CfP: VSAWC: VICTORIAN BODIES: An International Conference (Apr 10-11 2015, Kelowna, British Columbia)

Hosted by the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada

The Manteo lakeside resort, Kelowna, British Columbia

Conference dates: April 10-11, 2015

Publication Workshop: April 9 and 12, 2015

The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada invites proposals for its 2015 conference, “Victorian Bodies.” The conference will explore Victorian concepts, representations, and experiences of the body. We invite papers that examine Victorian studies’ enduring interest in the body and embodiment, and we look forward to exploring ways in which Victorians engaged with aesthetic, scientific, economic, and moral distinctions among bodies.

Possible topics for discussion include body modification and adornment; bodily classification; illness, injury and invalidism; health regimes; histories of gender and sexuality; legal approaches to the body; animal bodies; death and funereal practices; sport and athleticism; sensory experience; labour and leisure; food culture; technological and mediated experiences of the body. We welcome papers from scholars working in different disciplines and employing varied methodologies (art history, history of science, architecture, music and theatre history, literary studies, popular culture, digital humanities, media history/archaeology; disability studies, affect theory, critical race theory, phenomenology, gender studies and queer theory). We also encourage would-be participants to propose panels of three papers on related themes.

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Martha Stoddard Holmes, Professor of Literature and Writing Studies at California State University, San Marcos, will be our plenary speaker. Dr. Stoddard Holmes is author of Fictions of Affliction: Physical Disability in Victorian Culture and co-editor of The Teacher’s Body: Embodiment, Authority and Identity in the Classroom.

VSAWC 2015 will also feature two seminars, each of which will have a separate call for papers on our website. Dr. Christopher Keep (Western University) will lead a seminar on “On Body Memories: Technology, Transposability and the Limits of Interiority;” Dr. Colette Colligan and Dr. Michelle Levy (Simon Fraser University) will lead a seminar on “Embodied Research in a Digital Age.” Graduate students, faculty and independent scholars are invited to apply for one seminar; each is capped at 10. Participants will circulate short papers (5-10 pgs) for discussion. More information about the seminars will be available on our website as of Sept 1:

We are also pleased to announce that the conference will once again feature at no additional cost

VSAWC’s highly successful Publication Workshop for Emergent Scholars. This two-day intensive workshop, scheduled for April 9 and 12 and bracketing the main conference, will be led by Victorian Review co-editors Lisa Surridge and Mary Elizabeth Leighton. Graduate students and junior faculty are warmly invited to this two-day hands-on workshop designed to hone a scholarly paper to publication standard. The workshop will start on the morning of April 9 with a three-hour interactive presentation on “How to Get Published: Ten Tips from Two Editors.” Participants will then meet individually during the afternoon of April 9 with workshop leaders to receive feedback on their paper and then will be free to attend the regular conference. The conference will be followed on April 12 by a three-hour writing workshop in which participants will apply the knowledge gained during the presentation and feedback sessions, revise their papers, and share results. Previous workshop participants have enjoyed considerable publication success coming out of the workshop.

The conference will take place April 10-11, 2015 in the beautiful town of Kelowna, situated by the lake in the Okanagan Valley region of British Columbia, Canada. All conference events will take place at The Manteo, a lakeside resort on the shores of Okanagan Lake, one of British Columbia’s most popular travel destinations ( The area is famous for its beauty and its proximity to award-winning wineries. Kelowna’s international airport makes travel to this scenic area convenient.

Conference CFP: Please send 250-word abstracts with titles plus a separate 75-word biographical statement to by October 7, 2014. Please visit for more information.

Seminar CFPs: Please see our conference website ( for more information; seminar CFPs will be available Sept 1, 2014.

Publication workshop CFP: Please send your paper title plus a separate 75-word biographical statement and CV to Lisa Surridge ( by October 7, 2014. Participants will submit 20-25-page essays one week before the first workshop day. Workshop participants need not present a conference paper.


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