CFP: Le Fanu Video Symposium

150 Years of In a Glass Darkly: Le Fanu Video Symposium

2022 marks the 150th anniversary of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s In a Glass Darkly. This text is consistently used to introduce readers to Le Fanu as evidenced by its presence on undergraduate syllabi and its continual popular appeal through adaptation. As such, the work forms a first point of contact for many, if not most, of those who become immersed in Le Fanu’s works. In a similar manner, the video series proposed here aims to immerse viewers, both within and outside academia, in the wider world of Le Fanu scholarship.

This symposium will be a series of videos, openly available online to scholars and the wider public. It is designed to be viewed asynchronously; viewers may watch the videos and engage with this scholarship at their leisure, thus creating a repository of online, public-facing Le Fanu scholarship.

Those interested in contributing a video should submit an abstract of 150-300 words, detailing the proposed video. Those whose abstracts are accepted should record their video using whatever program or method best suits them. Submissions from scholars or groups of scholars might include, but are not limited to:

  • Video essays presenting on some aspect of Le Fanu’s work
  • Videos of creative work based on or responding in some way to Le Fanu’s texts
  • Filmed tours of locations or buildings relevant to Le Fanu
  • Videos displaying work you are doing/have done related to Le Fanu, whether that be ongoing Le Fanu research, work you’ve done on an edition of Le Fanu’s fiction, or another Le Fanu-related project you’d like to tell viewers about

The video may be as involved or minimalist as the scholar would like. It could be edited together with images, clips, or music [please note that contributors are responsible for ensuring there are no copyright violations]. The video could also simply be the scholar presenting their work to the camera. Videos should be roughly 5-20 minutes long and contributions from scholars at any point in their career are welcomed. Note that video editors are included on both Windows PCs and Macs (Video Editor and iMovie respectively), which may help scholars produce their video. There is other video editing software, such as Lightworks, available to download for free.

Abstracts detailing the content of the proposed video should be emailed to: by 4 April 2022. Any questions may be directed to that email address.

Those who submit abstracts will be notified of a decision by 2 May 2022.

Final videos will be due 1 August 2022, emailed to or transferred using to that email address.

Completed videos will be collected and reviewed. The creator will be notified of necessary edits, if any, after which their video will be uploaded to YouTube, and featured on a dedicated webpage for the project.