Dickens and Language

The 23rd Annual Dickens Symposium

July 30 – August 1, 2018

Tübingen, Germany

The research context at Tübingen links literary studies with linguistics. Hence, for 2018 we invite papers on Dickens and Language, which may include (but is not limited to): Dickens and dialect, Dickens and figurative language, Dickens and body language, Dickens and genre, Dickens and the slipping signifier, Dickens and cultural linguistics, Dickens and foreign language, Dickens and dissonance, Dickens and rhetoric, Dickens in translation, Dickens and onomastics, Dickens and orality, Dickens and the language of emotion. In the traditional spirit of the Symposium, proposals for any topic related to Dickens’s life or work are also welcome.

The Call for Papers is now closed. 

For more information about proposals and the program, please contact Program Committee Chair Sean Grass.


Tübingen, Neckar front. Left: plane trees growing on the Neckarinsel. Photo credit: Berthold Werner: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:T%C3%BCbingen_Neckarfront_BW_2015-04-27_15-31-07.jpg.


The Dickens Society is pleased to be holding its annual symposium in Germany for the first time next year. The 2018 Symposium will take place at Tübingen University, founded in 1477 and located in the Neckar Valley, between the Swabian Alb and the Black Forest. Charles DickensThe picturesque old town is intact, with late medieval university buildings and half-timbered houses as well as Hölderlin tower, where the German poet lived, by the Neckar River. The airport nearest to Tübingen is in Stuttgart, the capital of the region of Baden-Württemberg, or Frankfurt International Airport (about 2.5 hours by train from Tübingen).

For more information about location and logistics, please contact our hosts, Symposium Organizers Matthias Bauer m.bauer[at]uni-tuebingen.de and Angelika Zirker angelika.zirker[at]uni-tuebingen.de.


Symposium participants may reserve rooms at special rates at two hotels near the center of Tübingen and at the university guest house. All three options are about a 15-minute walk from the conference venue, but also reachable by bus. The Society can hold the reservations until May 31. After that date, no more bookings are possible will be possible using the booking codes for the Symposium.

The three housing options include:

  1. Domizil (hotel). Single rooms are 99 EUR and double rooms 135 EUR per night, including breakfast. The Society has reserved 20 single rooms and 10 double rooms. The booking reference is “Dickens Society 2018” and the email is info@hotel-domizil.de.
  2. Ibis (hotel). Single rooms are 92 EUR and 102 EUR, including breakfast. The Society has reserved 35 rooms at the lower rate and 30 rooms at the higher. Please email H9841-SL@accor.com and give #10164 as reference for your booking.
  3. The university guest house has ensuite bathrooms and does not include breakfast (which, however, can be booked for 7EUR extra per day). It is located in Lessingweg 3 (if you would like to check out googlemaps); a single room is currently at 51 EUR p.p./p.n., a double 68 EUR p.p./p.n. There will, however, be a slight increase in 2018. The booking must be made via sekretariat.bauer@uni-tuebingen.de nd is on a first come/first served basis, as rooms are limited at the guest house. The booking reference is “Dickens Society 2018”.


Please also note that you are free to book most of the rooms from as early as July 28 until Aug 3 (in case you with to arrive a little early or stay on for a bit). Reservations are made via the hotels directly; ask for their terms and conditions when making the bookings as we will not be responsible for cancellations etc. 

Registration and Dickens Dinner

The conference fee for participation in the 23rd International Dickens Symposium is EUR 100. This includes registration and, for those presenting papers, the combined Dickens Dinner and excursion on Tuesday, July 31, is included, courtesy of the Tübingen Alumni association (Universitätsbund e.V.) Please note that this is a joint event, i.e. participation in the dinner automatically includes the excursion and vice versa.

If you wish to bring a guest to the excursion and the Dickens Dinner, an additional payment of EUR 45 should be made to the same account as the registration fee. To register, please follow these steps:

1. The conference fee is paid through Paypal. Please use the following link:

PayPal button

The payment goes to “Int. Ges. für literaturwissenschaftliche Diskussion e.V.“ which is an account held by the convenors of this year’s conference.

  1. Once you have made the payment, please send a message to dickens2018@es.uni-tuebingen.de to confirm it. If you have added a guest for the Dickens Dinnner/excursion, please also let us know.

Registration should be concluded by May 31, 2018.

Travel Support


The Dickens Society annually provides bursaries for conference travel. In total, we expect to provide $5,000 in support through bursaries for the 2018 Symposium. Our aim is to make it possible for scholars at all stages to participate in the Symposium and the Dickens Society. 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, 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, independent scholars, and untenured faculty whose papers have been accepted should send a one-page CV with a cover letter to diana_archibald[at]uml.edu and emily.bell[at]york.ac.uk by 1 February 2018 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.

The bursary winners will be announced in late February. If you have any queries, please email Communications Committee Chair, Emily Bell emily.bell[at]york.ac.uk.

The Robert B. Partlow, Jr. Prize

Applications are invited for this award, named in honor of the original Secretary-Treasurer and one of the founding members of the Dickens Society. It may be in the form of EITHER one stipend of $500 OR two of $300 (if two recipients are chosen), and is intended to defray costs of attending this Dickens Symposium, in order to deliver a paper on any aspect of Dickens’s life or work. The registration fee and cost of the Dickens Dinner will also be waived. Eligiblity is restricted to graduate students, independent scholars, and non-tenured faculty. Candidates should submit a CV and a completed paper of 20-minutes duration, to the Program Committee Chair, Sean Grass (scgrass[at]iastate.edu) no later than 15 November 2017. Should the paper be of publishable quality, the Dickens Quarterly shall have first right of refusal.