The Dickens Project is an important center for research on nineteenth-century literary and cultural studies. The Project sponsors an annual Research Institute and collaborative symposium in early August on the Santa Cruz campus, a graduate student conference held on another consortium campus each February, occasional international conferences, as well as other institutes, colloquia, and lectures throughout the year. Research results appear regularly in the form of essays published in Dickens Studies Annual, a leading scholarly forum on Dickens and Victorian fiction, as well as in edited volumes based on the Project's international and interdisciplinary conferences, six of which have been published since 1995. The Project also sponsors annual panels at the Modern Language Association meeting in December.
One of the special strengths of the Dickens Project is its focus on professional training of graduate students. Through their participation in the summer and winter conferences, graduate students have the opportunity to meet and develop collegial relations with Victorianists from other universities. In addition, by participating in the Project, graduate students acquire useful teaching experience as well as the chance to present conference papers and to serve as panel moderators and respondents. . The Project creates opportunities for collaborative research on Dickens and the Victorian age, and disseminates research findings through annual conferences, institutes, and publications. It supports the professional development of graduate students and produces curricular material for teaching Victorian literature at both secondary and post-secondary levels.
For further information about the Dickens Project, you may wish to consult the web site:http:dickens.ucsc.edu.
Our participation grants us the right to send either one or two graduate students and (at least) one faculty member to the annual eight-day summer gathering at Santa Cruz and the three-day gathering in February, at which graduate students present their research to an audience of their peers and teachers. The dates of the summer 2010 conference are July 31 to August 7. The featured texts for 2010 will be Oliver Twist in conjunction with Sketches by Boz.