Friday, August 11, 2017

Call for papers: "Dickens and onomastics" at the 2018 Dickens Society Symposium

Call for Papers

"Dickens and Language": 2018 Dickens Society Symposium

                       deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Dickens Society

contact email: 
The Dickens Society is pleased to request abstracts for our annual Symposium, to be held July 30-August 1, 2018 in Tübingen, Germany, a university city located just 30 minutes from Stuttgart, between the Swabian Alb and the Black Forest. Founded in 1477, Tübingen is one of the oldest universities in Germany. The picturesque old town is intact, with late medieval university buildings and half-timbered houses as well as Hölderlin tower, where the German poet lived, by the Neckar River.
Tübingen, Neckar front. Left: plane trees growing on the Neckarinsel. Photo credit: Berthold Werner
The research context at Tübingen links literary studies with linguistics. Hence, for 2018 we invite papers on Dickens and language, which may include (but is not limited to): Dickens and dialect, Dickens and figurative language, Dickens and body language, Dickens and genre, Dickens and the slipping signifier, Dickens and cultural or corpus linguistics, Dickens and foreign language, Dickens and dissonance, Dickens and rhetoric, Dickens in translation, Dickens and onomastics, Dickens and orality, Dickens and the language of emotion. In the traditional spirit of the Symposium, proposals for any topic related to Dickens’s life or work are also welcome.
To submit an abstract (max 350 words), please visit our portal at and upload your file by November 1, 2017.  For questions, or if you have difficulties with the submission portal, contact Sean Grass at

Funding for Graduate Students, Non-tenured Faculty, and Independent Scholars
The Dickens Society annually provides bursaries for conference travel and holds a competition for the Robert B. Partlow, Jr. Prize, also to support travel to the Symposium. In total, we expect to provide $5,000 in support through bursaries for the 2018 Symposium, while the Partlow Prize awards either $500 to one winner or $300 each to two winners, depending upon the findings of our judges. Our aim is to make it possible for scholars at all stages to participate in the Symposium and the Dickens Society. For more information about applying for bursaries or the Partlow Prize, please email Sean Grass at Please note that applications for the Partlow Prize require submission of your full paper by November 15, 2017.

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