CFP: George Eliot 2019: An International Bi-Centenary Conference


Date: 17–19 July 2019

Location: College Court, University of Leicester

Plenary Speakers: Professor Rosemary Ashton (UCL) and Professor Nancy Henry (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Deadline for proposals: 14 January 2019

This conference will examine the legacy of George Eliot alongside trends in contemporary critical work, bringing together scholars from around the world to mark the bicentenary of her birth. We invite proposals for papers and for 3-4 person panels on any subject relating to Eliot and her work, her influence on and relationships with her contemporaries, and the critical and cultural effects of her writing. Eliot’s own range of interests were encyclopaedic and global: the conference organisers welcome proposals reflecting this scope and depth. We invite proposals from researchers at all career stages from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and welcome submissions from creative writers.

A guided tour of sites associated with the novelist and her works, including Griff House and the private estate of Arbury Hall, will be on offer as part of the conference, as will early career scholar networking and optional mentoring by senior academics.

Proposals for individual papers (300 words) and panels (1000 words) should be submitted to by 14 January 2019. Applicants should include a brief biographical note of up to 150 words.

Organising committee

The conference is being organised by Juliette Atkinson (UCL), Carolyn Burdett (Birkbeck), John Burton (Chairman, George Eliot Fellowship), Ruth Livesey (Royal Holloway), Gail Marshall (University of Reading), John Rignall (University of Warwick), and Joanne Shattock (University of Leicester), working under the auspices of the Victorian Studies Centre at the University of Leicester, and in conjunction with the George Eliot Fellowship.

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