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Call for Papers – 2013 MVSA Conference, “Victorian Belief/Victorian Doubt”

Midwest Victorian Studies Association (MVSA) Call for Papers – 2013 Conference, “Victorian Belief/Victorian Doubt,” April 12-14, Cleveland, Ohio

For our 2013 conference we invite presentations, panels, and entertainments from scholars of art, music, history, history of science, and literature on topics related to Victorian belief and doubt. These could include religions, superstitions, and convictions of all sorts, and their obverse: skepticisms, denials, and uncertainties. With its single, shared session format, MVSA offers a unique opportunity to present work to an undivided audience. Participants are also invited to submit essays for an edited volume of articles based on conference proceedings.

The Doubt: “Can These Dry Bones Live?” – Henry Alexander Bowler, 1855

Sample topics might include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Religious controversies; conversion and de-conversion
  • Musical or artistic expressions of faith, belief and doubt
  • “The invisible hand,” political economy, and “faith in the market”
  • Ethics and morality
  • Death and the afterlife
  • Missions and missionaries
  • Secular faiths: agnosticism, Positivism, the “religion of Socialism”
  • Science as a system of belief; skepticism; the “unknowable”
  • Folk beliefs: medicine, superstitions, witchcraft, magic
  • World religions: Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, etc.
  • Social class and religion

We encourage submissions for sessions of varied formats; panels devoted  to teaching the Victorians; and proposals relating to digital  Victoriana. Presenters for 20-minute papers or longer panels should  submit 500-word abstracts and 1-page vitas (both as MWord documents) by October 31, 2012, to conferencesubmissions@midwestvictorian.org. Even if you do not submit a paper, please plan to attend!

We are pleased to have as our 2013 plenary speakers Timothy Larsen, McManis Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College and author of Crises of Doubt: Honest Faith in 19th-Century England (2006) and A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians (2012); and Julie Melnyk of the University of Missouri-Columbia, author of Women’s Theology in 19th-Century Britain (1998) and Victorian Religion: Faith and Life in Britain (2008).

For more information, please visit www.midwestvictorian.org.

**Click here to download the CFP as a PDF file.

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