CFP for VI2019 conference in Charleston, SC

Transatlantic Cable Map

The Victorians Institute is pleased to announce its 2019 conference and welcome abstracts on the topic of

Transatlantic Connections:
Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, & Victorian Studies

To be held October 31 – November 2, 2019 in Charleston, SC. Our conference site affords an opportunity to think about transatlantic connections in the 19th century when Charleston was a prominent intersection on a web that connected Britain, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas.

We hope our conference will foster thinking about the many and various ways that Victorian literature and culture engages the Atlantic World. We invite essays and panels that investigate the diverse possibilities of our theme and, in keeping with it, encourage work that draws connections across the spaces that divide academic disciplines. Topics may include:

  • Emigration & Immigration
  • Slavery Abroad & at Home
  • Hybrid Languages, Cultures, & Peoples
  • Economic Affiliations & Rivalries
  • Culinary Connections
  • Ecologies, Climates, & Storms
  • Treasure Islands & Dark Continents
  • Pen Pals, Alliances, & Friendships
  • Travel Narratives
  • Romanticizing the Past
  • Envisioning the Future
  • Colonial Affairs
  • Technologies of Travel & Communication
  • Exploration & Adventure
  • Diasporas & Expatriates
  • The Body: Diseases, Infections & Antidotes
  • Copyrights & Piracy
  • Grand Tours & Lecture Tours
  • Victorians in Charleston
  • Trade Routes, Raw Materials, & Cash Crops

To apply, please submit a 250-300 word abstract of your paper. To propose a panel, please supply an abstract for each paper as well as a short description of the panel. Send all applications and questions to thevictoriansinstitute@gmail.com. Abstracts must be received by June 1st, 2019.