VISAWUS 2018, “Victorian Futures.” Palm Springs, CA November 8-10, 2018. Palm Springs, CA.
Keynote Speaker will be Joy Dixon (University of British Columbia)–“Sex & the Secular Future.”
Registration for the Conference has closed. We look forward to seeing you in Palm Springs, CA!
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The conference will be held at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel. This is a link to the hotel’s website.
You can also call 1-760-322-6000 to make your reservation. The conference rate is $156/night, and this rate is available 11/7/18—11/11/18. We encourage you to please book your rooms at the conference hotel and to do so as soon as possible. The rate is much better than what you will find at comparable Palm Springs hotels.
CFP here (MS Word File) or see below.
“The past is not dead, but is living in us, and will be alive in the future which we are now helping to make.” —William Morris
The Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States (VISAWUS) Conference for 2018, in Palm Springs, CA, November 8-10, invites papers on the theme of VICTORIAN FUTURES. VISAWUS 2018 explores the diverse ways that the Victorians represented and grappled with the future, Victorian understandings of the future as a personal and universal concept, and the continuities
of the Victorian period into the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and beyond. We encourage papers across all disciplines, including (but not restricted to) art history, literature, gender, history of science, history, material culture, political science, performance, life writing, journalism, photography, popular culture, and economics.
Panel or paper topics might include:
- The future of Victorian studies Victorian utopias/dystopias Imperial expansion/imperial decline Progress / conservatism
- City planning in the nineteenth century
- Seriality and temporality
- Nineteenth-century scientific romance/speculative fiction
- Later imaginings of the nineteenth century (Neo-Victorian media and writing, parody, steampunk, time travel)
- Nineteenth-century influences in early science fiction
- Modernity and modernism
- Depictions of the future and the concept of futurity
- Victorian ecologies and the ecological future
- Queer temporalities in the nineteenth century
- Ghosts and the afterlife
- Fin de siècle/ fin du globe
- Victorian religions and the future (faith, redemption, eschatology, apocalypse) Feminist futures (the suffrage campaign, marriage reform, divorce law)
- The politics of Victorian historiography
- Historicism and temporality
- New media in the nineteenth century
- Evolution / degeneration
- Investment, credit, and financial speculation
- Victorian science and invention
- Prophecy, prediction, and anticipation
- Time and form in Victorian art, writing, and media
Our Keynote Speaker will be Joy Dixon (University of British Columbia).
Dr. Joy Dixon is Associate Professor of History, University of British Columbia. She is author of Divine Feminine: Theosophy and Feminism in England (2001). Professor Dixon is currently working on a book-length study, tentatively titled Sexual Heresies: Religion, Science, and Sexuality in Modern Britain, that explores the impact of the new sciences of sexuality and new understandings of sexual identity on religion and
religious experience, from liberal modernism to the new orthodoxies of conservative Catholicism and evangelicalism. The provisional title for her conference talk is “Sex and the Secular Future.”
To submit, email a 300-word abstract and 1-page CV (name on both) to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15, 2018.
Each year, VISAWUS awards the William H. Scheuerle Graduate Student Paper Award ($600.00) to the best graduate student paper presented at the conference. All graduate students presenting at the conference are eligible for the William H. Scheuerle Graduate Student Paper Award.
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PAST VISAWUS CONFERENCES
The 2005-2012 conference schedules are now archived online. Browse the list below.
- 1996 – California State University, Northridge – Victorian Success – James R. Kincaid
- 1997 – California State University, Northridge – Victorian Sights and Sounds – Philippa Levine
- 1998 – Clark College (Vancouver, Washington) – Victorian Sexualities – Donald Hall
- 1999 – Clark College (Vancouver, Washington) – Victorianisms – Alison Winter
- 2000 – UCLA – Artifacts of Victorian Culture – Sally Mitchell
- 2001 – UCLA – The Victorian World – Chris Kent
- 2002 – Boise State University – Victorian Institutions – Linda K. Hughes
- 2003 – University of Texas (Austin) – Victorian Legacies – Martin Wiener
- 2004 – University of Washington (Seattle) – Victorian Innovations – Susan P. Casteras
- 2005 – University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) – Victorian Rituals, Celebrations, and Anniversaries – James R. Kincaid
- 2006 – Pepperdine University (Malibu) – The Presence of the Past in the Victorian Age – Philippa Levine
- 2007 – University of Colorado (Boulder) – Victorians in Motion – Lawrence Goldman
- 2008 – University of Washington (Seattle) – The Public and Private Politics of Victorian England – Antony Harrison
- 2009 – Coast Renaissance Hotel (Vancouver, British Columbia) – Victorian Markets and Marketing – Erika Rappaport – Joint Conference with the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada
- 2010 – University of Hawaii (Honolulu) – Oceania and the East in the Victorian Imagination – Jane Samson
- 2011 – University of Houston-Downtown – The Vulgar and the Proper: Victorian Manners and Mores – Helena Michie
- 2012 – State University of New York Plattsburgh- Victorian Transnationalism: The Atlantic Legacy in the Long 19th Century– Amanda Claybaugh
- 2013 – Portland, OR – “Victorian Modernities“- Joseph Bristow
- 2014 – California State University, Fullerton – “Victorian Collections & Collecting” – Anne Helmreich
- 2015 – Denver, CO – “Victorian Self-Fashionings” – Bernard Lightman
- 2016 – Austin, TX- “Transgressions“- Dennis Denisoff
- 2017 – Vancouver, BC – “Victorian Education” – joint conference with the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada.