Thursday, 28 January 2016

CFP: NAVSA 2016, 'Social Victorians', Phoenix, AZ (2-5 November 2016) [Deadline 1 February 2016]

Social Victorians
November 2-5, 2016
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Phoenix, AZ

Keynote Speakers:
Gowan Dawson, University of Leicester,Caroline Levine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a panel commemorating the anniversary of Steven Marcus’s The Other Victorians

The Conference Committee for the 2016 annual NAVSA conference invites proposals for papers and panels on the subject of Social Victorians.

What does it mean to speak of the social in the Victorian era? In what ways were the Victorians social, antisocial, or both at once? What definitions of sociability circulated during the period, and through which structures? What models of sociability vyed, prevailed, and emerged? Topics might include:

Social frameworks and models
Kinship, familial and personal relationships (e.g., friendship, courtship, marriage)
Religion and the social
Social class/economic class and the mingling of classes
Regional, national, and cosmopolitan concepts of sociability
Comparative, revisionary, and colonial forms of the social

Empire as a social or anti-social force
The social in “other” cultures
The transcultural social
Social traditions, rituals, events, displays, and gatherings

Holidays and birthdays
Illness, death, funerals, and practices of mourning and remembrance
International exhibitions as social and socializing sites
Problematic and contested concepts of the social

Antisocial behaviors (e.g., neglect, abuse)
The criminal, deviant, revolutionary, unladylike/unmanly, and un-English
Paranoia, agoraphobia, xenophobia, and social anxiety
Social networks and organizations

Archiving/digitizing as a social form
Academic, scientific, professional, social clubs, societies, organizations, political parties, and advocacy
Social discipline, control, and punishment

Familial models of empire (e.g., mother country)
Restrictions, modifications, and surveillance of the social (e.g., through government, policing, penal system)
Explicit directions for sociability (e.g., etiquette manuals, signs/notices, finishing schools)
Implicit social instruction (e.g., education, legal system, media)
Bans, erasures, gaps, and silences on alternate social forms
Non-human social relations, interactions, and exchange

Sociable objects (and the human)
Sociable non-human animals (exclusive and inclusive of human animals)
Social spaces (e.g., drawing rooms, ballrooms, parks, hotel lobbies, museums, galleries, exhibitions, lecture halls, advertising, the press)
Social ephemera (e.g., visiting cards, menus, invitations)
Art as a social form

Collaboration, editing, publishing, and marketing
Reading and writing practices
The socializing function of the arts, arts criticism, art displays, and spectating (e.g., exhibitions, performances)
Visual, aural, and literary depictions of socialization and marginalization

The deadline for paper and panel submissions is February 1, 2016. For individual papers, submit 250-word paper proposals, along with a one-page CV. For entire panels, submit the above for each paper, as well as a one-page summary of the panel.

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