Michael Sinatra named Co-Director of NINES

NINES is excited to announce that Michael Sinatra has been named Co-Director of NINES (, sharing the role with Andrew Stauffer of the University of Virginia. Based at the Université de Montreal, Sinatra is the founding editor of the open access e-journal ‘Romanticism on the Net’ (launched in February 1996) and the director of the Montreal-based interuniversity research center on Digital Humanities. This new executive arrangement for NINES will allow for increased collaborative opportunities between the U.S. and Canada and some promising new directions for digital nineteenth century studies. Launched in 2005 by Jerome McGann at the University of Virginia with the support of the Mellon Foundation, NINES is a scholarly organization devoted to forging links between the material archive of the nineteenth century and the digital research environment of the twenty-first. NINES is a founding member of ARC, the Advanced Research Consortium:

Jane Austen & the Arts CFP

SUNY Plattsburgh is hosting a bicentenary conference on
“Jane Austen & the Arts” 23-25 March 2017 on the Plattsburgh
State campus.  Peter Sabor will deliver a keynote address on
portraiture as misrepresentation.  Special student sessions (reserved
for advanced undergraduates and graduates) are scheduled for
Thursday, 23 March.  All other papers will be delivered by faculty
and independent scholars.

An English Country Dance and pre-Dance workshop will take place
Friday, 24 March at 7 p.m. in the Warren Ballrooms.

Proposals for 15-20 minute papers should be sent electronically to and
The deadline for faculty/independent scholars is 1 September 2016.
The deadline for students is 1 November 2016.

The conference website is available at
Online registration will be available by mid July.

Juxta and Frankenstein in the Classroom

In case you missed it, NINES’s digital collation tool Juxta got a shout-out from Tawnya Ravy on the Studies in the Novel website. As Tawnya explains, “Scholarly editions of [Frankenstein] often include the 1818 preface and 1831 introduction as paratexts for understanding the authorial background of the text, and Juxta allows students to verify Shelley’s claims about the distribution of alterations in the later edition as well as their impact on the story.” Tawnya’s full discussion can be found here:

For a collation of the 1818 and 1831 Frankensteins using Juxta, check this out:

And for more information about using Juxta in the classroom and further examples, try this:

Call for Chapters: International Migrations in the Victorian Era

Call for Chapters
International Migrations in the Victorian Era, Leiden: Brill, 2017.

Edited by Marie Ruiz (Université Paris Diderot, LARCA)

Migration in the Victorian era has been identified as a paramount feature of the history of worldwide migrations and diasporas. Contrary to popular belief, the Victorian era was not only marked by an extensive exodus from Britain to the USA and the British colonies, but the Victorians also experienced a great degree of inward migration with the arrival of Catholic Irish, and oppressed Jews and Germans among others. Inward, outward and internal movements were sometimes a response to economic hardships and employment opportunities, but this cannot solely explain the extent of international migrations in the Victorian era.

In the Victorian period, mass migration played a significant role in shaping the nation’s identity, as well as Britain’s relationships with the outside world. This raises the question of the impact of migrations on the Motherland, as the Victorian migration trends also attracted numerous immigrants and transmigrants, who ended up remaining in Britain rather than emigrating to the USA or the British colonies. Yet, while the origins of these immigrants and transmigrants are now difficult to trace, the question of their potential impact on the Victorian society needs to be addressed. Fears of racial degeneracy permeated the Victorian discourses on migration, and demographic and social balances were expected to be reached through people’s displacements.

This edited volume aims at offering a global perspective on international migrations in the Victorian era including emigration, immigration and internal migration within Britain. Papers relating to the following themes, though not exclusively, are welcome:

Child migration
Civilising missions
Community migrations
Cultural and artistic migrations
Emigration and philanthropy
Emigration and Trade-Unions
Emigration societies
Factors determining migration
Family migration and individual migration
Female migrants and reproductive labour
Female migration in the Victorian era
Forced migration
Free passages to the New Worlds
Impact of demographics on migration
Impact of industrialisation on migration
Indentured migration
Internal migration / rural exodus
Invisible migrants
Inward migration/outward migration
Labour transportation
Land grants
Middle-class migration
Migrant stories and diaries
Migration and Empire-building
Migration and patriotism
Migration and surplus populations
Migration in the press
Migration and the Transport Revolution
Migration and xenophobia
Migration in the visual arts
Migration on screen: representing Victorian migration
Migration regulations and public policies
Migration within the British Isles
Missions and missionaries
Networks of migrations
Patterns of migration
Ports of emigration
Poverty-related migration
Promoting migration
Religious migration
Seasonal and permanent migrations
Servitude migration
Settlement patterns
Trade migration
Transmigration through Britain
Voluntary migration / involuntary migration

350-word abstracts, along with short academic biographies, should be submitted to The deadline for submission of abstracts is April 1, 2016.

Lecture by Tom Mole at Rare Book School, March 17

NINES is co-sponsoring a talk at Rare Book School on March 17 by Tom Mole, Reader in English Literature and Director of the Centre for the History of the Book at the University of Edinburgh. More info here:

The talk, titled “Scattered Odes in Shattered Books: Romantic Poems in Victorian Anthologies,” is free and open to the public. Please join us!

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Carlyle Letters Online now available on NINES

We are excited to announce that the Carlyle Letters Online project (CLO) is now available on NINES. CLO offers users a unique perspective on the 19th century through the words of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle. On the CLO site you can browse over 10,000 of the Carlyles’ collected letters by date, recipient, subject, and volume. NINES and CLO invite you to explore a correspondence featuring some of the most influential artistic, philosophic, and literary personalities of the day. Begin via this saved search or the CLO homepage. Enjoy!



NINES Discounts for DHSI

We are pleased to announce that Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship will be partnering with the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) in order to offer opportunities for members to participate in the series of DH courses at the University of Victoria, June 6th-10th and June 13th-17th 2016.

Registration for DHSI is now open. This year DHSI will span 2 weeks of courses, in part to support those enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities at U Victoria. Participants may choose to attend 1 or 2 week-long workshops. In 2016, 43 courses ranging from old favourites to exciting first-time ventures will be on offer. Each week of DHSI will include a week long training workshop, as well as a selection of colloquia, unconferences, and institute lectures and panels (by Laura Estill, TAMU; Jon Saklofske, Acadia U; James Cummings, Oxford U). Tuition scholarships are available for students, and NINES members can register at a discounted cost of $300.00 for students and $650.00 for non-students (for registration before April 1st 2016).

In 2016, DHSI will align with the Electronic Literature Organization conference and the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Modelling & Prototyping conference. For a full list of courses, to register, to apply for a tuition scholarship, or for more information, please go to Make sure to register with a NINES discount code (NINES-Student or NINES-Non-Student).

Announcing Joanna Swafford as Executive Council Member and Head of Pedagogical Initiatives

NINES is pleased to announce that Professor Joanna Swafford will be joining NINES as a member of the Executive Council. Professor Swafford is Assistant Professor for Interdisciplinary and Digital Teaching and Scholarship at SUNY New Paltz where she directs the Digital Arts, Sciences, and Humanities (DASH) Lab. Professor Swafford, a former NINES fellow, will also join NINES as our new Head of Pedagogical Initiatives, where she will bring her expertise in digital pedagogy to bear on the robust community of scholars using NINES in the classroom. Her recent projects include Songs of the Victorians and Augmented Notes, both of which aim to enable wider audiences to participate in interdisciplinary conversations about music and text. She can be reached at and on twitter at @annieswafford.

New Peer-Reviewed Resource: The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe

NINES is excited to announce the availability of our newest peer review resource: The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe. The archive is  a comprehensive collection of e-texts of all of Poe’s prose and poetic writings, from the original sources and with multiple versions to reflect revisions during his lifetime. As this is a large resource, we will be releasing it into NINES in installments. While all of the resources can already be found at the archive’s website itself, this initial release only brings the Tales of Edgar Allan Poe into NINES.

Many congratulations are due to Jeffrey Savoye and the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore for this substantial achievement! You can find all of the objects in NINES from this resource at this saved search. Stay tuned for a future release of the rest of this archive into NINES. Happy researching!