Victorian Encounters and Environments

12th Annual VPFA Conference
‘Victorian Encounters and Environments’
15-17th July 2020
University of Greenwich, London

 

The Victorian Popular Fiction Association is dedicated to fostering interest in understudied popular writers, literary genres and other cultural forms, and to facilitating the production of publishable research and academic collaborations amongst scholars of the popular.

We invite a broad, imaginative and interdisciplinary interpretation on the topic of ‘Victorian Encounters and Environments’ and its relation to any aspect of Victorian popular literature and culture which addresses literal or metaphorical representations of the theme. Inter- and multidisciplinary approaches are welcome, as are papers which address poetry, drama, global literature, non-fiction, visual arts, historical and social contexts. Papers addressing works from the “long Victorian period” (i.e. before 1837 and after 1901) are also welcome.

Please send proposals for 20 minute papers, panels of three papers (by individual scholars, or affiliated with another Learned Society), or non-traditional papers/panels, on topics which can include, but are not limited to:

  • Publishing, reading and writing environments
  • Inside and outside, public and private
  • Space and place: architecture, landscape
  • Scientific and medical environments
  • Eco-criticism and sustainability
  • Cross-cultural encounters
  • Animal encounters
  • Global environments
  • Spiritualism and mediumship
  • Class encounters
  • Gendered environments and encounters
  • The home environment: furniture, interior design, relationships
  • The work environment
  • Encountering the past: historical fiction, Neo-Victorian fiction
  • Encountering the future: sci-fi, space exploration
  • Encountering the other: Gothic, weird fiction
  • Cross-genre encounters
  • Artistic encounters: Pre-Raphaelite art
  • Sensory environments
  • Travelling encounters: adventure, exploration, tourism, trains, transport, flâneurs, voyeurs
  • Interviews and experiences: journalism, (auto)biography
  • Cultural environments: opera, performance, visual culture, music hall
  • Material culture: encounters with objects, physical environments

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words, a 50 word biography and your availability over the conference dates in Word format to Drs Janine Hatter, Helena Ifill and Erin Louttit at: vpfainfo@gmail.com

Deadline for proposals: Friday 31st January 2020

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