Midwest Victorian Studies Association Call for Papers

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ew societies both honored and changed art as much as the Victorians. In expressing their stances on music, art, architecture, and literature, the Victorians filled tomes on both their value and impropriety, spirituality, and decadence. What was the role of the arts in the lives of individuals and their societies? What did it mean to be surrounded by works appealing to the senses – aural, visual, or other?

The Program Committee for the 2022 MVSA conference invites proposals for papers and panels addressing the arts and the senses in Victorian culture broadly defined. Submissions are welcome from scholars working in art history, musicology, history, science, philosophy, theater, theology, literature, and other fields of scholarly endeavor. We especially encourage papers that will facilitate cross-disciplinary discussions, which are a traditional feature of MVSA conferences.

Specific paper or panel topics might include:

The leadership of the MVSA is planning on returning to an in-person conference format this year. Select portions of the conference, however, also will be livestreamed to allow virtual attendance. We will have COVID-safety measures in place, including a vaccine requirement for in-person registration.

The conference will be held in the historic Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Indiana, and conference highlights will include a concert on the church’s Hook and Hastings Organ.

For individual papers, panels, or lecture-demonstrations, send a 300-word abstract and 1-page vita (as MWord or PDF documents) by December 15, 2021, to conferencesubmissions@midwestvictorian.org. For more information, please visit www.midwestvictorian.org.

Last modified 17 November 2021