Conferences

Scrooges beware: the Dickens Universe is not only intellectually engaging but dangerously fun.

The Dickens Project sponsors scholarly conferences, institutes, and public presentations throughout the year. Chief among these is a week-long gathering known as the Dickens Universe. Held every year at the beginning of August on the beautiful UC Santa Cruz campus, the Dickens Universe brings together scholars, graduate students, high school teachers, and members of the general public for a week of study and Dickensian conviviality. The 2013 Dickens Universe featured Dickens's The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone, while the 2014 Dickens Universe featured Our Mutual Friend. You can read Beth Penney's reports for 2013 here and 2014 here.

In summer 2015, the Dickens Universe will focus on two books, Martin Chuzzlewit and American Notes, from August 2-8. There will be a mini-conference just prior to the Universe. The Long, Wide Nineteenth Century will run from Friday evening July 31 to Sunday morning August 2 and feature keynote speakers and panels. Please note that there is NO call for papers for the Dickens Universe.

The Dickens Project holds an annual conference for graduate students each winter or spring. In 2014, the conference was held at UCLA, February 15-17. In 2015, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the University of Kentucky will share hosting duties. Additionally, the Project regularly organizes summer seminars and institutes for teachers. In 2011 we hosted a Summer Seminar for School Teachers, funded by NEH, titled "Great Adaptations: Teaching Dickens Through Literary and Cinematic Adaptations." This seminar was offered again in summer 2014, as well as a Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers called "Performing Dickens: Oliver Twist and Great Expectations on Page, Stage, and Screen."

In addition to conferences held in California, the Dickens Project regularly co-sponsors international conferences. Conference locations have included England, France, Italy, Jerusalem, Australia, and South Africa. The next international conference, called "Victorian Modernities," will take place at the University of Kent in Canterbury June 25-27, 2015.