Wednesday, April 1, 2009

RL Steampunk: The Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies calls for Academic Steampunk papers

"Travelling Companions", by Augustus Leopold Egg, highlighted on the "Neo-Victorian Studies"

I noticed a few days ago on one of my favorite blogs, the "Mark of Ashen Wings", that the editor of said endeavor had a link to a unique location, named the "Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies", a "peer-reviewed e-journal dedicated to contemporary re-imaginings of nineteenth century in Literature, Arts, and the Humanities". The item of note was a "Call for Papers", specifically regarding "Steampunk, Science, and (Neo) Victorian Technologies".

The spectrum of topics is impressive, with seventeen different categories, including...

• Steampunk and the importation/transformation of Victorian aesthetics
• changing narrative “technologies” in Victorian/neo-Victorian fiction
• markets and economics of the Steampunk universe
• science and environmental politics
• Steampunk and the myths of the Industrial Revolution
• redefining the human: intersections with cyberpunk
• Steampunk and old/new/lost world empire(s)
• the terrors of Steampunk in a post-9/11 world
• historicising the Steampunk phenomenon
• gender constructions in Steampunk art, literature, and practice
• mad geniuses: scientists, inventors, doctors, engineers
• Steampunk pasts and futures (e.g. The Difference Engine vs. The Diamond Age)
• modding and maker practices: objects and (neo-)Victorian materialism
• real and imagined difference engines
• scientific (im)practicalities of Steampunk contraptions
• visual Steampunk vs. narrative Steampunk (e.g. graphic novels or movies vs. novels)
cosplay and conventions

However, the criteria for the articles is demanding (between 6000 to 8000 words, and I assume that is without references and according to academic standards - MLA or APA... mm, such a joy). Still, it is very encouraging that the genre is evolving from a "trend" to a topic worthy of further analysis. I am currently working through the previous editions of "The Journal", which cover a wide swath of Neo-Victorian topics (the latest "Call for Papers" was for Neo-Victorian Criminalites - intriguing)!

To read more about the Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies, please turn to:

and do visit Mr. Dru Pagliassotti's blog (The Mark of Ashen Wings), at:


Breezy Carver said...

what an enchanting and wonderful information !! thank YOU Dr Fabre for sharing this delightful material !

Brian said...

I'm one of the guest editors of this special issue of Neo-Victorian Studies. I just wanted to thank you for mentioning the call for papers. We're already starting to get some in that we're quite excited about.