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he theme of the 2024 symposium will be "Dickens, Context, Co-occurrence." We invite you to think of the various contexts that Dickens's works are set in, connect to, and imagine. Contexts are where things co-occur—with various effects.

Topics of papers can cover Dickens and the context of theatre, the world of fashion, or the natural environment; Dickens and changing contexts through travel, translation, and time; contexts of family and friends; you may also want to think about the relationship between real world contexts and the textual contexts of the words on the page. As is the case every year, proposals on other aspects of Dickens's life and works are welcome, too.

Please submit your abstract of 300 words (maximum) and bio of 150 words (maximum) to the organisers Michaela Mahlberg and Caroline Radcliffe at by 15 January 2024.

Please note that you need to be a member of the Dickens Society to present at the annual conference. Membership is conferred by subscription to Dickens Quarterly. Find out more here.

Details about travel, accommodation, and the conference programme will be posted and updated on the Dickens Society website. For any questions, please contact the conference organisers, Michaela Mahlberg at and Caroline Radcliffe at

Bursaries are available; see the website.

Last modified 1 December 2023