International Society of Fin-de-Siècle Studies

Call for Contributors

The International Society of Fin-de-Siècle Studies would like to commission short blog articles of 500-1000 words on a clearly-defined aspect or feature of the period 1880-1920. The subject matter is entirely open: any topic from any discipline within the period.

Your article should be compelling, perhaps quirky, and engagingly written. It will be the kind of article you would enjoy reading with a good coffee, for pleasure, in a spare 15 minutes, and from which you’d learn something new and interesting. Articles should involve original thought and/or research but please keep footnotes and academese minimal.

Examples of focus could include:

A little-known work of literature/art/music

A performance

A place of importance during the period

A battle

An invention

A discovery

A phenomenon/trend

A film

A sartorial fashion

A law

A news story

A forgotten figure or a new perspective on a well-known one…

… But it’s entirely up to you!

This blog will be a forum for the kind of writing that currently does not have an outlet. It will be a place to share an enthusiasm or some interesting fragment that your research has thrown up but, either, it doesn’t have a place in a larger project or you feel it deserves its own space. Writers range from Professors and professional academics to PhD students, and excellent Masters students/undergraduates.

Articles will be posted on the website (Creative Commons licence applies) and distributed via email to the ISFSS list every month.

Please send informal enquiries and suggestions to Dr Kate Hext (University of Exeter) on



CFP: Survey Articles on the Arts between 1880 and 1920


The International Society of Fin-de-Siècle Studies would like to commission short, historically grounded, survey articles of 2000-3000 words on the arts between 1880 and 1920. The primary areas on which we would like to have articles are as follows:

  • American literature
  • British literature
  • European literature
  • Music
  • Fine Art
  • Architecture
  • Theatre
  • Film

Nb. We are open to further suggestions and delineations too.

Articles should cover the major trends, stylistic developments, events, and figures of the period. They will be fully referenced, including Internet links and suggestions for further reading. Articles should be clearly and accessibly written, without compromising on academic rigor. Each will be double peer-reviewed, with a view to making it as strong as possible.

Articles will be published as a permanent feature on the Society’s website ( in 2017. They will be publicised via our ISFSS Twitter account, events, and mailshots.  Together they will offer a unique resource for students, professional academics, and people with a general interest in the long turn-of the-century. For, whilst there are numerous accounts of the arts in Victorian period and the twentieth century, respectively, it is far more difficult to acquire a working knowledge of the arts between 1880 and 1920. Each of the articles in this series will offer a starting point for research projects, a contextual overview for people interested in the major figures and works of the period, and a crib sheet for those who would like a broad sense of what is happening in the arts between 1880 and 1920.

Please send expressions of interest or questions to Dr Kate Hext (University of Exeter) on