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Upcoming Events

20 May 2022: Four Nations and Beyond: Periodical Studies and National Identities in the British Isles and Ireland’. Trades Hall, Glasgow

This one-day workshop will explore how Victorian periodical and newspaper cultures operated in the different nations of the British Isles and Ireland, and in their diaspora cultures that emerged through emigration and imperialism. We hope to interrogate how periodicals constructed Irish, Scottish and Welsh identities, in relation to or in opposition to a range of ‘English’ identities, as well as examining how such English identities were unmade and remade in coeval relation with the neighbouring countries it governed. We welcome papers that investigate whether and how distinctive periodical cultures emerged in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, or in relation to English sites outside London and its environs. Were there distinct English regional identities centred on, for instance, Cornwall, Yorkshire, or the England-Wales or England-Scotland border areas?

Our inclusion of ‘beyond’ in the title speaks to ongoing interest in periodicals and newspapers in settler cultures and diasporic communities: how were these identities constructed outside Britain and Ireland in relation to indigenous cultures and other immigrant cultures? We ask too how transimperial dynamics put pressure on the ways in which globally circulating English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh periodicals articulate the idea of the nation that ‘seems to cohere along a continuum that fuses a geoethnically bound sense of place with time’ (Sukanya Banerjee).

We are especially interested in exploring the still underexamined aspects of linguistic distinctiveness and papers centred on Welsh, Irish, Scots, Gaelic, Ulster-Scots, Manx or English regional dialects are encouraged. Proposals that focus on an individual publication, or that reflect on periodical or newspaper culture more broadly—including reflecting on the usefulness of otherwise of the ‘four nations’ as a concept and frame within Victorian periodical studies—are also welcome.

For a full description of the event and a CFP, click here.

Previous Events Supported by SCVS

28-30 August 2019: BAVS Annual Conference. University of Dundee

Logo printed for BAVS 2019 by Dr Kelsey Williams on the Pathfoot Columbian Press, University of Stirling

The SCVS was delighted to be co-hosting the British Association of Victorian Studies 2019 conference on the theme ‘Victorian Renewals.’

For more infromation about the event, see the full programme, the abstracts booklet and the conference website, hosted by Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau.

BAVS 2019 programme -23-08-19

BAVS 2019 Abstracts Booklet 22-08

17 May 2019: Queen Victoria’s contemporaries: born in 1819. Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Emerging from the ‘Born in 1819’ research project led by Helen Kingstone and Trev Broughton, this workshop collaborated with Glasgow Museums Resource Centre to investigate how generational identities particularly that of the 1819 cohort might look different when we view them through the lens of the material culture they generated and left behind. The workshop is organised by and particularly designed with PGR/PGT and ECR researchers in mind, allowing for networking within the environment of Scottish Victorian Studies.

The event was organised in collaboration with BAVS.

Keynotes: Dr Trev Broughton (University of York) on contemporaneity among Victoria’s Victorians, and Dr Gregory Tate (St Andrews) on Arthur Hugh Clough.

Full description and CFP

5 October 2018: Workshop: Recovering Working-Class Voices for the Digital Age. University of Strathclyde

This workshop formed part of the larger ‘Rhyme and Reform’ event, celebrating 175 years since the publication of EBB’s ‘The Cry of the Children’. Materials from our workshop, an exhibition created by Kirstie Blair and Mike Sanders as part of the ‘Piston, Pen & Press’ project, and talks and information about the conference are available here.

The speakers at our workshop were Dr Francesca Benatti (‘The Reading Experience Database’), Dr Helen Rogers (‘Archive of Working-Class Writing Online’), Dr Simon Rennie (‘Poetry of the Lancashire Cotton Famine’) and Dr Mike Sanders and Prof Kirstie Blair (‘Piston, Pen & Press: Literary Cultures in the Industrial Workplace’). While visiting Strathclyde, Francesca, Simon and Helen recorded a short video about the online resource they work with/have created, and you can find these on the ‘Rhyme and Reform’ website.

Poster, Recovering Working-Class Voices, 5.10.18

4 September 2018: Technical Skills for Textual Editing: Understanding Variants. University of Stirling

This training workshop took doctoral researchers through the processes of setting and printing an Early Modern text using the Victorian Columbian Press, followed by collating this text using the Hinman Collator. Bringing together Stirling’s Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Centre for Scottish Studies, Dundee’s Centre for Scottish Culture, and Strathclyde’s Scottish Centre for Victorian Studies, the training was be part of a wider two-day symposium on Textual Editing (Transforming the Theory and Practice of Editing) at the University of Stirling. The first part of the workshop, led by Kelsey Jackson Williams with assistance from PhD students Jill Dye (Stirling) and Mhairi Rutherford (Dundee and Stirling), demonstrated how variants come about, while the second part of the workshop, led by Emeritus Professor John Drakakis with assistance from PhD student Lorna Wallace (Stirling) and Jennifer Robertson (Strathclyde and Stirling), demonstrated how a modern editor discovers variants, and will foreground the editorial decisions s/he must then make.

27 April 2018: Crime Fiction(s): Victorian and Neo-Victorian Narratives of Crime and Punishment. Edinburgh Napier University.

The SCVS was delighted to co-sponsor ‘Crime Fiction(s)’ at Edinburgh Napier, organized by Lois Burke, Helena Roots and Anne Schwan. Speakers included Benjamin Poore and Zoe Alker.

Crime Fiction(s), April 2018, cfp

15 February 2018: The People’s Voice Launch Event

This free conference marked the launch of the People’s Voice website, funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and created by staff at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde. This is a free online resource essential for anyone interested in the popular political culture of Scotland in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The details of over a thousand poems, online song recordings and essays and schools resources are included in the database, which was officially launched at the conference.

Full programme: Launch Event Programme.

24 November 2017: Codes and Signals. University of Strathclyde

An SCVS workshop with Prof Caroline Arscott (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Prof Clare  Pettitt (KCL) and Dr Oliver Betts (National Railway Museum).

This half-day interactive workshop explored Victorian coding, messaging and signalling. Drawing on expertise from the ‘Scrambled Messages’ AHRC project and the National Railway Museum, it will investigate Victorian communications technology and its meanings for different users.

Event poster

27 October 2017: The Occult in and Beyond Victorian Scotland. University of Stirling.

Sir William Fettes Douglas, The Spell (1864). National Galleries of Scotland.

A one-day conference in collaboration with the Centre for Scottish Studies at Stirling.

Full schedule is available here: Updated Programme

Event poster

6 June 2017: Poetry at the Polls: Election Verse from Scotland’s Past. 7:30-9pm at the Glad Café, Glasgow. Free entry.

Join us for an evening of scurrilous, satirical, comic and tragic poems from historical elections, hosted by the University of Glasgow and Strathclyde team behind the ‘People’s Voice’ project. Come to listen or bring your own election poems, old or new.

Supported by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies.

Event poster: Poetry at the Polls

22-23 June 2017: Victorian Impacts 

A two-day event at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde. Organised under the aegis of the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo Victorian Studies.

  • How does knowledge move between universities and the communities in which they are geographically located?
  • How is knowledge transformed as it moves through institutional and civic contexts?
  • What are the Victorian roots of these patterns of knowledge mobility?

This event brought together Victorianists interested in the relationships between universities and civic, regional or professional communities in the nineteenth century and the present day.

The first day focused on investigating how knowledge moved between these groups in Victorian Britain.  The second day will be an opportunity to think about the ways in which current Victorianist research projects are dealing with impact and knowledge mobility.

Speakers include:

  • Prof. John Bowen (University of York)
  • Dr Rosemary Golding (Open University)
  • Dr Heike Jöns (Loughborough University)
  • Dr Lucinda Matthews-Jones (Liverpool John Moores University)

A full schedule is available here: Victorian Impacts schedule

Conference poster: Victorian Impacts poster