CFP/ Keynote Update: 'The Neo-Victorian and the Late-Victorian: Texts, Media, Politics'

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Call for Papers
August 2, 2021 to August 3, 2021
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
British History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, Humanities, Literature
Dear all
We are most delighted to announce our second keynote speaker, for the 'Politics / Imperial Nostalgia' strand of the 'Neo-Victorian and Late-Victorian' conference.
Professor Kim A. Wagner (Queen Mary, University of London) will give a keynote paper on ‘Afterlives of Empire: Between Nostalgia and Amnesia’. We are very grateful and looking foward to a fascinating and timely talk.
We are also very happy to confirm that our keynote speaker for the 'Texts / Fictions' strand of our conference,Associate Professor Dr Claire Nally (Northumbria University) will present a talk on Steampunk and Postcolonialism.
More information on our keynote speaker for the third, 'Media Archaeology' strand tbc soon. Please find the CFP below - we are still looking forward to more abstracts on the event.
We are still planning a blended event (a combination of on-campus and online papers and panels) while monitoring very closely the latest government guidelines and developments regarding Covid-19. The possibility of an oilne-only conference is also considered. A final decision will be announced in due time. Speakers who cannot or do not want to travel, regardless of the final format of the event, will all be given the opportunity to deliver their paper online.
The Neo-Victorian and the Late-Victorian:
Texts, Media, Politics
2-3 September 2021
The last few decades have witnessed an increasing interest in revisiting, reproducing or rewriting various aspects of nineteenth-century culture, particularly that of the late Victorian period, whether in the form of neo-Victorian literature, steampunk, media archaeology, fashion, documentaries and period dramas, among others.
This trend has received various different interpretations, either as part of the recycling of past periods, styles and texts characteristic of postmodernism of the 1980s, of the ‘memory boom’ of the 1990s and the ensuing culture of commemoration, anniversaries and memorialisation, or the most recent signs of a widespread imperial nostalgia, evident not just in various media texts, such as film or television, but also in contemporary political realities like Brexit.
These are only some of the symptoms of this widespread trend and only some instances of the critical approaches that they have received, and this two-day conference seeks to explore this trend from a diverse range of disciplinary, theoretical and methodological perspectives.
The specific focus of the conference is on papers that address the dialectic relationship between the two historical periods. We are particularly interested in the ways in which the late-Victorian is re-envisioned and reconceptualised within the neo-Victorian.
The list below is only indicative of areas for which we welcome submission of abstracts:
  • neo-Victorianism in literature, film and television
  • Gothic horror, then and now: literature, film, television and gaming
  • steampunk (literature, art, fashion, subculture)
  • contemporary politics and imperial nostalgia (Empire 2.0, Global Britain, etc.)
  • media archaeology, archive studies, museums and the late Victorian ‘frenzy of the visible’
  • contemporary sexual politics and late Victorian queer cultures
  • The New Woman and the suffragette movement
  • contemporary terrorism and the 1890s
  • crime, detection and punishment
  • nostalgia and material culture: the yearning for the handmade
Keynote Spakers:
Associate Professor Dr Claire Nally (Northumbria University)
'Steampunk and Postcolonialism'
Professor Kim A. Wagner (Queen Mary, University of London)
‘Afterlives of Empire: Between Nostalgia and Amnesia’.
(Media Archaeology Keynote tbc)
The current plan is still to run the conference on campus but, if necessary, it will take place virtually. Final plans will be announced later in the academic year.
Please send 300-word abstracts accompanied by a 90-word bio to conference organisers Victoria Margree and Aris Mousoutzanis by 28 May 2021 at
Kind regards
Vicky Margree
Aris Mousoutzanis