vernon Lee, Walter Pater, Simeon Solomon, R. L. Stevenson, and others. His books include Aestheticism and Sexual Parody, Sexual Visuality from Literature to Film, and the novels Dog Years and Winter Gardeners. He has edited Queeries: An Anthology of Gay Male Prose and The Nineteenth Century Child and Consumer Culture, and co-edited Perennial Decay: On the Aesthetics and Politics of Decadence and the ongoing dh project The Yellow Nineties Online.

To submit email a 300-word abstract and 1-page CV (name on both) to by March 15, 2016.

Each year, VISAWUS awards the William H. Scheuerle Graduate Student Paper Award ($600.00) to the best graduate student paper presented at the conference. All graduate students presenting at the conference are eligible for the William H. Scheuerle Graduate Student Paper Award.


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