Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2018
Full name/name of organization: University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
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17-18 July, 2018 – University of Kent

Keynote Speakers: Professor Helen Small, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
Professor Priscilla Wald, Duke University

This conference aims to stimulate a wide-ranging discussion about the interactions between British and American literature, education, and the sciences of the mind between 1850-1950. We welcome paper and panel proposals on any aspect of British or American literature, education and/or the sciences of the mind broadly construed.This conference is part of Dr Sara Lyons’ (PI), Dr Michael Collins’ (Co-I) and Dr Fran Bigman’s (Research Associate) AHRC-funded project, Literary Culture, Meritocracy, and the Assessment of Intelligence in Britain and America, 1880-1920. The project is an investigation of how British and American novelists understood and represented intellectual ability in the period, with a particular focus on how they responded to the rise of intelligence testing and the associated concepts of I.Q. and meritocracy. For additional information, please visit our website:​ Possible topics include literature and:

*Teaching and Being Taught; pedagogical theory and practice
*Representations of Places of Learning
*Examinations, grades, scholarships, qualifications
*Inequality, Discrimination, and Exclusion in Education
*Academic Success and Failure
*Literacy and Illiteracy
*Intellectuals, Experts, Professionalism
*Autodidacticism, Informal Education
*Varieties of education: aesthetic, classical, moral, religious, scientific, technical
*Learning Styles and Types of Intelligence
*Intellectual ability and disability

As well as literature and:

*Professionalisation/ Institutionalisation of Psychology
*Social Psychology
*Developmental Psychology
*Psychometrics and personality testing
*Physiology and psychology
*Psychological Schools and Controversies
*Psychology and Philosophy
*Experimental Psychology
*Language and Cognition

Please submit an individual proposal of no more than 350 words or an outline for a 3 paper panel proposal to by the 1 March, 2018. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes. Please include your name, a short bio, and email address in your proposal.