CFP: 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference

Call for Papers

18th– and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference

March 5th-7th, 2020

TCU, Fort Worth

The twenty-eighth annual British Women Writers Conference (BWWC) invites papers and panel proposals interpreting the theme of “visions” in British women’s writing in the 18th and 19th centuries.  From sight to spyglasses, the unseen to voyeurism, the theme of “visions” encourages us both to engage with the past and to reimagine the possibilities for future scholarship. Our conceptions of periods and places are widely defined, and we invite a rich discussion of the diversity of women’s writing. Please send a 500-word abstract and a brief bio to by Friday, December 13, 2019.

Panel proposals should include individual paper abstracts, short speaker bios, as well as a brief panel description (in one document). All proposals should engage the conference theme and relate to British women’s writing in the long eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for sponsored travel grants.

Paper topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Adaptations
    • Film adaptations
    • Textual studies
  • Science & Technology
    • Advances in medicine
    • Scientific revolution
    • Women in/and science
    • Environmental writing
  • Representation
    • Politics/Citizenship
    • Art & Art History
    • Trans- and queer theories
    • The subaltern
  • Horizons
    • Movement
    • Transatlanticism
    • Travel
    • Mapping & globalization
    • Epistolary networks
    • Empire and expansion
  • The Unseen
    • Voyeurism
    • Disability Studies
    • Text Recovery
  • Ideas
    • Visionaries
    • Enlightenment
    • Colonialism
  • Supernatural
    • Gothic
    • Specters
    • Religion & religious visions
  • Scholarship
    • Visionaries
    • Future work
    • Eco studies & Ecofeminism
    • Periodical studies
    • Diversity in the academy