CFP: Neo-Victorian Networks: Epistemologies, Aesthetics and Ethics (2/1/2012; 6/13-15/2012)

Neo-Victorian Networks: Epistemologies, Aesthetics and
Ethics
University of Amsterdam
June 13-15, 2012

This conference seeks to assess the state of contemporary neo-Victorian literature, film,
television and other media, with papers offering new readings of neo-Victorian
texts. The conference also seeks to interrogate the critical field surrounding
the notion of the neo-Victorian by asking how we, as scholars, understand this
genre and its allied politics. Does the current cultural interest in the “new
Victorian” imply a resistance to post-modernism, post-structuralism or
post-humanism? Or, can neo-Victorianism help us interrogate these terms? How
does our post-Victorian landscape accommodate and manipulate the neo-Victorian
urge?

We encourage papers that question the ethics, aims and cultural
implications of neo-Victorian trends, and which attempt to understand this genre
in light of our own political climate and our scholarly resistance to the
liberal humanist subject. We also hope to receive papers that playfully link the
Victorian and the contemporary, as in Joy De Lyria and Sean Michael Robinson’s
reimaging of The Wire as a Victorian serial or Anna Maria Jones’
connections between the workings of the Victorian sensation novel and
contemporary Victorian scholarship. Submissions from graduate students are
welcomed.

Keynote Speakers:
Christine Ferguson (University of
Glasgow)
Mark Llewellyn (University of Strathclyde)

Please send 250
word abstracts, together with a 100 word biographical note, to Joyce Goggin (J.Goggin@uva.nl) and Tara MacDonald (T.C.MacDonald@uva.nl) by February 1,
2012
.

Organizing Committee: Joyce Goggin (University of Amsterdam),
Tara MacDonald (University of Amsterdam), Monika Pietrzak-Franger (University of
Siegen), Eckart Voigts-Virchow (University of Siegen), and Antonija Primorac
(University of Split)

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