Call for Papers




OCTOBER 17-19, 2019



We are excited to welcome you to Columbus, Ohio. Our keynote speakers will be film director Mike Leigh and historian Priya Satia. We invite proposals on any aspect of media, mediation, medium-ness, genus, or genre. Possible topics include (among others) literary and artistic form; word, image, and sound production; the general and the specific; the average and the exceptional; and historical, social, and scientific taxonomies. We also, alternatively, offer the theme itself as generic: the conference is open-call on any topic, as long as it is conducive to a short presentation. 

We invite both traditional proposals and ones that experiment with the genre of the conference session. Submit on any area of research, teaching, or project-building (collaborative, creative, and/or public) that would be of interest to Victorianist scholars. 

Other submission guidelines:

  • Paper: max. 500 words

  • Panel (3-4 speakers): max. 1000 words

  • Roundtable (5-8 speakers with brief position statements): max. 1200 words.

A panel or roundtable proposal should articulate the overall topic, its interest to the field, and each presenter’s contribution.  All submissions should include brief (1-2 pp.) CVs for all presenters. Conference participants may moderate other sessions, but otherwise should not appear in more than one session.

Submission Process


The deadline for proposals is February 4th, 2019 (extended).

To submit a paper, panel, or roundtable proposal, please click here or paste this address into your browser:


We are using the ExOrdo abstract management system to receive proposals, to notify participants of acceptance, and for conference registration. You will be asked to set up an account with ExOrdo, which will be used for notifications and to register for NAVSA 2019.

Issue Your Own CFP 

To issue your own call for papers for a panel or roundtable, click here. There is a dedicated page on this NAVSA 2019 site for these CFPs.

If you have questions, please email