Interdisciplinary Dickens


The 22nd Annual Dickens Symposium

Dickens Society, Interdisciplinary Dickens, Symposium

July 14-16, 2017, College of General Studies, Boston University

Co-Sponsored by the Dickens Society and The Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning at CGS, Boston University.

Registration is now open. The fee is $160, including 3 continental breakfasts and access to all lectures, with the option of attending the Dickens Dinner and booking into Boston University accommodation. To register, follow this link.

For full event information and the schedule, visit our event page here.

Charles Dickens was the ultimate interdisciplinary thinker. The encyclopedic quality of his writing, his incorporation of characters from all classes and walks of life, his genius at being “a special correspondent for posterity,” and his interest in reforms in prisons, the treatment of the insane and urban design all result in works that reflect on a wide range of disciplines and that can be effectively illuminated by interdisciplinary approaches. Yet these approaches are complicated by the fact that Dickens’s career coincided with the emergence of modern disciplines of knowledge, and the nature and definitions of these disciplines has shifted.

Graduate Student and Independent Scholar Bursaries (applications closed)

This year’s bursary winners are Meg Beech, Kathleen Bell, Chris Dickinson, Helen Goodman, Catherine Quirk and Laurena Tsudama.

The Dickens Society is pleased to announce graduate student and independent scholar bursaries for this year’s annual symposium. We will be asking bursary recipients to take over the Dickens Society Twitter account during the symposium, write a report of the papers to be disseminated through the Society’s channels (last year’s can be viewed here) and contribute a blog post on a topic of their choosing for the Society blog within four months of the end of the event.

To apply, graduate students and independent scholars giving papers should send a one-page CV together with a cover letter to diana_archibald[at]uml.edu and emily.bowles[at]york.ac.uk by 21 April 2017 that outlines:

  1. The relevance of the symposium for your research and professional development;
  2. Your own ideas for improving the social media presence of the event/any skills and relevant experience you can bring;
  3. A very brief idea for a blog post you might write for the society blog after the event.