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Call for Abstracts:
Through the Looking-Glass: A Companion

Abstracts: 15 January 2022 EXTENDED DEADLINE: 1 February 2022
Abstract Response: 10 February 2022
Full draft chapter submission: 1 May 2022

Following the Through the Looking Glass Sesquicentenary Conference, we invite submissions for a Companion to Through the Looking-Glass of short pieces (4000 words), centring around Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, its cultural and adaptation history, and its ongoing relevance until today.

Covering a similarly broad range of aspects of Looking-Glass as the conference itself, this Companion’s objective is to reflect the breadth of themes in Looking-Glass, its history, the history of its adaptation, and transmediation. This objective extends, firstly, also to the format and subject of submissions: these could entail academic pieces, but also reflections on ongoing projects and collaborations, in curation, the visual and performing arts, or public engagement from practitioners and collaborators. We, therefore, secondly, especially also encourage co-authored pieces. Thirdly, we also explicitly encourage both those who have participated in the conference, and those who did not, to submit a piece to this volume. If you contributed to the conference this submission may be closely based on the paper you presented, or deviate from it.

Fields and themes to be addressed in the volume could include, but are not limited to:

  • The Natural Sciences:
    especially optics; aspects of mirroring; optical paradoxes; presence of Alice & Looking-Glass in science terminology and conceptual understanding; Women in STEM; STEAM initiatives  
  • History of Science & Science in Public:
    especially optical toys; popular science for children; adaptations of Looking-Glass in scientific contexts; Carroll as communicator/or populariser of science public/understanding of science
  • Theology & Religious Studies:
    especially with regard to Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s life; Victorian religion & childhood; mirrors and the meaning of truth and knowledge in religious writing; Christian morality
  • Science and Religion:
    especially Dodgson’ views on their inter-relations; how the latter is expressed in Looking-Glass; how this situates Looking-Glass in Carroll’s spiritual and intellectual development
  • Logic and Linguistics:
    mirroring & opposites in reasoning; Dodgson’s reading and teaching of Aristotle & Euclid   
  • Philosophy:
    especially Victorian epistemology & ontology; animal and childhood relations
  • Psychology:
    especially dreams; dreaming and sleep; the latter in relation to childhood, to emotion, creativity, rationality, knowledge and identity, childhood development
  • Art History & Illustration:
    especially history of photography; mirrors and mirroring in art; illustrations of Looking-Glass, Looking-Glass as structuring trajectory for independent artwork and project
  • Translation:
    especially translation history; translation of poetry & nonsense from
  • Literary & Publishing Studies:
    Publishing histories; Looking-Glass in relation to other Carroll and Victorian works; adaptation & intertextualities; the Carrollian looking-glass as metaphor; presence of Looking-Glass in feminism, postcolonialism, posthumanism, ecocriticism, satire and parody
  • Theatre and Performance Studies:
    Performance History; specific aspects of stage adaptation (i.e. costume, choreography, music and soundscapes); intersections of performance, technology and digital culture
  • Social Science & Cultural Studies:
    Alice and the Looking-Glass as cultural and counter-cultural symbols; protest culture; Looking-Glass in political writing, satire and parody; practices of commemorating Alice, Looking-Glass & its author
  • Curation & Museum Studies:
    Curating Looking-Glass; ‘Looking-Glass technologies’ in curation
  • Business, PR and Management:
    Looking-Glass inspiration for thinking and practice in industry

…and especially interdisciplinary explorations of the intersections of any of these fields.

Abstracts of 200-300 words should be submitted to, and any questions about the publication should be directed to the editors Franziska Kohlt ( and Justine Houyaux (

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