2019 Latitudes

Amherst, April 12-14, 2019

Registration is now open for NVSA 2019. Please register BEFORE March 29th (now), when a late registration fee ($60) will go into effect.

Two different ways to access: you can either go to the landing page,  https://umass.irisregistration.com/Site/NVSA

Or, skip right to the login page: https://umass.irisregistration.com/Form/NVSA


The closest and lowest-priced ($169 per night) hotel is:

Hotel UMass, University of Massachusetts: 877-822-2110

Use group code” NVS19C and reserve by March 15 for our group rate.

A block of rooms is also reserved (mention NVSA for a lower rate) at the significantly pricier but lovely Inn at Boltwood, which is about 20 minutes away. There are numerous hotels of different sorts in Amherst.


Friday, April 12

All Panels will take place in Rooms 804-808

10:00 and 12:00 Tour of Emily Dickinson Museum    

(Optional)  280 Main Street, Amherst, MA

2:00pm (and following) Registration in Room 810

2:15–4:15pm Panel 1: Formal Latitudes and Taxonomies

Jason Rudy (University of Maryland), Chair

Devin Griffiths (University of Southern California): “Area Studies,

Geopolitics, and the Birth of ‘Victorian Studies’”

Lindsey E. R. O’Neil (University of Maryland, College Park): “E. Pauline

Johnson: ‘Double Life’ and the Dramatic Monologue”

Carolyn Jacobson (Grinnell College): “Dialect of the Prussian Slaves:

Punch, Minstrelsy, and Empire”

4:15–4:30pm   Coffee

4:30–6:00pm   Panel 2: Ecocritical Interventions

Anna Henchman (Boston University), Chair

Elisabeth Strayer (Cornell): “Towards a Victorian Environmental Justice:

Representing Indigenous South African Voices”

Michael Tondre (SUNY Stony Brook): “Conrad’s Carbon Imaginary: Oil,

Imperialism, and the Victorian Petro-Archive”

Amy King (St. John’s University): “Detail, Natural History, and a more

Global Victorian: Representations of Jamaica in the work of Marianne

North and Philip Henry Gosse”

6:30–7:30pm   Opening Reception at Bistro 63

63 N. Pleasant St., Amherst

Dinners on your own. Attendees can sign up at the conference for group dinners at various local restaurants.

Saturday, April 13

9:00-10:00 am Breakfast in Campus Center Amherst Room

Conference Center, 10th Floor

10:00am–12:00pm   Keynote Panel in Honor of Carole Silver
Jonathan Farina (Seton Hall University), Chair

Sukanya Banerjee (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

Ankhi Mukherjee (Johns Hopkins University/Wadham College, Oxford)

Tim Watson (University of Miami)

12:00-1:45pm Lunch Meeting

Berkshire Dining Commons, 121 Southwest Circle

Marianne North, “Bananas and Rocks at Paquetá Brazil” (ca. 1880s)

2:00–4:00pm   Panel 3: Remapping Centers and Peripheries

Justin Thompson (University of Maryland), Chair
Austin Lim (San Francisco State University): “Realizing Singapore: The

Archipelagic Metropolis of The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither

Sarah Weaver (Independent Scholar): “Dialect, Jargon, Patois, Creole: The

Latitudes of Victorian Language”

Kyle McAuley (Rutgers University): “‘Lat. Long.’: Geographic

Description and the Imperial Romance”

Natalie Prizel (Princeton): “‘Pre-Raphaelite in Black’: Futures Past and


4:00–4:30pm   Coffee

4:30–6:00pm   Panel 4: Archives of Empire 

Tanya Agathocleous (Hunter College, CUNY), Chair

James Najarian (Boston College): “Back to School: The Textbook Afterlife

of Matthew Arnold’s Sohrab and Rustum

Adrian S. Wisnicki (University of Nebraska-Lincoln): “Recovering the

Many Voices of the British Empire”

Cara Murray (CUNY Queensborough): “Awards of Empire: Prize-winning

Essays of the Bombay Presidency”

Aaron Worth (Boston University): “Imperial Prestige”

6:00-6:20pm   Archival Latitudes

Heather F. Ball, (St. John’s University): “Erasing Disciplinary Lines and

Unifying Scholars through Code: How a Medievalist Librarian and

Postcolonial Literary Historian Work in Tandem on Victorian Explorer

David Livingstone’s Expeditionary Writings”

7:00–9:00pm   Dinner Banquet at Inn on Boltwood (30 Boltwood Ave)

Sunday, April 14

8:00–9:00am Breakfast in Campus Center Amherst Room

9:00–10:15am Expanding the Field
Cornelia Pearsall (Smith College), Chair

Ronjaunee Chatterjee (Concordia University)

Alicia Mireles Christoff (Amherst College)

Amy Wong (Dominican University of California)

10:15–10:30am Coffee

10:30–12:00pm Panel 5: Transcultural Mediations

Esther Hu (Boston University), Chair

Yan Yang (U of California, Berkeley): “Seeking Spiritual Light from Ancient

India: Max Müller’s Interpretation of Vedic Religion”

Esther Hu (Boston University): “Charlotte Yonge, Missionaries, and Cross-

Cultural Friendship in Nineteenth-Century China”

Livia Arndal Woods (Trinity College): “Dreamland: William Morris,

Anthony Trollope, Instagram, and Iceland”

12:00–1:00pm   Conference Wrap-Up

Anna Henchman (Boston University)

Nasser Mufti (University of Illinois at Chicago)