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. You can read Beth Penney's reports for 2014 here and 2015 here.
In summer 2016, the Dickens Universe will focus on Dombey and Son, from July 31-August 6. Please note that there is NO call for papers for the Dickens Universe; speakers are invited from our member schools.
The Dickens Project holds an annual conference for graduate students each winter or spring. In 2015, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the University of Kentucky shared hosting duties. The University of California at Davis will be the location in 2016. Additionally, the Project regularly organizes summer seminars and institutes for teachers. This summer, we welcome back Prof. Marty Gould (University of South Florida), to direct his NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers, called "Dickens: Hard Times and A Tale of Two Cities."
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.