“Call for Assistant Editors.” Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom, 2022

Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom is seeking applications to assemble a team of 3-4 Assistant Editors.  The primary responsibilities of the team will be to create and prepare content for online publication, with a particular focus on our Zoomcast series.  This work will include developing new topic clusters, hosting conversations, and seeking out potential guest hosts.  Our goal is to have the editorial team post at least one new Zoomcast each month (collectively, not per editor).  There will be additional opportunities to work on syllabi and/or lesson plan clusters as well.  We expect a commitment of at least one calendar year.  

While UVC remains an all-volunteer effort at this point and cannot offer monetary compensation, the four Founding Developers are dedicated to supporting the people in this position in other ways.  We can offer mentorship around publication, research, and navigating the job market.  We can also offer training in coding and website building and are happy to help make connections with our professional networks within and beyond the academy.  We hope this opportunity will also be a chance for graduate students and early career scholars, especially, to develop skills that could transfer to work in the public humanities in its many forms. 

To apply, please send your CV and a brief statement of your interest in UVC and this position to Ryan Fong (  Feel free to highlight any relevant experience.  We will accept applications on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to those who submit by August 29. 


Colloque de l’International Walter Pater Society 

Venise,14 au 16 juillet 2022

Aestheticism: Sensations and Ideas

International Walter Pater Society Conference
Iuav University, Venice, 14-16 July 2022

Walter Pater is a key figure within the cultures of aestheticism and decadence, and his literary legacy reverberates throughout the twentieth century and beyond. His works engage with such diverse fields as art history, aesthetics and philosophy, religion and spirituality, sexuality and desire, education, and cultural heritage. In the twenty-first century, Pater remains one of the most studied authors of the English and international fin de siècle, and the ongoing Oxford University Press edition of his Collected Works opens up new perspectives on his writings. 

This conference of the International Walter Pater Society takes its cue from the subtitle of Pater’s novel Marius the Epicurean (1885), which refers to the protagonist’s “sensations and ideas.” Considering Pater and aestheticism from the perspective of “sensations” brings out the productive overlap between literature and contemporary discourses on aesthetics, perception, emotions, and psychology. The perspective of “ideas” emphasises processes of abstract thinking, their cultural legacies, and their mechanisms of dissemination. Considering “sensations and ideas” together shines a light on the ways in which the two modes potentially compete with and/or complement one another, producing new insights. The conference aims to foster new critical debate on the subject of “sensations and ideas,” broadly conceived, with reference to Pater and aestheticism.  

Possible topics include:

–                Affect and emotion

–                Religion, mythology, spirituality, and the occult
–                The body and the senses as organs of knowledge
–                Learning and pedagogy
–                Philosophy and the history of ideas
–                Aestheticism and impressionism
–                Nature, environment, cultural heritage, renovation, and regeneration
–                Paterian and aesthetic worlds and places: cities, travel, monuments, homes and houses, the flaneur/flâneuse
–                Crises in knowledge
–                Undisciplining Pater/aestheticism
Please send proposals of maximum 250 words for 20 minute-papers, along with a short bio-bibliographical note, to: 
Deadline: 15 April 2022


Elisa Bizzotto (; Joseph Bristow (; Stefano Evangelista (; Rebecca Mitchell (; Giles Whiteley (



Thursday, September 29, 2022 – Sunday October 2, 2022

Bethlehem, PA
Just Victorians

Lehigh University is hosting the North American Victorian Studies Association conference in Fall 2022. This conference will bring together scholars from around the world representing numerous disciplines. We will host a majority of the conference events at the Hotel Bethlehem in historic Moravian Bethlehem, recently listed as a World Heritage site.

The conference theme, Just Victorians, invites attendees to reconsider the nineteenth-century commitment to justice as well as presumed limitations of our understanding of “Victorian.” New models of undisciplining the field of Victorian studies interrogate established methods, aesthetics, and geographies–challenging the scope, forms, and peoples of the period. While many Victorians dedicated themselves to social causes throughout the century, including campaigns for racial, decolonial, environmental, and health justice, this dedication often led to unforeseen consequences, including devastating damages to underprivileged individuals in urban settings, colonized peoples, and women and racialized subjects. Conference presenters may investigate how Victorian pursuits of justice were ardent and their conceptualizations of “the just” were limited. Victorians sought justice, and their successes and failures invite us to reconsider what we mean as just Victorian studies. What constituted Victorian social justice? How did Victorians actively seek out justice for themselves and others? In what ways did Victorians envision justice and for whom? What were the limits of Victorian visions of justice? How has the scope of “the Victorian” limited our fields and methods? Are there meaningful limits to the “Victorian” in Victorian studies?

Topics may include but are not limited to:

● Specific iterations or theories of justice: legal, racial, environmental; or, social,
distributive, retributive, etc
● Environment or ecologies
● Climate change
● Political reform
● Feminist activism
● Decolonial, anti-racist, and undisciplinary methodologies
● Canon formation and reformation
● Educational reform
● Medical and public health reform
● Utilitarianism
● Religious activism
● Social problem literature
● Public and Digital Humanities
● Constraints and affordances of genre, media, and form
● Defining what is or is not “just” Victorian

Our keynote speaker is Professor Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb (University of Toronto), scholar of colonial and postcolonial literature and theory and author of Epidemic Empire (Chicago 2021). In addition, we will be hosting a plenary panel on “Just Ecologies” featuring Ji Eun Lee (Sungkyunkwan University), M.A. Miller (UC Davis), and Kyle McAuley (Seton Hall University).

Proposal submissions guidelines:

Paper (15-20 mins): max. 300 words
Panel (3-4 presenters): max. 1,200 words
Roundtable (5-7 speakers with brief position statements): max. 1,500 words
Open call CFP for panels (1,200 words) or roundtables (1,500 words)
Digital projects showcase (for individuals and teams): max. 300 words
Poster projects for undergraduate students: max. 300 words

A panel or roundtable proposal should articulate the overall topic, its interest to the field, and each presenter’s contribution. Open calls for panels or roundtables will be made available on the conference website. Panel organizers seeking to release their own CFP will have the option to submit and announce it on a separate page and are responsible for vetting proposals and submitting a panel proposal under the general CFP before May1st, 2022.

We encourage people to form panels and roundtables with diversity and inclusion in mind.

Digital showcase proposals should highlight the relevance of the digital work to Victorian teaching or scholarship practices that make use of information technologies to address the conference theme and/or solve problems in interesting or original ways.

All submissions should include brief CVs for all presenters (1-2 pp.).

Conference participants may moderate other sessions, but otherwise should not appear in more than one session.

Submissions must be made via the submissions portal, which will be made available in a few weeks.
Deadline: May 1st, 2022
Please contact for any questions or concerns.


Date limite: 15 jan 2022
Date limite: 14 Avril 2022
AAP: Vernon Lee et le fantastique, Boulogne sur Mer, 13-14 Octobre 2022.

La femme de lettres aux talents multiples, romancière, nouvelliste, théoricienne, Vernon Lee a laissé sa marque très tôt dans le domaine de la littérature fantastique.

Plusieurs œuvres, notamment celles réunies dans le recueil Hauntings, d’autres encore comme Alberic and the Snake Lady, se servent d’un environnement teinté de surnaturel véritable ou suggéré pour poser les questions récurrentes de l’univers vernonien : l’oeuvre d’art (sculpture, portrait, musique), le genius loci (bien souvent l’Italie de la Renaissance ou du XVIIIe siècle, mais aussi de l’Antiquité gréco-romaine, l’Angleterre des grandes demeures jacobéennes), dans un entre-deux avec le présent, celui d’une époque plus récente, où la fascination venue du passé viendra bouleverser les repères.

Ces schémas narratifs, identifiés par les familiers des textes théoriques de Vernon Lee comme l’invasion de l’apollinien par le dionysiaque, abolissent les frontières entre le passé et le présent et entre les personnes.

Comment évaluer et comprendre le fantastique (conçu comme l’irruption du surnaturel dans le quotidien) lorsque Vernon Lee laisse entendre un processus essentiellement psychologique plus complexe qu’un phénomène purement surnaturel comme dans l’histoire de fantômes classique ? Y-a-t-il une marge d’interprétation entre, d’une part, la position adoptée par Vernon Lee dans ses écrits théoriques selon laquelle c’est la confrontation physique avec l’oeuvre d’art, le portrait, le lieu naturel ou bâti qui suscite une « empathie » et partant de là une sensation de hantise, et d’autre part, le postulat de tant de récits fantastiques qui accordent à certaines personnalités puissantes une existence post-mortem et la capacité de répondre à l’appel qu’un vivant, insatisfait de sa vie présente, leur lance ?

Plus largement, on pourra comparer Vernon Lee et d’autres auteurs qui partagent les mêmes prédilections tant géographiques qu’historiques et artistiques (notamment sa célébration de la Renaissance, une Renaissance décadente certes, souvent cruelle), évaluer sa place au sein d’une littérature en plein essor à la fin du XIXe siècle, la « New Romance », illustrée notamment par une autre femme de lettres, Marie Corelli, les inévitables parallélismes avec Oscar Wilde, et finalement, dans les récits qui témoignent d’un drame ancien qui fait planer sa malédiction sur les descendants des premiers protagonistes, évoquer des ressemblances avec Edgar Poë et même H.P. Lovecraft.

Finalement, la résurgence de l’Antiquité, ses œuvres d’art, ses dieux, relierait Vernon Lee à une galaxie littéraire qui rassemble des auteurs tels Prosper Mérimée, Arthur Machen, Gabriele D’Annunzio, Wilhelm Jensen, Robert W. Chambers, Théophile Gautier et bien d’autres, tandis que la fascination qu’exerce le portrait de la Renaissance, le portrait « hanté » n’est pas sans rappeler Robert Browning, les méditations de Walter Pater sur la Joconde, sans oublier, à des degrés divers, des romanciers comme Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James et James Branch Cabell, qui ont tous accordé un pouvoir quasi surnaturel à des portraits anciens, lorsque ces derniers sont évocateurs d’une grande tragédie.

Les communications seront acceptées en Français ou en Anglais.

Merci d’envoyer un résumé (300 mots) de votre proposition accompagné d’une courte présentation biographique au plus tard le 14 Avril 2022 à :


Pr Marc Rolland, Professeur à l’Université Littoral Côte d’Opale, est l’auteur du récent ouvrage Epouser la déesse, Essais sur la femme, le surnaturel et l’hyperbole, éditions Shaker Verlag, 2021.

Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer que l’événement annuel de l’International Vernon Lee Society, co-organisatrice du colloque, aura lieu pendant ce colloque fort opportunément organisé dans le lieu de naissance de Vernon Lee.

CFP : International Conference, Université de la Côte d’Opale (Boulogne-sur-Mer, France)

Vernon Lee’s Fantastic Fiction

13-14 October 2022

The multitalented woman of letters, writer of fiction, and theoretician Vernon Lee (Violet Paget, 1856-1935) very early –and deeply—marked the field of fantastic literature.

Many of her works, like those gathered in the collection Hauntings or such as “Prince Alberic and the Snake Lady”, make use of a background immersed in the supernatural, be it real or suggested, to deal with questions that are recurrent in her work. Art works (sculptures, portraits, music) or the genius loci (often the spirit of Renaissance or Eighteenth Century Italy, but also Greek and Roman Antiquity, or the great Jacobean houses in England), often provide in-between, liminal spaces that border on the present and the past, broken into by a fascination with the historic that disrupts all topographical and temporal landmarks.

Readers familiar with Vernon Lee’s theoretical texts have identified narrative patterns such as the Apollonian being overwhelmed by the Dionysiac, or the frontier between past and present or between people being abolished.

This conference hopes to ask, if we consider the fantastic as the irruption of the supernatural in everyday life, how can we then assess and understand Lee’s fantastic fiction when her own texts and theory suggest a complex, fundamentally psychological process, rather than supernatural phenomena as described in classic ghost stories?

It is possible to argue that Lee’s chosen theoretical posture on the fantastic reveals itself when empathy is evoked by a work of art, a portrait, a natural place or a building which arouses a feeling of “hauntedness”. Yet at the core of so many ghost stories (some too, by Lee), there is the assumption that the powerful personalities of the past can be endowed with a supernatural existence being willed to do so by the dissatisfied living. So how should one interpret Lee’s fantastic texts?

This conference would like to interrogate Lee’s position on, and place within fantastic literature. We would also welcome broader comparisons between Vernon Lee and other writers who shared similar geographical, historical or artistic predilections. Lee’s decadent and cruel celebration of the Renaissance may situate her within the “New Romance” movement whicb boomed in the late 19th century and is exemplified by another woman of letters, Marie Corelli. There may also be the inevitable parallels with Oscar Wilde, or resemblances drawn between Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft’s ancient drama having cast a curse on the initial protagonist’s descendants.

Perhaps the resurgence and the revival of art works or of gods and goddesses from Antiquity may connect Vernon Lee with a literary galaxy gathering authors like Prosper Mérimée, Arthur Machen, Gabriele d’Annunzio, Wilhelm Jensen, Robert W. Chambers, Théophile Gautier and many others, while the fascination of Renaissance portraits or haunted portraits is reminiscent of Robert Browning, of Walter Pater’s meditations on Mona Lisa, not to mention, to different degrees, novelists like Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James and James Branch Cabell, all of whom endowed old portraits suggestive of some great tragedy with quasi supernatural powers.

We invite papers in French or in English.

Please send you 300-word abstract and short personal resume no later that 14 April 2022 to Pr. Marc ROLLAND

Pr Marc Rolland, Professor at the Université Littoral Côte d’Opale, recently published Epouser la déesse, Essais sur la femme, le surnaturel et l’hyperbole, éditions Shaker Verlag, 2021.

We are delighted to announce that the annual event of the International Vernon Lee Society, co-organiser of the conference, is scheduled during this conference most aptly taking place in Vernon Lee’s own birthplace.



RFCB – Call for papers

‘One Nation Conservatism from Disraeli to Johnson’

Deadline for abstracts: January 10, 2022

Catherine Marshall and Stéphane Porion, guest editors of a special issue on ‘One Nation Conservatism from Disraeli to Johnson’, are soliciting contributions for this issue of the Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique (French journal of British Studies,, an international online peer-reviewed journal published by the Centre de Recherches et d’Etudes en Civilisation Britannique (centre for research in British Studies,


The expression ‘One Nation Conservatism’ has taken on a mythical signification ever since Conservative PM Stanley Baldwin used it in a speech on 4 December 1924 at the Albert Hall. Baldwin was taking on the mantle of one of the great former Conservative Prime Ministers, Benjamin Disraeli, who had expressed the need to “bridge the gap between the rich and the poor” and “elevate the condition of the people” in order to achieve social unity in one of his novels, Sybil, or The Two Nations (1845). The cradle of Conservatism can be found in Disraeli’s desire to bring together the ‘two nations’ at the heart of the United Kingdom but also the two types of Victorian Conservative thinking from the industrial North and the rural South. It was in this context that the phrase “One Nation” became a “familiar formula, which was used especially to signpost a Conservative concern with ‘social reform’” (Walton, 1990, 4).

Baldwin declared the Conservative Party stood “for the union of those two nations of which Disraeli spoke two generations ago: union among our own people to make one nation of our own people at home which, if secured, nothing else matters in the world.” (Some extracts from the speech may be found at: Baldwin’s use of the term took on a symbolic nature because he was channeling in the expression what had made the greatness of the Conservative party but he was also trying to make sense of what the Conservative Party stood for in the context of the 1920s.

The Disraelian legacy was given life afresh in the aftermath of the Second World War and Labour’s landslide victory in 1945. Some in the Conservative Party were very concerned about the need to adapt Conservative ideas and policies to post-war Britain, and more particularly to cope with the Welfare State set up by Attlee’s Labour Party. This was the time of the “reiteration of Disraelian commitments to social reform” and the emergence of the One Nation Group (Walsha, 2000 & 2003). These ideas “sought to reconcile an industrial democracy with economic and social inequalities”, moving away from a laissez-faire approach and vindicating a Tory approach of government rooted in earlier Tory thinking expressed in the time of Disraeli, which blended Conservatism and democracy altogether (Walton, 1990, 65). The words ‘One Nation’ had thus kept their “incantatory power”, even though, as John K. Walton puts it, “it was not quite what Disraeli had meant by ‘One Nation’” (Ibid). According to Norton and Aughey,

“the formula of One Nation did strike a chord in the minds of Conservatives. If it was a myth that Disraeli had something of practical significance to say to post-war Britain it was an effective myth. It established Conservative credentials to manage the new mixed economy and it represented the fashioning of an electorally successful image of Conservative compassion as well as competence” (Norton & Aughey, 1981, 78).

The Conservative Party and what it stands for are easier to define by referring to Edmund Burke or, today, to a philosopher such as Michael Oakeshott for whom Conservatives prefer “the familiar to the unknown, the tried to the untried, fact to mystery” (“On Being Conservative”, 1956). Therefore, ‘One Nation Conservatism’ is used, often, by Conservative politicians to keep alive a sort of ‘sacred flame’, a convenient impressionist idea, linked to the past of the UK (Jenkins, 1996, 141-145), mostly against the dangerous consequences of the 1789 French Revolution and its misplaced demands for rational rights. It carries with it a resistance to radical change as well as a willingness to adapt to organic change in an empirical way.

The remarkable ability of British Conservatism to move away from the legacy of Disraelian Conservative paternalism, believing in the Monarchy, the Church and the Empire, to a ‘One Nation Conservatism’ defending the institutions whilst seeking to promote the welfare of the citizens post-WWII, is part of the story.

Later, it was also used by Thatcher in the 1980s to defend her own brand of Conservatism (Green, 2006, Evans, 2009) resting on monetarism, patriotism, and moral expressions of individual responsibility. For example, she declared at the annual Conference of the Conservative Party in 1986:

“We Conservatives believe in popular capitalism – believe in a property-owning democracy. And it works! […] The great political reform of the last century was to enable more people to have a vote. Now the great Tory reform of this century is to enable people more and more people to own property. Popular capitalism is nothing less than a crusade to enfranchise the many in the economic life of the nation. We Conservatives are returning power to the people. That is the way to one nation, one people” (Thatcher, 1986 quoted in Ball, 1998, 179).

However, the ‘Wets’ managed to survive throughout the Thatcher years and did their utmost in the 1980s and even in the 1990s to continue to spread the genuine gospel of ‘One Nation Conservatism’ couched in Disraelian terms.

Years later, in the aftermath of Cameron’s victory at the leadership election, he attempted to regain the political centre in 2006-2007 by advocating the One Nation tradition of Conservatism, before gradually moving back to a neo-Thatcherite stance of Conservatism embodied by his Big Society ideological project (Hayton, 2012, Alexandre-Collier, 2010). Nevertheless, in May 2015, in another context, he also resorted to the use of the moniker to describe the Queen’s speech written by his government as a “One Nation Queen’s Speech for a progressive, One Nation, Conservative Government” (

When Theresa May became Prime Minister in July 2016, she too succumbed to the need to ground her ideas in the mythical expression and gave a speech on the steps of 10 Downing street which was once again an echo to the Disraelian brand (Hickson, Page & Williams, 2020). She pledged to “make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few, but for every one of us” ( It is not surprising then that the debates regarding the Johnsonian “levelling-up” agenda today are also part of the same rhetoric and Johnson himself has made his own use of the idea (,

In the end, it comes as no surprise that the expression has been abused by all types of politicians from all sides of the political spectrum (Ed Milliband’s “One Nation Labour” in 2013 for example) precisely because it can be opportunistically used for the essence it incarnates and for the genuine suspicion that the lower classes may suffer from the changes pushed upon them by an elite cut away from them, both geographically, socially and financially.

The problem remains that the term seems to adapt to the politicians using it, within different contexts and means something in rhetoric but often not in deed. Its elasticity is what makes it the essence of British Conservatism but what does it really stand for, for whom and how? Is its flexibility not also its demise?

Looking at the secondary literature, there are practically not full-length studies of ‘One Nation Conservatism’ but that of David Seawright, entitled The British Conservative Party and One Nation Politics, published before Cameron’s victory in 2010, which was prefigured in a chapter published in 2005 in Kevin Hickson (ed.), The Political Thought of the Conservative Party since 1945 (Seawright, 2005 & 2010). Although there is a range of academic papers on the subject, they usually address this specific brand of Conservatism by studying a specific Conservative Premiership or a group of One Nation Conservatives, such as the One Nation Group (Walsha, 2000 & 2003). Therefore, this Special Issue of the Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique will aim to bridge a gap in historiographical debates and focus on the wider meaning of the expression ‘One Nation Conservatism’, since the 19th century, as the soul of the Conservative Party’s ideas but also as an expression of British politics in a wider sense.

Call for papers

The papers may focus on:

The expression ‘One Nation Conservatism’ and its use in the history of political ideas;

The use of the expression by successive PMs and politicians since the 19th century;

The political culture it is supposed to express;

Social and economic initiatives designed to promote ‘One Nation Conservatism’;

The representation of the expression in cartoons, pictures and art;

Literary representations of ‘One Nation Conservatism’ (for example, Disraeli’s Sybil);

Initiatives to improve its meaning (for example Nick Timothy’s Remaking One Nation, Polity, 2020)

The interaction between ‘One Nation Conservatism’ and other types of Conservatism

Challenges to ‘One Nation Conservatism’;

The use of the expression by other political parties, women and actors in the UK and abroad;

▪ The international impact or lack of it if might have had over the years

Other, any related topics to the subject.

Call for reviews

The Special issue will publish reviews on books related to the subject and published in the last 2/3 years (for example: Edmund Neill, Conservatism, Polity Press, 2021; Edmund Fawcett, Conservatism: The Fight for a Tradition, Princeton University Press, 2020).

The editors welcome proposals by advanced PhD students.

Submission guidelines

Please send a 300 to 500 word abstract, a short bibliography and a 5 line biography to both Catherine Marshall ( and Stéphane Porion ( by 10 January 2022.

Full proposals will need to be submitted by May 1, 2022.

Instructions for authors (for authors proposing articles in English) can be found at:

The issue is scheduled for publication in December 2022.