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  • Dickens Society 23rd Annual Symposium "Dickens and Language"July 30 - August 1, 2018, Tübingen, Germany

The 2018 Symposium will take place at Tübingen University, founded in 1477 and located in the Neckar Valley, between the Swabian Alb and the Black Forest. The overall research context at Tübingen links literary studies with linguistics – thus the symposium theme for 2018: Dickens and Language.

The Dickens Society is pleased to hold its annual symposium for the first time in Germany. The airport nearest to Tübingen is in Stuttgart, the capital of the region of Baden-Württemberg, or Frankfurt International Airport (about 2. 5 hours by train from Tübingen). Details about accommodations, events and excursions, as well as conference sessions, will be posted on the Dickens Society

For more information about location and logistics, please contact our hosts, Symposium Organizers Matthias Bauer and Angelika Zirker


Symposium participants may reserve rooms at special rates at two hotels near the center of Tübingen and at the university guest house. All three options are about a 15-minute walk from the conference venue, but also reachable by bus. The Society can hold the reservations until May 31. After that date, no more bookings are possible will be possible using the booking codes for the Symposium.

The three housing options include:

  1. 1. Domizil (hotel, Single rooms are 99 EUR and double rooms 135 EUR per night, including breakfast. The Society has reserved 20 single rooms and 10 double rooms. The booking reference is "Dickens Society 2018". [End Page 174]

  2. 2. Ibis (hotel, Single rooms are 92 EUR and 102 EUR, including breakfast. The Society has reserved 35 rooms at the lower rate and 30 rooms at the higher. Please give #10164 as reference for your booking.

  3. 3. The university guest house has ensuite bathrooms and does not include breakfast (which, however, can be booked for 7EUR extra per day). It is located in Lessingweg 3 (if you would like to check out googlemaps); a single room is currently at 51 EUR p.p./p.n., a double 68 EUR p.p./p.n. There will, however, be a slight increase in 2018. The booking must be made via and is on a first come/first served basis, as rooms are limited at the guest house. The booking reference is "Dickens Society 2018".

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Tübingen, Neckar front. Left: plane trees growing on the Neckarinsel. Photo credit: Berthold Werner:

Please also note that you are free to book most of the rooms from as early as July 28 until Aug 3 (in case you wish to arrive a little early or stay on for a bit). Reservations are made via the hotels directly; ask for their terms and conditions when making the bookings as we will not be responsible for cancellations etc. [End Page 175]

Registration and Dickens Dinner

The cost of registration will be 100 EUR and includes all coffee breaks as well as the excursion to the Swabian Alb and Schloss Lichtenstein ( The Dickens Dinner will take place at Restaurant Roessle near Lichtenstein ( Please let us know about food allergies and special dietary requirements well in advance. If you have questions about the Symposium please contact <>

The Robert B. Partlow, Jr. Prize

The Partlow Prize is named in honor of the original Secretary-Treasurer and one of the founding members of the Dickens Society. It may be in the form of EITHER one stipend of $500 OR two of $300 (if two recipients are chosen), and is intended to defray costs of attending the Dickens Symposium, in order to deliver a paper on any aspect of Dickens's life or work. The registration fee and cost of the Dickens Dinner will also be waived. Eligibility is restricted to students (graduate or undergraduate), independent scholars, and nontenured faculty. Candidates should submit a CV...


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