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1917: Revolution, Radicalism, and Resistance in the Atlantic World
18th Annual International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History
The University of Texas at Arlington
October 19-21, 2017
Submission Deadline: July 31
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Erik S. McDuffie, 

Transatlantic history examines the circulation and interaction of people, goods, and ideas between and within any of the four continents surrounding the Atlantic basin between the time of the first Atlantic contacts in the 1400s and the present day. Situated primarily in the fields of social and cultural history, its approaches are problem-oriented in scope, and highlighted by comparative and transnational frameworks.

We invite papers and panel submissions that are historical, geographical, anthropological, literary, sociological, and cartographic in nature—including interdisciplinary and digital humanities projects—that fall within the scope of transatlantic studies from both graduate students and young scholars. We will accept submissions for papers written in English, French, Spanish, and German.

The theme of this year’s conference is the impact of the Russian Revolutions of 1917 on the Atlantic World, examining the political, social, cultural, and economic reverberations and legacies prompted by the collapse of Russia’s ancien régime and the consolidation of Soviet/Bolshevik power. Inspiring hope and terror abroad, this conference aims to analyze the various transnational and international dimensions of the Russian Revolutions and how they shaped social and political movements in the Atlantic World, both directly and by virtue of establishing a new geopolitical context.

Topics may include but are not limited to the following:
  • Communist, socialist, and anarchist internationalism
  • Imperialism/colonialism, anti-colonial movements, and decolonization
  • Transatlantic solidarity struggles
  • Women’s and feminist movements
  • Radical and social movement networks
  • Anti-war and peace activism during World War I and World War II
  • Refugees and exiles
  • Revolutions and uprisings of 1917-1923 (Russia, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Mexico, Greece, Ireland, Egypt, etc.)
  • Social, political, and cultural forms of anti-communism—both left- and right-wing
  • Fascism and anti-fascism
  • Cold War studies

We also seek to explore and further establish shared terminology, methodologies, and defining parameters as they pertain to the field of transatlantic history. This conference has become an interdisciplinary and intercontinental meeting place where such ideas can converge into a common conversation.

Therefore, we also welcome papers on:
  • Twentieth-century empires
  • Transatlantic networks
  • Making of nation-states
  • Transnational spaces
  • Transatlantic migrations
  • Diaspora studies
  • Collective memory
  • Identity construction
  • Transatlantic cuisine and consumption
  • Intercultural transfer and transfer studies
  • Transnational familiesTeaching transnational history

Selected participants’ papers will be considered for publication in Traversea, the peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal in transatlantic history.

Submission of individual paper abstracts should be approximately three hundred words in length and should be accompanied by an abbreviated (maximum one page) curriculum vita. Panel proposals (3-4 people) should include titles and abstracts of panels as a whole, as well as each individual paper. Deadline for submission is July 31, 2017. We will notify authors of accepted papers by August 15, 2017.

Paper and panel submissions should be made at here.

Please direct all questions to Lydia Towns

Jane Austen and Cultural Outsiders
Friday, November 10, 2017
Keynote Speaker: Professor Susan Fraiman,
The University of Virginia
Professor Fraiman is the author of Unbecoming Women: British Women Writers and the
Novel of Development, Cool Men and the Second Sex, and Extreme Domesticity: A View
from the Margins. She is also the editor of Northanger Abbey: Norton Critical Edition.

Proposed papers should explore the works of Jane Austen in relation to the category of “outsiders.” Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Austen’s treatment of characters who are marginal in social terms (by virtue of race, class, national origin, marital status, occupation, birth order, etc.). 
  • Likewise, the treatment of characters who are marginal in narrative terms. 
  •  Austen’s treatment of issues involving cultural “others” (slavery, colonialism, enclosure of lands, urban riots, etc.)
adaptations of her work (movies, stage plays, etc.) produced in non-Western cultural contexts.
  • Austen’s influence on writers who are “outsiders” to the British
literary tradition. 
  • Sequels, spinoffs, and other reworkings of Austen’s novels that
feature cultural “others” (servants, zombies, etc.). 

Please send 250-500 word abstracts by October 10 to

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The British Isles in the Mind's Eye: Literary Tourism and "Real" History
What are the relationships among historical narratives, fictional narratives, and the narratives that the tourist industry creates? Contributions are solicited for a collection of essays that will map the boundaries of and intersections among these discourses of “place” and its significance, with an emphasis on literary tourism and the British Isles. Essays may be weighted towards the theoretical or may be focused on studies of individual historical sites or literary authors; they may approach the subject from the disciplinary perspectives of anthropology, cultural studies, film studies, literary history, or history. Potential subjects of interest include historicality, historicity, and historical fiction and poetry; the influence of popular fiction and film on British tourism or on the marketing of historical sites to the literary tourist; the (re)creation of history in fiction, poetry, and film; and the impact of tourism on historical curation.

Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, is inviting a proposal for this project. Send 500-word abstracts and one-page CVs as Word documents to the editor, LuAnn McCracken Fletcher, by 1 September 2017. Accepted abstracts will be included in the proposal to the press, with completed manuscripts needed by 1 June 2018

British Jewish Contemporary Cultures: An International Conference
26-27 March 2018, Bangor University, Wales.

We invite proposals for the first international British Academy funded conference on British Jewish Contemporary Cultures. Any topic which explores the study of contemporary British Jewish culture, widely defined, is welcomed. We are particularly interested in locating British Jewish contemporary cultures in global and comparative settings, as well as in terms of imperial, postcolonial and transnational narratives. The aim of the conference is to tease out the tension between a transcultural British Jewish Studies and the specificity of the Jewish experience in Britain with increasing theoretical and methodological complexity.

We welcome proposals for panel discussions as well as individual papers of 20 minutes. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a brief biography to Jennifer Griffiths by 1st December 2017.

Suggested topics include but are by no means limited to:
  • Writing British Jewishness
  • Images of British Jewishness in film and television
  • Gender, sexuality and Jewishness in contemporary culture
  • Visual images (art, cartoons, graphic novels)
  • British Jews and the media
  • Shifting Identities: Transcultural contexts
  • Performing Jewishness
  • British Jewishness and the Holocaust
  • Politics and Jewishness in contemporary Britain
  • Locating British Jewishness: space and place
  • The Jewish Gothic
  • British Jews and Israel/Palestine
  • Black and British Jewish Intersections
  • Antisemitism
  • Brexit and Contemporary British Jewish culture

Conference organisers: Professor Nathan Abrams (Bangor) and Dr. Ruth Gilbert (Winchester). The conference has been generously supported by the British Academy.

For more information on the British Jewish Contemporary Cultures Network, please visit the website or contact

The Colonial/Postcolonial New Researchers’ Workshop 2017
The Colonial/Postcolonial New Researchers’ Workshop is currently inviting abstract submissions for the 2017/8 academic year. The workshop was established in 2008, to provide a forum for postgraduates and new researchers to meet and present their work in an informal environment. Seminars run on a bi-weekly basis at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), intercalated with Imperial and World History 

We invite proposals for papers or panels on any aspect of colonial or postcolonial history. We particularly welcome proposals that address specific methodological, interdisciplinary or theoretical concerns. Seminars take place on Monday evenings on a fortnightly basis.

Anyone interested in presenting their work, whether finished pieces or works in progress, is encouraged to submit an abstract of between 250-350 words to Abstracts should be submitted by no later than 31st July 2017. Decisions will be made in mid-August


Late Tudor and Stuart Drama: Gender, Performance, and Material Culture
Call for Proposals, for a new series from Medieval Institute Publications
Series Editors: Cristina León Alfar, Hunter College, CUNY and Helen Ostovich, McMaster University
This series provides a forum for monographs and essay collections that investigate the material culture, broadly conceived, of theatre and performance in England from the late Tudor to the pre-Restoration Stuart periods (c. 1550–1650). The editors invite proposals for book-length studies engaging in the material vitality of the dramatic text, political culture, theatre and performance history, theatrical design, performance spaces, gendering court entertainments, child- and adult-actors, music, dance, and audiences in London and on tour. We are also interested in the discursive production of gender, sex, and race in early modern England in relation to material historical, social, cultural, and political structures; changes to and effects of law; monarchy and the republic in dramatic texts; theatre and performance, including performance spaces that are not in theatres. Further topics might include the production and consumption of things and ideas; costumes, props, theatre records and accounts, gendering of spaces and geographies (court, tavern, street, and household, rural or urban), cross-dressing, military or naval excursions, gendered pastimes, games, behaviours, rituals, fashions, and encounters with the exotic, the non-European, the disabled, and the demonic and their reflection in text and performance.
To submit a proposal, please contact Erika Gaffney, Senior Acquisitions Editor.

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Past and Present: Narratives of Progress and Decline in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Christ Church, University of Oxford
19 March 2018

The fascination and persistence of the past in nineteenth-century life and thought have been the subjects of notable recent scholarship. Contemporaries inhabited a fragmented present, in which narratives of progress overlapped and clashed with depictions of historical decline, as critics sought to define and locate their own age in the larger sweep of time. Such conceptualisations were integral not solely to the practice of Victorian historiography, but also to the framing of a much broader range of cultural and political debates. This symposium seeks to encourage further reflection and discussion in the field, by inviting papers from historians and scholars in other disciplines which address the ways in which nineteenth-century actors represented, celebrated and critiqued the threads of historical change that connected together past, present, and future. The organisers therefore hope that the symposium will make visible the intimate relationship between historical narration and all kinds of cultural criticism in the period.

This one-day interdisciplinary symposium will focus on different kinds of nineteenth-century narrative as a means of exploring the breadth and depth of historical engagement in contemporary culture. The conference will centre on the Victorian period, but the organisers also welcome perspectives on other parts of ‘the long nineteenth century’. We therefore invite 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers on topics that may include, but are by no means limited to, the following themes:

  • The ‘Historical Method’ and the quest for a ‘science of politics’
  • The role of, and intersections between, religion and the constitution in Victorian narratives of historical change
  • Historical narrative as a mode of political critique
  • Historicist and organicist philosophical thought
  • Understandings of religious decline and renewal in past and present
  • Contemporary attempts to historicise changing family and gender roles
  • The historical dimensions of nineteenth-century racial thought
  • Histories of scientific advance and regression
  • Narratives of commercial and imperial expansion and decay
  • The dynamics of the past in Victorian social criticism
  • Historical retrospect and projection in nineteenth-century literature
  • The interplay between rhetoric and narrative in these and other topics
  • Visual culture

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Stuart Jones (University of Manchester).

The conference will take place at Christ Church, University of Oxford. There will be no registration fee, but speakers will be responsible for funding their own transport and accommodation costs. We particularly welcome paper proposals from postgraduate and early career researchers. Thanks to the generosity of the Royal Historical Society, postgraduate students presenting a paper or attending the conference may apply for a Royal Historical Society bursary (to a maximum of £60) towards travel and accommodation costs. Priority will be given to those presenting a paper, and you should apply by explaining your travel and accommodation needs in a statement of 250 words or fewer by 30 September 2017.

Proposals consisting of a 250-word abstract and a summary CV should be sent to by 30 September 2017.
Organisers: Dr Joshua Bennett (Christ Church, University of Oxford), Dr Emily Jones (Pembroke College, University of Cambridge)

Race and class in Britain and America from the 17th to the 19th century
22-23 March 2018
Université PARIS VIII Vincennes-St Denis/Université PARIS NANTERRE

Encounters with new populations in Africa and America during the early modern period captured the interest of European naturalists, who developed various discourses of human variety theory in view of categorising the peoples of the earth. The premise of human classification, of course, was that one group was innately and inimitably better or worse than another – and that the most superior human beings on earth happened to be the white European elite. The taxonomies of human ‘race’ that took hold over the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries in Britain and America were, and continue to be, inextricable from questions of class and social precedence. 

This conference will question how developing discourses of race came to structure the societies of Britain and America in the early modern period. It hopes to explore the way discourses of race and class interacted with each other, and how the vocabulary of social strata overlapped with the language of race. How were the bodies and minds of the upper ranks considered to differ from those of other people during these periods? How important indeed was the idea of the physical body in rank distinction, and how did this square with the notions of pure blood that underpinned both ‘race’ and hereditary privilege? In what ways were some groups ‘naturally’ privileged or ‘naturally’ excluded? Were social minorities like indigents or women marginalized or stigmatized similarly to Africans or Native Americans?

We will welcome proposals offering a comparative approach between British and American societies as well as a diachronic approach.

Proposals for papers might include:
  • Studies of genealogy and family hierarchy
  • Human variety theory in philosophy and naturalism
  • Medical and scientific views on heredity and human hierarchy
  • The evolution of racial discourses
  • Biological justifications of slavery
  • Heredity and the patrilineal transmission of nobility
  • Inquiries into the human body and its representations
  • Representations of race and class in literature and art
  • Representations of the African or the Native American in Europe
  • Class and racial solidarity
  • Racialised representations of the indigent and the noble
  • The perception of the physical ideal and miscegenation
  • Race and nation: Anglo-Saxon ethnic/racial superiority
  • Race and the environment: the degeneration of American settlers vs the superiority of the “American race”
  • Studies of femininity, femaleness and ‘effeminacy’ in the context of race and rank

The conference will consider proposals from all fields of study, and welcomes both confirmed researchers and doctoral or post-doctoral students.The languages of the conference will be French and English.A selection of papers presented at the conference will be published.

For consideration, please submit a paper proposal of 300 words and a one-page CV by September 30, 2017 to Anne-Claire FaucquezTim Mc Inerney and Michaël Roy

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Sermon: Text and Performance
The Center for Sermon Studies at Marshall University (Huntington, WV) will hold its inaugural conference October 19-22, 2017. The organizers invite proposals for individual papers and complete panels that address the preaching of any religious tradition in any period of British or Irish history.  

Proposals are due by August 1; the full CFP and submission portal are available at the conference website. For more information, please contact Robert Ellison.

Sexy Beast: Amorous Monsters, Incest, and Bestiality in Medieval Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Scandinavian Literature
A Call for Papers for the 49th NeMLA Annual Conference, April 12th-15th, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA.

The realistic and fantastic narratives of the early medieval world contain no shortage of encounters that stretch, challenge, and break accepted social guidelines. The theoretical analysis of non-traditional modes of desire, other-worldly wish fulfilment, and human-animal relations in the literatures of medieval Northern Europe offers opportunities for the provocative consideration of mythopoetic ritual, social syncretism, source study, literary innovation, authorial or cultural fetish, and the iconography or design features of the material culture of early Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, and Scandinavia. Eco-criticism, psychoanalytic and gender theory, and linguistic and cultural poetics provide a lens for the discussion of sexualized monster combat, romantic encounters with otherworldly or mythic entities, cross-species or magical seduction, angelic ravishments, the sexualized negotiation of clan or family structure, and the totemic representation of monstrous or animalistic couplings. The deadline for abstract submission is September 30th, 2017. Please submit 200 to 400 word abstracts to this panel via the official NeMLA website and follow the instructions posted there. This panel is hosted by Professor David Pecan, SUNY Nassau.

Contact Info: This panel is hosted by Professor David Pecan, SUNY Nassau. It is requested that all abstract submissions be sent through the NeMLA website.

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Technologies of Frankenstein: 1818-2018
7-9 March 2018, Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, New Jersey, USA)
Co-hosted by IEEE History Center and Stevens Institute of Technology, College of Arts and Letters
Frankenstein continues to inspire discourse in scholarly, popular, and creative culture about the Monstrous, the Outsider, the Other, and scientific ethics. This conference will examine such connections in our thinking about humanism and techno-science from the novel's publication to the present. We construe broadly the intersecting themes of humanism, technology, and science and we welcome proposals from all fields of study for presentations that add a twenty-first century perspective to Frankenstein. Topic areas and questions may include but are not limited to:

Topic areas:
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Branding “Frankenstein” (Food, Comics, Gaming, Music, Theater, Film)
  • Computational and Naval Technology (Mapping, Navigation, The Idea of the Journey)
  • Digital Humanities and GeoHumanities (Applications, Pedagogy, Library/Information Technology)
  • Engineering Technologies: Past/Present/Future (Chemical, Electrical, Biomedical)
  • Future Technologies and Labor Concerns

  • How might industrialized nations develop low-cost solutions to provide maternal and pediatric care in regions with limited medical facilities?
  • How are our ideas of the “Monstrous” or “Other” changing since the publication of Frankenstein?
  • Is the pharmaceutical industry using human consumers as experiments for profit?
  • What ethical and legal issues will emerge in the age of advanced or “aware” artificial intelligence?
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • What is the responsibility of government in world-wide health care?
  • Who is responsible for the outcomes of techno-science?
  • Who should have access to advanced human enhancement technologies and why?

Submit abstracts of 300 words and brief cv by 15 October 2017 to Michael Geselowitz and Robin Hammerman.

Transatlantic Connections Conference V
The Irish Studies Program at Drew University is pleased to announce the Call For Papers for the Transatlantic Connections Conference V, which takes place in Ireland January 10-14 2018. The theme of this year’s Transatlantic Connections Conference is “Kindred Spirits / Dáimh”. This theme will be explored across a range of interdisciplinary panels, workshops, keynote talks and cultural events. The Transatlantic Connections Conference will be an opportunity to explore cultures (broadly defined) and the interactions and intersections between them. The focus of the conference will be on cultures that are “outside the mainstream,” and the goal is to foster a sense of shared kinship and celebration amongst representatives of humanity’s cultural diversity.

Our conference model is different from most academic symposia. Our panels are open to the public, and presenters include undergraduate and post-graduate students, academics, professionals and enthusiasts in a variety of cultural pursuits. This is a multidisciplinary conference, and papers are sought in the fields of History, Literature, Peace Studies, Architecture & Design, Minority Languages, Irish Language, Sustainability and Ecology, Medical Humanities, Activism and Protest, Literature, Food Studies, and Music Studies.

The location is in Bundoran, in County Donegal, an incredibly cultural and scenic county, sandwiched between the province of Northern Ireland to the east, the counties of Sligo and Leitrim to the south, and the wild Atlantic Ocean all along the west coast. The North and North West of Ireland is home to many small communities with shared narratives of oppression, division, cultural revival and conflict resolution, and this extraordinarily friendly, beautiful and historic setting provides a unique conference experience for the visiting scholar.

Proposal Details
Paper proposals should not exceed 400 words in length, and must be accompanied by a short biography of the proposer. Paper proposals must be uploaded below. All proposals must be uploaded by October 1st 2017 in order to be considered for the conference. All presenters must register as conference presenters and pay registration fee. Accepted applicants will be informed no later than October 20, 2017. For more information on the conference, email

Undergraduate Panels

Undergraduate students are invited to submit proposals to present completed research papers/projects, research-in-progress, or roundtable discussions on any topic related to the general fields listed above. We invite faculty from Drew University, and from other institutions, to organise, chair and serve as discussants: each undergraduate presenter will have 5-8 minutes to speak, with a maximum of six speakers per undergraduate panel. These sessions are offer an opportunity for undergraduate students to gain experience in conference presenting, and to receive feedback from their peers and senior colleagues.

Scholars Panels

The conference organisers invite both individual paper proposals, and complete panel proposals from postgraduates, early career academics and established scholars from a range of disciplines, as well as experts and representatives in related fields on topics relevant to the theme of ‘Kindred / Dáimh’

The conference also welcomes proposals for innovative panels and sessions that do not follow the usual format of academic paper presentations, such as film and media presentations, interview conversations, and others. Proposals for innovative sessions should be sent directly to the Drew Conference Team.

To upload an abstract for consideration, you can go directly to the website or email.

Contact Info: 
Dr. Niamh Hamill

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Women’s Suffrage and Political Activism: Commemorating the Centenary of the 1918 Reform Act in Britain
For many British and Irish suffragists the vote was essential to obtaining justice for working women, peace and wider social reform. Yet in practice, working relationships between suffragists, peace activists and socialists were often troubled. This conference explores the ideas, strategies and controversies relating to the women’s movement in the years leading up to the 1918 Reform Act and its aftermath. We welcome contributions on individual suffragists and suffrage groups in Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales. We invite abstracts on attitudes to women’s suffrage in the labour movement, women’s peace initiatives during the First World War, and initiatives in support of equal franchise and feminist reforms from 1918-28. Papers should demonstrate new research, and awareness of the complexity of the relationship between working-class women, suffragists, social reformers and the organised labour movement.

Please send panel proposals (up to 500 words) or individual paper abstracts (up to 250 words) by 30th October to Ph. D students should give their dissertation title, and the name and e-mail address of their supervisor. The conference is held in collaboration the Labour History Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin University, and the University of Cambridge University Library.

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Convenors: Prof Lucy BlandDr Lucy DelapDr Ben GriffinProf Mary Joannou.

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