Calls For Papers (Journals)

CFP: Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens

28 September 2015

Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens

Object Lessons: The Victorians and the Material Text

A special issue edited by Mary Elizabeth Leighton and Lisa Surridge

Building on Caroline Levine¹s 2006 call for a new ³strategic formalism,² this special Fall 2016 issue of Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens ( will feature ten to fifteen articles that foreground the relation of the Victorian print object to literary, social, >and political forms.

We invite scholars to contemplate the importance of material form to nineteenth-century printed materials and their readers. Each paper should focus on one or more specific material objects, offering a study of one unique object or a comparison of several. Contributors might select a poem or poetry collection, a novel, an annual, an album, a newspaper, a serial, an illustrated book, or a piece of ephemera such as a playbill, a broadside, or a pamphlet.

We seek articles that consider the material form of the printed object in question (including, but not limited to, layout, typography, covers, wrappers, illustration, advertisements, bindings) in relation to the literary, social and political formations with which the text engages. We seek materially grounded analyses that analyze literary forms as historically specific (that is, embedded in their particular time and circumstances of material production) and at the same time culturally
dynamic (that is, productive of change, challenge, clash, and/or difference).

Please submit a 500-word abstract and title to by October 31, 2015. We will inform you by November 15, 2015 if your proposal is accepted. Full articles will be due on February 15, 2016; they must be 4000-6000 words in length, not including notes or works cited. MLA style is required.

Proposals in French or English will be considered.

Post from the Road

30 May 2013

Since I am currently waiting for my flight home in YVR, this post is for all of you traveling to beautiful Victoria, BC for Congress and DHSI. (Please excuse any spelling/typing errors as I am writing this on my iPad).

First order of business: the deadline for submitting a an abstract to Dr. Daniel Martin for special issue of Victorian Review on Victorians and Risk is coming up quickly. Abstracts are due September 1, 2013. Click here for details.

Second: Congress starts this weekend at UVic and with it ACCUTE’s annual conference. I have listed some panels that may be of interest to Victorianists below (apologies if I missed anyone).

ACCUTE Panels of Interest:

For a complete list of ACCUTE panels, click here

2B Joint Session with NAVSA and VSAWC: At the Edge of the Real – Clearihue A-303 on June 1 from starting at 11:00. A panel on colonialism and nineteenth-century literature (2D) is running concurrently in Cle A-311.

2A Joint Session with NAVSA and VSAWC: At the Edge of Perception Clearihue A-207 on June 3 from 11:00 to 12:15.

3B – Joint Session with Victorian Studies Association of Ontario (VSAO): We Are Not Amused – Clearihue A-211 on June 3 from 1:30 to 3:15.

The plenaries on June 1 and 2 may also be of interest to Victorianists:

June 1: Felicity Nussbaum – “Lifewriting @ the Edge: Going Public in the Eighteenth Century” (Bob Wright A-104; 1:30 to 3:15)

June 2: Kyla Wazana Tompkins – “Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the 19th Century” (Bob Wright A-104; 1:30-3:15)

Journal of Victorian Culture Survey on Academic Journals and Social Media

6 May 2013

Image from Engines of Our Ingenuity


If you have a chance, check out the @JofVictCulture survey on academic journals and social media. While online, you should also check out their website , which includes posts on social media, specifically twitter and blogging.


The Journal of Victorian Culture also as a Graduate Student Essay prize for those interested.



Journal of Victorian Culture Grad Student Essay Prize (6/20/2013)

4 February 2013
The Journal of Victorian Culture is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 JVC Graduate Student Essay Prize Competition. The aim of the JVC Essay Prize is to promote scholarship among postgraduate research students working on the Victorian period in any discipline in the UK and abroad. Past winners include Louise Lee, Tiffany Watt-Smith, and Bob Nicholson whose essays appear in issues 13.1 (2008), 15.1 (2010) and 17.3 (2012). 

The essay, which must be no longer than 7000 words in length (including notes), may be on any aspect of Victorian culture appropriate for the scope of the journal (this embraces literature and history, including cultural, intellectual, social, political, economic and religious history; the history of music, science, technology, medicine, theatre and visual culture; historical geography).

The editorial board welcomes essays that adopt an interdisciplinary approach to their subject matter. However, the board also encourages essays which, while focusing on one sub-discipline, reflect on the implications of their argument for other Victorian studies constituencies. Authors should keep in mind this question: how is this research of interest to other Victorianists?

Essays must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and should not be submitted to any other journal until the outcome of the competition is known.

Applicants who are completing doctoral degrees are advised to check with their institutions any regulations covering the publication of material extracted from their theses prior to the submission of the whole thesis.

Prize: Publication of the winning essay in JVC; £100 cash prize; a free year’s subscription to JVC.

Requirements: Word limit: maximum of 7000 words, plus an abstract (250 words) and a word count.

Closing date for submissions: 30 June 2013. 

For more information, please visit the full call for essays:

Victorian Review special issue on “Victorians and Risk”

16 January 2013

Victorian Review seeks proposals for articles for a special issue on “Victorians and Risk,” to be published in Fall 2014 and guest edited by Dr. Daniel Martin.

Since the publication of Ulrich Beck’s Risk Society (1992), sociologists and historians have interrogated the frequency of risks of all kinds in modern life: railway accidents, colliery explosions, natural and industrial catastrophes, spills, fires, and collisions, among countless others. However, the emergence of risk as a sociological and economic reality of everyday life in the nineteenth century still lacks significant scholarly theorizing in the humanities. Current scholarship about Victorian contributions to a modern “risk society” requires a sustained dialogue about how the Victorians conceived of accidents, disasters, catastrophes, and risks of all kinds beyond the limited scope of the local. For this issue, we seek papers that address such a dialogue through analysis of Victorian culture’s fascinations with and anxieties about risky activities, behaviors, industries, legalities, philosophies, and forms of expression.

In general, risks have a peculiar temporality. To “run a risk” is to operate in that space between the historian or statistician and the prophet or sage, to exist in a present moment that requires a continual reconsideration of simple linear or chronological time. Risks mark themselves off against past accumulations of data and past accidental phenomena, but they also anticipate spaces and developments for future prevention. We seek original essays that attempt to situate such theoretical and abstract notions of risk within literary, historical, and cultural contexts. We are especially interested in essays that draw connections between specific risk events and Victorian theorizing about the constantly accumulating risks and accidental phenomena of modern life.

Interested scholars may wish to develop their ideas according to the following topics:

Risk and the Victorian railway network

Representations of accidents in the Victorian press

Risk and Victorian theories of temporality

The subjectivity/performance of risky activities and behaviors

Victorian insurance and the origins of risk management

Insurance frauds and risky business

The phenomenology of bodies at risk

Risk, athletics, and bodily performance/techniques

Risk and the limits of the body

Risky bodies and the origins of statistical personhood

Rethinking, revising, reevaluating the notion of a “risk society”

Risks in their local and global contexts

Genres of risks and genres of the accidental

Risk and the periodical press

Danger, affliction, and disability

Transformations in Victorian concepts of space and time

Industrial or human-made disasters and catastrophes

Risk and catastrophic thinking in Victorian social theory

Risk and decadence/ the aesthetics of risk

Please submit abstracts of 500 words or address enquiries to Dr. Daniel Martin ( by Sept 1, 2013. Final essays will be due by Feb 1, 2014.