Call for Papers

We are seeking contributions for our 2016 special issue, ‘Realizing the Unreal: Victorian Speculative Fiction in Context’. The issue will focus on Victorian speculative fiction and its generic, thematic, historical, and cultural contexts. Victorian speculative fiction is usually described as ‘a flight from the real’; but we welcome submissions that go beyond this understanding to show how the Victorian imagination engages with the unreality of the real or creates alternative realities of the unreal in different forms of speculative fiction.

Possible topics may address some of the broad issues within the parameters set below or any other related area:
– Alternative cultures outside of or in contrast to the dominant culture of the nineteenth century
– Sexual themes; realistic sexual interactions in non-realistic settings; characters embodying non-normative, alternative sexualities
– Speculative fiction and its ties with science fiction, utopian, dystopian, apocalyptic, and post-apocalyptic narratives
– Speculative fiction and the other arts
– Human–animal relations, their ethical implications, and their social, political, and ecological effects
– Fantasy, supernatural and the gothic
– The parody/pastiche trope as deployed in speculative writings
– Space and time; concepts of parallel worlds and alternate history
– Virtual spaces and environments (cyber culture, gaming, digital comics)
– Use of technology to imagine an advanced Victorian age (fictional machines in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne);
– Neo-Victorian approaches to speculative fiction;  retro-futurism and steampunk
– Film and television adaptations/ re-workings

We invite college and university professionals and research scholars to submit abstracts of about 500 words, along with brief bio-notes, to cvs.journal@gmail.com by November 15, 2015. Queries can be made to the same address.

We accept entries in both English and Bengali.

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CALL FOR PAPERS

The online journal of the Centre for Victorian Studies – The Confidential Clerk – will be published once a year, starting from January 2015. The first issue will be based entirely on academic articles in Victorian Studies contributed by postgraduate students enrolled in M.A./M.Phil/PhD programs at Jadavpur University.

We would like to request students to send in full papers of 5000-8000 words that follow the Jadavpur University Essays and Studies (our departmental journal) citation style for publication in our peer reviewed journal by 31st October, 2014.

The articles that are not included in the January issue will be posted for academic discussion in the “Scribbles” section of the Centre for Victorian Studies website, with the consent of the writers. The “Scribbles” section of the Centre’s website will function as a forum for discussion on working papers where all researchers in Victorian and Late Nineteenth Century Studies from Jadavpur and other universities and colleges can post their articles and abstracts of work-in-progress for comments and feedback from their colleagues working in the same area. Do send in your working papers or term papers for this section.

The term papers/articles may be mailed to cvs.journal@gmail.com

Thank you.

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Welcome to the official website of the online journal of the Centre for Victorian Studies,  Jadavpur University.

The Confidential Clerk will be published once a year, starting from January 2015. The first issue will be based entirely on academic articles in Victorian Studies contributed by postgraduate students enrolled in M.A./M.Phil/PhD programs at the University. We hope to send out an open call for papers for teachers and postgraduate students of other colleges and universities in the next issue of the journal and work towards making The Confidential Clerk a national site for publishing new research articles in Victorian and Late Nineteenth Century Studies.

Meanwhile, the “Scribbles” section of the Centre’s website will function as a forum for discussion on working papers where all researchers in Victorian and Late Nineteenth Century Studies from Jadavpur and other universities and colleges can post their articles and abstracts of work-in-progress for comments and feedback from their colleagues working in the same area.

Keep watching this space for more updates soon!

The Confidential Clerk staff