AVSA deadline approaching

The CFP deadline for next year’s Australasian Victorian Studies Association conference is fast approaching. The theme is Victorian Transport, and the conference will take place in July 2014 in Hong Kong.

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Abstracts are due by 30 November 2013.

The Victorian Age is one of mobility and of transportation: goods, people and money were transported within Great Britain, across Europe, and to the far reaches of Empire. Ideas – whether economic, political, educational, religious or philosophical – were imported and exported. And far from being unemotional, the Victorians were also regularly ‘transported’ by emotions which doctors, scientists and psychologists tried to theorise.

This conference seeks to redefine the parameters of transport through inter-disciplinary approaches to material, metaphorical and metaphysical journeys during the Victorian era. Papers on global crossings are particularly welcome.

Keynotes by:

James Buzard (Massachuselts Institute of Technology)
Stephen Davies (Hong Kong Maritime Museum)
Josephine McDonagh (King’s College, London)
Peter McNeil (University of Technology, Sydney)

Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • Transporting people, transporting goods
  • Modes of Transportation
  • Intellectual transport
  • Trade and trafficking
  • Penal colonies
  • Theorising ‘transport’
  • Theories of the emotions
  • Women and transport
  • Transport, its politics and policies
  • Transatlantic and Transpacific transportation
  • Transference and the subconscious
  • Dreams and Telepathy
  • Transporting and translating literature abroad
  • Transport hubs/ urban development
  • Speed
  • Transportive music
  • Landscape and environment
  • Immobility
  • Time Travel
  • Neo-Victorian Transport

Part of the conference will be devoted to transport related to China. Five postgrad travel bursaries are available.

For full info see http://www.english.hku.hk/events/victoriantransport/

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