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The Victorians Institute is an organization of scholars and students centered in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the USA.


The Victorians Institute sponsors an annual conference and publishes the Victorians Institute Journal, an award-winning, refereed scholarly annual that publishes articles, reviews, and newly edited texts of interest to Victorianists.

Call for Papers:
Victorians Institute Conference

Charles Dickens: Past, Present, and Future
October 21-22, 2011, Myrtle Beach, SC

To help usher in the global celebration of his bicentenary in 2012, the 41st annual conference of the Victorians Institute will focus rather broadly on the life and work of Charles Dickens. We welcome papers that examine DickensĀ¹s writings and their relevance to us today. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary essays exploring the literary life and legacy of Dickens in relation to science, economics, psychology, sociology, philosophy, law, history, aesthetics, and theater and film adaptation.

Keynote Speaker: The keynote speaker for the 2011 Victorians Institute Conference is Audrey Jaffe, Professor of English at the University of Toronto. She is the author of The Affective Life of the Average Man: The Victorian Novel and the Stock-Market Graph (The Ohio State University Press, 2010); Scenes of Sympathy: Identity and Representation in Victorian Fiction (Cornell University Press, 2000); and Vanishing Points: Dickens, Narrative, and the Subject of Omniscience (University of California Press, 1991).

Conference Location: Ocean Creek Resort, an exclusive 57-acre resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (http://www.oceancreek.com)

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Dickens's Journalism
Dickens and the Literary Marketplace
Dickens and Mass Culture
Dickensian Friendships
Dickensian Scandals
The Dickens Circle
Catherine Dickens
Dickens and Science
Dickens and Emotion
Reading Dickens
Dickensian Afterlives
Spiritualism and Spirituality in Dickens
DickensĀ¹s Moral Philosophy
Dickens and the Posthuman
Dickens and Travel
Theatrical Dickens
Dickens in America
Dickens and Empire
The Dickens Industry
The Postmodern Dickens
Teaching Dickens


Please send proposals of no more than 500 words and a brief one-paragraph bio by June 20, 2011 to:

Dr. Maria K. Bachman
Department of English
P.O. Box 261954
Coastal Carolina University
Conway, South Carolina 29528-6054.
Email: mbachman@coastal.edu