Calls for Papers

Military Masculinities in the Long Nineteenth Century

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University of Hull, 20th – 21st May 2015

Keynotes: Doctor Holly Furneaux and Professor Joanne Bailey. 

To commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and the lasting impact of the Napoleonic Wars upon the history of militarism, submissions are welcomed for ‘Military Masculinities in the Long Nineteenth Century’, an interdisciplinary conference held at the University of Hull on the 20th and 21st May 2015. We welcome papers from scholars across the humanities on the topic of nineteenth-century ‘military’ manliness. The conference will encompass a range of themes relating to notions of gender, war and empire, exploring the ways in which nineteenth-century society responded and reacted to ideas of militarism and mobilised manhood.

Topics might include (but are certainly not limited to):

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The Napoleonic Wars.
Victorian war and empire.
Hero worship.
Military fashion.
Returning soldiers.
Soldiers and families (military fathers, husbands and sons).
Military hierarchies.
Men and nursing.
The revival of chivalry and past manly archetypes.
Military masculinity in art and music.
Artistic masculinity during wartime.
Violent, criminal masculinity.
Emotion, trauma and the nervous body.
Physicality and sport.

Image used with kind permission of the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words for a paper of 20 minutes to either Anna Maria Barry or Emma Butcher [] by 5 January 2015.

We anticipate that the registration fee will be £50, with a discounted price of £35 for postgraduate students. This will include lunch and refreshments on both days.

In affiliation with Hull University’s Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and Waterloo 200.

Royal Historical Society




FWSA Student Essay Prize


The FWSA is delighted to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our 10th anniversary student essay competition. To encourage a new generation of feminist scholars, the FWSA sponsors an annual student essay competition for work which is innovative, interdisciplinary and grounded in feminist theory and practice. The top seven entries will be judged by our anniversary judging panel and will be published in the Journal of International Women’s Studies. In addition, the winner will receive a year’s free FWSA membership and a publisher’s prize.
The theme for the competition is ‘New Directions in Feminist Studies- Activisms, Emotions, Intersectionality’.
Students at any stage of their studies at a British or Irish university are encouraged to submit work that has not been previously published and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Essays can be on this general theme or can focus on a sub-theme e.g. Activisms. Entries should be 7,000 words (including footnotes and bibliography), must be submitted electronically and including a completed competition coversheet. The deadline for this year’s competition is 12th December 2013. The winning entries will be announced in Summer 2014.
Please submit the essays electronically to
For detailed entry requirements, guidelines, the competition coversheet, and joining options please email


Victorian Network – Victorian Bodies and Body Parts



Victorian Network is an MLA-indexed online journal devoted to publishing and promoting the best postgraduate work in Victorian Studies.

The ninth issue of Victorian Network, guest edited by Professor Pamela K. Gilbert (University of Florida), is dedicated to a reassessment of the place of the human body in the Victorian literary and cultural imagination. Rapid medical and scientific advances, advancing industrialization and new forms of labour, legal reforms, the rise of comparative ethnology and anthropology, the growth of consumer culture, and the ever changing trends of Victorian fashion are just a few of the many forces that transformed how Victorians thought about the human body and about the relationship between the embodied, or disembodied, self and the object world.

 Nineteenth-century configurations of the body have long been of interest to Victorian scholars. However, recent years have seen the field reconfigured by the emergence of a range of exciting new and theoretically sophisticated approaches that harness the insights of the new materialism, thing theory, cultural phenomenology and actor-network theory to explorations of Victorian embodiment, bodies and body parts.

We are inviting submissions of no more than 7000 words, on any aspect of the theme. Possible topics include but are by no means limited to the following:

 ·      embodied experience and the senses

·      the body in stillness and in motion: practices of confinement and mobility

·      consumerism, fashion and the stylized body

·      the body and technology

·      bodies of empire and colonialism

·      bodies and body parts on display: anatomical museums, ethnological shows, hospital ward tours

·      sciences of the body: medicine, biology, ethnology, statistics, etc.

·      bodies, sex and gender

·      health and illness

·      affective bodies and embodied emotions

·      labour power and the body as property

·      the poetics and aesthetics of the human body

·      human and animal bodies before and after Darwin

 All submissions should conform to MHRA style conventions and the in-house submission guidelines.
 Deadline for submissions: 30 November 2013.



Australasian Victorian Studies Association (AVSA) 

Hong Kong, 10th – 12th July 2014

Theme: Victorian Transport


Victorian Popular Fiction Association


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