Calls for Papers

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[Posted 04.iii.2020]

Melissa Purdue writes ‘Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies is currently accepting proposals for guest-edited summer 2021 and 2022 issues. If interested, please submit a proposal to both Melissa Purdue ( and Stacey Floyd ( by April 1st.  Proposals should include a short description of your topic, a sample CFP, and brief editor biographies.

Past special issues have focused on “Gender in Victorian Popular Fiction, Art, and Culture,” “Teaching Nineteenth-Century Literature and Gender in the Twenty-First-Century Classroom,” “Making Masculinity,” and “Illustration and Gender: Drawing the Nineteenth Century.” For full issues and additional examples, please see our website:

[Posted 10.i.2020]

Conan Doyle in Edinburgh

25th – 27th June, 2020

Edinburgh Napier University

Proposals are invited for a conference in Edinburgh about Arthur Conan Doyle. At the centre of the conference will be the relation between the writer and his native city, but papers about all aspects of his work and life will be welcome.

Although Conan Doyle only spent 12 years of his life in Edinburgh, it was the city which shaped him and out of which his stories grew. As Val McDermid notes: “those early years in Edinburgh played a crucial role in his development as a writer” (2009). This conference will explore the interplay between city and writer, and we invite broad, imaginative and interdisciplinary interpretations on the topic of ‘Conan Doyle in Edinburgh’. We also welcome proposals for papers on other topics concerning the writings and life of Arthur Conan Doyle.

Key note speakers: Owen Dudley Edwards and Nicholas Daly

We will also be running a virtual conference alongside the physical conference which we hope will encourage greater participation for those unable to attend for financial, environmental or other reasons. If selected, the online participants will be asked to record their presentation which will be hosted on our website before, during and after the conference. Viewers and attendees of the conference will have the opportunity to ask questions of the online participants. The online participants will be included in the conference programme.

‘Conan Doyle in Edinburgh’ is the second event associated with a new scholarly enterprise, The Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Arthur Conan Doyle, sponsored by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Selected papers from across the conference will be considered for book publication.

Please send proposals for 20-minute papers, panels of three papers, posters, or virtual attendance, on topics which can include, but are not limited to:

  • Conan Doyle and Edinburgh
  • Conan Doyle and Cities
  • Conan Doyle and Medicine
  • Conan Doyle and other Authors
  • Conan Doyle’s Campaigns
  • Conan Doyle and his Fiction
  • Travel and Empire Writing
  • Science and Science Fiction
  • Spiritualism and the Supernatural
  • The City and Crime Writing
  • Editing Conan Doyle

Proposals should be no more than 300 words, and submissions should include a 50 word biography. Online participants should note on their proposal their wish to be considered for the virtual conference. If you are only able to attend for one day please state which day in your proposal. Proposals should be sent in Word or .odt format to Linda Dryden, Douglas Kerr and Jonathan Wild at:

Deadline for proposals: Friday 31st January 2020

A social events calendar, including opportunities for visits, walks and planned meals, will be sent to participants before the conference. Conference attendees will have Saturday afternoon free to explore Edinburgh. 


[Posted 21.xi.2018]

Queer Celebrity Conference, University of Portsmouth

6th-7th June 2019

Click here for details


[Posted 21.xi.2018]

Ca’ Foscari University, Venice

« A great community »: John Ruskin’s Europe

 Venice 7th-9th October 2019

 One of the last of John Ruskin’s books, a collection of articles written between 1834 and 1885, is entitled On the Old Road. From Calais, where the Ruskin family disembarked for the first time in 1833, at the start of their first continental tour, the road leads south across France and Switzerland and into Italy, coming to its end in Venice where, in 1888, Ruskin wrote the last words in his diary. The route is marked by many milestones in the life of Ruskin, in his thinking and in his work, and crosses numerous frontiers – frontiers that are often barely noticed. In traversing this vast continent, Ruskin puts behind him the narrow confines of Victorian Britain; his work shapes one of the most important founding moments in the constitution of a distinctively European culture and spirit.

This theme is a core concern of a series of recent historical and aesthetic studies which recognise the crucial importance of place, of myth, and of image in the construction of a common European fabric (see Carlo Ossola, Europa ritrovata. Geografie e miti del vecchio continente, Milan 2017; published in French as Fables d’identité. Pour retrouver l’Europe, Paris 2018; and L’Europe. Encyclopédie historique edited by Christophe Charle and Daniel Roche, Paris 2018), and of studies such as Salvatore Settis’s, Architettura e democrazia. Paesaggio, città, diritti civili (Turin 2017) which deal with key questions of cultural heritage in an interdisciplinary perspective and are driven by strong civic ethos.

On the occasion of the bicenternary of the birth of John Ruskin we invite scholars from across the disciplines to re-read his works, from the Poetry of Architecture to the Stones of Venice, the Bible of Amiens, the Oxford LecturesSt Mark’s Rest and Fors Clavigera, works which refer repeatedly to the concept of a «a great European community» (A Joy For Ever, 1857). The conference will thus build on and develop a theme to which the conference John Ruskin and 19th Century Cultural Travel held in Venice in 2008 was dedicated. In carrying forward the work begun there, this new occasion will also offer an opportunity to explore more recent readings and critical editions which have thrown light on little known aspects of Ruskin’s work, focussing new attention on mobility, both intellectual and stylistic as well a geographic. It will we believe prove fruitful to take a view from outside the confines of the nation and time into which he was born, and look at his ideas in this broader, more modern context.  This conference thus invites scholars to discover or rediscover a self-consciously European John Ruskin, and explore the multiple facets and levels – geographical, historical, critical, aesthetic, socio-political, and cultural – of an œuvre which both deliberately challenges disciplinary boundaries and breaks through national frontiers.



– Ruskin’s European inheritance

– Ways in which his works contribute to the construction of cultural identities both national (English, French, Italian etc) and European

– Ruskin’s view of the roles of religions and Churches in the construction of cultural identity

– Modes of circulation within Europe as evoked and described in his works

– The idea of Europe as object of nostalgia, as utopia, as long-term project

– Ruskin’s symbolic representations of European disgregation.


– Travel diaries and sketchbooks

– Maps

– Europe in its extra-European relations

– Physical geography: seas, rivers, mountain ranges and valley, forests, palins

– Political geography

– Migrations

– Cultural geography (see Denis Cosgrove’s « John Ruskin’s European Visions », 2010).


– The representation of pan-European movements (i.e. Gothic, Renaissance) and styles (Byzantine, Romanesque, Etruscan)

– Re-reading medieval and renaissance painting

– Ruskin’s reception of European literature, of the Bible, of Greek and Latin classics

– Ruskin and his network of friends and contacts in Europe

– Translation of Ruskin’s works, Ruskin and translation

– The European debate on architectural restoration

– The crafts as a model of economic development

– Teaching as a means of transmitting common values.

Organizers : Emma Sdegno, Martina Frank (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia), Pierre-Henry Frangne (Université Rennes 2), Myriam Pilutti Namer (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)

Abstracts of 300-500 words are to be sent to

They can be submitted either in English, French, German, or Italian

Deadline for submission: 28th February 2019; Acceptance to be notified by 30th April 2019

For any questions, please contact the organizers at:


Scientific Committee

Dinah Birch (University of Liverpool)

Irene Favaretto (Università degli studi di Padova; Scuola Grande di San Rocco)

Sandro G. Franchini (Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti)

Pierre-Henry Frangne (Université Rennes 2)

Martina Frank (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

André Hélard (Classes préparatoires Rennes)

Howard Hull (Brantwood Estate)

Cédric Michon ((Université Rennes 2)

Anna Ottani Cavina (Università di Bologna)

Myriam Pilutti Namer (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)

Claude Reichler (Université de Lausanne)

Emma Sdegno (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

Salvatore Settis (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)

Paul Tucker (Università degli studi di Firenze)

Stephen Wildman (Lancaster University)


[Posted 21.xi.2018]

IASIL 2019 (Trinity College Dublin, July 22-26). Deadline for submissions: 18th January 2019.

A panel on the cinematic representation of Oscar Wilde.

We are looking to add 1 participant to the existing 3 panelists. We are interested in adding a talk on Wilde (1998), starring Stephen Fry, but open to further discussion.

Queries to Helena Gurfinkel (


Victorian Review invites articles for its forthcoming special issue on Fraud and Forgery. The deadline for full articles is 15th January 2019. Please follow the link below for more details.