CFP: “Vicarious Victorians: Transmitting Experience in the Nineteenth-Century”, 30 April 2016

Victorian Studies Association of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario
Saturday 30 April 2016

The theme of the 2016 VSAO conference is “Vicarious Victorians: Transmitting Experience in the Nineteenth-Century.” Professors Rachel Ablow (U Buffalo) and Jules Law (Northwestern U) will serve as our two plenary speakers.

We invite proposals that interpret the theme of vicariousness – across spaces, eras, bodies, genres, and media – in broad, interdisciplinary, and imaginative ways. Papers might address:

• virtual tourism, armchair imperialism

• simulations, dioramas, panoramas, maps

• translation, adaptation, reenactment

• identification, sympathy, empathy

• embodiment, psychosomatic phenomena, hypnotism and mesmerism

• photography, telegraphic realism, sound and film technologies

Please send electronic copies of proposals (300–500 words) and brief biographical sketches to Tina Y. Choi by 5 February 2016.

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