On Friday morning of the conference, several scholars will run topic-based seminars. These seminars are intended to be an opportunity for early career scholars to discuss their research with others in their field. Prior to the conference, participants will circulate a short paper (5-6 pages) with other attendees. Some seminar leaders will also ask that participants read an article or two on which discussion can build. Both the participant’s name and paper title will be listed in the program.

Seminar registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. You may ask to circulate a paper in a seminar only if you do not currently appear as a presenter on the NAVSA 2018 program.

If you are waitlisted but would like to participate in the conference, we strongly urge you to consider applying to a seminar. Due to a higher than expected number of confirmations from accepted paper participants, it is unlikely that we will draw from the waitlist for panels.

Below you will find a list of our seminar topics as well as the name and biography of each seminar leader. If you wish to circulate a paper in a seminar, please email stating your first and second choices.


Seminar Leader: Julie Codell

Julie Codell is Professor of Art History at Arizona State University and affiliate faculty in Gender Studies, Film and Media Studies and Asian Studies. Her publications and courses cover 19th-century European culture, the art press, fashion, science and art, cultural economics, the British empire, life writings, film, and the art market. She wrote The Victorian Artist (2003; 2012 pbk rev. ed.) and edited Transculturation in British Art (2012; 2017 pbk); Power and Resistance: The Delhi Coronation Durbars (2012); The Political Economy of Art (2008); Imperial Co-Histories (2003); and co-edited Replication in the Long 19th Century: Re-makings and Reproductions (2018); Orientalism, Eroticism and Modern Visuality in Global Cultures (2016); Encounters in the Victorian Press (2004), and Orientalism Transposed (1998).


Seminar Leader: Christine Ferguson

Christine Ferguson is a Professor in English Studies at the University of Stirling in Scotland, where her research focuses on the entwined histories of popular fiction and the British occult revival in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is the author of Determined Spirits: Eugenics, Heredity, and Racial Regeneration in Anglo-American Spiritualist Writing 1848-1930 (2012) and Language, Science, and Popular Fiction in the Victorian Fin de Siècle (2006); with Rosaria Arias, Tatiana Kontou, and Patricia Pulham, she has co-edited the 4-volume Spiritualism 1840-1930 facsimile edition series (2014) and, with Andrew Radford, The Occult Imagination in Britain, 1875-1947 (2018). She also leads the AHRC network Popular Occulture in Britain, 1875-1947which investigates the impact of occult thought on British popular culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 


Seminar Leader: Linda Hughes

Linda K. Hughes, Addie Levy Professor of Literature at TCU, specializes in historical media studies (poetry, periodicals, serial fiction); gender and women’s studies; and transnationality, including transatlanticism. Past monographs include The Cambridge Introduction to Victorian Poetry (2010), Graham R.: Rosamund Marriott Watson, Woman of Letters (2005), and The Victorian Serial (with Michael Lund, 1991). She is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women’s Poetry (forthcoming) and co-editor, with Julie Codell, of Replication in the Long Nineteenth Century: Re-makings and Reproductions (2018). Her essays on Tennyson, Amy Levy, and the fixed form verse revival of the 1880s are forthcoming.


Science and Medicine
Seminar Leader: Alan Rauch

Alan Rauch is Professor of English at University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Rauch is the author of Dolphin (2013), England in 1815: A Critical Edition of the Journal of Joseph Ballard (2009) and Useful Knowledge: The Victorians, Morality, and the March of Intellect (2001). He has also edited The Mummy!: A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century (1994; by Jane Webb 1827) and served as the assistant editor for One Culture: Essays in Science and Literature (1987). Rauch is the editor of Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology. His writing has appeared in many venues, including Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian LiteratureJournal of Scholarly PublishingVictorian Animal DreamsNineteenth-Century Contexts, and Interdisciplinary Science Reviews.


Gender and the Body
Seminar Leader: Talia Schaffer

Talia Schaffer is a professor of English at Queens College CUNY and the Graduate Center CUNY. Schaffer is the author of Romance’s Rival: Familiar Marriage in Victorian Fiction (2016); Novel Craft: Victorian Domestic Handicraft and Nineteenth-Century Fiction (2011); and The Forgotten Female Aesthetes; Literary Culture in Late-Victorian England (2001). She has co-edited a special issue of Victorian Review, “Extending Families,” with Kelly Hager (2013); published a collection called Literature and Culture at the Fin de Siècle (2006); produced a scholarly edition of Lucas Malet’s 1901 novel, The History of Sir Richard Calmady (2003); and co-edited Women and British Aestheticism with Kathy A. Psomiades (1999). Schaffer has published widely on Victorian familial and marital norms, disability studies, women writers, material culture, popular fiction, and aestheticism.


Seminar Leader: Tim Watson

Tim Watson is Professor and Chair of the English Department at the University of Miami. He is the author of Caribbean Culture and British Fiction in the Atlantic World, 1780-1870 (2008) and Culture Writing: Literature and Anthropology in the Midcentury Atlantic World (2018), co-editor of Caribbean Literature in Transition, volume 1, 1800-1920 (forthcoming) and of Hamel, the Obeah Man, by Cynric Williams (2010). His writing has appeared in Public BooksVictorian Literature and CultureThe Cambridge Companion to the Postcolonial NovelWiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian LiteratureAtlantic Studies, and Journal of Caribbean History, among others.