Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Sean Grass sends a reminder to Dickensians including members of the Dickens Society:

Please remember that the deadline is approaching to send in an abstract for the Dickens Society-organized panel at the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association’s (NCSA) conference in April 2016 in Lincoln, NE.


NCSA is eager to inaugurate this new relationship between the organizations with a successful panel, as am I! The original CFP follows:



Call for Proposals: Dickens Society panel at the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (NCSA)


Abstracts due November 1, 2015

Conference April 13-16, 2016 in Lincoln, NE


The Dickens Society is pleased to invite abstracts for a special session on Charles Dickens at the 2016 NCSA Conference in Lincoln, NE. The theme for the NCSA meeting is “The New and the Novel in the 19th Century / New Directions in 19th-century Studies.” In other words, it is tailor made for scholars of Dickens, the self-proclaimed “Inimitable” of Victorian literature.


We welcome proposals on newness and innovation in Dickens’s fiction and journalism; on his transformative role as an editor, philanthropist, and social reformer; on new directions in Dickens studies in our remarkable age of digital archives, corpus analysis, and distant reading; or on any other aspect of Dickens’s life and work that suits the broader conference theme. Please submit 250-word abstracts and 1-page CVs to [log in to unmask] for consideration. All proposals will be acknowledged, and accepted presenters will be notified in December 2015.





Sean Grass

Associate Professor and Associate Chair

Department of English

Iowa State University



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